Author Archive: David Clarkson

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Woman jailed for welfare, housing frauds

December 13, 2013 | By More
Woman jailed for welfare, housing frauds

A 54-year-old woman who ran up Housing Corporation and social welfare frauds totalling $274,591 has been jailed for two years four months, at her Christchurch District Court sentencing.

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Misspelling features in murder trial evidence

December 13, 2013 | By More
Misspelling features in murder trial evidence

Police could find no evidence that Philip James Nisbet misspelled always as “allways” as he did on the alleged suicide note that is an exhibit in the High Court at Christchurch.

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Life ‘turns to muck’ for convicted drug conspirator

December 13, 2013 | By More
Life ‘turns to muck’ for convicted drug conspirator

Life had “turned to muck” for a retired dairy farmer who became the financier for a major methamphetamine ring, a judge was told before he jailed the man for three years ten months.

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Murder trial told of ‘friendship ring’ purchase

December 12, 2013 | By More
Murder trial told of ‘friendship ring’ purchase

A ring seen on the finger of Helen Elizabeth Milner just over two months after the death of her husband was a “friendship ring”, according to the man who bought it for her.

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Symptoms could have been from spider bite, says expert

December 12, 2013 | By More
Symptoms could have been from spider bite, says expert

A defence medical expert has said that symptoms that led to Philip James Nisbet being taken to the hospital a month before his death were more likely to be a spider bite than a sedative overdose.

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Peter Whittall discharged on Pike River charges

December 12, 2013 | By More
Peter Whittall discharged on Pike River charges

Charges against Pike River mine chief executive Peter James Whittall have been dropped, with the prosecution citing difficulties bringing the case to trial.

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Court told of fourth note from alleged murder victim

December 11, 2013 | By More
Court told of fourth note from alleged murder victim

Evidence of a fourth note said to be from Philip James Nisbet at the time of his alleged suicide has emerged at the trial of his wife who is accused of murdering him.

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$11,000 penalty for bringing in scorpions

December 11, 2013 | By More
$11,000 penalty for bringing in scorpions

[Full report] Sydney resident Iszac William Walters will have to pay fines and costs totalling $11,000 for his “downright stupid and irresponsible” actions in bringing live scorpions into New Zealand from Australia.

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Blackmailer worried that ‘people will think I’m evil’

December 11, 2013 | By More
Blackmailer worried that ‘people will think I’m evil’

A 19-year-old woman will have to wait a little longer to find out if she will be publicly named for a blackmail incident that ended with the suicide of the victim.

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Police ‘taste test’ on food laced with pills

December 11, 2013 | By More
Police ‘taste test’ on food laced with pills

A detective constable conducted a blind taste test on pork stir fry laced with the drug Phenergan as part of the preparations for the case against murder accused Helen Elizabeth Milner.

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