Author Archive: David Clarkson

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Family ’emotionally slaughtered’ by child abuse offending

December 2, 2016 | By More
Family ’emotionally slaughtered’ by child abuse offending

The mother of a sex abuse victim has talked about the family being “emotionally slaughtered” by the offending of a man who is now beginning a five-year seven-month jail term.

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Jury retires in teenager’s murder trial

December 2, 2016 | By More
Jury retires in teenager’s murder trial

The jury retired before 11am to consider its verdict in the trial of teenager Taniela Kotoitoga Daven Tiako Waitokia, charged with the murder of 87-year-old Harold Richardson in his Upper Riccarton home.

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Murderer faces sentencing for prison stabbing

December 2, 2016 | By More
Murderer faces sentencing for prison stabbing

The man who beat and stabbed 21-year-old Lisa Hurrell to death in her Hornby home in 1998 is now in custody awaiting sentencing for a “frenzied” prison stabbing using a homemade knife.

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Teen’s intent ‘at heart of murder trial’

December 1, 2016 | By More
Teen’s intent ‘at heart of murder trial’

A jury has been told it must focus on the intent of a 16-year-old at the moment he bashed an 87-year-old man over the head with a bottle in his Upper Riccarton home.

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Teenager ‘expected praise’ for home invasion

November 30, 2016 | By More
Teenager ‘expected praise’ for home invasion

A woman told of a teenager coming home with alcohol and electronic items from a “home invasion” and behaving as though she should be proud of him. [Updated report]

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Teenager ‘polite but drugged’ on night of killing

November 30, 2016 | By More
Teenager ‘polite but drugged’ on night of killing

A teenage murder accused appeared “polite but drugged” when he turned up at the Odyssey House rehabilitation centre after killing an elderly Upper Riccarton man in his home. [Updated report]

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Nightmare road-rager reassures his victims

November 29, 2016 | By More
Nightmare road-rager reassures his victims

A road-rager has gone to jail for three years after assuring the five victims he rammed upside down into the Avon River that they have no ongoing reason to be scared of him.

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Talk of hidden safe before fatal encounter

November 29, 2016 | By More
Talk of hidden safe before fatal encounter

Discussion of a hidden safe took place before a night time raid that left an 87-year-old hoarder bashed to death on the floor of his Upper Riccarton home.

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Judge accuses govt of breaching child’s rights

November 28, 2016 | By More
Judge accuses govt of breaching child’s rights

Mothballing of a wing at Christchurch’s youth justice facility has led a judge to accuse the Government of breaching the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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Hoarder bashed to death in his home

November 28, 2016 | By More
Hoarder bashed to death in his home

An 87-year-old man – living in a house crammed with hoarded goods – was bashed to death in his Upper Riccarton home by a teenager whose life revolved around getting money to buy synthetic drugs.

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