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Tramper was washed off track
The day 20-year-old
American student Allison “Ally”
Willen died — Anzac Day —
she was making her way, alone,
through flood water covering
a section of the Young Valley
Police search and rescue
co-ordinator sergeant Aaron
Nicholson said at the weekend
she needed to negotiate the
flooded track to get to her
destination, the Young hut.
“S he didn’t cross the river.
“S he hasn’t made a bad
decision to cross the river.
“S he’s just been walking the
track and got to bits where the
river has swelled over the track
“So she’s had to negotiate
“So I would anticipate a
realistic situation where she has
fallen or tripped or slipped into
Miss Willen’s body was
recovered from the Young
River, in the Mount Aspiring
National Park, on Saturday.
Wanaka volunteer searchers
found her body near where her
backpack and raincoat were
located in the headwaters of the
river last Monday.
Miss Willen went missing
after crossing the Gillespie Pass
with two other young American
female students in torrential
rain, hail and gale-force winds.
Asked why she and her two
companions were not travelling
as a group after crossing the
pass, Mr Nicholson said,
“sometimes tramping parties
“It is what it is, and everyone
will be reflecting on what
was involved and some of
the rationale behind those
He declined to comment
Police have referred the death
to the coroner for further
— Otago Daily Times
Allison “Ally” Willen died on the Young Valley walking track
after becoming separated from other trampers.
already a hit
Charlotte is a name fit for a princess —
as well as the 5997 New Zealand-born
babies given the name over the past 29
Meanwhile, the princess’s middle
names — Elizabeth and Diana — are
not so common in this Commonwealth
Department of Internal Affairs
figures show that since 1985 the name
given to Britain’s newest royal, Her
Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of
Cambridge, has been in the country’s
top 50 most popular names. Last year, as
well as in 2006 and 2013, the name hit
number one, when 255 Charlottes were
A sharp increase of 117% in the name’s
popularity, between 2001 (152) and
2004 (330), coincided with the reign of
Sex and the City television character
Charlotte York Goldenblatt and popular
Welsh songstress Charlotte Church.
Earl Spencer, the young princess’s great
uncle and brother of Diana, Princess
of Wales, seemingly approved of the
newborn’s names, tweeting: “My two-
year-old Charlotte Diana will be thrilled
at cousinly name-sharing.”
The new princess’s middle names,
Elizabeth and Diana, have not been as
popular. Elizabeth has been in the top
100 over the past 30 years, while Diana
has not featured at all. Between 1985 and
2014, 3432 babies were named Elizabeth.
The name’s popularity peaked in 1989,
when 192 babies made it the 25th most
popular girl’s name in New Zealand.
Diana, Princess of Wales’s name, did
not make the New Zealand top 100 in
the past 30 years.
After a decline to only three Dianas
born in 2009, the name saw a small
resurgence to 12 in 2012, and last year
eight girls were given the name.
The new princess is not the first
royal Charlotte. Born in 1744, Queen
Charlotte had 15 children with Mad
King George, George III. Their first
daughter, another Charlotte, was born
in 1766, and in 1796 King George IV
named his only child Charlotte.
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
P traces found in
State homes tested
Half of the State houses tested for
methamphetamine in the past two years came
up positive for the drug and it might be just the
tip of the iceberg, experts say.
Figures released under the Official Information
Act show there were 101 State houses in 2014
contaminated with methamphetamine, also
known as P, out of 196 that were tested.
In 2013, just eight State houses tested positive
for the drug out of 19 tested nationwide.
The whopping hike in testing numbers meant
taxpayers forked out $1.3 million cleaning up
the contaminated homes last year — almost
$1 million more than what was spent the year
Housing New Zealand spokeswoman Bryony
Hilless said the hike in numbers tested was
simply a result of improved detection processes.
The organisation had put a lot of effort
into better information sharing with police
and Housing NZ staff were becoming
more experienced in identifying P use and
contamination, she said.
“ We believe there is also increased awareness
about the presence of methamphetamine in the
community resulting in possible contamination
being brought to our attention,” she said.
It costs between $600 and $1800 to test
each house and up to $30,000 to clean them,
Housing NZ said.
Meth Minder — a methamphetamine
detection company — director Miles Stratford
said there was likely to be a lot more then 101
State houses affected by methamphetamine.
Housing NZ owns about 68,000 homes
throughout the country and up to 20% of those
could be affected, he said.
Met Minder tested 1200 rental properties,
most of which were privately owned, in 2014
and 40% came up positive, Mr Stratford said.
“That will be the same sort of thing existing
in Housing NZ probably. Does it mean 40% of
Housing NZ property has meth in it? Probably
not, but it could be as high as 10% or 20% and
that ’s still an awful amount of properties.
“ We’ve already got a massive block of
contaminated property which sits undiscovered
in the housing market.”
Mr Stratford said the methamphetamine
contamination across State and rental houses
was a real danger for new home buyers.
Housing NZ should be doing more
comprehensive testing of all of its properties, he
“The view of the government is that they don’t
need to worry about it and maybe that ’s because
only 196 house actually got tested.”
Auckland Property Investors Association
president Andrew Bruce said there was a
significant P problem across both private and
It was important to understand the range in
the scale of P contamination in rentals, he said.
