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A prison inmate was seriously
injured in an assault at Christchurch
Men’s Prison yesterday morning.
Canterbury police said the male
victim was taken to Christchurch
Hospital after the assault about
9.30am. Police investigations into
the incident are ongoing. A police
statement said it was too early in the
investigation to make any further
comment. — NZ ME
myster y solved
The mystery of how a giant flag
that flew at Gallipoli a century ago
came to hang in a New Zealand
church has finally been solved by a
naval historian. A story on Monday
told of the white ensign from HMS
Queen that drapes in a cool corner
of the Christ Church Cathedral
in Nelson. The powerful relic from
the ill-fated campaign is a popular
talking point for many visitors
to the Anglican cathedral, which
dates back to 1851. Naval historian
Gerry Wright has come for ward to
shed some light. Englishman Rear
Admiral Cecil Fiennes Thursby, in
charge of the Royal Navy invasion,
retired to Nelson, half a world away,
after the war, Mr Wright said. In
1920, Thursby donated the ensign to
the cathedral in memory of the New
Zealand troops who died on the
beaches. — NZ ME-New Zealand
Still no sign of
There is still no sign of a missing
Dutch tourist on day three of an
effort to locate him. Search and
rescue teams, including specialist
search dogs from Canterbury
have again failed to find any trace
of missing Dutch tourist Ken
Boogers. Mr Boogers was last seen
on the Pillar Point track which
is in the area between Wharariki
and Puponga in Golden Bay on
Saturday. There have been no
further confirmed sightings of him
since that time.
— N ZM E -New Zealand Herald
Forestry worker killed
A forestry worker has died
after reportedly being struck by a
falling log in a remote forestry site.
Inspectors from Work Safe New
Zealand were on their way to the site
at Te Wera in Taranaki, after being
notified this morning of a worker
being killed in a forestry-related
incident. It appeared the worker was
struck by a log falling off a truck,
Work Safe said. No further details
were currently available. The death
was a tragedy for the worker’s family,
his workmates and the tight-knit
forestry community, WorkSafe chief
executive Gordon MacDonald said.
No man should have his wife’s
brain on his shirt. A point made over
and over again in the closing address
of Queen’s Counsel Philip Morgan.
Wellington to Palmerston North
in the wee hours of the morning
on August 30, 2000 and killed his
wife and daughter, according to the
prosecutor who methodically led the
jury through the Crown case.
And he was to the point.
“The Crown case is Mark Lundy
has Christine Lundy’s brain on his
shirt. Everyone danced around the
edges ... the scientists say, ‘Oh, we
can only say it’s central nervous
system tissue’ ... then there’s this
business about contamination, or on
the other hand, whether it’s necrotic
or degraded,” said Mr Morgan.
“But put it all together and Mark
Lundy has Christine Lundy’s brain
on his shirt.
And no husband should have his
wife’s brain on his shirt. Not when
she’s been murdered by having her
skull cracked open and her brain’s
been splattered everywhere.
“Especially a man who says,
‘Nothing to do with me, I’m in
All the scientists who gave
evidence at the trial agreed, said Mr
Morgan, that the two minute stains
on Lundy’s shirt were tissue from the
central ner vous system.
He rattled off their names: Miller,
Gown, Brandt, Smith, Ironside and
“ We’re not talking about any old
piece of central nervous system
tissue, we’re talking about fresh
tissue,” said Mr Morgan, which was
embedded in the fabric of the shirt
Lundy was wearing on the night his
wife’s brain was opened.
DNA testing showed the tissue
belonged to Christine Lundy, said
Mr Morgan. It was one billion
billion times more likely to belong
to her than any other person in New
Not just a little bit, or a trace, but a
“ high-quality, high-quantity ” sample,
which suggested the DNA came
from blood or tissue from Christine
“Put aside all the other evidence
for a moment. It’s brain tissue and
Christine Lundy. Not an animal.
There is no other rational explanation
other than he is the killer.”
The QC poured scorn on the
potential for contamination raised
by defence counsel during the trial,
in which the scientists agreed it was
a ‘possibility ’.
“Scientists will never rule out
possibilities. It’s all very well dealing
in possibilities, but it didn’t happen.
“Not one, but two, pieces of tissue
managed to inveigle their way from
30 Karamea Street, to the police
station, into the car, inside the suit
bag and on to the shirt — which was
“It’s a nonsense, a theory that has
been floated out.
