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Thousands of pictures and
video files of child sex abuse and
exploitation, including the sexual
torture of a 12-month old baby girl,
were found on a D unedin student ’s
iPhone, the D unedin District
Court heard yesterday.
The phone was seized in May last
year following an anonymous report
to the United Nations National
Centre for Missing and Exploited
Children (NCMEC) about a post
in the “Human Sexuality” forum on
the “ Topix” website. The post was
identified as having been made by
a New Zealander and the report
was referred to the Department of
In the July 2013 post, the
defendant had expressed an interest
in “ learning a few things” about
girls aged 10-14. He asked people
to contact him and provided his
When inter viewed about the
15,247 objectionable pictures and
244 objectionable moving image
files on his phone, the defendant
said he had been interested in such
material since he was 15 or 16.
He admitted having objectionable
material, mainly relating to girls
from newborn to the age of 14. But
he said he was not interested in the
material involving babies and had
such material only so he could trade
The defendant said he found the
material upsetting and disturbing
and would often stop his activities
for a time, only to restart later.
He recognised he had a problem
but felt there was a barrier to
getting help as he wanted to stay
out of trouble.
As a result of his activities between
July 29, 2013 and March last year,
the 19-year-old defendant faced
30 individual charges of possessing
and distributing objectionable
But Crown counsel Richard
Smith yesterday asked for two
of those charges, one relating to
possessing and one to distributing
objectionable material, to be made
representative of the whole period
The defendant then pleaded guilty
and was convicted and remanded
on bail for sentence next month.
The balance of the charges were all
Judge Michael Crosbie granted
an application by counsel Anne
Stevens for continuation of the
interim order suppressing the
defendant ’s name.
Mrs Stevens said she would
be asking for permanent name
suppression because of matters
raised in reports provided to the
court but Judge Crosbie said it was
more appropriate for that question
to be dealt with on the sentencing
The facts summary said a covert
investigator from the Internal
Affairs department ’s censorship
compliance unit contacted the
defendant on July 29, 2013.
He was posing as an adult
interested in child sexual abuse
material. The defendant sent him
six video files and one image file
which depicted a naked girl aged
10-12, exposing her breasts to
the camera. Five of the video files
depicted girls aged between 10 and
15 performing indecencies.
On the same day, the defendant
objectionable image files to the
Between December 2013 and
May last year, he used the same
messaging application to trade
child sexual abuse images with
other offenders. He traded with
more than 600 individuals and
sent a total of 5095 objectionable
images of children in sexual poses
or involved in sexual activity.
objectionable images from his
An example of the defendant ’s
activity was an exchange over three
days in January last year between
him and a person referring to
himself as “Josh”. Within five
minutes of the initial contact with
“ Josh”, the defendant, posing as a
14-year-old girl sent a picture of
a naked girl in a sexual pose in a
bathtub. He asked “Josh” if he had
any images to trade and sent him
more than 30 more pictures of
young girls in sexual poses, involved
in sexual activity with adult males,
with some of the acts involving
bondage and urination.
The defendant and “Josh” also
discussed Josh’s desire to rape
a young girl and the defendant
encouraged him to rape “a lil girl”,
the summary said.
Otago Daily Times
Student ’s phone
had 1000s of child
July 19, 1995. Twenty
years since we said our
Remembered with love
From all your family.
ANISY, Sam. —
20 years today.
Your loving family.
Old Fashioned Values,
Old Fashioned Ethics
LITTLE, Patrick (Pat).
To everyone who
stood with us at the
'station' after Pat caught
the 'Jigger' home to his
beloved Marie we want
to say a great big thank
you. To those who
bought food, flowers,
cards, and travelled from
afar your love and
support kept us going.
Again thanks to the staff
at Allen Bryant Life
Care, you gave dad a
real quality of life with
your loving care, and
those who visited dad
there, thank you. To Jan
Drylie - such a lovely
friend to dad and took
a wonderful service.
Wayne, Sylvia and Kris
at Thompson's your
compassion helped us
through. Please accept
this as our personal
acknowledgment to you
all, our love and bless-
ings go out to you all.
