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Teen behind bars
A 17 year-old accused of a vicious
attack on an elderly Waikanae
couple will spend the festive season
in custody. Hohepa Wallace has
been remanded without plea in
custody to January 27. His tearful
mother was in the public gallery
at Porirua District Court this
morning. “Be strong,” she said. The
court heard the police investigation
into the alleged Waikanae home
invasion and assaults was ongoing.
The Waikanae couple were assaulted
in their home and had their car
stolen in an attack last week. “I love
you my boy,” his mother said in
court today. “See you soon mum,” he
said. — NZME
Search for missing
Police and volunteer search and
rescue teams are looking for a
missing 21 year-old tramper. David
Schopf is a 21 year-old man from
Austria. Police said he was last seen
at Waitewaewae Hut in Tararua
Forest Park at about 1.30pm on
Wednesday. He was still missing
this morning. Mr Schopf was
separated from his tramping party
between Waitewaewae Hut and
Parawai Lodge, Otaki Forks. Police
would like to hear from anyone who
may have seen Mr Schopf as there
were some concerns for his safety.
Kitten rescued from car
A kitten stuck inside a car’s
dashboard has been saved and
returned to its grateful owners,
thanks to the efforts of Tauranga
firefighters. Firefighters received a
call from the Greerton McDonald ’s
car park to help rescue the tiny
feline at 11.45pm last night. Station
officer Paul van Kol said the kitten
had become trapped under the
dashboard of the car and its owners
were concerned for its safety after
it did not come out when the car
doors were left open. “ The boys were
just about to give up but managed
to wiggle that old speedometer that
popped out and there it was just
sitting there.” — NZME
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20, 21, 24, 25, 34, 39, 42, 45, 47, 52,
53, 62, 65, 66, 69, 73. Keno draw No
10594: 1, 3, 7, 8, 10, 11, 14, 17, 21,
29, 30, 34, 47, 51, 55, 56, 57, 62, 69,
77. Keno draw No 10595: 2, 10, 15,
17, 19, 20, 23, 26, 28, 33, 39, 50, 59,
61, 65, 66, 67, 68, 71, 78. Keno draw
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26, 29, 33, 34, 36, 45, 50, 56, 61, 73,
74, 76, 80.
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An elderly man remains in a critical
condition in Auckland City Hospital after
being run over by a Jeep in a supermarket
car park yesterday afternoon.
Emergency ser vices were called to
the Devonport New World after the
80-year-old man appeared to have
suffered a medical event and collapsed
behind a car, which was reversing at low
speed, just after 12.30pm.
The vehicle ran over the man’s leg,
leaving him trapped.
It is understood it took over an hour to
free the man.
He was initially reported to be in a
serious condition but the hospital later
said his condition was critical.
This morning Auckland DHB said the
man was still in a critical condition.
Police said members of the public used
a jack to lift up the car and help the man
before emergency ser vices arrived.
Devonport Fire station officer Grant
Thompson started CPR on the elderly
man, who was unconscious when
emergency crews arrived.
Mr Thompson said St John ambulance
also administered first aid before taking
the man to hospital. — N ZM E
Police are calling for witnesses
to a crash between a truck and
trailer and a car near Invercargill
The drivers of the truck and a
Holden Captiva were taken to
Southland Hospital following
the crash about 9.45am on State
highway 1 between Dacre and
Both drivers were the only
occupants of their vehicles and
Firefighters cut the 49-year-old
man who had been driving the
Holden Captiva station wagon
from his vehicle and he was
treated in an ambulance before
being taken to Southland Hospital
with moderate to serious injuries.
He remained in hospital.
The 56-year-old man driving
the truck and trailer unit was
discharged from hospital after
being treated for minor injuries.
“Police are investigating the
cause of the crash and are keen to
hear from anyone who witnessed
the crash or has any information
that might assist,” acting sergeant
Jason Leadley, of Invercargill, said.
Debris, including the diesel tank
from the truck, was strewn across
The truck hit a power pole,
bringing down lines and the
Captiva ended up on the opposite
side of the road.
