Victim who hugged her robber

Secondhand bookshop worker Carol Bell hugged the man who robbed her at knifepoint.

Carol Bell could be forgiven for feeling angry at the man who robbed her at knifepoint. Instead, she hugged him.

Crash motorcyclist hands himself in

A damaged motorcycle was abandoned by its rider following an accident in Hawera on Wednesday.

Speeding motorcyclist crashes into van - then gets into it to flee the scene.

Taranaki born conman dead

Convicted fraudster Derek Turner died in the Bahamas at the weekend.

He spent seven-and-a-half years in a United States prison for fleecing investors of $90 million.

Lethal level of meth in blood

Ashburton man Arran Gairns drowned with a lethal amount of methamphetamine in his blood.

Ashburton man Arran Gairns had lethal amount of methamphetamine in his blood when he died, toxicologist says.

River death verdict: Not guilty

Neville Patrick Harris has been found not guilty of  manslaughter in the High Court in Hamilton.

Did Neville Harris kill Tama Retimana in trying to protect a woman? No, a jury has decided.

Indecent assault filmed, put online


An assault on a teenage girl was filmed and uploaded to a private social media page.

Child secretly drugged

The woman was sentenced to home detention after secretly drugging her daughter.

Mum took home an anti-psychotic drug from hospital and hid it in daughter's yoghurt, causing serious side-effects.

Caught out for community work ruse

Nikita McCausland in 2007.

Woman's "better effort" at community work was an illusion – she had someone else doing it in her place.

Drink-driver 'irresponsible'

A New Plymouth man was caught drink-driving after the public made complaints about his bad driving (File Photo).

A series of complaints were made about his driving, when breath tested at home he was close to four times the legal limit.

Failed burglary leaves bloody mess

A Palmerston North woman had to clean up after a thief tried to break into her house in Takaro.

GRAPHIC: Woman left to clean up after "scumbag low-life" who cut himself while breaking in.

Drug dealer jailed

The Invercargill District Court in Don St.

An Invercargill drug dealer who threatened people with a weapon while they slept has been jailed.

Spree burglar foiled by community sentenced

Colac Bay's Foreshore Rd.

A burglar on a spree in western Southland who was stopped by members of the community has been sentenced to home detention.

Drug-addicted arsonist and burglar jailed

Invercargill District Court

A man who broke into the Pomona St dairy before lighting two fires in the vacant building opposite it has been jailed.

'King hit' robber sentenced to home detention

Invercargill District Court.

He king-hit a man then punched an 18-year-old woman because he wanted their alcohol.

Accused baby killer appears

Donovan Michael Duff, 40, has appeared in the Taupo District Court accused of his daughter's murder.

A Turangi father can now be named after appearing in court over the murder of his baby girl.

Gorse used in alleged assault

An Oakura man has been accused of a violent assault and will reappear in the New Plymouth District Court on June 15.

Tensions appear to have boiled over in a land dispute after a man was accused of a violent assault.

Repeat burglar 'violated' victim

Jason Edward Ormsby in  2011.

Jason Edward Ormsby has spent 25 of the last 27 years in jail. Now he faces nearly six more.

Jailed fraudster's second appeal bid

Loizos Michaels bled his victims dry, one judge said.(File photo)

Multi-million dollar fraudster, behind scheme to build casino in Wellington, appeals sentence.

Irate driver's car confrontation

Allan Latham appeared in the New Plymouth District Court on Wednesday after being arrested for driving in a dangerous manner.

He followed a group he suspected were up to no good, but his dangerous driving landed him in the dock instead.

Robber gets a hug from victim

Jamie Allan Hewison, 25, fled with $42, which he mostly dropped, when he robbed the Edgeware Paperback Centre in January.

The victim of a "mindless" knifepoint bookshop robbery hugged the offender after hearing his face-to-face apology.

What does the DNA prove?

The Palmerston North courthouse.

The Crown says DNA evidence shows man took part in assault. The defence says it shows the opposite.

Carjacking drama

Manuel sped away from officers and ran a red light before hitting another car at the intersection of St Lukes Road and ...

A man who crashed a stolen van, carjacked a driver and then hit him with his own car is on the run.

Convicted for hitting two girls in her care

Wellington woman is convicted of slapping two girls but gets no further penalty

She slapped the girls to discipline them because that's how she was raised.

Robber-on-a-bike guilty

Atkinson presented a firearm at staff, grabbed cash and fled on a bicycle.

Brent James Atkinson has admitted being Christchurch's balaclava-wearing robber-on-a-bike.

Not guilty pleas to car manslaughter

A man has pleaded not guilty to killing a Taupo woman by using a car as a weapon.

A psychiatric report has been sought over car manslaughter allegations.

Teen's ram raid in stolen car

A teen drove a stolen car into a Dunedin DTR store.

A 14-year-old fled with a lawnmower and guitar after ram-raiding Dunedin store.

Dad allegedly kicked son

A West Coast man has appeared in the Greymouth District Court charged with assault after allegedly kicking his ...

A judge has lifted all bail conditions for a West Coast father charged with assaulting his 2-year-old son.

Killed on way to daughter's birthday

Ross Hallgarth of Hastings died after swerving his car to avoid an oncoming car in the wrong lane.

Ross Hallgarth died after swerving his car to avoid an oncoming car in the wrong lane.

Blood, hammer found in car

The Palmerston North courthouse.

Weapons found after brutal assault left man with a caved-in head.

MoT fraud: Security concerns too

Former MoT manager Joanne Harrison's fake firm was involved in murky 'security services' before her fraud was uncovered.

Another twist in Joanne Harrison fraud scandal, with concerns fraudster hid behing 'covert' security operation as suspicions were raised with her boss.

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