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A jealous truck driver who bashed his
Christchurch neighbour and sometimes
lover to death with a metal bar has today
been jailed for at least 11 years.
Timothy Joseph Foley was sentenced
to life imprisonment with a minimum
non-parole period of 11 years,
eight months at the High Court in
Christchurch for the murder of 41-year-
old Michelle Mary Lawrence in the
suburb of Linwood on June 9, 2012.
That night, he went to her flat and
struck her around the head “at least
eight times” with a steel jimmy bar.
Foley phoned 111 before covering her
with a blanket and leaving her bloodied
and dying on the floor.
She was rushed to hospital and was in
a coma for three weeks before she died
on June 30.
Foley, 55, was then charged with
This morning, Foley sacked defence
counsel Stephen Hembrow.
The Lawrence family groaned at
Foley ’s eleventh hour move.
Foley then objected to victim impact
statements being read in court, claiming
that they were written by police officers.
Crown prosecutor Christopher Lange
rubbished the claims, and Justice
Cameron Mander allowed them to be
heard in court.
Ms Lawrence’s mother, Christine
Lawrence said that while people said
child birth is the worst possible pain,
losing a child to a violent act was much
She said delays to Foley ’s trial had put
the family through extra pain.
Ms Lawrence’s brother John said
his heart was “shattered” by the brutal
“ You, Tim Foley, decided that if you
couldn’t have her, then no one could,”
The emotional, physical, and mental
stress caused by the murder “can never
be fixed”, he said.
“ We now have a life sentence for what
you did. ”
Her daughter Samantha Lawrence
described her mother as a kind, gentle,
strong, and caring person.
“There are no words to express the
pain, anger, and despair our family has
endured over last three years,” she said.
“ You’ve stolen a big part of me and I
will never forgive you.”
Ms Lawrence was a vulnerable victim,
Mr Lange said.
Of small build, she was attacked in her
home where she lived alone.
It was a premeditated attack, Mr
Lange said, given that he was loaned the
metal bar several weeks earlier, and he
had taken it to the house “for purpose of
Foley today claimed he had always
admitted his guilt.
But he denied striking Ms Lawrence
eight times with a jimmy bar, but rather
“twice with a garden gnome”.
He claimed “corruption” and a
“miscarriage of justice” over his case, and
indicated that he would be appealing
against his conviction and sentence.
Justice Mander said Foley and Ms
Lawrence had been in an intermittent
But Foley had “harboured some
jealousy” after thinking she was having
a relationship with another man.
Reports before the court say Foley
who has 85 previous convictions
primarily for fraud and dishonesty
offences — has a “habit of telling
Foley showed little emotion as he was
led back into custody. — NZ ME
Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 3
China trial of
A young New Zealander facing
drugs charges and a possible death
penalty goes on trial today in China.
Peter Gardner, 25, has been detained
in China accused of trying to smuggle
40kg of methamphetamine out of
the country. A trial for Gardner, a
dual citizen of New Zealand and
Australia. It was expected to last no
longer than two days. The 25-year-
old was expected to plead not guilty
in a case that three judges will hear
in a small Guangzhou courtroom,
News Corporation reported. “If he
is convicted he will have 10 days to
launch an appeal,” Chen Yong, partner
of Guangzhou Baijian Law Firm told
News Corp Australia. — N Z ME
Fiordland quake 5.1
An earthquake Geo Net categorised
as ‘severe’ was felt widely across the
South Island this morning. The
magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck
35km north of Milford Sound and
was 20km deep. The shake would have
woken Central Otago residents at
4.23am, with most reports to Geo Net
coming from residents in the region.
Auckland transport levy
Auckland ’s mayor says he thinks a
transport levy would be going ahead
after a council meeting today. Len
Brown told Newstalk ZB a transport
levy would form part of the 10-year
budget due to be signed off at council
today. “ It’s not so much around
whether we’ ll do the levy, but how
much the levy should be,” he said. Mr
Brown said the levy would be $99, or
$2 a week for a residential ratepayer,
and $159 for a business. Mr Brown
introduced the transport levy to replace
a motorway toll or fuel tax, which the
Government does not support. The
three-year ‘short-term’ levy would fund
about $500 million of extra transport
projects, including a massive lift in
cycling and fast-for ward plans for a
north-western busway and busway to
Orewa. — NZME
Big Wednesday results
Big Wednesday Draw Number 498
results: 1, 15, 20, 28, 30, 45. Coin
toss: Heads. There is one Division
One winner from Mt Albert taking
home $10,828,500.00, Aston Martin
Vanquish, Audi Q7, Rayglass 2200
Boat, $50,000 Visa Platinum Card,
$50,000 worth of Luxury Travel,
$675,000 cash towards a bach, or
Keno draw No 11148: 3, 5, 9, 11,
16, 17, 22, 2,8 33, 48, 55, 58, 59, 61,
66, 70, 71, 75, 76, 77. Keno draw No
11149: 5, 6, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 17, 26,
38, 41, 44, 45, 51, 52, 67, 68, 74, 76,
79. Keno draw No 11150: 3, 4, 12,
15, 16, 20, 30, 36, 39, 43, 44, 48, 52,
55, 60, 62, 64, 65, 74, 75. Keno Draw
No 11151 winning numbers: 2, 3, 6,
10, 13, 17, 19, 27, 31, 32, 34, 38, 42,
43, 48, 49, 54, 62, 64, 69.
