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Judge concerned about effects of second-strike sentence

December 12, 2013 | By More
Judge concerned about effects of second-strike sentence

A judge has expressed concern about a repeat sex offender’s prospect of being released from prison without support or supervision because of the three-strikes system.

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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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Acquittal in long burglary trial

December 10, 2013 | By More
Acquittal in long burglary trial

A jury has found a Canterbury woman not guilty on alternative charges of burglary and receiving stolen property from a neighbouring house at the end of an eight-day Christchurch District Court trial.

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Violent home invasion admitted

December 9, 2013 | By More
Violent home invasion admitted

A 22-year-old man who pleaded guilty to a burglary with a weapon and an assault with a weapon will be sentenced on March 24.

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Guilty pleas over petrol threat incident

December 9, 2013 | By More
Guilty pleas over petrol threat incident

A man who was tackled by a policeman who prevented him from setting himself alight has admitted two charges at the Christchurch District Court.

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Fine for ‘citizen’s arrest’ that led to prosecution

December 6, 2013 | By More
Fine for ‘citizen’s arrest’ that led to prosecution

Kaiapoi business owner Dave Clemence has been fined $3000 for his citizen’s arrest that led to him going on trial for assault and kidnapping.

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Wounding charges denied

December 6, 2013 | By More
Wounding charges denied

A 20-year-old denies two charges of stabbing men aged 20 and 21 in a group confrontation in Merivale last month, and is taking the case to a jury trial.

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June date set for petrol murder trial

December 6, 2013 | By More
June date set for petrol murder trial

A June date has been set for the trial of two men charged with the murder of a Christchurch man who was allegedly burnt in a petrol attack in April.

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Pigs bashed with mallet, court told

December 6, 2013 | By More
Pigs bashed with mallet, court told

A man admitted hitting pigs about the head, neck, and shoulders with a steel mallet, and driving over a pig’s head on his quad bike, at an appearance in the Christchurch District Court today.

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