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Mona Dotcom wants $23m
Mona Dotcom has staked a
$23 million claim on the fortune of
her estranged husband, Kim Dotcom,
saying half of what was seized in the
FBI-initiated raid belongs to her.
In legal papers filed in the United
States, Mrs Dotcom says she has a
legal claim over assets and cash caught
up in the case.
Her claim, according to the court
documents, is 50% of everything
owned by Kim Dotcom that was
seized in the raid. It does not include
any claim she might make on the new
fortune created through the post-raid
business, the encrypted Cloud storage
Her claim includes half-shares in the
luxury cars seized from the mansion
on the day of the January 2012 police
raid, jetskis, massive tv screens worth
$185,000 each, and artworks.
The document also reveals how
after the Dotcom family arrived
for a holiday in March 2010, the
tycoon splurged $2.3 million buying
eight luxury vehicles throughout his
three-month stay — including two
Mercedes on one day — before flying
out again on a private jet.
“ I make the ... property claims based
on the legal advice of my marital
property counsel in New Zealand and
my understanding of the applicable
property laws,” Mrs Dotcom said in
the court filing.
The legal claim by Mrs Dotcom came
after the US authorities filed papers in
the District Court of Eastern Virginia
to seize $78m held in Hong Kong and
New Zealand since the raid. The sum
is made up mainly of cash but includes
millions of dollars worth of luxury
cars seized in New Zealand.
The amount of money restrained
falls well short of the overall amount
the court papers show the US will
attempt to recover — the $220m
revenue traced to Megaupload.
Dotcom told the Herald he would
make no comment on matters
involving Mrs Dotcom.
The tycoon has shunned New
Zealand media since the election,
aside from occasional tweets. But he
made one media appearance in an
on-line New Yorker inter view in
which he blamed the FBI case for the
end of his five-year marriage.
“My wife and I, we were happy
before the case,” he said. “ We were
living in this completely happy bubble
in our happy world and we didn’t have
Dotcom, who has four of his five
children with Mrs Dotcom, told the
New Yorker the raid and the pressure
that followed made it difficult to live a
New Zealand Herald
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Karoro School pupil Guy Wilkins shows his grandmother Dorothy Wilkins some of his work during their Grandparents Day yesterday. The
classrooms were opened up for pupils to show their grandparents what they have been learning and to enjoy a morning tea in the sunshine. Paroa
School also held a celebrating grandparents assembly yesterday afternoon.
Masterton woman who lay in wait and
walloped a man over the head with a
full bottle of wine has been jailed.
Caren Beverly Inwood, 46, admitted
assault with a weapon and was sentenced
to seven months’ imprisonment when
she appeared in Masterton District
Court on Thursday.
Inwood was originally charged with
wounding with intent regarding the
incident outside the victim’s workplace
on September 23 but pleaded to the
Police prosecutor Sergeant Garry
Wilson said Inwood waited outside
the man’s place of work and walked up
behind him, hitting him on the top of
the head with the bottle of wine which
smashed, causing a 2cm gash in the top
of his head requiring medical attention.
When spoken to by police, she said
she did it as a spur of the moment thing
and did not regret doing it.
Lawyer Virginia Pearson said her
c lient had a significant alcohol problem,
which had affected her judgment. She
was trying to get help for her addiction.
Judge Ian Mill said Inwood was an
intelligent woman with little previous
history of offending but who “grappled
“It’s very sad it has come to this ... it’s
quite clear when you are sober you are
quite a different person ... it could have
been quite serious.
“It was a serious assault in public.
Essentially, you had no cause to hit him.
I doubt you would have done it if you
were sober. ”
with the seven-month
jail term, Inwood is subject to six
months’ post-release conditions to
attend drug and alcohol counselling
or a residential programme as
directed by her probation officer.
Wairarapa Times Age-APNZ
‘Intelligent ’ woman hits
man on head with wine bottle
A man died less than a week after a
tiny cut at the back of his throat became
infected, a coroner has found.
