Author Archive: David Clarkson

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Rape accused in tears at guilty verdicts

September 12, 2013 | By More
Rape accused in tears at guilty verdicts

Joshua Allan Schooner was in tears as a Christchurch District Court jury found him guilty of raping and sexually violating a woman after considering its verdicts for just two hours.

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Steroids dealing sentencing delayed

September 11, 2013 | By More
Steroids dealing sentencing delayed

Sentencing for convicted illegal steroids dealer Phillip James Musson has been delayed to October 22, after a difficulty arose shortly before he was due to be dealt with in the Christchurch District Court today.

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Sex was consensual, says rape accused

September 11, 2013 | By More
Sex was consensual, says rape accused

A man facing rape and sexual violation charges has given evidence to tell the Christchurch District Court jury that the sexual encounter was “perfectly consensual”.

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Petrol murder case committal delayed

September 11, 2013 | By More
Petrol murder case committal delayed

More time has been granted for preparation of the prosecution case against two men charged with murder arising from an alleged burning petrol attack.

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McGrath extradition may go to Minister

September 10, 2013 | By More
McGrath extradition may go to Minister

Extradition to Australia on hundreds of sex charges for former Catholic brother Bernard Kevin McGrath may need to be considered by the Minister of Justice, after a decision on an appeal to the High Court.

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Second woman refers to accused’s ‘split personality’

September 10, 2013 | By More
Second woman refers to accused’s ‘split personality’

A second woman has described accused rapist Joshua Allan Schooner as having a “split personality” during a sexual encounter.

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Man admits burning boy’s face

September 10, 2013 | By More
Man admits burning boy’s face

A Christchurch man has admitted burning the face of his five-year-old son with a fan heater after losing his temper because of a scorch mark on the carpet.

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Threatening woman admits trespass charge

September 10, 2013 | By More
Threatening woman admits trespass charge

A woman with a threatening and often violent reputation has admitted another charge of trespassing at Pioneer Recreation and Sports Centre where she has been banned since July 2012.

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Woman ‘stranded’ by police before rape

September 9, 2013 | By More
Woman ‘stranded’ by police before rape

A woman says she was repeatedly raped by a man after police took away her car keys and left her stranded in a pub car park in the early hours of the morning.

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Police drop theft charge against art dealer

September 9, 2013 | By More
Police drop theft charge against art dealer

Police have withdrawn a theft charge against a Christchurch art dealer, saying there was not enough evidence to continue with the prosecution.

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