Acting senior sergeant Craig
Dinnisen, of Dunedin, said the
Captiva was heading north when
the driver overtook another car,
slamming head-on into the truck
which was travelling south.
Officers were still investigating
the crash, which he said was “high
impact ”. — Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
A car which hit a truck head-on near Invercargill yesterday.
Car hits truck head-on
The Whanganui man charged with
helping convicted murderer and child
molester Phillip Smith get a false
passport met Smith in prison seven
“I did a bit of jail time back in the day
myself, and he was my friend,” 25-year-
old Christopher Ryan Clifton told the
Wanganui Chronicle yesterday.
Smith, who was serving life
imprisonment for the 1995 killing of
the father of a boy he had been sexually
abusing, used a passport to make a
dramatic escape to South America last
He was caught in Rio de Janeiro
on November 13 a week after fleeing
New Zealand — at first to Chile and
then Brazil — while on temporary
release from Spring Hill Prison in
Castlecliff man Clifton appeared
in the Whanganui District Court
on Wednesday charged under the
Passports Act with making false
representations, an offence that carries
a 10-year maximum prison sentence.
The charging document says Clifton
made “an oral statement that he
knew to be false” on June 26 last year,
which allegedly helped Smith to get a
But Clifton said he never expected
Smith to flee the country.
“If he didn’t do this he would have
got out,” he said.
Clifton said he called police
immediately after hearing the news
that Smith had fled the country.
Clifton was 18 when he met Smith
in Mangaroa Prison, now Hawke’s Bay
Regional Prison. He was doing two
years for assault with intent to commit
robbery with a weapon.
Clifton was addicted to drugs and
said that while they were in prison
together Smith helped clean him up.
“He treated me nicely. I had a lot of
people trying to beat me up and make
me do certain things I didn’t want to
do — he protected me and looked out
for me. He never gave me a reason to
Clifton knew Smith was in for
murder, but wasn’t initially aware of
the sexual convictions.
Clifton’s next court appearance is in
Whanganui on January 20.
— NZ ME-Whanganui Chronicle
‘Smith protected me’ — escape accomplice
A motorist drove a car into a policeman
at a roadside checkpoint, leaving the
officer with injuries to his legs, face and
Police said the Hawke’s Bay policeman
was hit during a roadside checkpoint at
about 12.30am today. The driver sped
off and crashed 2km away.
“The officer was working as part
of a team breath testing drivers near
the Farndon Road, State highway 2
intersection. A vehicle has turned into
Farndon Road, crossed over the centre
line markings hitting the officer,” police
said in a statement.
The policeman was hospitalised
overnight with grazing and gashes to
his legs, face and arms.
Police found one person connected to
the car but no arrests were immediately
made. — NZME
Policeman hit by car
at booze checkpoint
A wealthy businessman who chained
up a woman in his “dungeon” and forced
her to perform sex acts has been jailed
for 15 years.
The 56-year-old was found guilty
at trial of 15 sex and drug charges,
some of which came from providing
methamphetamine to underage girls in
return for sexual ser vices.
At the Auckland District Court today,
Judge Russell Collins jailed imposed the
lengthy jail term along with a minimum
non-parole period of eight years.
The judge said he was “far from
convinced” about the defendant ’s
prospects of rehabilitation, who was
deemed a high risk of reoffending by
“I don’t see them as high at all. There’s
no indication whatsoever of remorse,”
Judge Collins said.
The man stood trial with a 20-year-
old female co-accused who was also
found guilty of four counts relating to
providing the businessman with young
girls for his sexual gratification.
The court heard how she would attract
the drug-addicted teen victims to his
plush inner-city apartment with the
promise of methamphetamine.
The most serious case saw a woman
in her 20s picked up off the street by
associates of the defendant.
She was taken back to his pad, into a
“dungeon” where she was stripped naked
and shackled to a “device” which left her
incapable of resistance.
The victim was taken into a room
where the defendant was and forced to
perform sex acts on him for what she
told the jury felt like hours.