Jill and Ron, and Dan
George. — Passed away
peacefully on July 4,
2015 at Roseanne Rest-
home, Napier, aged 85.
father-in-law of Robbie
and Jack, Stuart and
Carina, Jeff and Jill,
Chrissy and Paul. Loved
granddad of his six
grandchildren and great
of Zena and the late
Donations in Trevor's
memory to the Red
appreciated. A funeral
service for Trevor will
be held in the Dunstall
Memorial Chapel, Ed-
wardes Street, Napier on
Monday, July 20 at 2pm.
Tributes to Trevor or
messages to his family
can be left at www.dun
stalls.co.nz or C/o PO
Box 1055, Napier 4140.
peacefully on Tuesday
July 14, 2015 at Richard
Seddon Hospital, Grey-
mouth. Dearly loved
wife of the late Ron,
much loved mother and
mother-in-law of Lynda,
Janet and Andrew, the
late Kay, and Kim and
Kirsty, loved sister of
Alan Logie, adored
grandmother of Helen,
the late Anna and
husband Greg, Amy,
Fergus, Lydia, Liam,
Sam and Beth, very
mother of Eddie, Tom
and Joseph and a much
loved aunt and friend.
Messages to L Ferguson,
S6 CR 1842, RD1,
Runanga 7873. In
private family farewell
has been held. Anisy
Funeral Home, Grey-
Hokitika - Westland
RSA are requested to
attend the funeral of the
late Patrick Edward
Harris, No R152685 AB
Mechand Navy WWII.
A service for Pat will be
held at All Saints
Church, Hokitika, on
Tuesday July 21 at 2pm.
Following the service
Pat will be laid to rest in
the RSA No 2 Section of
the Hokitika Cemetery.
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Passed away peacefully
at Christchurch on July
15, 2015, aged 75. Much
loved father and father-
in-law of Lisa and David
Anderson, loved stepdad
of Glenn and Chris, and
Liane, loved grandad of
Corey, and Emma, loved
great-grandad of Hunter,
brother and brother-in-
law of John, Anita and
Garry, Lindsay and
Shona, Lorraine and
Bob, Steven, Beverly
and Philip, and the late
Leslie, and Patricia,
dearly loved son of the
late Oliver and Annie.
Goodbye my family,
my life is past,
I love you all to the
weep not for me
but courage take,
love each other
for my sake.
Messages to 8 Mawhera
Street, Dobson 7805.
declined, donations to
St John would be appre-
ciated and can be made
at the Chapel or posted
to PO Box 508, Grey-
mouth 7840. A service
to celebrate Jim's life
will be held in the
Memorial Chapel, 134
Tainui Street, Grey-
mouth on Monday at
11am, Jim will then be
laid to rest at the Karoro
Funeral Services Ltd.
FDANZ. Phone (03)
BEHM, WJ (Bill,
Cobden '52). —
Returned to the Coast
for a final farewell from
wonderful family and
friends. With special
thanks to Wayne Peters,
Celebrant, who wrote
his worth in words.
R152685 Able Seaman,
Merchant Navy WWII.
Late of England, Lyttle-
ton and Ross. On July
17, 2015 at Greymouth,
93 years young. Dearly
loved and fabulous
father of Roni and Doug
Wright (Ross), Annie
Harris (Fiordland), Suzy
whitebait of Michelle
and Stu Greaves (Bris-
bane), Vicki and Gina
Special great grandad
whitebait of Kristy-Lee
and Georgia Greaves
and Rean Waghorn-
Hughes. Loved son of
the late Kathleen and
Stephen Harris and
brother of Ella and Steve
(both deceased) and
Kathleen and Ernie.
Special friend of Elaine
and Anita. Messages to
29 Bonar Street, Ross
7812. A service to
celebrate Pat's life will
be held at All Saints
Church, Stafford Street,
Hokitika, on Tuesday
July 21 at 2pm. Follow-
ing the service Pat will
be laid to rest in the
RSA No 2 Section of the
FDANZ. Phone (03)
of Greymouth). —
Died suddenly at home
on Wednesday July 15,
2015, aged 92 years.
Dearly loved wife of
Baden, loved mother of
Wendy, Quentin and
Timothy. Loved grand-
mother of Sophie, Emily
and Hanna. Loved sister
of Doreen (deceased),
and Tom (deceased).
