Author Archive: David Clarkson

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Donation box theft admitted

January 24, 2014 | By More
Donation box theft admitted

A 23-year-old was using the synthetic cannabis Kronic when he snatched a Child Cancer Foundation donation box from a dairy counter.

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Street robbery accused remanded in custody

January 24, 2014 | By More
Street robbery accused remanded in custody

Bail has been refused for a 26-year-old man charged with a central Christchurch street robbery in which two youths were allegedly threatened with a softball bat.

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CEO jailed for ‘white collar’ frauds totalling $1.1m

January 22, 2014 | By More
CEO jailed for ‘white collar’ frauds totalling $1.1m

Quake-related stress has been ruled out as a factor in a chief executive’s dishonesty that led to him deceiving investors and an insurance company and causing losses of $1.1 million.

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Overheating light puts end to Oxford pot growing operation

January 22, 2014 | By More
Overheating light puts end to Oxford pot growing operation

An Oxford man’s efforts to grow cannabis in a shed ended in flaming disaster because of a growing lamp that overheated.

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Quake claims trial shortened by pleas

January 22, 2014 | By More
Quake claims trial shortened by pleas

A 42-year-old Christchurch property developer has pleaded guilty to two “wrap-up” charges putting an end to a District Court jury trial before the opening addresses were due to be heard today.

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Great-granddad caught out in supermarket rort

January 21, 2014 | By More
Great-granddad caught out in supermarket rort

A great-granddad tried to pull a swifty at the supermarket to get $16 because he says his benefit does not leave him enough to live on.

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Quote of the Week: Scribbles unwelcome

January 21, 2014 | By More
Quote of the Week: Scribbles unwelcome

“If Leonardo da Vinci comes along and paints the Mona Lisa on my fence, and I don’t want it there, it’s graffiti.”

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When night prowling goes wrong

January 21, 2014 | By More
When night prowling goes wrong

A bungling prowler has admitted a night time raid where everything went wrong.

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Jury told to set aside prejudices in quake claims trial

January 20, 2014 | By More
Jury told to set aside prejudices in quake claims trial

Christchurch jurors have been told they must set aside any earthquake prejudices and ill-feelings as they consider the case of a woman charged with making false insurance claims.

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Catholic brother’s extradition decision to go to Minister

January 17, 2014 | By More
Catholic brother’s extradition decision to go to Minister

The Minister of Justice will be asked to decide whether former Catholic brother Bernard Kevin McGrath should be sent to Australia to face child sex abuse charges.

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