Top ten: February 4 - 10

SENTENCED: Gwenda Leigh Sloane
SENTENCED: Gwenda Leigh Sloane

1. ATM card thief wanted

Hamilton police were on the hunt last week for a woman using an eftpos card stolen from a home in the western outskirts of the city. The woman was caught on CCTV footage wearing a rather large pair of sunnies, where she attempted to use the card, unsuccessfully. Two other attempts were made at ATM machines, but to no avail. Anyone with any information on the identity of the woman in the photograph, or about the burglary, are asked to contact Mr Baker at the Hamilton Central Police Station on 07 858 6200. Alternatively, information can be left anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

2. He paid with his life: Cop  

Hamilton teen Rocky Joe Kohatu Hepi, 17, was killed when he crashed a stolen car in the early hours of Waitangi Day after a short police pursuit. The  youth, known as "Rock", had been thrown from the vehicle he had stolen from a Dinsdale address. Also in the 1991 Nissan Maxima was a 14-year-old boy, travelling in the front seat, who was last night in a critical condition in Waikato Hospital with serious leg and abdominal injuries. A 15-year-old girl, who had been wearing a seatbelt, was uninjured.

3. Car overturns in Te Rapa Expressway smash

A four-wheel drive vehicle was left overturned after a collision on the Te Rapa Section of the Waikato Expressway. The two-vehicle crash, at the off-ramp from Mangaharakeke Dr to Koura Dr was on the stretch of expressway that opened in Early December. Two women in a Ford Laser and a man in a Nissan four wheel drive vehicle were treated at the scene by emergency services but were not trapped in the vehicles.

4. Details of killing too brutal to hear

Rotorua woman Gwenda Leigh Sloane, 44, was sentenced to life in jail for the murder of her friend and lover Michelle Hoffman-Tamm on November 7 last year. She will serve a minimum of 17 years' jail before being eligible for parole. She and Ms Hoffman-Tamm, 51, had an "intermittent relationship". After an all-night drinking session, she became enraged and accused Ms Hoffman-Tamm of stealing $20 from her wallet, Crown prosecutor Fletcher Pilditch told the High Court at Rotorua.
Sloane also believed Ms Hoffman-Tamm had a set of her house keys and a bank card. Many sitting in the public gallery were in tears as they were told Sloane stabbed Ms Hoffman-Tamm more than 30 times in the chest and back, and mutilated her body, severing both ears.

5. The Gilded Tramp of Hamilton

Meet Lindsay Evans. For the past seven years, Mr Evans, 53, has been living on the streets of Hamilton. But he says his savings add up to $76,200 and his only problem in joblessness.

6. Ring Road workers break internet

WANTED: Police want to identify the woman wearing sunglasses in this CCTV image following the theft of eftpos cards.
WANTED: Police want to identify the woman wearing sunglasses in this CCTV image following the theft of eftpos cards.

No internet? What? Hamilton businesses found themselves without the internet last week after fibre cable was severed in Hamilton East. But never fear, the world wide web was restored before 4pm. Crisis averted.

7. P dealer remorse hard to swallow

A Hamilton man who continued to try to deal methamphetamine during his own drugs trial has been jailed for nearly six years.
Brendon Murray Carlisle, 31, was one of six men convicted of a variety of drugs charges after a nine-week trial in the High Court in Hamilton in December.

8. Fear for woman's safety

Police have appealed for sighting of Australian woman Jena Wardlow, 23. Miss Wardlaw is holidaying in New Zealand and was last seen at a house in Hamilton. She is believed to be travelling in a white rental Daewoo sedan, registration unknown.

9. Quirky spaceship house for sale

As the headline suggests, Raglan's spaceship house is for sale. The ''futuro'' house looks out of the Whaingaroa Harbour mouth from its quarter-acre waterfront leasehold section. Ray White real estate agent Stephen O'Byrne says there is good interest in the quirky offering, priced at "high twos, low threes".

10. $250k IRD fraudster jailed

An IRD employee was jailed last week after she created fake passports, birth certificates, IRD numbers and application forms, gaining just over $225,000 to spend on cars, gambling, groceries. Anita Gail O'Connor, 59, of Ngaruawahia, was sentenced to two years and five months' prison after last year pleading guilty to 163 fraud-related charges that span a five-year period. 

DOWN BUT NOT OUT: Lindsay Evans lives on the streets in Hamilton
DOWN BUT NOT OUT: Lindsay Evans lives on the streets in Hamilton
FOR SALE: Raglan's spaceship house.
FOR SALE: Raglan's spaceship house.