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Monitoring ordered over loosening car wheels

February 5, 2014 | By More
Monitoring ordered over loosening car wheels

A judge will regularly monitor an Ashburton man who has admitted loosening the wheelnuts on his ex-girlfriend’s car.

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Theft from neonatal ward brings jail term for teen

February 5, 2014 | By More
Theft from neonatal ward brings jail term for teen

A teenager wiped away a tear when she learned that her theft of electronic gear from the Christchurch Women’s Hospital’s neonatal unit had earned her a 20-month jail term.

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10-year prison term for sex offending

February 5, 2014 | By More
10-year prison term for sex offending

A man assessed as having low-average intelligence has been jailed for 10 years for a series of sexual assaults on two women he regarded as “slow”.

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Crown seeks preventive detention reports for teen on rape charges

February 5, 2014 | By More
Crown seeks preventive detention reports for teen on rape charges

The Crown is asking for preventive detention to be considered for an 18-year-old North Canterbury youth who has admitted two rapes, one involving an 11-year-old girl.
The youth was in custody awaiting sentence in the Christchurch District Court today but the Crown had filed a memorandum seeking a delay for the necessary reports to be prepared.
Name suppression continues until sentencing which is now set for April 30, and the youth will remain in custody while reports by two health assessors – usually a psychiatrist and psychologist – are prepared.
Judge Gary MacAskill agreed to order the reports, which will cover the youth’s risk of committing further qualifying offences.
Defence counsel Elizabeth Bulger provided the court with a psychological report that had already been prepared for the defence.
The Crown did not oppose name suppression being continued until the new sentencing session.
Preventive detention sentences mean that offenders – usually sex offenders – can be held in custody until they complete treatment and no longer pose a risk of further offending. It means that offenders can be held in jail indefinitely.
The youth was arrested after a series of incidents on October 13. He pleaded guilty to charges of raping a 17-year-old, threatening to do grievous bodily harm, and abducting, raping, and having unlawful sexual connection with the 11-year-old girl.
The older victim was raped in a car parked near Christchurch Airport. The woman received bruises and abrasions from the struggle and the youth’s face was scratched and bleeding.
A few hours later, the youth approached the 11-year-old girl in a rural North Canterbury playground. He drove her to a remote area where he threatened her with a knife, strangled her, and then sexually violated and raped her.
Afterwards, when she was fearing that she would be killed, the girl jumped out of the moving car, receiving stretches to her face and neck. She had received grazes to her body, arms, and legs and a cut to her thumb from pushing away the youth’s knife. She also received injuries consistent with a sexual assault.

The Crown is asking for preventive detention to be considered for an 18-year-old North Canterbury youth who has admitted two rapes, one involving an 11-year-old girl.

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Stay application in Ryder assault case

February 4, 2014 | By More
Stay application in Ryder assault case

The man charged with injuring cricketer Jesse Ryder in an alleged assault at a Merivale bar ten months ago is seeking to have the case dropped because of pre-trial publicity. [Updated report]

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Second man admits passport offences

January 31, 2014 | By More
Second man admits passport offences

A second Chinese man has admitted improperly dealing with passports, but three others arrested in the police swoop in July 2012 continue to deny the charges and are heading for trial in September.

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Park ban for repeat indecency offender

January 30, 2014 | By More
Park ban for repeat indecency offender

A 27-year-old man has been banned from going to Hagley Park and the Botanic Gardens while he awaits sentencing for a series of indecency offences.

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Long jail term for skull stabbing at party

January 29, 2014 | By More
Long jail term for skull stabbing at party

A 21-year-old has been jailed for eight years three months for a party stabbing that left a knife embedded in his victim’s skull and may have life-long effects.

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Tyre slashing victims to get payments from offender

January 29, 2014 | By More
Tyre slashing victims to get payments from offender

The 17 victims of a tyre slasher outside Christchurch Hospital – who were mostly nurses finishing night shifts – will be paid for the damage and will each get a $50 payment for the bother he caused.

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Firearm found in robbery investigation

January 28, 2014 | By More
Firearm found in robbery investigation

Police executing a search warrant in Christchurch during the investigation into two armed robberies of bars on Sunday night have now found a firearm. [Updated report]

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