for burning man
Two men who burned a 21-year-old
supermarket worker to death over his
life savings have been locked up for at
least 17 years.
Shivneel Kumar, 20, and Bryne Permal,
22, were sentenced in the High Court
at Auckland today over the death of
Shalvin Prasad, whose smouldering body
was found on a rural South Auckland
road on the morning of January 31, 2013.
Justice Geoffrey Venning stressed
to friends and family of Mr Prasad —
who numbered about 50 in the public
gallery — that the sentence was one
of life imprisonment, regardless of the
minimum non-parole periods.
He said Kumar, who has a partner
and child in South Africa, was “entirely
without remorse” and had attempted to
convince probation in a pre-sentencing
inter view that his co-defendant was the
one who killed Mr Prasad.
Permal also denied responsibility for
the man’s death but the judge said he
was clearly involved and was the one
who bought the petrol.
The victim’s mother Shammi told
the court the killing of her “kind and
sympathetic boy” happened just four
days shy of his 22nd birthday.
“How much pain must my baby have
gone through? He must have cried for
help and we were not there to help our
baby in the final moments of his life,” she
Mr Prasad’s brother Pravin said he
spent that day, which would have been
his brother’s birthday, on the rural
roadside where his charred remains were
“Those images will forever be embossed
on our lives,” he said.
On January 30, the victim withdrew
$30,050, in $100 and $50 bills, from a
Manukau bank at the request of Kumar,
who waited outside.
Crown prosecutor Aaron Perkins said
the money element was a “significantly
“Killing for financial gain is not a
particularly common feature of cases in
this country,” he said.
He said on the night of January 30, Mr
Prasad met the two defendants and the
group drove through South Auckland.
The Crown said the victim was
assaulted at an unknown location and
bundled into the boot of Permal’s
mother’s car, driven by Kumar.
The defendants then bought 15 litres
of petrol, using the stolen money, before
driving to McRobbie Road in Kingseat,
where they doused the victim in petrol
and set him alight.
Justice Geoffrey Venning said Mr
Prasad had been rendered deeply
unconscious by the killers.
He said it was most likely the result
of “long and deliberate compression to
the neck area” and he accepted the pair
probably thought he was dead at the
time of the burning.
Medical witnesses gave evidence that
Mr Prasad was conscious when the fire
“The only matter of small comfort to
his family may be that he was deeply
unconscious at the time he was set
alight,” Justice Venning said.
In the days after the murder, Kumar
spent thousands of dollars on his car and
paying off various debts and on February
2 he and Permal went shopping together.
Store records showed they got tattoos,
watches and t-shirts totalling nearly
Large sums were also deposited into
bank accounts linked to Kumar.
Detective Inspector Dave Lynch
fronted media outside court because the
Prasad family was “too upset ”.
He said the two-and-a-half-year
process had been extremely traumatic
There were still question marks around
how the victim was actually knocked out
before his death and Mr Lynch said it
was unfortunate the only two who knew
could not be trusted to tell the truth.
“Kumar and Permal have simply told
too many lies and will never be believed,”
“For family, police and everyone it’s
frustrating.” — NZME
Seventy years ago, they made
daring bombing raids over Nazi
Germany and fought the Luftwaffe
in the skies above occupied France.
Spitfire pilot flight lieutenant
Philip Stewart, 97, and wireless
operator warrant officer Alan Davis,
92, lost many mates during World
Today, they are among the last
sur viving few.
But now, they are being awarded
France’s highest decoration, the
Knight of the National Order of the
Legion d’Honneur, in recognition of
their wartime contributions.
Both men — who live a few
kilometres apart in rural North
Canterbury — have been stunned
by the acknowledgment.
Today, the French Ambassador to
New Zealand, Florence Jeanblanc-
Risler, will present the war veterans
with the Legion of Honour medals
at a ceremony in front of friends
and family at the Christchurch
Now that they have had time to
understand the significance of the
award, both men say they will accept
it on behalf of those they fought
alongside — many of whom did not
Ms Jeanblanc-Risler said the
North Canterbury veterans were
“ highly deser ving” of receiving
France’s highest honour.