Rosary to be recited at
7.30pm on Monday July
20 at 32 Beauchamp
Street, Linden. Requiem
Mass to be held at the
Guardian Funeral Home
Chapel, 4 Moorefield
Road, Johnsonville, at
11am on Tuesday July
21, followed by burial at
Makara Cemetery. No
flowers please. Mess-
ages to 4 Moorefield
Guardian Funeral Home
Phone (04) 477 4025.
A roofer who plummeted head
first two storeys towards concrete
and found himself lying in a pool of
blood says it has not put him off the
Satty Thammavong, 27, fell more
than 6m off a residential Birkenhead
roof he was repairing on Monday
Doctors said the plunge should
have killed him but he escaped
with a cheekbone fracture and
shattered ankle — a save he puts
down to learning how to fall safely
during his time doing parkour, an
urban freerunning activity where
participants leap over walls and roofs.
“The guy who called the ambulance
thought I was dead because there
was so much blood around me. I was
just dead, couldn’t speak, I was in too
“But I was thinking I can still
get up for work. So I tried to move
everything but I couldn’t feel my legs.
That ’s when I thought ‘Oh, damn’.
“I was upbeat though, it’s just who
I am. If I can still breathe I must be
able to do something.”
Mr Thammavong, who is a self-
confessed adrenalin junkie as well as
a keen dancer and gym fanatic, said
he checked the roof thoroughly for
ice because it was a frosty morning
morning but there was none.
As he stood up on the iron roof, he
slipped and bounced off the edge but
managed to twist his body as he fell
to minimise the damage.
It is understood OSH and WorkSafe
are investigating the incident.
“I was about to fall on my right
shoulder and head but I twisted
towards my feet...I literally just
cracked my heels and then landed
straight on my face.
“The doctors just said I was really,
really lucky. Everyone in my family’s
told me to change careers but, nah.
I’ll still go back to it.
“ I’m just so glad it was me, it wasn’t
any of the other boys. One of them
has five daughters, they ’ve all got
It’s not the first time he’s had a
roofing injury — about six years
ago, Mr Thammavong sliced off three
fingers and had to have them sewn
The profession is heavily regulated
but even the safest construction site
comes with its risks, he said.
Another roofer fell off a roof at a
previous site Mr Thammavong has
worked on and died instantly, he said.
Mr Thammavong’s family were
in Hamilton when they received
calls from the doctors, nurses and
police about their son’s accident, and
immediately drove up to the North
They did not know the extent of
his injuries and feared the worst, his
mother Manichanh Thammavong
“I was really shocked. I just didn’t
speak, I didn’t say anything.”
His sister Emily Thammavong said
it could have been a very different
The family was enjoying having the
Auckland roofer back under their
own roof so they could look after
him, she said.
“I was really devastated when I
heard. We went straight to Auckland
but we didn’t know what we were in
for. Luckily he moved himself as he
Mr Thammavong said he would
be house-bound for two months to
recover and might need facial surgery
but the doctors were expecting a full
The accident has not changed him
but just cemented the important
things in life, he said.
“I want to travel more. But I already
knew what I wanted. What do you
do, you’ve got to live life. I used to be
scared of heights, even when I started
roofing. But for me, if I can beat my
own fear then I’ll do it.”
Roofer still keen to work after horror fall
Search for meth lab
finds only drugs
A dramatic early morning search of a
Cromwell house suspected of being a
methamphetamine lab turned up drugs,
but no lab yesterday.
About 35 police officers were involved
in the search, with firefighters and
ambulance officers standing by, as
armed police wearing full hazmat
suits and breathing
entered the Blyth St address about
A 25-year-old woman was escorted
from the house first. Police then
searched the house after using a
loudhailer to urge anyone else inside to
A 34-year-old man who turned up
after the search was arrested and charged
with possession of methamphetamine
and drug utensils.
He will appear in the Alexandra
District Court next week.
The woman was questioned by
police and later released. Police were
last night still deciding whether she
would be charged.
Detective senior sergeant Colin
Blackie told the Otago Daily
Times that Child, Youth and Family
had also been on standby at the house
in case children were found.
He said it was “a tragedy” that police
even had to consider the measures
they took yesterday to enter someone’s
The residence was usually occupied
by a family of three, two adults and one
child, but the child was not at the house
Mr Blackie said police took so
many precautions with their gear and
approach because they were worried
about not only their safety and that of
the other emergency ser vice staff, but
also the community, neighbours and the
people at the house.
