Author Archive: David Clarkson

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Massage indecency trial jury retires overnight

May 5, 2014 | By More
Massage indecency trial jury retires overnight

After deliberating all afternoon, the jury in the trial of a Chinese massager charged with 17 indecent assaults was sent home overnight at 5pm.

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Theft and receiving of tools admitted

May 5, 2014 | By More
Theft and receiving of tools admitted

A Hoon Hay man has admitted stealing and receiving stolen tools worth $120,000.

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Woman admits her part in axe murder

May 2, 2014 | By More
Woman admits her part in axe murder

A 26-year-old woman stood impassive in the dock as the details of her part in the brutal axe-murder of her mother-in-law in Picton last year were described in the High Court in Christchurch.

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‘Peacemaker’ in bar fight may lose his eye

May 1, 2014 | By More
‘Peacemaker’ in bar fight may lose his eye

The peacemaker in a barroom assault may lose an eye because of the bashing that took place afterwards in the carpark.

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At least 20 years’ jail for Mellory Manning murder

May 1, 2014 | By More
At least 20 years’ jail for Mellory Manning murder

Mongrel Mob gang prospect Mauha Huatahi Fawcett has been jailed for at least 20 years as part of his life sentence for the murder of sex worker Mellory Manning, a killing the Crown described as “barbaric and senseless”.

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Jail term for Operation Nebraska drug offender

May 1, 2014 | By More
Jail term for Operation Nebraska drug offender

A father of two young children has been jailed for three years five months for drug offending that was detected during the police’s Operation Nebraska nationwide investigation.

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Career addict ‘doesn’t mind jail’

May 1, 2014 | By More
Career addict ‘doesn’t mind jail’

A homeless glue-sniffer has amassed a criminal record that now totals 42 pages of computer print-out – one of the biggest a judge has seen.

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Hearing delay for ‘petrol scam’ charges

April 30, 2014 | By More
Hearing delay for ‘petrol scam’ charges

A trial planned for a man accused of a series of petrol scam offences – including some allegedly involving elderly victims – has had to be put off because of a conflict between him and his defence counsel.

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Woman tells of feeling ‘terrified’ during massage

April 29, 2014 | By More
Woman tells of feeling ‘terrified’ during massage

A woman has told of feeling terrified and “really trapped” as she resisted a masseur’s actions during a full body Chinese oil massage at a Christchurch shopping mall.

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Restart ordered for massage indecency trial

April 28, 2014 | By More
Restart ordered for massage indecency trial

The trial of a 59-year-old masseur on 17 allegations of indecent assault was halted on the afternoon of its first day, and will restart on Tuesday in the Christchurch District Court.

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