“ What was found on Mark Lundy’s
shirt was his wife’s brain. And it
got there, not by any accidental
contamination by police, but because
he was in the room when brain was
flying around, or cleaning himself
If the shirt told the story of what
Mark Lundy did, Mr Morgan said
the accused ’s Ford Fairmont showed
where he went.
The fuel tank was empty when it
shouldn’t have been, the QC said.
On August 21, 2000 — nine
days before Christine and Amber
were found dead — the Ford had
80,589km on the clock.
When the car was stopped by police
on August 30, there was 81,859km
— a difference of 1270km.
Mr Morgan told the jury the
police had reconstructed Lundy’s
movements in those nine days —
based on his inter view, business
records and cellphone records —
and 847km and ‘little bits’ were
That left 423km unaccounted for
more than enough room for the
secret 300km round trip between
Wellington and Palmerston North
the Crown alleges Lundy drove to
commit the murders.
Mr Morgan then turned his
attention to fuel consumption for
the Ford Fairmont. On mapping
the routes Lundy drove in the days
before the murders, one tank of gas
allowed him to travel at least 461km.
He then filled up at the BP petrol
station in Naenae. On his version of
events, Lundy travelled just 202km
on the second tank of gas as the car
was empty when he arrived back in
That was a fuel economy of 28.7
litres of petrol per 100km, said
Mr Morgan — nearly three times
the 10.8 -litre economy rate for
highway driving used by government
“There is a disparity in the
distance travelled. There is a very big
discrepancy in the fuel used.
“This is a man with his wife’s brain
on his shirt who says, ‘Nothing to do
with me, I was in Wellington’.”
— New Zealand Herald
Shirt ‘no place for wife’s brain’ — Lundy prosecutor
Philip Morgan QC
A painting that symbolises the pain
and tragedy of the failed World War
One Gallipoli campaign was sold
yesterday to an undisclosed bidder.
Simpson and his Donkey, painted
by Horace Moore-Jones, was listed
with an estimated price of $150,000 -
$200,000 and was eventually sold for
Richard Thomson of the
International Art Centre, where
the auction was held, confirmed the
painting was bought by a private buyer
and would remain in New Zealand.
The painting depicts a medic using a
donkey to transport a wounded soldier
at Gallipoli to a first aid post and was
painted in around 1917.
Moore-Jones initially believed the
Anzac medic was John Simpson
Kirkpatrick, an Englishman who
enlisted with the Australian Imperial
Forces when war broke out.
However, the medic in the painting
is actually Richard Henderson, a
Waihi-born man who was a teacher in
Auckland when he enlisted in 1914.
Moore-Jones painted Simpson and
his Donkey from a photograph taken
by Dunedin medic, James Jackson,
who admitted the man in the photo
was in fact Henderson.
Moore-Jones was known as “Sapper”,
even when he was in L ondon in 1916
displaying his paintings and having a
private audience with King George.
He remained an enlisted man,
helping the sick as he worked as a field
Moore-Jones died in a Hamilton fire
in 1922 still believing he had painted
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Gallipoli painting sold for $257,950
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
The famous World War One painting by Horace Moore-Jones went to a
local buyer and will stay in New Zealand.
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NZ First leader Winston Peters
has kicked off his day campaigning
in the Northland by-election
with a visit to the Moerewa Affco
meatworks, clearly buoyed by a poll
showing he is well ahead.
The 3 News Reid Research poll
showed he was on 54% while
National’s Mark Osborne was on
34%. He said it was clear those votes
were coming from National.
“ Right now we’re pulling more
National voters than Labour voters.
That ’s because the National Party
voters up here are brassed off about
the Mike Sabin issue ... And they’re
brassed off, the farmers and other
people, with the way they ’ve been
treated. They can see where the
dollars are going. ”
He said he was “not over confident ”
but was not worried that National
would be able to haul it back.
“ We’ve come from 17,412 votes
down and we are going to turn it
around and I’m confident we are
going to turn it around on Saturday.”
Mr Peters dismissed suggestions
that if he won National could try
to form a confidence and supply
agreement or a lesser memorandum
of understanding on specific policy
He said National already had
sufficient numbers on confidence
and supply. “ People here know he’s
got a majority. Why would he need
NZ First? He doesn’t need us and
said he’s got all the parties he needs
for stability. ”
Mr Peters’ radio advertising in the
by-election includes the line that a
win for Mr Peters will not change
the Government, but it will change
they way it treats Northland.
Mr Peters would not commit
to supporting the Resource
Management Act reforms National
is planning, but said reform was
needed because of the costs and
length of time it took to get consents.
