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Th e family of a woman who was
killed by an overtaking car while
out jogging is angry the man who
was at the wheel has escaped a
Deanne Cooper, 36, of Hawera,
was running on Ohangai Road,
Taranaki, last May when she was
struck by a car.
Initial indications were that the
car was overtaking another vehicle
when it hit her, police said at the
time. The driver stopped and gave
her first aid, but she died at the
Yesterday Karl Anthony Peacock,
29, was sentenced in the Hawera
District Court to six months home
detention on a charge of aggravated
careless driving causing death,
Radio New Zealand reported.
He pleaded guilty to hitting
and killing the mother-of-three,
as he drove towards Hawera, the
broadcaster said. He was overtaking
a slower vehicle, and was on the
wrong side of the road at the time
he struck her.
He also admitted in court to
smoking cannabis earlier that day.
Mrs Cooper’s family said they
were angry he was not jailed for his
“ We were hoping for a custodial
sentence with the seriousness of the
crime,” her brother Aiden Wards
told Radio New Zealand. “And we
didn’t know until court that he had
64 previous (driving) infringements
and lost his licence four or five
“ We just thought, ‘he’s not
learning from his mistakes and
he’s kept going until he’s killed
someone’, and then he gets six
months home detention as a slap
on the wrist.” The judge gave
Peacock credit for taking part in a
restorative justice session with his
victim’s family, showing remorse,
having a young family and a stable
job, Mr Wards said.
“ But we were pretty shocked (by
the sentence).” He was “glad” to
have taken part in the restorative
justice meeting, “because we got to
confront him”, he said, but would
not have agreed to it if he had
known it would influence Peacock’s
“ We were told by the restorative
justice and the police that it has
no effect on the sentencing, but
Judge Roberts said he would take
two months jail off the sentencing
because of that. He’s taken it into
account, but he took other things
“ I got a lot out of the restorative
justice, but ... ” He also did not think
Peacock was remorseful.
“ I think he was worried about
going to prison, but I don’t think he
showed a lot of remorse in a lot of
his actions. ”
Mr Wards said the family had
found the judicial system “very
disappointing and frustrating”, and
had been left feeling “powerless”.
Peacock was also disqualified
from driving for two-and-a -half
years and ordered to pay $6000
in emotional harm reparations to
Mrs Cooper’s family, Radio New
of the Otago Daily Times
An aerial search of the Dunedin
coastline yesterday failed to find any
trace of Alexandra woman Denise
Mrs Potter went missing from her
daughter’s Carroll Street home in
Dunedin about noon on Monday,
Police and private searches have failed
to find any trace of the 53-year-old.
An aerial search was carried out from
Tunnel Beach to Boulder Beach — a
distance of 20km — and the upper
Otago Harbour area yesterday afternoon.
“ Nothing was found from the air,”
Dunedin Police search and rescue co-
ordinator, senior sergeant Brian Benn,
said. A police shoreline search would
continue today, while the family were
also searching the upper harbour.
Police would be reviewing the search
but it was too soon to say if would be the
last aerial search, he said.
Mrs Potter was last seen wearing dark
blue denim jeans, a two-toned black and
grey long sleeved three-quarter buttoned
shirt with white cuffs, and no footwear.
She is described as slim with light
brown, collar-length hair.
Anyone who might have seen Mrs
Potter, or knew where she was, was
asked to contact Dunedin Police on
(03) 471 4800.
Family and friends of a
Carterton farmer found
lifeless beneath his quad
bike in an open drain have
been left grieving and
baffled at his death.
sergeant Chris Megaw
said workmates discovered
Hamish McL ennan
under the machine about
4.30pm on Tuesday, hours
after the father of two was
last seen that morning
when he set out to spray
weeds on his Woodlea
dairy-farm property. Mr
Megaw said the 57-year-
old farmer had “lost
control on the bank of an
open drain”, toppled in,
and was trapped under his
machine. The first people
to the scene were unable
to revive Mr McLennan
and police were working
alongside his family and
Worksafe New Zealand
to “reconstruct the events
leading up to the incident
and establish the cause” of
Family and friends
gathered at the Woodlea
farm yesterday and
Carterton fire chief Wayne
Robinson, a long-time
mate, said there was
disbelief and confusion
about Mr McLennan’s
death. “ You couldn’t get
a more safety-conscious
person than Hamish. He
wouldn’t do anything
remotely dangerous to
himself or anyone else.
That ’s why it comes as
such a surprise where the
bike’s ended up.”
Cornelis Roest, also known as Rob
Roest, is due to be released from
prison less than three years into his
six-year, nine-month sentence.
Also the chief financial officer of
the failed finance firm, Roest was
jailed in 2012 after being found
guilty of 18 charges following
a four-month High Court case
brought by the Financial Markets
The charges related to misleading
statements in the offer documents
of Bridgecorp, a finance company
that failed in 2007 owing
$459 million to 14,500 investors.
