A Christchurch businessman who preyed sexually on teenage girls – including Child, Youth, and Family runaways – has admitted 12 charges just as his jury trial was due to begin.
Court sittings in Christchurch came to a sudden stop mid-morning on Friday when PSA members and Court Security Officers walked out in support of their pay claim.
The former present of the Mongrel Mob’s Aotearoa chapter, Joseph “Junior” Wiringi, is in custody awaiting sentencing for cruel ill-treatment of a six-month-old puppy and threatening police with a garden spade.
A judge’s wide knowledge of Christchurch offenders went on show at a district court sentencing in Court 19.
A Richmond man has been remanded in custody on charges of kidnapping two women and sexual assault.
A girl who was aged 15 at the time of the killing of Pierclaudio Raviola has been charged with his murder.
A 34-year-old chef has admitted careless driving causing the death of Catherine Angela Davidson in a crash between Doyleston and Leeston, southwest of Christchurch, on May 5.
A 34-year-old woman did a runner without paying after spending three nights at an Amberley motel and stealing household goods worth $8500 from the unit.
Robbery of an elderly man for a car was behind the killing of Pierclaudio Raviola who was found injured in a Sumner carpark in March 2017.
Home detention has been granted to hospitality businessman Hayden George Jones for unpaid taxes after the earthquakes brought his pub and brewery enterprises to a halt.