Author Archive: David Clarkson

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Man in custody on medal burglary charge

January 11, 2018 | By More
Man in custody on medal burglary charge

A man alleged to have stolen a priceless and historic war medal in the burglary of a Redwood house, faced a total of 15 charges when he appeared in the Christchurch District Court today.

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Painful carpark encounter

January 9, 2018 | By More
Painful carpark encounter

The driver was 80 years old. The victim was aged 70. The crash was an odd, low velocity affair.

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Custody remand on pitchfork assault charge

December 19, 2017 | By More
Custody remand on pitchfork assault charge

A Burnham man has been charged with assaulting a woman by using a pitchfork as a weapon.

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‘Vigilante justice’ warning from judge

December 15, 2017 | By More
‘Vigilante justice’ warning from judge

A judge issued a warning about “vigilante justice” after two brothers from a small migrant community admitted kidnapping and assault charges over a schoolyard bullying incident.

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Extra sentence for high risk offender

December 15, 2017 | By More
Extra sentence for high risk offender

A 54-year-old man still assessed as a high risk of violent and sexual offending after doing the Kia Marama programme twice, has been sent back to jail for another long term.

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Five-year term for baby’s manslaughter

December 15, 2017 | By More
Five-year term for baby’s manslaughter

Babysitter Shayal Upashna Sami has been jailed for five years for the manslaughter of a toddler in her care.

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Christmas voices at Justice Precinct

December 15, 2017 | By More
Christmas voices at Justice Precinct

For a little while, Christmas carols replaced the sound of the public address system summoning people into the Justice Precinct’s various courts.

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Swearing-in of new judge

December 15, 2017 | By More
Swearing-in of new judge

New Zealand’s newest District Court Judge has paid tribute to her late husband Professor Gerald Orchard at her swearing-in – the first at Christchurch’s new Justice Precinct.

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Man scribbles his way into custody

December 14, 2017 | By More
Man scribbles his way into custody

A 26-year-old facing a lot of burglary and theft charges picked the wrong day to get bored and creative in his holding cell at Christchurch’s sparkly new Justice Precinct.

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Support needed for shoplifting addict

December 13, 2017 | By More
Support needed for shoplifting addict

Christchurch needs a centre where women can stay with their young children while they battle their addiction issues, said a judge as she released a compulsive shoplifter onto home detention.

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