However, he said he did not know
what National was proposing.
“I want rational, sane policies, not
the kind of jungle things you see in
some parts of the world where at the
end of it houses collapse, people lose
their lives. And that ’s what I suggest
Mr Key needs to discuss with us and
I’d welcome a discussion with him if
he wants to be sincere about it. ”
Mr Key is due to arrive in
Dargaville for the last day and a half
of campaigning this afternoon.
Mr Peters said National had “been
throwing everything at this in the
last few weeks, including a whole
lot of statements that were not true.
They are all falling by the wayside.
They have contacted some people as
much as six times and round about
now I think those people are getting
more and more brassed off that
that ’s the first six times and probably
the last time they ’re going to hear
Mr Peters said his father had
worked at the freezing works he was
visiting in Moerewa. Affco Moerewa
was also a former employer of his
rival, Mr Osborne, who was an
accountant with responsibility for
Moerewa in the 1990s.
Mr Osborne was scheduled to visit
it yesterday but delays meant he had
to change his plans.
New Zealand Herald
Peters buoyed by
54% poll results
The largest credit card scam
uncovered in the southern district
has been busted by Queenstown
A search warrant was executed
yesterday by police at a Q ueenstown
address and hundreds of false credit,
loyalty and identity cards, as well
as equipment used to manufacture
them, were discovered, police said.
Police wanted to hear from any
victims of the practice or those
who might have bought false cards,
detective sergeant Malcolm Inglis
“The main aim today was to put
a stop to the practice and prevent
any further cards from reaching the
market,” he said.
A 26-year-old Italian man was
arrested in relation to the discovery
and was charged with forgery.
It was unknown whether others
were involved in the scam.
“Quite often these groups do
work in syndicates — we wouldn’t
be surprised if there were others
involved,” he said.
Police acted on a tip-off that the
practice was taking place in the area.
It was unknown how long it had
been occurring but police believed
numerous items were obtained
using the falsified cards.
The number of victims and value
of loss could not be estimated yet.
Mr Inglis said the scam was the
largest he had seen.
“For this area, it’s the largest one
I’m aware of,” he said.
“ Well over 100 cards were found
and the ability to print numerous
“A lot of these were non-New
Zealand cards, so they could have
been used overseas as well as locally.
“The concern is, with all of these
cards going out to the market, some
might have gone overseas.”
The cards could be used in
everything from identity theft to
fraudulent purchases and some
cards were loaded with false
identities and some with loyalty
Some victims of the scam might
have bought loyalty cards in good
Police wanted to hear from anyone
who was suspicious of the cards
they had in their possession or who
had suspicious transactions made
on their credit cards, Mr Inglis said.
Anyone with information that can
help or who may been scammed by
a false credit card should contact
The 26-year-old Italian man will
appear in the Queenstown District
— N Z ME -Otago Daily Times
Large credit card scam busted
A cleaning rag left behind
during maintenance of a
Qantas Boeing 737 was found
trapped inside a cable drum
during a routine inspection at
The rag had caused some
damage and compromised
the plane’s stabiliser trim
system manual control, a
report into the incident
A Transport Accident
(TAIC) report found the rag
was likely to have been left
inside the aircraft.
The Boeing 737-838,
operated by Qantas subsidiary
Jetconnect, was undergoing
in Auckland in June 2013
when an engineer inspecting
the for ward electronics and
found metal filings.
The filings were near the
cable drum of the stabiliser
trim system, a flight control
system that adjusts the
amount of downwards or
upwards aerodynamic force
produced at the tail of an
aircraft in flight.
Cleaning rag found inside
cable drum on plane
The jagged teeth of a hefty predator
that lived in our waters 80 million
years ago have been discovered in a
Hawke’s Bay forest.
The fossil remains of a mosasaur
— a large marine reptile that was a
dominant predator toward the end
of the Cretaceous period — have
been identified by experts at GNS
Science after being earlier found in
Maungataniwha Native Forest.
Earlier this year, Forest Lifeforce
Restoration Trust forest manager
Pete Shaw and Department of
Conser vation biodiversity ranger
Helen Jonas had been searching for
whio (blue duck) up a small stream
when they spotted a rock with a lump
of bone in it.
Ms Jonas was keen to see if the bone
extended through the rock, so Mr
Shaw jumped into a nearby pool to
fetch a branch with which to lever the
While in the pool, Mr Shaw felt
something rough and lifted out
another rock containing the fossilised
“There was great jubilation at that
point,” Mr Shaw said.