Residents spoken to by the Otago
Daily Times at the scene said they
had no idea what was going on and did
not want to comment before heading
back to their homes.
Mr Blackie said a small amount of
methamphetamine was found inside
the house during the search.
He declined to comment on how long
police had been investigating the house
or its occupants.
The raid was not part of a
bigger operation and to his knowledge
the police had not had problems at that
address before, he said.
“ We just want to reassure the public
that as a result of our search warrant,
we are satisfied there is no clandestine
laboratory, therefore the community
should feel safe.”
Police were investigating where the
methamphetamine came from.
Any information from the public was
welcome, he said.
Otago Daily Times
Multiple crashes close roads
Two crashes — one fatal — closed
Waikato roads overnight. A 30-year-old
motorcyclist died on Baverstock Rd in
Rotokauri in a crash in the early hours
of the morning.
The road will be closed for several
hours as the police serious crash unit
investigates. Police said a criminal
investigation has begun but no more
information would be available until
early afternoon after a preliminary scene
The other crash, also early today,
has shut State Highway Two through
the Waikino Gorge. The road will be
closed until the vehicle involved can be
recovered. Its 16-year-old female driver
was trapped for a while and was flown
to Waikato Hospital by helicopter with
New Zealand Herald
Collins’ final act of braver y
French officials investigating the death of
Jerry Collins believe his partner, Alana Madill,
fell asleep at the wheel moments before the June
crash that ended both their lives and left their
infant daughter critically ill with brain injuries.
Investigators believe the All Black great woke
in the back seat after the car hit a median
barrier and threw himself across baby Ayla’s car
seat moments before a bus ploughed into the
The inquiry into the accident on the A9
autoroute near Beziers in the south of France is
unfinished but authorities have pieced together
the most likely turn of events.
The south of France is rugby territory, both
union and league. On the night of the crash,
Collins and former French stars Jean-Francois
Imbernon, Jo Maso, Jacques Brunel and
Bernard Gouta were on the guest list of 350
honouring Perpignan stalwart Henry Tuilagi
at Les Voiles Rouges (The Red Sails) function
centre in the picturesque seaside town of Canet-
Photos from the evening show Collins
cradling Ayla, and being presented with a
Samoan league shirt.
Collins, Ms Madill and Ayla stayed late, most
likely to around 2.20am. Ms Madill took the
wheel for the drive home. Collins took a back
seat, Ayla in a car seat to his right.
The 70km journey to the couple’s central
Narbonne flat should have taken 48 minutes.
However, their late-model black Nissan Juke
SUV missed the turnoff for the town. The next
chance to leave the A9 motor way was 10km
away, at Beziers.
The family’s vehicle was just 300m from the
turnoff when it veered suddenly to the left,
crashing into the median barrier and bouncing
back into the middle of the motor way.
A Portuguese bus, carrying 19 passengers and
two drivers on a trip from Lisbon to Monaco,
crashed into the car at 91kph, killing Collins
and Ms Madill instantly. The official time of the
accident is recorded as 3.10am.
Commander Thierry Duffau, the head of the
police unit that attended the crash, confirmed to
the Weekend Herald that investigators believe
Ms Madill fell asleep at the wheel.
“Effectively she would have slept, then hit
the (barrier) when she crossed the road,” Mr
The bus skidded 100m after hitting the car
before pulling up in an emergency lane.
The driver, who is said to be deeply disturbed
by the crash, ran to the car and found Collins’
body slumped over Ayla’s car seat.
He freed the infant and moved her to safety,
while another driver ran down the motor way
with an emergency triangle to alert motorists to
the danger ahead.
Much is still unknown about the crash.
Investigators say toxicology reports, which
would reveal whether Collins and Ms Madill
had been drinking — and how much — will
be given to their families but other wise remain
They are also awaiting a report into the
mechanical fitness of the car.
Their working theory, however, is that
both Collins and Ms Madill would have been
jolted awake by the impact with the barrier and
have had time to see the bus coming.
