Author Archive: David Clarkson

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Home detention for bashing witness in court

July 31, 2017 | By More
Home detention for bashing witness in court

A man who bashed a witness who had just given evidence against his stepfather at a High Court hearing has been allowed home detention.

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Sexual grooming accused allowed to travel overseas

July 28, 2017 | By More
Sexual grooming accused allowed to travel overseas

A 51-year-old man charged with meeting a 15-year-old youth after alleged sexual grooming on Facebook is being allowed to travel overseas.

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Parenting advice from judge over turtle smuggling

July 28, 2017 | By More
Parenting advice from judge over turtle smuggling

Sometimes parents must “just say no” even if it means disappointing a tearful child, said a judge as he fined a Christchurch mother for a biosecurity breach.

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Mental health report ordered after mall incident

July 28, 2017 | By More
Mental health report ordered after mall incident

A psychiatric report will be prepared on a 17-year-old youth being held in custody after a bizarre violent incident at Riccarton’s Westfield Mall at the weekend.

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Court House sprinter charged

July 27, 2017 | By More
Court House sprinter charged

A woman who bolted from the dock and got out of the Court House as she was being sentenced to jail has been charged with escaping from custody.

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Discharge granted for street assault

July 26, 2017 | By More
Discharge granted for street assault

A Christchurch car dealer has avoided a conviction for a street assault, by citing 15-years conviction-free and a string of good works that he would have to give up.

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Teacher’s career ended by ‘technical assault’

July 25, 2017 | By More
Teacher’s career ended by ‘technical assault’

A respected teacher’s long career has come to a sudden stop after he admitted an assault on a 12-year-old boy at St Thomas of Canterbury College.

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Synthetic cannabis led decline into jail

July 24, 2017 | By More
Synthetic cannabis led decline into jail

Synthetic cannabis sent a man into a slide that has led to his jailing for indecently assaulting and grooming a 13-year-old girl and registration as a child sex offender.

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Bizarre violent incident at mall

July 24, 2017 | By More
Bizarre violent incident at mall

A 17-year-old has appeared in court facing eight charges after a bizarre incident at Westfield Mall in Riccarton on Sunday.

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Grandmother admits $250,000 welfare fraud

July 23, 2017 | By More
Grandmother admits $250,000 welfare fraud

It was “unbelievable” that benefit payments were continuing for a Christchurch grandmother who admitted rorting the welfare system out of nearly a quarter of a million dollars, said a judge as he remanded her for sentence.

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