'Trusted employee' denies fraud, theft

Wallet, cash

A man facing 119 theft and fraud charges relating to more than $600,000 was a trusted employee.

Man accused of assaulting fiancee


A man charged with stomping on his fiancee's face has appeared in court.

Driver crashed three times


A drink-driver crashed her car three times before she was caught by police.

'Arrogant' spotlight hunting pair convicted


Illegal hunters who shone a spotlight on horrified DOC workers while hunting are convicted.

Mall incident lands man in court


A man restrained by bouncers and members of the public and then pepper-sprayed by police in Queenstown has appeared in court.

Man's offending out of character


A 21-year-old man has been fined for holding a broken beer bottle on a main street in Invercargill.

Judge-only trial for cat woman


The Invercargill woman charged with keeping too many cats will appear in a judge-alone trial in September.

Drug import 'middle man' sentenced


A 26-year-old Southland man has been sentenced for his part as a "middle man" in a drug importation scheme, the Invercargill District Court has been told.

Engineer found not guilty of drink-driving


An engineer has been found not guilty of drink-driving after he was found by police alone in the driver's seat of a car with the motor still warm.

Ex-dairy staff to be sentenced for scam


Two former Night 'n Day staff in Queenstown who stole from their employer by helping each other scam grocery item sales have been remanded until August for sentence.

Man unfit to stand trial


A 72-year-old Wanaka man found unfit to stand trial after being accused of attacking a police officer will face no further penalty.

Suppression ends for cat woman


The Invercargill woman battling in court to keep her cats can now be named.

Unprovoked assault part of 'epidemic' of violence


The actions of two young men who randomly assaulted a patron of a Cromwell bar were part of an "epidemic" of unprovoked violence, a judge says.

Child sex abuse imagery lands man in prison


A man who made child sex abuse images is behind bars after pleading guilty to more than 30 offences.

Cat battle woman named


The Invercargill woman battling in court to keep her cats can now be named.

Man admits attacking brother


A man has pleaded guilty to assaulting his brother with a golf club after an argument.

Sentence 'to keep teen away from criminals'


A district court judge shied away from sentencing a teenager to community work to prevent him from being exposed to hardened criminals.

Teen sentenced after attacking tourist


An Albert Town teenager exposed to gang violence and drugs from an early age was sentenced yesterday to community detention and supervision for attacking a tourist.

Speeding 'show-off' crashed car on bend


A 20-year-old meatworker crashed his car on Bluff Hill after showing off and driving at excessive speed.

Shooter's sentence disgusts

Adam Hill

Slain shooter Adam Hill's tearful mother said there was no justice for her son.

Man's South Island crime spree


A man was allegedly involved in a burglary in Christchurch before he went on a crime spree through Cromwell.

Pair admit part in dope-growing operation


Two men involved in a cannabis-growing operation in Invercargill have admitted their part in the offending.

David Mahia gets life in jail for murder

David  Mahia

Man jailed for a minimum of 12-and-a-half years after admitting murder and sexual violation of Invercargill woman.

Judge: Road rage incident serious


A Riverton man threw beer bottles at a driver and punched him in a "serious and prolonged" road rage incident, the Invercargill District Court was told.

Jail for Wanaka drug dealer

Oscar Arlidge

A man busted in an undercover police sting into LSD and ecstasy dealing in Wanaka has been jailed.

Queenstown man charged with importing drug


A Queenstown man charged with importing ecstasy has been remanded until July 14.

Drug dealer, 17, to be sentenced


A teenage drug dealer was remanded on bail for sentence when he appeared in the Queenstown District Court yesterday.

Drunk man attacked three

Man slammed a woman's head on to the road and threatened to kill a man's family.

Forbidden driver crashed in chase


A 23-year-old Southland man led police on a pursuit after misjudging a driveway and crashing into a post, the Gore District Court has been told.

Assault earns rugby player community work sentence

A promising young Southland rugby player has been sentenced for assault.

Ex-solicitor denies drink-drive charge


A former Invercargill Crown prosecutor is defending a charge of being incapable of driving because she was under the influence of drink.

Remorseful Edgerton in court for causing death

Wayne Edgerton

'Remorseful' hunter agrees he failed to correctly identify target before fatally shooting a hunter.

Invercargill District Court News - April

A Southland man's "erratic" driving was a good example of the dangers of legal highs, a judge says.

Judge slams pilot for flying without medical

An Arrowtown farmer, developer and pilot twice flew without a valid medical certificate.

Queenstown District Court News - April

Samuel Norman Stewart, 33, of Luggate, was sentenced to nine months' supervision, 60 hours' community work and ordered to pay $500 for emotional harm for assaulting a female by punching her twice in the face on April 22. Stewart, the victim and others were drinking in a caravan when simmering family tensions arose.

Funds used for holidays, court told

Jenna Lee Robinson

A former ANZ bank employee convicted of a $400,000 theft used the money to buy a house and for overseas holidays.

Invercargill District Court News - April

A man who didn't stop for police told the Invercargill District Court his car stereo was too loud to hear the siren.

Sportsmen appear in court

Two Southland sportsmen have been remanded at large after appearing in the Invercargill District Court this morning charged with incurring a debt by deception.

Teenager pleads guilty, siblings deny charges

Three brothers from Albert Town charged in relation to robbing a tourist appeared in Queenstown District Court yesterday.

Invercargill District Court News - April

"You are the parent. She is the child. It's up to you to ensure that she goes to school."

Mother chided over truant girl

"You are the parent. She is the child. It's up to you to ensure that she goes to school."

Trio jailed for roles in drug supply ring


Three men were sent to jail yesterday for their roles in an LSD and ecstasy supply ring in Wanaka.

Man to be sentenced for assaulting four people

A Gore man, who assaulted two couples after a Gibbston concert, has been remanded for sentence.

Queenstown District Court News - April

A Cromwell man who bit his wife during a brutal assault has been sent to jail.

Chinese driver had limited experience

Kejia Zheng

A Chinese student convicted of killing two bikers probably had less than a month's driving experience.

Gore District Court - April

A teenager who led police on a high-speed pursuit past schools and through residential areas had a "brain explosion", the Gore District Court was told.

Level 'death defying'

An Orepuki man had a "death defying" level of alcohol in his body when he got behind the wheel on Christmas Day, the Gore District Court was told.

Invercargill District Court News - April

A man caught stealing petrol paid the owner with cash he had stolen from the owner's wallet minutes earlier, the Invercargill District Court was told.

Alexandra District Court News - March

Driving herself home from court with a suspended driver's licence landed a wool handler with another court appearance on March 28.

Judge finds couple's evidence inconsistent

A couple fabricated aspects of their evidence in an assault case involving a former housemate, a judge said.