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Woman denies robbery-related charges

February 17, 2014 | By More
Woman denies robbery-related charges

A 25-year-old woman is denying two charges related to armed robberies carried out at two Christchurch bars on the night of January 26.

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Manning’s DNA found on knife, trial told

February 17, 2014 | By More
Manning’s DNA found on knife, trial told

DNA that was likely from murder victim “Mellory” Manning was found on a knife retrieved from the Avon River after her body was found, the trial of the man accused of her killing was told in the High Court at Christchurch today. [Updated report]

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Trial heard about a life of despair

February 14, 2014 | By More
Trial heard about a life of despair

Lucille Sarah Scollay wept in court – a model of loneliness, depression, grief – as her murder trial unfolded around her.

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Bail bid dropped for armed robbery accused

February 13, 2014 | By More
Bail bid dropped for armed robbery accused

A man facing charges over armed robberies at two Christchurch bars last month has dropped his bid for release on bail.

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Judge lifts suppression on teenage blackmailer

February 13, 2014 | By More
Judge lifts suppression on teenage blackmailer

Name suppression has been lifted on a teenager who blackmailed an older man by text messages about their alleged sexual relationship in the days leading up to his suicide.

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Trial hears of drugs found in murder victim’s body

February 12, 2014 | By More
Trial hears of drugs found in murder victim’s body

Samples from murder victim Ngatai Lynette Manning’s body showed she had methadone in her blood and liver, morphine in her blood, and cannabis in her urine. [Report includes afternoon update]

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Trial hears of Manchester Street “sex tax”

February 11, 2014 | By More
Trial hears of Manchester Street “sex tax”

A sex worker who gave evidence in a Christchurch High Court murder trial today said there was no trouble with gangs on the streets until a couple of months before Mellory Manning was killed. [Update from afternoon evidence]

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Trial told of fatal attack by mob members

February 10, 2014 | By More
Trial told of fatal attack by mob members

Murder accused Mauha Huatahi Fawcett told the police he said “Sieg heil” and barked like a dog along with other Mongrel Mob members during the assault that killed Christchurch sex worker Ngatai Lynette Manning, the Crown says. [Report of opening statements.]

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Couple ‘carried away’ to court

February 7, 2014 | By More
Couple ‘carried away’ to court

A couple charged with getting overly amorous in a park in Hornby ended up in the Christchurch District Court today.

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Restaurant manager to pay back $17,000

February 5, 2014 | By More
Restaurant manager to pay back $17,000

A former restaurant manager of Speights Alehouse in Bealey Avenue has been sentenced for causing the business a loss of nearly $17,000 by manipulating points onto customers’ loyalty cards.

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