Top French honour for war veterans
The wreckage of John
Beckenridge’s blue Volkswagen
Touareg lay submerged at the foot
of a cliff for 46 days — until
Raging seas off the rugged South
Catlins had prevented its recovery
until yesterday afternoon.
Moments after a helicopter lifted
the car from the water — finally
commercial fishing boat, a rainbow
Police had found the Queenstown
man’s car below the 88m cliffs in a
small, rocky, un-named bay adjacent
to Blue Cod Bay near Curio Bay at
the end of March.
Police have been looking for
the man since his stepson Mike
Zhao-Beckenridge, 11, was reported
missing by his mother on March
Police believe the boy and his
estranged stepfather were in the car
when it drove off the top of the cliff
at high speed on March 22.
But they have not been able to
confirm their theory.
Detective senior sergeant Mike
Bowman, of Invercargill, said he
spent Tuesday with the boy ’s family
before attempting to recover the car
— a “major piece” of what is still a
missing persons case.
He said yesterday was difficult for
“It’s been a hard, hard day for
ESR scientists were on the boat
as the car was pulled out of the
water by helicopter and began their
investigation as it made its journey
to Bluff before being transported to
Invercargill for a ‘thorough’ forensic
Mr Bowman could not say
whether bodies were in the car as it
was pulled from the water, nor what
clues as to the pair’s whereabouts
the vehicle might yield.
Police spokesman Nic Barkley
said police would not comment
further on what had been learned
by pulling the car from the sea until
after the examination due to “the
extensiveness of what we’ ll need
to go into with the state of the
The forensic examination of the car
is expected to last a few days.
Detective senior sergeant Bowman
said police were continuing to
exhaust ‘all avenues’ in the missing
persons case. He said police would
sit down to discuss whatever was
found with Mike’s family.
“There’s a number of things we still
have to do before we decide where
this inquiry will go,” he said. —
Otago Daily Times
Car comes up empty
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Police recover the car near Curio Bay.
A leading law professor is concerned
over the number of sports people being
discharged without conviction after
a rugby player escaped punishment
Blues player George Moala was
discharged without conviction over a
bar brawl assault charge, despite a judge
telling him he took his statements of
remorse “with a large grain of salt”.
The 24-year-old Moala left Auckland
District Court yesterday without
speaking to media after the decision.
It comes after he was found guilty in
January of one charge of assault with
intent to injure during a bar fight in
Moala will play for the Blues against
the Rebels in Melbourne following his
discharge without conviction.
A statement from the Blues yesterday
said: “ With the judicial process
complete, there remains an employment
process to be concluded by the Blues and
New Zealand Rugby over the next few
“Meantime, George will be available
for selection and continue to receive
professional support in his personal
University of Auckland law professor
Bill Hodge said he was ‘concerned’
to see a run of cases that saw male
and female athletes being discharged
with conviction, on the basis it would
effect their employment, their ability
to travel, or compete in international
“I’m thinking that judges should look a
bit more critically at
that issue ... because
its something the
and it is not available
if you are a plumber,
you’re working on
you’re a blue collared
worker, or a shop
“ You can’t make those arguments, and
it’s just a bit concerning that it seems to
be setting up a two tier system of justice,
where one class of people get one form
of justice, and a different class of people
get a different form.
“Having been a lower court judge
myself it does seem that judges should be
a little more analytical, critical, or shall I
say sceptical, when they get those sorts of
Moala sat in the dock yesterday, dressed
smartly in a blue shirt and navy tie, as
lawyer Paul Wicks QC said his client
was remorseful and had offered to take
part in a restorative justice session with
his victim, Clifford Matoka, who had
But Judge Rob Ronayne said he took
that expression of remorse “with a large
grain of salt, as you told the probation
officer that you maintained your not
But despite this assertion, Judge
Ronayne agreed with that a conviction
would be disproportionate to the offence.
“ You have let yourself, your family and
your employers down badly with this
behaviour,” he said, adding: “I have to
say, Mr Moala, that a high profile brings
with it a higher level of embarrassment.”
Judge Ronayne said his decision
was not influenced by Moala being a
celebrity sportsman, but by the impact
it would have on his career and ability
to look after his wife and four-year-old
“ I’m satisfied that arising from a
conviction there’s a real and appreciable
risk of the loss of your job for reasons
of serious misconduct and/or the risk
of possible inability to meet travel
requirements,” he said.
“ Rugby is your career, it’s a promising
career and the loss of that career would
be a very significant consequence.”
Moala did not have tertiary
qualifications or experience in any other
trade or career that he could fall back on,
and would be unlikely to secure another
job with a similar level of remuneration
and career prospects, Judge Ronayne
“ Loss of career would be devastating
for you and your family.”
He warned: “Be mindful of that in the
future, Mr Moala.”