Two doctors failed to diagnose
and treat the bacterial infection,
but an expert said they could not be
faulted, because of concerns about
Mark James Rogan, 46, died after he
appeared to have swallowed a foreign
body which caused an abrasion to the
base of his tongue, Coroner David
It is thought this cut allowed bacteria
to enter his bloodstream, which in turn
created an infection which proved fatal,
Coroner Crerar said.
The finding said Mr Rogan, a forestry
worker from Milton in South Otago,
was thinning scrub in the Tokoiti Forest
on May 2, 2013, when he felt something
in his throat.
Mr Rogan told a colleague he thought
he may have swallowed something that
may have come off his chainsaw, the
His partner Sharlene Waetford said
after the incident Mr Rogan’s health
quickly began to deteriorate.
He had a high temperature and could
not swallow anything and was also
suffering from hot and cold flushes, very
swollen glands and a sore back.
Mr Rogan visited his doctor on
May 3, who after completing a full
examination, told him he was suffering
from the flu, or symptoms of a foreign
body in the oropharynx, and he was
prescribed paracetamol for pain relief.
The following day Mr Rogan was still
unable to eat or drink and spent most of
the day in bed, the coroner said.
He then visited another doctor, who
also said that his throat looked almost
normal on examination.
Despite being sick Mr Rogan picked
his wife up from the airport and
attended the movies with his family
over the next few days, the coroner said.
Mr Rogan was found deceased in his
bed on the morning of May 7.
An autopsy was completed by
Dr Alex Dempster, who told the
coroner that he believed a foreign body
may have landed in his mouth, and
then a swallowing movement cause this
object to create a small abrasion at the
very back of his mouth.
Coroner Crerar commissioned a
report from an independent expert
general practitioner, who said neither
of the two doctors could be faulted
for their decision-making. He said he
wanted to draw the attention of general
practitioners to his finding.
Death could be linked to wood from chainsaw
Disgraced former Malaysian diplomat
Muhammad Rizalman is due to appear
in court today to face sex and burglary
Rizalman arrived in Auckland
overnight and was due to arrive in
Wellington this morning, where he
would travel directly to the District
He has been accused of burglary
and assault with intent to rape Tania
Billingsley at her home on May 9.
The Malaysian Foreign Affairs
accompanied by two New Zealand
police officers and two Malaysian
armed forces personnel.
Malaysian newspaper The Star
reported Rizalman was escorted onto
an aircraft in Kuala Lumpur without
handcuffs and had reportedly expressed
his wish to voluntarily return to New
Following Rizalman’s arrest on May
10, New Zealand asked Malaysia to
waive diplomatic immunity but on May
22 he fled the country after a mix-up
At the end of June the case was made
public and an inquiry began over how
the diplomat was allowed to leave.
discharged from the Tuanku Mizan
Military Hospital at the end of July.
New Zealand Herald-APNZ
Malaysian diplomat back on NZ soil
Farmers and St John staff came
to the rescue when a 70-year-old
whitebaiter dislocated his hip on the
Orowaiti River yesterday afternoon.
St John Buller territory manager
Robbie Blankenstein said farmers on
quad bikes helped St John get gear to
the injured man. They also provided
ladders and scaffolding gear so St
John officers could slide the man
safely over a drain on a stretcher.
“Just a couple of handy chaps
with all of the kind of stuff you
have lying around on a farm that
we don’t typically have in the back
of an ambulance. They were really
Without the farmers’ help, St John
would have had to winch the man off
the riverbank by helicopter.
Mr Blankenstein said St John had
had trouble locating him due to the
vague description of his location near
Because of where he was and his
type of injury, a helicopter flew him
directly to Grey Base Hospital.
The whitebaiter had previously had
issues with his hip and dislocated it as
he twisted around, Mr Blankenstein
said. He had used his mobile phone
to call emergency ser vices.
Yesterday ’s incident was St John’s
second whitebaiting-related call-out
of the season, Mr Blankenstein said.
St John had not ended up being
needed in the first case, which he
believed was a medical incident, as
somebody else had picked up the
patient by boat and transported them
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Farmers, bikes and scaffolding used to rescue whitebaiter
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