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Cell door glitch at court

November 6, 2015 | By More
Cell door glitch at court

A man waiting in custody to appear at the Court House today caused a glitch when he damaged the door of the holding cell

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Quote of the Week

November 4, 2015 | By More
Quote of the Week

“Good luck finding something you can report.”

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Licences forfeit for drive-off petrol thefts

November 3, 2015 | By More
Licences forfeit for drive-off petrol thefts

Drive-off petrol thieves are risking their licences, Christchurch District Court Judge David Saunders has made clear.

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Repercussions from counselling service’s demise

September 23, 2015 | By More
Repercussions from counselling service’s demise

A Christchurch man has become a “victim” of the demise of Relationships Aotearoa.

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Quote of the Week

August 20, 2015 | By More
Quote of the Week

“Bring back paper diaries.”

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‘Problem child’ gets a chance

August 4, 2015 | By More
‘Problem child’ gets a chance

A teenager who ticks all the “problem child” boxes, has been given a chance for rehabilitation at two separate Christchurch court sentencings.

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A short catalogue of bungled robberies

July 22, 2015 | By More
A short catalogue of bungled robberies

The latest report of an inept liquor store robbery in Aranui has brought to mind some other famously bungled local cases.

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Drink-drive costs pile up

June 16, 2015 | By More
Drink-drive costs pile up

A rebuild worker from overseas has suffered a huge financial setback after breaching New Zealand’s drink-drive laws.
He has been working on the Christchurch rebuild for two years two months while sending money back to his wife and two sons in the Philippines.
He had spent the night at a function out of Christchurch and set off early on June 7 to return to the city, to get to a church service.
He says he swerved on the West Coast Road to avoid a rabbit and slid along the wet grass and crashed through a Selwyn District road sign.
That led to a charge of drink-driving when a check showed a level of 555mcg of alcohol to a litre of breath.
He was fined $650 and disqualified from driving for six months.
He wrecked his car and he has lost his insurance because of the alcohol conviction. He cannot afford to get the car repaired.
The council’s insurance company is now seeking $10,000 from him for the smashed road sign as well.
He may get some help from his workmates to get through all these difficulties.
The court did not hear the fate of the rabbit

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The Great Golf Cart Heist

May 18, 2015 | By More
The Great Golf Cart Heist

Four young men faced damage bills after what a lawyer called “The Great Golf Cart Heist”.

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Licensing for parenthood

April 1, 2015 | By More
Licensing for parenthood

Grappling with the sentencing of a young dad for domestic violence, Christchurch District Court Judge Jane Farish came up with the idea of a whole new licensing system.

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