The big gangland sentencing was going on in Court 19, with plenty of supporters in place in the public gallery.
Murray James Allan says his efforts to leave the Tribesmen gang put him in hospital for two weeks.
Security in court was tight for the sentencing of five Neighbourhood Crips gang members for an exercise yard bashing in Christchurch Men’s Prison.
A gang bashing in Christchurch Men’s Prison only involved one gang – and the victim declined to make a complaint and refused medical treatment.
An unnamed gang has moved into the field of commercial extortion, according to details revealed at a Christchurch District Court sentencing.
Two men and a woman with alleged connections to the King Cobra gang have been charged with firearm offences after a police armed offenders squad raid on a house in New Brighton last week.
Former Rebels gang president Albert Enoka has been jailed for 10 years for a violent stand-over and kidnapping incident, but the judge ruled out an open-ended term of preventive detention.
Road workers scattered and were lucky not to be killed by Jarku Raymond Wallace’s high-speed escape bid along New Brighton Road, said a judge as he sent the disqualified driver to jail.
A man who bashed a witness who had just given evidence against his stepfather at a High Court hearing has been allowed home detention.
The family of manslaughter victim Corey James Protos was praised for their “dignity and restraint” as they faced the sentencing of the woman who strangled him to death in a domestic violence incident.