The man’s co-defendant was due to
be sentenced this afternoon but was
delayed by the judge because of other
outstanding charges. — N ZM E
15 years’ jail for chaining
woman in ‘dungeon’
A New Zealand bar manager
accused of insulting Buddhism in
a promotional poster for a bar in
Rangoon, Burma, has pleaded not
guilty to three charges.
The trial of Philip Blackwood, 32,
began in Rangoon yesterday.
He faces three charges of breaching
the country’s Religion Act by depicting
Buddha wearing headphones on a
poster for an event at the VGastro bar.
Blackwood, originally from
Wellington, is the bar’s general
Bar owner Tun Thurein and another
employee have also been charged.
The media were prohibited from
court proceedings yesterday but
Blackwood ’s lawyer, Mya Thway,
confirmed the prosecution had
presented its case during the trial’s first
Proceedings have been adjourned for
The offending poster, which featured
a psychedelic mock-up of the Buddha
wearing DJ headphones, has prompted
outcry in the predominantly Buddhist
country, which is grappling with
surging religious nationalism.
About a dozen monks and hardline
Buddhists gathered outside the court
shortly after Philip Blackwood, 32, was
led into the building in handcuffs.
Two dozen riot police armed with
batons were standing by.
The trio face possible jail terms if
found guilty of breaching the Religion
Act with the contentious poster —
which was quickly withdrawn from the
VGastro bar’s Facebook page.
Under the act, anyone who
attempts to insult, destroy or damage
any religion can be punished by a
maximum of two years in jail, with
another two-year penalty for those
who try to insult religion through the
written word. Myanmar’s legal system
remains opaque despite reforms since
the end of full junta rule in 2011 and it
was unclear when the court was due to
rule on the case.
Some of the bystanders outside the
court wore t-shirts printed with the
Buddhist nationalists’ “969” logo.
— AFP-New Zealand Herald
PICTURE: Getty Images
New Zealander Philip Blackwood is escorted into a Myanmar court yesterday.
NZ man denies charges of insulting Buddha
A young father who bashed and
critically injured his baby boy has
been sentenced to jail for the act
described as “a complete horror
Waipukurau man Devon Ashley
Bird, 21, appeared in the Napier
District Court this morning for
sentencing after pleading guilty
to ill-treating a child and causing
grievous bodily harm with reckless
disregard last month.
sentenced him to four years and five
months in prison.
The offending occurred on
November 1, 2013 after Bird’s
partner and mother of the nearly
five-week-old baby boy had spent
the night caring for her son at their
central Hawke’s Bay home.
She woke Bird about 6.30am and
asked him to care for their baby, who
was asleep in a bassinet, so she could
rest, court documents said.
At some time between 6.30am
and 10am, while the baby was in his
sole care, Bird caused what a doctor
said was “non-accidental trauma and
extremely unusual for a five-week-
old infant ”.
The boy ’s grandmother described
the incident as a “complete horror
She arrived at the home at 10.40am
and Bird told her his son had
“punched himself ” and suffered a
bruised eye. Bird then left for class at
the Eastern Institute of Technology.
“She became concerned and
continued to obser ve (her grandson)
who appeared to be distressed,”
court documents revealed.
The baby was taken to the family
GP at 1pm, before being taken
immediately to Hawke’s Bay
X-rays revealed a large fracture to
his skull, along with more than 20
other fractures all over his body.
He was transferred to the intensive
care unit at Auckland’s Starship
Hospital by air later that day.
Starship Hospital doctors and
fractures as being at “various stages
of healing” and therefore were
caused at different times of the boy ’s
life. “All the fractures were consistent
with non-accidental trauma and
extremely unusual for a five-week-
When assessed by a psychologist,
Bird said he had no independent
memory of the incident and
described the violent outburst as “in
Bird’s lawyer Richard Stone said
a defence based on automatism —
an act performed unconsciously
was hard to prove but he urged
the judge to consider the psychiatric
report when sentencing his client.
