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  • The Solicitor-General is going to appeal the sentence given to the child abuser

    The Solicitor-General is going to appeal the sentence given to the child abuser

    who got home detention for breaking a kids legs: The solicitor-general has appealed a sentence of home detention for a man who broke his daughter’s legs in five places. Hastings man James Hall was sentenced to 12 months home detention by Justice Mary Peters in the High Court in Napier on August 13. The solicitor-general’s office this morning confirmed an appeal had been lodged against the sentence. Appeals are filed when the office considers a sentence “manifestly inadequate”. The appeal is likely to be...
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  • Ex-detective admits fraud

    Ex-detective admits fraud

    An ex-detective who defrauded a national rugby sevens tournament of $62,000 was remanded for sentence when he appeared in Queenstown District Court yesterday. Richard Edgar Anderson, 51, of Lake Hayes Estate, appeared before Judge Michael Turner charged with two counts of dishonestly using a document to obtain a pecuniary advantage and four charges of causing a loss by deception to the Pub Charity National Sevens. Crown prosecutor Russell Ibbotson asked for the two document charges and one decep...
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  • $15 million fraud trial delayed

    $15 million fraud trial delayed

    The jury trial of former financial adviser Jacqui Bradley has been delayed until tomorrow after the court failed to secure enough jurors. Judge Christopher Field abandoned the empanelling at the Auckland District Court shortly after lunch when only eight jurors had taken their seats from a pool of 40. The court will attempt to appoint another jury tomorrow, from an enlarged pool of possibly 60 people. The trial is scheduled to last for five weeks. Bradley is facing theft and dis...
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  • Ex-RSA president's history of dishonesty revealed

    Ex-RSA president's history of dishonesty revealed

    A former Otaki RSA president who admitted dishonesty has a history of stealing from volunteer organisations. Don Moselen, 73, today pleaded guilty to fraudulently using an RSA cheque to pay to have a replica of the Vietnam War medal mounted. Moselen was sentenced in the Levin District Court to pay $500 in reparations.Moselen was previously sentenced in May after pleading guilty to wearing medals he was not entitled to, including the New Zealand Operational Service Medal, The Vietnam Medal and the New...
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  • NEW ZEALAND'S ULTIMATE COLD CASE-the Crewe murders

    NEW ZEALAND'S ULTIMATE COLD CASE-the Crewe murders



    An expert on the notorious unsolved murders of Jeanette and Harvey Crewe 42 years ago is calling on witnesses to share their secrets online, in a last-ditch attempt to get the truth. Researcher Chris Birt said www.crewemurders.com, would act as a ''clearing house'' for anyone with information about the murders, or the police malpractice that saw farmer Arthur Allan Thomas wrongfully jailed for 10 years. Birt hoped the site would provide the breakthrough sought by the...
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  • Forum proposes NZ Truth Commission

    Forum proposes NZ Truth Commission

    The New Zealand Justice Forum is proposing that the government set up a Truth Commission in the wake of Patrick O'Briens revelations that as a former undercover policeman he was responsible for numerous acts of perjury that led to convictions of people whose trust he'd gained. A truth commission or truth and reconciliation commission is tasked with discovering and revealing past wrongdoing by a government in the hope of resolving conflict left over from the past.One of the difficult issues that...
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  • Crown Law,Brent Stanaway, and the Gwaze case

    Crown Law,Brent Stanaway, and the Gwaze case

    Police bugged George Gwaze's Christchurch house and phone after the death of his niece, a court has heard. Mr Gwaze, no doubt regrets choosing New Zealand as his new home given New Zealand's justice system is on par with Mr Gwaze”s previous home Zimbabwe. The trial confirmed that Brent Stanaway and the Christchurch police (CIB) have . strayed from their roles as investigator and prosecutor, that of simply stating the facts. Stanaway has made a very bad habit throughout his career of screwing...
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  • summary proceedings - why you will lose

    summary proceedings - why you will lose

    Besides the fact that if you are represented by a lawyer so you have no voice and he/she may consent to you going to jail, a more fundamental problem is the reversal of burden of proof in summary proceedings. Essentially the "informant" doesn't have to prove a thing. Google the wikipedia article on "argumentum ad ignorantum" to understand the trap of proving the other parties claim is wrong, and see following link, a brief article by a Ministry of Justice legal beagle explaining how summary proceedings...
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  • Financial Markets Authority Duped by Ponzi Scammer
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    New Zealand has a horrible history of ponzi schemers. In five of the last nine years, ponzi schemers have been banged up in jail as a result of their scams. Now a Financial Markets Authority analyst has been charged with forging a glowing academic record to get his job and then stealing nearly $210,000 in a Ponzi-type scheme. Benjamin Anthony Kiro is alleged to have convinced women he met on online dating sites such as Tinder, or businessmen introduced to him by associates, to invest in companies ...
    19-09-2015, 01:04 PM
  • Judge rules Banks to stand trial
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    A judge at the High Court in Auckland has rejected an application from ACT Party MP John Banks to review a decision to charge him with making a false electoral return.


    The Associate Education Minister is to be tried on a charge of making a false return following his failed campaign for the Auckland mayoralty in 2010. The charges against Mr Banks were initially brought by retired accountant Graham McCready after the police refused to file charges
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    07-04-2014, 08:45 PM
  • Justice Department "fixes" trial of court employee
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    Last week, on a quiet Monday afternoon in the Porirua District Court, Judge Arthur Tompkins dealt with a case that up until recently would have been put to a jury to decide whether or not the Crown had proven its case. Now days, an offence has to attract a penalty of 2 or more years imprisonment before an accused is entitled to request a jury trial. Judge Tompkins was called in from Hamilton to preside over the trial because of the difficulty in finding a Wellington judge who did not know ...
    05-03-2014, 01:38 PM
  • Wellington foodbank investigated for fraud
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    A Wellington foodbank is being investigated for fraud, after it was deemed to be involved in "serious wrongdoing".
    The Wellington Foodbank Service - not associated with the one run by the Wellington City Mission - has also now been stripped of its charitable status, with the Department of Internal Affairs advising major donors not to hand over more money.

    The bulk of existing donations appear to be have disappeared, as liquidators find the charity's bank accounts emptied and almost...
    28-02-2014, 11:27 PM
  • Judge's decision causes outrage
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    A prominent Tauranga professional has avoided a criminal conviction and had his identity kept secret after admitting he assaulted his young son during a dispute over a cellphone and iPod.The middle-aged man was discharged without conviction despite pleading guilty to a common assault charge when he appeared in Tauranga District Court yesterday. Judge Josephine Bouchier also granted the man permanent name suppression. The man's former partner last night told the Bay of Plenty Times she...
    31-05-2013, 01:31 PM
  • John Banks faces court over mayoral donations
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    Act Party leader John Banks will be summonsed to court to face a private prosecution over his failure to record donations to his mayoralty campaign.Judge Ian Mill, in a decision released today, said there was sufficient evidence to call Mr Banks before the court. "Access to the courts for the purposes of private prosecutions is an important safeguard against the abuses of the executive's prosecutorial discretion ..." Judge Mill said.The private prosecution has been brought by retired Wel...
    19-04-2013, 10:28 AM
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