The mosasaur could be likened to a
crocodile with a snake-like body and
It is believed to have lived only in
The area where the teeth were found
is known by geologists as a hot-spot
for fossils, and was where renowned
palaeontologist Joan Wiffen famously
first discovered evidence of land-
dinosaur fossils in New Zealand,
changing a long-held view that
dinosaurs never existed here.
While mosasaur fossils have been
found before in New Zealand
— including around the forest
area — they are not particularly
The first discoveries were in the
Waipara, followed by others at Shag
Point in Otago and Haumuri Bluff in
GNS Science collections manager
John Simes said he hoped to have
a medical CT scan done of the
fragment in order to create a digital
3D model of the teeth, most of which
remained hidden in the rock.
The digital model would then be
sent to experts in Canada in a bid to
identify the species of mosasaur.
“ We’re interested to find out as
much as we can,” Mr Simes said.
“ Who knows what Pete might have
stumbled across. These teeth are twice
the size of anything Joan found.”
— New Zealand Herald
Ancient sea monster fossil
found in Hawke’s Bay
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Fossilised teeth from a mosasaur, found in Hawke’s Bay.
The man accused of trying to run
down a father out walking with his
family and their puppy during an
alleged road rage incident has been
remanded to a psychiatric hospital
where his alleged victim works.
On Monday night the victim was
walking with his wife and young
children on Downs Road, West
Eyreton, about 20 minutes out of
Christchurch. A car sped past and
the man signalled to the driver to
Police said the driver ‘took umbrage’
at the victim signalling him and
allegedly made repeated attempts to
knock him down with his vehicle.
Police said the victim took evasive
action, clambering over a barbed wire
fence at one stage to get away and
cutting his hands. He was allegedly
run over at least once as his wife
and children watched in horror. The
family’s 10-month-old puppy was
also hit and had to be euthanised.
The victim’s wife said they were not
ready to speak about their ordeal yet.
“ It was absolutely terrifying. It’s
still a shock. The kids are really
devastated about their dog. My
oldest is on school camp so doesn’t
It is understood it was quick
thinking by the victim’s wife that
led police to the 51-year-old alleged
offender. She was able to give police
crucial vehicle details including a
partial number plate.
The 51-year-old appeared in
the Christchurch District Court
yesterday charged with injuring with
intent to cause grievous bodily harm
and wilful ill treatment of an animal.
He was remanded in custody
without plea until April 9 at
Hillmorton Hospital after a report
was requested under the Criminal
Procedures (Mentally Impaired
The victim works at the hospital,
which was not considered in court.
Detective sergeant Rex Barnett
confirmed that the victim had been
made aware of the accused’s remand
situation. “He has been told. He is
off on leave for a few weeks,” he said.
“We are all aware of it and it is
being managed. (The victim) has no
issue with it.”
Mr Barnett said the ward the
accused was remanded to was the
only place in the area where he could
undergo the required mental health
After the incident, the victim was
taken to Christchurch Hospital and
treated for cuts to his hands, cuts and
bruises on his head and injuries to
his shoulder and ankle.
He has since been released and is
recovering at home. His wife and
children escaped unscathed.
“This was an extremely serious
incident; it ’s lucky the man was not
more seriously injured and his family
escaped injury,” Mr Barnett said.
“ It ’s particularly upsetting for
the family’s two children to have
witnessed the incident and ultimately
lost their new family pet.”
A woman who lives nearby and
knows the victim and his family said
the incident had shocked her.
She said the community was
reeling and had rallied to support the
victim and his family.
— New Zealand Herald
Road-rage man remanded to victim’s workplace
One pilot on the doomed flight which
crashed killing 150 people had left the
cockpit and was unable to get back in,
investigators have told the New York Times.
In extraordinary development, a senior
military official told the Times there had
been a “very smooth, very cool” conversation
during the early part of the flight from
Barcelona to D usseldorf. But the audio from
the cockpit then indicated that one of the
pilots left the cockpit and could not get back
“The guy outside is knocking lightly on
the door and there is no answer,” the Times
quoted an investigator as saying. “And then
he hits the door stronger and no answer.
There is never an answer.”
“ You can hear he is trying to smash the
Flight 4U 9525 from Barcelona to
Dusseldorf had reached a cruising altitude
of 11,500m with 150 passengers and crew
on board before the Airbus A320 began an
unexplained descent before dropping off
No distress call was issued and nobody
on the Germanwings flight sur vived the
crash near the ski resort of Barcelonnette in
— New Zealand Herald
Pilot locked out of
cockpit — reports
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