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Monitoring ordered over loosening car wheels

February 5, 2014 | By More
Monitoring ordered over loosening car wheels

A judge will regularly monitor an Ashburton man who has admitted loosening the wheelnuts on his ex-girlfriend’s car.

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Crown seeks preventive detention reports for teen on rape charges

February 5, 2014 | By More
Crown seeks preventive detention reports for teen on rape charges

The Crown is asking for preventive detention to be considered for an 18-year-old North Canterbury youth who has admitted two rapes, one involving an 11-year-old girl.
The youth was in custody awaiting sentence in the Christchurch District Court today but the Crown had filed a memorandum seeking a delay for the necessary reports to be prepared.
Name suppression continues until sentencing which is now set for April 30, and the youth will remain in custody while reports by two health assessors – usually a psychiatrist and psychologist – are prepared.
Judge Gary MacAskill agreed to order the reports, which will cover the youth’s risk of committing further qualifying offences.
Defence counsel Elizabeth Bulger provided the court with a psychological report that had already been prepared for the defence.
The Crown did not oppose name suppression being continued until the new sentencing session.
Preventive detention sentences mean that offenders – usually sex offenders – can be held in custody until they complete treatment and no longer pose a risk of further offending. It means that offenders can be held in jail indefinitely.
The youth was arrested after a series of incidents on October 13. He pleaded guilty to charges of raping a 17-year-old, threatening to do grievous bodily harm, and abducting, raping, and having unlawful sexual connection with the 11-year-old girl.
The older victim was raped in a car parked near Christchurch Airport. The woman received bruises and abrasions from the struggle and the youth’s face was scratched and bleeding.
A few hours later, the youth approached the 11-year-old girl in a rural North Canterbury playground. He drove her to a remote area where he threatened her with a knife, strangled her, and then sexually violated and raped her.
Afterwards, when she was fearing that she would be killed, the girl jumped out of the moving car, receiving stretches to her face and neck. She had received grazes to her body, arms, and legs and a cut to her thumb from pushing away the youth’s knife. She also received injuries consistent with a sexual assault.

The Crown is asking for preventive detention to be considered for an 18-year-old North Canterbury youth who has admitted two rapes, one involving an 11-year-old girl.

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Stay application in Ryder assault case

February 4, 2014 | By More
Stay application in Ryder assault case

The man charged with injuring cricketer Jesse Ryder in an alleged assault at a Merivale bar ten months ago is seeking to have the case dropped because of pre-trial publicity. [Updated report]

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Second man admits passport offences

January 31, 2014 | By More
Second man admits passport offences

A second Chinese man has admitted improperly dealing with passports, but three others arrested in the police swoop in July 2012 continue to deny the charges and are heading for trial in September.

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Long jail term for skull stabbing at party

January 29, 2014 | By More
Long jail term for skull stabbing at party

A 21-year-old has been jailed for eight years three months for a party stabbing that left a knife embedded in his victim’s skull and may have life-long effects.

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Firearm found in robbery investigation

January 28, 2014 | By More
Firearm found in robbery investigation

Police executing a search warrant in Christchurch during the investigation into two armed robberies of bars on Sunday night have now found a firearm. [Updated report]

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Police allege dog’s throat was cut

January 27, 2014 | By More
Police allege dog’s throat was cut

Bail has been granted to a Linwood teenager accused of ill-treating a dog by cutting its throat.

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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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Young offender admits Akaroa mini crime spree

January 23, 2014 | By More
Young offender admits Akaroa mini crime spree

A Russian orphan already described by a judge in 2012 as enjoying the reputation of being the leading youth car thief in Christchurch, pleaded guilty to five charges after a mini crime spree in Akaroa.

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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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