A second boy has told a jury of a woman burning his tongue with a spoon heated on a stove element, but the defence has accused the boy of getting together with another witness “to make it all up”.
Police have launched a homicide investigation after a five-year-old boy who had been admitted to Christchurch Hospital with critical injuries died this morning.
The scramble for qualified tradespeople for the Christchurch rebuild has led to an appearance in court by a firm that employed a tiler with the wrong immigration visa.
Convicted murder John Frederick Ericson’s court bid to hurry along the steps towards his release from prison has been rejected by a High Court judge.
Eight more charges alleging historic sex offending have been laid against an Oamaru man who is already facing trial on another 48 similar charges.
A 24-year-old man was sentenced to prison for over two years for charges relating to his “dysfunctional sexual behaviour”.
The defence has challenged a boy’s evidence about being burned with a hot poker and spoon, and made to eat chillis, repeatedly alleging that he…
A neighbour who tried to stop a burglar’s getaway and got wedged between a car and a fence has been described in court as “brave and strong” by a Christchurch District Court judge.
A boy has told Christchurch jury of not being able to eat or drink for two days after being punished by having a heated spoon or a “fire rod” – a poker – put into his mouth.
A man convicted of murdering his wife 15 years ago has taken a case to the High Court to try to force the Corrections Department to give him the counselling that may lead to his release on parole.