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Authorities struggle to deal with menacing woman

February 14, 2014 | By More
Authorities struggle to deal with menacing woman

Problems continue for the authorities trying to curb the behaviour of a woman who has a history of violence and repeatedly turns up where children are playing.

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Manslaughter verdict in Louise Scollay trial

February 13, 2014 | By More
Manslaughter verdict in Louise Scollay trial

The family of Guy Christian Scollay say they hold no animosity towards his wife Lucille Sarah Scollay who was found guilty of his manslaughter at her trial this afternoon.

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Police tell of retrieving victim’s body from river

February 13, 2014 | By More
Police tell of retrieving victim’s body from river

A detective said he saw a large hole in the right forehead and a small stab wound to the upper chest when he saw the body of sex worker Mellory Manning floating in the Avon River.

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Woman repeatedly admitted stabbing husband, trial told

February 12, 2014 | By More
Woman repeatedly admitted stabbing husband, trial told

“One stupid thought and I killed him. I loved him. Why did I do it?” said a distressed Lucille Sarah Scollay when she was with police in the hours after she had stabbed her husband to death. [Update: Afternoon proceedings.]

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Woman stabbed husband to end their ‘stuck’ relationship

February 11, 2014 | By More
Woman stabbed husband to end their ‘stuck’ relationship

Upset about her husband’s mental health issues and the state of their relationship, Lucille Sarah Scollay took a knife from the kitchen and stabbed her husband through the heart as he slept. [Update: Afternoon evidence.]

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Second Christchurch murder trial begins

February 11, 2014 | By More
Second Christchurch murder trial begins

Evidence from 19 Crown witnesses will be called at the trial of 45-year-old Lucille Sarah Scollay in the High Court at Christchurch on a charge of murdering her husband.

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Jury selection begins in Mellory Manning murder trial

February 10, 2014 | By More
Jury selection begins in Mellory Manning murder trial

Jury selection began after 10.30am in the case of Mauha Huatahi Fawcett, who denies the December 2008 murder of Christchurch sex worker Ngatai Lynette Manning.

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Insanity hearing scheduled over Redwood murder charge

February 7, 2014 | By More
Insanity hearing scheduled over Redwood murder charge

A court hearing to considering a possible insanity finding has been set for a 24-year-old man accused of the murder of another man at a house in Redwood last November.

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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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