In a separate Serious Fraud
Office case, Roest had another
three months added to jail term
after admitting his role in the
$3.5m fraudulent acquisition and
financing of a luxury launch.
Roest was previously denied
parole both in January and last
August, but was described at the
time as a “model prisoner” who
worked in the canteen.
After appearing before the board
again yesterday, Judge Arthur
Tompkins approved Roest ’s parole,
albeit with a number of conditions
A psychological assess-ment of
Roest conducted in December
assessed him as being at low risk of
further offending, Judge Tompkins
“Although given some evidence
of detachment and stubbornness
leading to admittedly decisions of
poor judgement in the past, the
report identified some vulnerability
to such dynamic risk factors in the
future, particularly in situations of
heightened stress where Mr Roest ’s
character traits of pride, detachment
and stubbornness might operate to
increase his risk.” Roest ’s conditions
include not talking to the media or
any victims, not consuming alcohol
or drugs and not moving from
his approved address without the
consent of his probation officer.
According to Judge Tompkin’s
decision, “Mr Roest indicated to
the Board today that he is very
comfortable with both his new
and approved proposed address
and with the prohibition on him
communicating with the media”.
The decision also noted that
Roest enjoyed good family and
community support and has a
confirmed offer of employment
outside of the financial ser vices or
any related industries.
He is due to be released later this
— New Zealand Herald
Two men who dropped a man off at
Christchurch Hospital with a gunshot wound
to his head have been identified by police.
All three men have known gang connections,
police said, and the pair were “extremely
reluctant to talk to police”.
It follows an investigation launched in
the early hours of Sunday morning, when
a 40-year-old man was dropped off at the
hospital with a gunshot wound to his head by
two men who then fled.
He remains in a stable condition in
Christchurch Hospital, and has now regained
consciousness, police said.
“ However, it is likely to be another two
to three days, at least, before police will be
able to speak with him about the incident,”
detective senior sergeant Jason Stewart.
“The victim’s family have asked for privacy
and do not want any further updates on the
man’s medical condition to be released at this
Meanwhile, investigations into the two men
had led to their identification, Mr Stewart
“Our inquiries have identified the two
men who have gang connections. To date
they have been extremely reluctant to talk to
police about the incident.” The weapon has
yet to be recovered.
“ With a gang-related incident such as this
there is potential for an escalation.
However, we would like to reassure the
public that Canterbury police officers directly
involved in the investigation and other
prevention staff are focussing their efforts to
prevent further incidents,” Mr Stewart said.
Aerial search finds no trace of missing woman
A young New Plymouth man was left
“speechless” after discovering a section of
pohutakawa tree had fallen onto his new car,
leaving it “pretty beaten and bashed”.
Axel Corrigan, 20, thought his workmates
at Rivet, a sheet-metal manufacturing
company, were playing a prank on him when
they said “a branch” had fallen on his car.
“ I mean, it was a bit bigger than a branch,
the car’s a right-off,” the gutted stainless
steel worker said.
He had only had the new ride for about
two months, he said, after saving up $9000
to buy himself the second hand Nissan
“ It was a very gutting sight to see,” he said.
The car was parked on the corner of
Queen St and Young St in New Plymouth,
down the road from where he is working on
the construction of the new Len Lye Centre
“ I thought it was just a big joke because
all the boys from Len Lye went down to
view it as well, and a couple of people had to
move their vehicle, and I thought they were
joking, so I sort of walked out with a smile
on my face,” he said.
“And then when I seen a tree sitting on
top of my car .... I just didn’t even want to
go see it. I stood up there for a while. I don’t
want to see my car looking like that.” He
was eventually persuaded to approach his
crushed car by a police officer.
“It was speechless, shocked. I couldn’t
believe it,” he said.
“It was my car, it could have hit someone
else’s eh? It had to get the car in the middle.”
It was “an upside” that no-one was in the car
at the time, he said, because it was “pretty
“I wouldn’t (think) that it would be
fixable,” he said.
“Looking at it, there’s a lot of work to fix,
there’s a lot of damage. The front guard’s
dented, the bonnet ’s dented, the windscreen
is smashed, same as the back windscreen.
The roof ’s all caved in. It ’s dusted.
“I’d declare it a right-off because all the
structural, all the pillars are dented and
“ I don’t really want to drive it again. I get a
bad feeling after it’s been crashed or broken,
you know.” The car was a “dream car” for Mr
Corrigan, who had “always wanted to own”
“ I didn’t even get to own it for that long.”
He added: “It was the first expensive car, the
first nice car I’ve bought for myself ... You
drive it nice and look what happens.”
The car was insured, but Mr Corrigan had
to wait to hear back from the insurance
company before knowing what to do next.
In the meantime, he had yet to sort out a
“ I’ve got a scooter in the shed, I might
have to use that.”
Crushing ‘blow’ for new car owner
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Axel Corrigan discovers his car that he has spent years saving for and purchased a
short time ago has been crushed by a fallen branch.
Bridgecorp director gets early prison release
Men identified over gunshot wound
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