Twenty-four-year-old Sonja Russell was denied bail when she appeared in court today facing a charge relating to a stabbing in Phillipstown.
A chronic methamphetamine user and dealer has been given a reduced sentence because of the extraordinary work and study he has done during 13 months in prison on remand.
Seventeen-year-old Bronson Kelekolio hung his head as details of his knife and sex attack on a 22-year-old Ashburton solo mother were read in Christchurch’s High Court at his sentencing for murder.
Wesley Winfield Barnett’s $26,000 armed robbery of the Brickworks Restaurant was not seen as a sophisticated affair.
Late-night service of a trespass order by three unexpected “intruders” led to a dog bite and two of them being stabbed.
A drug courier involved in a cocaine importation scheme worth up to $3.5 million was jailed for four years seven months today.
Jurors have been offered counselling after reaching mainly majority guilty verdicts in an eight-day child sexual abuse trial.
A 22-year-old man says he has no memory of walking up to a car in Marshland Road, shouting “Boo”, and punching a stranger in the face through an open window.
Danny James Cruickshank then wandered off along the middle of the road where cars had to veer to avoid hitting him, the Christchurch District Court was told today.
Defence counsel Kiran Paima said Cruickshank was diabetic and had not taken his medication. He was drunk, and could not remember the incident where he also resisted the police when they arrested him.
Judge Tony Couch sentenced him on one assault charge and one resisting police charge.
The victim told police Cruickshank yelled “Boo” at him, and punched him in the face with a closed fist. He got a bleeding nose but was otherwise unhurt.
Judge Couch said Cruickshank punched a complete stranger in the face for no reason, and sentenced Cruickshank to 100 hours community work and ordered a reparation payment of $300 to his victim.
A man convicted of sex crimes 19 years ago is arguing it would not be fair to lift his name suppression now as part of the efforts of two women victims to make his name public.
A woman publicly branded a “menace” and banned from just about everywhere has now been jailed for six months and told to stay away from children.