Three men accused of aggravated robbery in court

Three men accused of aggravated robbery remanded in custody after appearing in court.

Accused killer the son of infamous murderer

Jason Alistor Barr and Shay Barry Webster

Man who admitted part in petrol fire death is the son of a high-profile bank robber and murderer.

Drunken ski instructors charged


Two ski instructors who clambered on to a commercial boat in Queenstown will make a trip to court.

'Miracle' driver didn't hit traffic



A judge has treated a man's dangerous driving as a "one-off brain-freeze moment".

Jury sworn in for Oamaru murder trial

Justin Conrad McFarlane

More than 100 witnesses will be called in the High Court at Dunedin as four men appear for the murder of Oamaru man Justin Conrad McFarlane.

Driver not at fault in tourist's death

Coroner Richard McElrea

Driver not at fault for fatally hitting tourist who was distracted by stargazing in rural Queenstown.

Fleeced investors unlikely to be compensated


Elderly investors who lost millions in a Ponzi scheme have no hope of getting their money back.

Judge: Mum puts booze before kids

Judge, court, gavel, justice

Mum left infant daughter in a bathtub overflowing with cold water, and her son playing naked on the street.

Man faces multiple fraud charges

Wallet, cash

An Invercargill man accused of fraudulently spending thousands of dollars on everything from burgers, pet food and building supplies to go-kart rides and a washing machine failed to appear in the Alexandra District Court yesterday.

Spree of southern thefts admitted

Judge, court, gavel, justice

Blenheim woman admits theft charges after targeting Invercargill accommodation spots.

$500 fine for biting bouncer


An Australian woman holidaying Queenstown sank her teeth into a bouncer's arm and broke the skin.

Counselling for winemaker on drugs charges


Prominent Central Otago winemaker to get counselling after being charged with drug offences.

Woman stole cash from employer

cash in hand

Australian mother who stayed in NZ because she enjoyed snowboarding stole thousands, court told.

Man shot himself in head by mistake


Man pulled the trigger of his friend's high-powered rifle, unaware it was loaded.

Coroner suppresses evidence in drowning case

 Otago Southland coroner David Crerar

Evidence at an inquest into the death of a Southland toddler who drowned in a farm rubbish hole has been suppressed until further notice.

Backpacker blows $12k inheritance


British backpacker squandered $12,000 of his inheritance while supplying cannabis in Queenstown.

Lawyer says Jenny McNee not racist

Jenny McNee

Police officer found guilty of racially abusing taxi driver is discharged without a conviction.

Sevens fraudster still to pay full reparation

Richard Edgar Anderson

A former detective convicted of defrauding the New Zealand Pub Charity Sevens rugby tournament still has an outstanding balance to pay.

Till breath test do we part

Drink driving breath testing

A couple honeymooning in Queenstown got into strife after an alcohol-fuelled night out.

Jury trial for accused drug smuggler

A Dunedin man faces a life sentence for importing drugs into NZ.

Facebook row ends in work sentence

Man sentenced to community work after Facebook exchange spirals out of control.

Driving was malicious - judge


A motorist deliberately drove towards an oncoming vehicle belonging to his former employer, a Gore District Court judge said.

Policewoman found guilty of racial abuse

Jenny McNee

A police officer has been found guilty of racially abusing a taxi driver in Queenstown.

Trial of man accused of fraud adjourned


A trial against a man accused of fraud and theft has been adjourned to Wednesday.

Southern man admits 14 dishonesty charges


A Southland man accused of fraud and theft has admitted some charges while others have been discharged.

Homophobic taunts earn broken jaw


Court fines Queenstown housekeeper for breaking a man's jaw after homophobic abuse in a bar.

Accused got into debt in business

A man accused of fraud got himself into debt with a business he owned, a court has been told.

Ex-staffer to do community work


A former Night 'n Day staffer has been sentenced to 200 hours' community work for stealing from her employer more than 100 times.

Alleged drug smuggler remanded


Man accused of importing LSD and MDMA into NZ has name suppressed at court appearance.

Man entitled to cash, court told

Southland Times photo

A man on trial for fraud and theft drew money from his business 'because he was entitled to'.

Chef to be discharged


A Brazilian chef has been granted a conditional discharge without conviction on three drug charges in the Queenstown District Court.

Court told Yeo promised to sort debts


Man accused of fraud and theft of more than $600,000 promised to sort out company debts.

Home detention for Marshall's attacker

Justin Marshall

A 25-year-old has acknowledged that his Queenstown assault on former All Black Justin Marshall was "disgraceful, idiotic" behaviour.

Business idea was Yeo's, says partner

A man who went into business with Paul Graham Yeo had known him for 20 years.

'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.
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