A Bromley bartender caught a fake $50 note by trying to tear it when a customer handed it over to get change for the pokie machines.
Home detention has been allowed for a drug addict who knocked a woman shop assistant unconscious when he pushed her over during a raid on a central Christchurch optician.
A 45-year-old man admits raids on Christchurch parking meters but disputes that he was responsible for breaking into 178 of them and causing losses totalling $145,064.
Determined thief Donna Reta Mareraki admits it was “the dumbest decision of my life” to cut off her electronic bail bracelet and go on the run, but she claims it was a mission of mercy.
A judge struggled with what to do about scammer and shoplifter Reiana Janine Hilton, and decided in the end that supervision, counselling, and a job were the answer.
Even the possibility of a home detention sentence stretching ahead proved too much for determined thief Donna Reta Mareraki.
A judge’s wide knowledge of Christchurch offenders went on show at a district court sentencing in Court 19.
A 31-year-old woman who got children involved in her organised shoplifting has been jailed for four years six months.
A woman who shoplifted a swimming pool has admitted 24 charges and is due for sentencing in November in the Christchurch District Court.
Sentencing of a woman who scammed elderly victims – including a 95-year-old – has been delayed so that a judge can find out more about a positive drug test during a home detention term.