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Medicinal marijuana nod
Decision not a precedent: Minister
A teenager in an induced coma
in Wellington Hospital will be
administered medicinal cannabis
after Government approval on
Alex Renton, a 19-year-old
Nelson man, has been in hospital
since early April. He is in “status
epilepticus”, a kind of prolonged
His family have been seeking
an alternative treatment after
conventional medicines failed to
help the man.
Associate Health Minister
Peter Dunne yesterday approved
on compassionate grounds the
one-off use of Elixinol, a cannabis
product from the United States
to be administered by doctors at
Mr Dunne said that despite
the absence of clinical evidence
supporting the efficacy of
Elixinol, a cannabidiol (CBD)
product in patients with Mr
epilepticus, “my decision relies
on the dire circumstances and
extreme severity of Mr Renton’s
“I have considerable sympathy
for the family of Mr Renton
who face an incredibly difficult
situation. Understandably they
want to do the best for their son,
and they believe that this option
is worth trying.
“I have also considered the
absence of any other treatment
options, the low risk of
significant adverse effects, and
the conclusion reached by the
hospital ethics committee from
an individual patient perspective.
“Ministerial approval in this
case does not extend beyond Mr
Renton’s application and should
in no way be construed as setting
a wider precedent,” he said.
Mr Dunne said the advice
he has received was that there
remained a lack of clinical
evidence supporting the use of
CBD products in sufferers of Mr
“The fact that Elixinol
does not have a supporting
pharmaceutical testing regime
means this application has been
reviewed as a stand-alone case
and weighed against the severity
of his condition.
“ I hope for a positive outcome
for Mr Renton and his family,”
Mr Dunne said.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
‘Hardly a plan’ for robbery—witness
A year since the death of Arun Kumar, a
jury has been told there was “hardly a plan at
all” for the robbery which left the Auckland
dairy owner bleeding from the neck on the
floor of his Henderson store.
The trial is continuing in the High Court
at Auckland for two schoolboys charged with
killing the father-of two.
A 14-year-old boy is on trial for murder,
while his 13-year-old co-accused faces a
charge of manslaughter. The pair, who have
name suppression, also deny counts of assault
with intent to rob.
A witness, 14, has told of the moments
leading up to the incident on June 10 last year
when Mr Kumar, 57, was stabbed in the neck
in front of his wife during what the Crown
contends was a violent plan to carry out a
Defence lawyers have grilled the boy about
his recollection of the night before the
incident, and what was said as he followed the
two defendants to the dairy on the morning
of the robbery.
Tension threatened to boil over at times as
he repeatedly denied acting as a lookout for
the pair, or that he was privy to conversations
about planning the robbery as they made
their way to the dairy.
Defence lawyer David Niven said the reason
the witness was not willing to talk about that
conversation was because he was scared he
would get into trouble.
“They hadn’t even had a proper plan out . . .
there was hardly a plan at all,” the boy replied.
He also reiterated the knife used to stab Mr
Kumar was taken as a scare tactic, and that
“no one was meant to get hurt ”.
The schoolboys on trial, who were 12 and
13 at the time of Mr Kumar’s death, have
pleaded not guilty to the charges. Their
lawyers say they lacked the “knowledge and
intention” to commit the crimes.
The court proceedings have appeared to tire
them at times, with the older of the two la
ying his head on the desk and the younger
yawning through the evidence.
Meanwhile, Mr Kumar’s family is expected
to privately mark today ’s one year anniversary
of his death.
They have been in court throughout the
trial, which is expected to last for a month.
Police say fire deliberately lit
An international student has
been left terrified after the theft
of his backpack containing
The male victim, who asked not
to be named for his own safety,
was cycling along Havelock
Road towards Hastings about
6.45pm on Friday.
A dark-coloured vehicle pulled
into the cycling lane, forcing him
Two men got out of the vehicle,
approached the 23-year-old and
demanded his backpack.
He handed over his light grey-
coloured bag, containing the cash
and his curriculum vitae.
The two men then got back into
the vehicle and drove towards
He described the attackers as
“ bigger and stronger” and of
Maori or Pacific island descent.
“ I just thought to myself, ‘ Why
are they doing this? What did I
do wrong?’ I have never been so
afraid,” he said.
The student had been in
Havelock North to find work.
—NZ ME-Hawke’s Bay Today
Mugging terror recalled
Police have confirmed the house
fire at a Dunedin property on
Monday night was deliberately
Neighbours of the property in
Crichton Street, Wakari, alerted
emergency ser vices to the fire just
Several windows were smashed
during the blaze, which was
described by a witness as
sounding like an explosion.
Detective Des Karl said an
incident at the property the
previous night, in which the
windows of the front door were
smashed, was likely to be related
to the fire.
“ If there’s damage to a house
one day and it goes up in flames
the next, then there’s a good
reason to believe the two are
related,” he said.
Mr Karl said police were
continuing inquiries into “specific
areas”, but could not disclose
what those were.
The occupants of the suburban
property could not be contacted
— Otago Daily Times
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