“There’s a significant P problem out there
and a lot of these people will use rental
accommodation. It ’s very much a risk item
whether it be for Housing NZ or for landlords.
“I suppose what we really have to understand
is what is considered a reasonable level. There’s
going to be a massive difference between a house
being used as a lab or someone having a smoke.”
The testing was part of a nationwide sweep of
196 addresses and houses that tested positive
came up with readings of 0.5mcg per 100 square
centimetres or more.
Readings could be caused by anything from
use of the drug to a fully fledged P lab set-up.
Housing NZ said the agency would never
knowingly place a methamphetamine affected
property on the market. Despite this, homelegal.
co.nz advised buyers to be aware of the issue and
ask questions when looking to purchase an ex-
State home. — NZ ME
The man who tore women’s
teeth out with pliers while he was
having sex with them believed
there was consent and thought he
was helping and not hurting them,
a court was told yesterday.
The defence and prosecution
wrapped up their closings in
the jury trial against Philip Lyle
Hansen in the Wellington District
Hansen is facing 10 charges,
including assault and sex charges
that also included rape.
One charge of male assaults female has been
dismissed by Judge Bruce Davidson.
The charges span over a period of more than
20 years from 1988 to 2011. The offending
allegedly happened at various locations in the
Hutt Valley area in Wellington.
Defence lawyer Mike Antunovic told the
jury of nine men and three women that the
Crown’s case rested wholly on the word of
the four women complainants and there were
no independent witnesses to back up the
All women had gone to police within a week
of each other and had met up earlier, Mr
At that meeting there could have been anger,
regret or resentment felt towards Hansen, he
“ Perhaps some sort of exaggeration began to
creep in. ”
Hansen believed he had the consent of the
women to remove their teeth, he said.
“ He wanted to help, not to hurt.”
If consent was regretted later, then
a crime had not been committed,
Mr Antunovic said.
to evidence from
complainant, who had four lower
front teeth pulled out by Hansen
in December 2005.
In a police statement, she said
that she could not believe that
she let Hansen do that to her, he
He told the jury it would be
wrong to find his client guilty “just because you
don’t like him”.
They needed to give him a fair hearing, he said.
Prosecuting lawyer Sally Carter told the jury
that each of the complainants said Hansen
would stop the women from contacting their
“If you understand the pattern of behaviour,
then you can understand how this brutal
technique of pulling out teeth occurred.”
Ms Carter also said a pair of pliers was found
in Hansen’s bedside table with DNA and blood
from one of the complainants.
Hansen’s computer showed there were 619
search records relevant to the topic of pulling
teeth, including searches for “gummy ladies”
and “fat gummy ladies”, as well as pictures and
videos of teeth being pulled out.
The relationship Hansen had with the women
complainants has been suppressed.
Judge Davidson will sum up the trial this
morning before the jury begins its deliberation.
Tooth puller claims consent
Philip Lyle Hansen
Police are investigating after a
Palmerston baby was taken to hospital
with life-threatening injuries.
A two-month-old girl was taken to
Dunedin Hospital with fractures to
her limbs and a brain injury, after what
Dunedin CIB described as a serious
assault, last month.
No-one has been arrested in relation
to the child’s injuries yet, but it is
understood police are closing in suspects.
manager Detective Inspector Tom
Fitzgerald said yesterday the serious
assault came to police attention on
April 10 after the girl was admitted to
The baby was now in a serious but
stable condition in hospital, he said.
— Otago Daily Times
Judge to quiz Blessie jurors over impartiality
The judge in the Blessie Gotingco murder
trial will take the rare step of asking each jury
member whether they can be impartial after
they have heard all the evidence.
Day six of the trial for the 28-year-old man
accused of raping and murdering the North
Shore mother of three ended yesterday with
Justice Timothy Brewer informing the 12
jurors of his plan.
The move comes after it was revealed an
Auckland High Court registrar had written
a column regarding the trial for a foreign-
based, English-language news website.
The story contained several prejudicial
statements, inaccuracies and discussed
conversations the author had had with the
victim’s husband during the trial.
It was removed from the site on Monday
evening and the trial continued yesterday.
The Ministry of Justice said the matter was
being taken “very seriously” and had been
referred to Chief High Court Judge.
Justice Brewer said the article was “precisely
the sort of thing” he had warned the jury
about at the trial’s outset.
“The internet is everywhere and in various
forms and your key duty is to decide this case
on the evidence you hear in the courtroom.
That ’s fair, and to be influenced by matters
you might be curious about, well that
would be unfair,” he told the jury yesterday
“After you have heard all the evidence and
before the lawyers address you, I intend to ask
each of you individually whether you have
complied with the directions not to make
inquiries . . . just so in the closing phases
of the trial we know what the situation is
with regard to your ability to decide the case
The Crown’s case is that just before 8pm
on May 24, 2014 the defendant deliberately
ran Blessie Gotingco down in his car as she
walked home along Salisbury Road from
work. It is alleged he then bundled her into
his silver BMW and took her back to his
home where he raped her, slit her throat and
stabbed her to death, before dumping the
body at a nearby cemetery.
The trial has been adjourned until Friday to
give the defendant a chance to consider how
he will cross-examine Mr Taylor and ESR
scientists who are expected to tell the court
his DNA was found inside the victim.
The trial is scheduled to run until the end of
next week. — NZ ME
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