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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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A glitch in the paper trail

March 31, 2015 | By More
A glitch in the paper trail

The flow of proceedings in Christchurch’s main police court pauses, because the judge is missing some of the weaponry in that courtroom’s constant paper war.

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Lifestyles of the drugged and listless

September 25, 2014 | By More
Lifestyles of the drugged and listless

The Rangiora murder trial gave an eight-day view into the lifestyles of the idle and drugged.

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City too damaged for cigarette butt hunter

August 22, 2014 | By More
City too damaged for cigarette butt hunter

James Tahere has given up on Christchurch and the city will have to get back on its feet without him.

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Quotes of the week: Nothing synthetic about cannabis concerns

July 9, 2014 | By More
Quotes of the week: Nothing synthetic about cannabis concerns

Judge David Saunders, to an offender who had appeared unstable at court, and had been held in custody overnight to dry out: “I suggest you stay away from the synthetic cannabis. We know from what we have seen on a regular basis in the court, the unpredictable and angry behaviour that occurs when people are under the influence of that substance.”

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Traffic ‘chicken’ held in custody

March 13, 2014 | By More
Traffic ‘chicken’ held in custody

A man who got drunk and played “chicken” in the traffic has ended up in custody for his own safety.

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Quote of the Week: Scribbles unwelcome

January 21, 2014 | By More
Quote of the Week: Scribbles unwelcome

“If Leonardo da Vinci comes along and paints the Mona Lisa on my fence, and I don’t want it there, it’s graffiti.”

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Police welcoming committee was waiting for banned driver

January 16, 2014 | By More
Police welcoming committee was waiting for banned driver

While police investigating two assaults were calling at a man’s St Albans house, the disqualified driver drove into the driveway.

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