The Crown pushed for a conviction for
the charge — which holds a maximum
penalty of three years in prison — saying
it should not be treated differently to any
However, Judge Ronayne ordered
Moala be discharged without conviction,
and pay $2500 in emotional harm
reparation to Mr Matoka tomorrow.
Two-tier justice system
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Man who bashed neighbour to death sentenced
Timothy Joseph Foley
Celebrated Ngati Hine
leader and Te Reo Maori
advocate Erima Henare
Mr Henare was the head
of the Maori Language
Commission, an adviser
to the Maori King, and
a respected authority on
the ancient and modern
history, reo and tikanga of
Te Tai Tokerau.
He was the son of Lady
Rose Henare and Sir
James Henare, who rose
from the rank of private to
commanding officer of the
Maori Battalion during
World War Two.
Mr Henare was also a
father and grandfather.
One of his sons, Peeni
Henare, is the Labour MP
for Tamaki Makaurau.
Among other public,
advisory and educational
sector posts, Mr Henare
was executive director
of Maori at Open
Polytechnic of New
Zealand, a member of
the Waitangi National
Trust Board and a
Maori cultural adviser to
Heritage New Zealand
He has also been a
member of Creative New
Zealand, New Zealand
Arts Council, Northland
District Health Board
member, and other
regional and national
boards and committees.
Mr Henare was at
a Labour function at
Parliament last night.
Maori Television reported
that he died overnight.
Sir Wira Gardiner and
former National MP Tau
Henare, a relation, were
among those to pay tribute
on social media this
Labour MP for Te Tai
Tokerau Kelvin Davis
said Mr Henare had died
suddenly. His knowledge,
language and humour
would be impossible to
“A star from the
constellation of Matariki
has faded,” Mr Davis said.
Green Party co-leader
Metiria Turei said New
Zealand had lost “one of
the great Maori leaders,
and a tireless advocate
for the protection and
restoration of te reo
Maori”. — NZME
Whole milk powder prices, which
are central to Fonterra’s farmgate
forecasts, showed signs of levelling
off at the latest Global DairyTrade
auction, but competition from big
suppliers in the United States and
Europe saw skim milk powder
prices fall sharply.
Overall, the GDT price index
dropped by 3.5% since the last
auction in mid-April, but the whole
milk powder price eased by just
1.8% to $3177 a tonne.
Skim milk powder fared worse,
the average price dropping by
7.5% to $2726 a tonne. Skim milk
powder prices have now fallen by
30% over the last four auctions.
The drop in the skim milk
powder price is likely to hit New
Zealand’s second biggest co-
operative, Westland Milk, hard.
The Hokitika-based co-operative
last month cut its forecast payout
for the season to $4.90-$5 .10/kg
of milk solids, based on very low
Fonterra’s forecast for the current
season, which ends on May 31, is
The co-op will issues its forecasts
for 2015-16 late this month.
There was little in yesterday ’s
auction to change views as to the
likely Fonterra milk price for 2015-
16, with most forecasters expecting
it to come in at about $5.70/kg.
ANZ rural economist Con
Williams estimates that at around
that level, farmers would be
operating at a 50c to $1.50/kg loss
over 2015-16, which suggested
seasonal finance requirement of
$1.85 billion over the course of the
“ It all comes back to the milk
price, essentially,” Williams said.
“How low and how long does it
stay where it is? That ’s the nuts and
bolts of it.
“ Banks will look to support their
customers over 2015-16 season, but
if we have another low or break-
even season in 2016-17, it becomes
different. ” At yesterday ’s auction,
prices for all products fell, with the
exception of cheddar, which gained
9.1% to $4012 a tonne.
Some skim milk powder offerings
either did not receive a bid or did
not trade higher than the opening
price offered, Mike McIntyre, head
of derivatives at First NZ Capital
The volume of product traded
on GDT was 7% greater than
the previous auction, with 27,639
tonnes of product changing hands.
“It’s a buyer’s market for skim
milk powder at present with strong
competition between New Zealand
and European suppliers who are
operating in the Asian and Middle
East markets,” said Agri HQ dairy
analyst Susan Kilsby.
Before last night ’s auction New
Zealand-sourced skim milk powder
was trading at a premium of $133-
$266 tonne over Europe and the
US but the auction result pulled
New Zealand-sourced product
below both competitors.
More skim milk powder is finding
is way on to markets because of
Russia’s ban on the import of
dairy products from some western
countries as it tries to promote its
own domestic dairy sector.
“This pressure is unlikely to abate
in the near-term with recent reports
suggesting Russia will extend its
import ban until at least the end
of the year and wants to be self-
sufficient in milk supply within the
next 7-10 years,” ANZ said.
— New Zealand Herald
Skim milk powder prices drop
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