‘horror stor y’
An Auckland woman who kept 50
cats living in disgusting conditions
with serious infections and ailments
has been sentenced for her neglect.
Tatyana Kondratyeva, 51, was
found guilty of failing to ensure the
needs of 50 cats were met.
She was living in a two-bedroom
Glenfield house when two SPCA
Auckland inspectors made a visit
in 2010. In the Auckland District
Court, she was disqualified from
owning all animals for 10 years.
Inspectors found 19 cats with a
number suffering from serious eye
complaints, infections and other
serious conditions associated with ill
treatment. They found a further 23
cats imprisoned in the one-bedroom
downstairs unit, which was littered
with faeces and urine.
Ms Kondratyeva said she was
responsible for the daily care of
all cats on the property, owned by
Donald Cruickshank, who was
earlier this year convicted on the
same charges. — N ZM E
50 cats banned
pedestrian crossing yesterday
remains in a serious but stable
Yesterday, it was revealed the girl’s
aunt saw the accident unfold in her
rear-view mirror just seconds after
she passed the youngster waiting
on the footpath.
The eight-year-old flew through
the air after the impact and
landed hard on the road about
30m from where a 62-year-old
woman allegedly ran a red light on
Titirangi Road yesterday.
The girl was crossing near the
corner of Croydon Road just after
9am when she was hit by a grey
It is understood her mother had
just given her 20c and the child
had slipped away to visit a nearby
Police said the girl was walking
on a pedestrian crossing controlled
by traffic lights at the time. She
had pressed the button and waited
until the “green man” signal
showed, meaning she could cross.
The girl’s aunt drove past her just
seconds before the youngster was
As she looked in her rear-view
mirror to see if the girl had made
it across the road safely, she saw
the impact and her niece flying
through the air.
The aunt was too shaken to
speak about what she saw, but her
husband said: “My wife saw her
getting hit by the car in her rear-
vision mirror. Her niece went up in
the air about 2.5m off the ground
and then came down and landed.”
The aunt pulled over and ran to
the girl, who was unconscious.
“The girl was basically running
across the road, she had the green
pedestrian sign. The lady in the
other car didn’t see her,” the man
“ When she struck her, the girl
flew, she travelled about 30m in
the air from where she was hit ...
it wasn’t nice.”
The Waitemata serious crash
unit and Henderson police
were investigating the incident.
The female motorist has been
inter viewed but it will be several
weeks before police make a
decision on whether she will be
charged. — N ZM E
Aunt saw girl hit by car
Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater
uttered the most memorable quote
this year when he compared his role in
politics to the Fijian rugby team.
“ I play politics like Fijians play rugby.
My role is smashing your face into
the ground,” Slater said following the
release of Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics
The quote garnered 21% of the 4197
votes cast Massey University’s 2014
Quote of the Year competition.
The annual competition is run by
Massey University speech writing
specialist Heather Kavan who said
contentious quotes were often popular.
“But this year the results have been
more unpredictable than usual, with
quotes emerging from the election in
the top four.”
Dr Kavan described Slater as a
“colourful and controversial New
Zealander who seems to like bold
declarative sentences” and said neither
he nor runner up, Internet Party press
secretary Pam Corkery, were known for
Corkery’s tirade at media at the
Internet Party’s campaign launch took
out 17% of the total vote.
“ You work in news you puffed up little
s..t . . . When will you glove puppets of
Cameron Slater just piss off ?” She said.
“I think the footage made the outburst
memorable,” Dr Kavan said.
“Corkery later speculated that if she
had been a male the quote might not
have received so much attention, and
I think that ’s a good point. A well-
dressed female swearing like a trooper
takes people by surprise. Also, the
glove puppets part was witty, given its
Unlike last year’s winner, National
MP Maurice William for his gay
rainbow speech, this year’s list had less
inspirational rhetoric, Dr Kavan said.
“It’s the political insults and gaffes
that have stuck in people’s minds. ”
Blogger Slater utters ‘quote of the year’
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