Crime

Max died 'alone and in incredible pain'

The family buried Max with his toys by his favourite tree.

The owners of a slain labrador are offering a reward if it leads to the identity of his killer.

Armed man flees after car crash

Police are seeking an armed offender who fled the scene of a car crash on foot in the Far North.

Road cordons have been lifted, but police still seek an armed man who fled after crashing a car in the Far North.

Breaking the cycle

The Chief Ombudsman, Judge Peter Boshier, facilitated the 2017 National Youth Custody Index, prepared by students at ...

Too many young people in custody have found themselves in trouble because that's how they were brought up, student involved in new report says. 

Boards at court too revealing

A board showing defendants' names, and parties in civil cases, can be read from the footpath outside the court.

Defendants are identified before they get a chance to ask for suppression.

'You took my innocence'

Peter Armitage walking into the Christchurch District Court on Wednesday.

A man says his innocence was stolen more than 40 years ago, when he was just 8 years old, by a man his family trusted.

Beggar problem gets aggressive

The Palmerston North City Council has tried various approaches of dealing with begging, but nothing has really worked.

Attacked, harassed and threatened by beggars twice in as many days, Soren Olson says he's had enough.

Convicted killer forces rule change

Convicted murderer Stephen Hudson appeared by audio-visual link at the High Court in Wellington to argue his own claim ...

A judge agrees with a convicted murderer that his legal papers can't be withheld.

Student dealer back behind bars

The Parole Board has recalled Benjamen Belmont to prison, after finding he was an undue risk to the community.

Strangling his partner and breaching parole ruined the former drug dealer's early release.

Pit bull put down after attacking cop

A pit bull dog was effectively  used as a weapon against a Taranaki police officer, leaving him with serious injuries. ...

A police constable needed surgery after an offender commanded his pit bull dog to bite him.

Builder on fake passport jailed

Zi Xiang Lin was sentenced at Hamilton District Court to two years prison.

When found on a Hamilton building site the man made a run for it.

Meth-fuelled raider jailed

Edward Paul Paterson, 25, has been given a second strike by the Christchurch District Court.

A Taser-wielding dairy raider – caught when the owners fought back – can look forward to release from prison probably in 2021.

Lawyers keep turning him down

Lawyers in Blenheim say they can't represent Graham Donald Church because a witness works at the courthouse. (File photo)

Man on assault charge can't get a lawyer because they all know a witness - a security guard at the courthouse.

Women joggers assaulted

Police are "very concerned" after "brazen" sex attacks on two woman.

Two women left shaken after being indecently assaulted minutes apart while jogging in an Auckland suburb.

Hapu seek legal advice

A 55-year-old man will appear in the New Plymouth District Court on July 13 after being charged with theft by a person ...

 Hapu disappointed but determined to recoup stolen funds.

Bank robber on the loose

The man demanded cash from staff.

A man toting a sawn-off shotgun has had his robbery of an Auckland bank foiled.

Street rapist jailed

Elijah James Coker during sentencing in the High Court at Christchurch.

A man who raped a drunk 15-year-old girl had spiralled into drug use after his father was killed in a one-punch manslaughter case.

Man downplaying confrontation, says defence

Joseph Kurene in Palmerston North District Court is charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent to injure.

He can't remember racial abuse being yelled from the car, from right next to him.

Shot fired at Masterton home

A shot was fired through this kitchen window, according to police.

A shot was fired through a kitchen window of a Masterton house in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Mistrial declared in case

On Wednesday, Judge Chris Sygrove declared a mistrial and discharged the jury. The reasons for the mistrial have been ...

 A week and a half after a case involving three men started, it came to a sudden end.

Diversion for Norman?

Russel Norman swims in front of oil ship

The ex-Greens co-leader head of Greenpeace may avoid a conviction following an open-sea protest.

Prison staff to carry pepper spray

Corrections Minister Louise Upston says pepper spray is safer than other uses of force.

Prison guards will soon be allowed to carry pepper spray, and use it without getting permission from higher up.

Alleged child killer pleads

Donovan Michael Duff pleaded not guilty to his daughter's murder when he appeared in the High Court at Rotorua on Wednesday.

Man accused of daughter's murder says he didn't do it.

Man critical after shooting

Police are talking to people who were at the property to confirm exactly what happened (file photo).

He was shot accidentally in the shoulder, the emergency caller told police.

Boy refuses to get in car

The boy was walking home from Vauxhall School, in Narrow Neck on Auckland's North Shore.

Stranger claimed to be sent by boy's father, in latest Auckland suspected abduction attempt.

League ref fleeces club

Dwayne Hibbs stole $13,620 from Waikato Rugby League Referees Association coffers.

Ref siphoned $13,620 from Waikato Rugby League Referees Association to feed his gambling addiction at the TAB.

Fight back or step back video

Hamilton police are asking for help to identify two offenders who entered a superette armed with tomahawks.

Footage shows dairy staff attacking masked axemen with soy sauce and canned goods.

Thief smashes into Countdown

Police are investigating to track down the thief (file photo).

He broke through a window, grabbed alcohol and fled into a west Hamilton suburb.

Dad's horror 5.30am doorknock

Leeston crash victims Sam Drost, Lily Moore and Cole Christensen-Hull, all aged 15.

About 5.30am, a father opened his door to the police. He was told his son had been driving and three friends were dead.

Man in van approaches teen

Inquires are being made after a teenager was approached by a man in Brighton, near Dunedin.

A man driving dark grey van allegedly approached a teenager walking her dog on Monday.

Accused claims self-defence

Joseph Kurene.

Man suffered fractured skull and was in hospital for a month.

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