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.

Woman found not guilty

St John's Ambulance

A woman who injured a baby and herself with a knife was suffering from psychosis and delusional hallucinations, a court heard.

Invercargill woman found not guilty

An Invercargill woman charged with the attempted murder of a baby has been found not guilty by way of insanity.

Invercargill District Court: March 25, 2014

Temptation got the better of a woman who found a bank card with the Pin written on it, the Invercargill District Court was told.

Man found guilty of fraud, theft

A man accused of fraud and theft offences totalling more than $400k has been found guilty.

Queenstown District Court News - March

A man busted in an undercover police sting into LSD and ecstasy dealing in Wanaka has been convicted and remanded in custody for sentence.

Man befriended people 'to commit fraud'

A Southland man accused of fraud befriended people and offered them goods and services, a Crown prosecutor said.

Driver deeply sorry

The driver of a car involved in a fatal accident near Tisbury wished he had died instead.

Sex offender's sentence reduced

A man who sexually violated an eight-year-old girl has had his sentence reduced.

Invercargill District Court: March 22, 2014

Cases heard in the Invercargill District Court before Judge Michael Turner on Saturday:

Ill-treating sheep costs man $20k


A Southland man who recklessly ill-treated sheep has been fined almost $20,000.

Fraud accused opens his defence case

A man on trial accused of fraudulently obtaining hundreds of thousands of dollars has opened his defence case in the Invercargill District Court.

Accused in a 'spin' over rip-off allegations


A Southland man accused of ripping off several people was in a "spin" when police fronted him about the accusations, a district court jury has heard.

Gore District Court: March 12, 2014


A Southland mother called police after her daughter threatened to stab her pet cat, the Gore District Court was told.

Invercargill District Court: March 11, 2014

A Southland man's collection of child porn images was discovered when he took his laptop to be serviced, the Invercargill District Court was told.

Teenager gets work sentence for 'gun' prank

A 17-year-old student who produced a plastic gun and held it at an Asian man's head as a "joke" has been sentenced to 40 hours' community work.

Teen embarrassed about offending

A Te Anau teenager grabbed and pushed a visitor to the town who had told him to be quiet, the Invercargill District Court was told.

Former farm manager jailed for stock theft

A 38-year-old former farm manager has been sent to jail for stealing more than $300,000 worth of stock and farm equipment and products.

Rugby player in court

Tukiterangi Jahna Raimona

Tukiterangi Jahna Raimona, a 2013 Southland Stags squad member, has admitted a charge of dishonestly obtaining a prescription form.

Man 'in bad place' admits drug offences

A 22-year-old builder who has admitted more than 20 drugs charges told police he was in a bad place and had a serious drug problem, the Invercargill District Court has been told.

Christchurch trio deny drug charges

Jamie Daniel Robinson and Hugh James Robinson

Three Christchurch people charged in relation to a nationwide drug ring investigation have pleaded not guilty.

Teen released early for good behaviour

A teenager who punched a police officer about five times in the head has been released early.

Jurors take 60 minutes to acquit man

A Southland man accused of sexual offending against a girl has been found not guilty in the High Court in Invercargill.

Tindallgate bouncer appealing

Jonathan Dixon

The former bouncer at the centre of the "Tindallgate" incident during the 2011 Rugby World Cup is appealing his conviction and sentence.

Man arrested on porn charges

A 21-year-old Alexandra man is facing charges of child pornography that have been described as on the ''very high end'' of offensiveness.

Man did jail for similar sex offence, jury told


A Southland man who denies a sex charge in the High Court at Invercargill has spent time in prison for similar offending in the past, a jury has been told.

Driver who crashed was tired, court told

A 25-year-old Indian national crashed into a parked campervan resulting in serious injuries to his passenger, the Invercargill District Court has been told.

Wanaka man pleads guilty to 19 charges

A plasterer "heavily involved" in drug dealing in Wanaka was remanded in custody for sentence in April.

Woman sentenced over blackmail charge

Southland Times photo

A Queenstown woman who falsely accused a man of rape after he slept with her sister was yesterday sentenced to nine months' home detention for blackmail.

Woman tells of shock waking to man in room

A man is on trial in Invercargill for an alleged sexual offence.

Wounding accused refused bail

An 18-year-old man accused of wounding a man in Gore has been refused bail.

Budget woe led to theft from boss


A 29-year-old Invercargill woman stole more than $2000 from her employer because she was in financial difficulty, the Invercargill District Court was told.

Man found guilty on one assault charge

Southland man cleared on two of three charges he faced in the Invercargill District Court.

Woman appeared terrified, police say


The complainant in an alleged kidnapping collapsed at the feet of a police officer after he arrived at the scene, an Invercargill jury has been told.

Man's actions 'out of character'

A man was acting out of character when he bit his pregnant girlfriend's breast and poured beer over her head, the Invercargill District Court has been told.

Partygoer can't recall 'drunken' act


A partygoer who headbutted a man so hard he broke his nose told police he had no memory of the incident.

Mark Lundy back in court

Mark Lundy

Double murder accused Mark Lundy in court for a review of his case in the lead-up to a retrial.