“S he could have slept, and then hit the barrier,
and when the bus hit the car — she would
have had her eyes open, that is for sure,” Mr
At Collins’ funeral, his contemporaries hailed
him as a hero. Former team-mate Chris Masoe
said, “ When you realised what was coming and
you protected Ayla from the impact with your
arms and your whole body over her ... you made
it possible for her to have a chance. That ’s the
man you are.”
At the crash scene, firefighters found there
was nothing that could be done for Collins
and Ms Madill. Ayla was taken to Montpellier
Hospital and placed in an induced coma. She
suffered bleeding on the brain.
A month later, Ayla was transferred to
Winnipeg Children’s Hospital in Canada.
She is now nearly 4 months old, and her future
She continues to make progress and has been
discharged into the care of her grandparents,
Ruth and Darrell Madill, but her doctors
believe she will have ongoing disabilities.
“Ayla will need intense ongoing care,” Collins’
former manager, Tim Castle said.
Ayla’s aunt, Nora D ureau, said the family
remained optimistic about the infant ’s
“The hospital staff and paediatric neurologist
who have examined her are extremely positive
about the progress she has made and, with her
age, that she could make further progress,” she
“There is no telling how much she could
improve until she is older. But as of right now,
the doctors are very hopeful.”
Mrs D ureau said the family had not yet
decided who would raise Ayla.
New Zealand Herald
PICTURE: NZ Herald
Jerry Collins holding his daughter Ayla on
the night he died. His wife Alana is behind
them. Former All Black flung himself across
car seat to save his baby’s life.
Drone rage puts stomper in court
A stoush over a drone came to a
head in a quiet reser ve this week,
leaving one man in the dock and
another’s flying craft in tatters.
On Monday, Aaron Wagstaff
was flying his drone in Waikanae.
He paid $1700 for the 30 by 30cm
Phantom 3 remote-controlled craft
to which he’d attached a camera to
take scenic shots.
After it landed, Simon Done
walked over and stomped on it
with his right foot, smashing it.
He says he was standing up for
people’s privacy but Mr Wagstaff
“I ’m not sure why he did it,” Mr
“I was just flying it over the river
and there was a family watching
and asking me questions and then
I landed it and he said something
about, ‘don’t you know you’re not
allowed to fly within 150m of
“I was picking it up and he came
along and stomped on it. I still can’t
believe it happened to be honest. It
was just completely out of the blue. ”
Rules governing drone use say the
operator needs to see the craft with
their own eyes, it has to give way to
all manned aircraft, and they cannot
fly more than 120 metres off the
ground or within four kilometres of
From next month operators will
have to get consent to fly over
Mr Wagstaff said the drone was
in the air for about 20 minutes, but
he was only taking footage for the
first four minutes as it passed over
the estuary and looked towards
Mr Done was charged with
intentional damage in the Porirua
District Court this week and
sentenced to 80 hours’ community
work and ordered to pay Mr
Wagstaff for the drone.
Mr Done said he was concerned
about people taking footage from
drones and said he was standing up
for personal privacy.
Trout stuck up tree
A wander round a flooded Waitotara
River Valley on June 25 provided David
Webster with an odd sight — a fish
up a tree.
The decent sized brown trout was
left stuck in the tree after the swollen
Waitotara River had dropped.
Mr Webster said it was a funny
moment in a tour of devastation. The
digger driver and farming contractor
had headed out on foot because it was
impossible for most vehicles to use the
“It was hilarious.”
The fish was found on Waitotara Valley
Road not far from the Ngamatapouri
“It just amazed me.
“The floods were unbelievably high.
I wasn’t here for the 2004 floods but I
remember flooding in the early 1990s
and this was far worse.”
Mr Webster said there’s normally a
fair few trout in the river but he doubts
many would have survived the flooding.
“The silt and mud would have cleared
them out. They can’t breathe.”
Mr Webster estimated the fish was
about 20m above the usual level of
the Waitotara River. He said the flood
water level reached another half metre
above that at its height.
House ravaged in early morning fire
A South Auckland house has been ravaged by an early morning fire today. Fire-
fighters were called to the single-storey house in Boundary Road, Opaheke, Papa-
kura shortly after 1am. Calls were made from inside the property and neighbours
and fire fighters arrived to find the house well alight. One person suffered minor
burns in the blaze that was attended by four fire engines from the Papakura.
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