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Ram raid arrests
A police officer narrowly escaped
injury today as he was arresting
a gang of ram raiders in the
Christchurch suburb of New
Brighton. About 3.40am two
vehicles were involved in the ram
raids of two petrol stations. While
the raiders targeted a dairy on Bower
Avenue, a police officer arrested two
of the gang, a man and a woman.
But as he did so, two other offenders
ran off, got into the group’s second
vehicle and drove at the officer. They
missed, instead hitting his patrol car.
The arrested pair are helping with
inquiries. — NZ ME
Smash claims life
A man died after a crash between
on State highway 30 about 1.30pm
yesterday. Initial indications were
the fully-laden logging truck lost
control and hit a utility vehicle. Four
people were injured. A woman in
the utility was in a stable condition
in Rotorua Hospital and a child in
the same vehicle was expected to
be discharged from hospital. A log
which fell from the truck struck a
second utility and a woman from
that vehicle is in a stable condition in
Rotorua Hospital. The truck driver
suffered minor injuries. — N ZM E
Body found on beach
Police are trying to identify a
body found at an Auckland beach
yesterday. Officers were called to the
northern end of Orewa Beach, by the
cliffs, shortly after 11am. Inspector
Kerry Watson said police would not
be releasing the person’s gender until
next of kin has been notified.
Smoke alarm saves pair
A smoke alarm is credited for
preventing serious injuries or damage
in a Hastings house fire today. Two
occupants in a Pepper Street house
were woken by their alarm shortly
before 5am as a fire broke out in the
kitchen ceiling. They were able to
get out and call firefighters. Two fire
appliances attended the blaze, which
took about 10 minutes to extinguish.
An electrical fault was suspected.
Search draws blank
The search for the 79-year-old
Romahapa man who went missing
last Wednesday is continuing. The
hunt for Ian Mathieson has yielded
little information since his car was
found in a paddock on a Carterhope
farm. Sergeant Martin Bull said a
limited number of searchers in the
field followed up on specific clues
yesterday while others reviewed the
previous five days of the search.
— Otago Daily Times
Numbers in Keno draw No 11480:
57, 60, 63, 66, 68, 74, 78, 80. Draw No
11481: 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 20, 27, 28,
32, 33, 38, 40, 42, 44, 50, 53, 77, 78.
Draw No 11482: 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 14,
27, 32, 34, 37, 49, 58, 59, 68, 71, 72, 75,
76, 77. Draw No 11483: 2, 3, 14, 15,
16, 19, 26, 27, 29, 32, 40, 47, 53, 62, 71,
72, 73, 75, 77, 79.
A sprawling cliff-top property
owned by party pills godfather Matt
Bowden has been sold by mortgagee
sale to a prominent Auckland
investor for $600,000 below its CV.
Mr Bowden’s former empire
— including a property portfolio
valued at about $5 million —
is being sold off bit by bit as
liquidators and First Mortgage
Trust try to recoup at least
$1.42 million he owes in debt,
including an $850,000 bill to IRD.
A North Shore waterfront
property at 80 Cliff Road, Torbay
fetched $1.985m under the hammer
yesterday at a Henderson auction
room. Mr Bowden paid $2.55m for
the 3500 square metre property in
February 2013 and it has a current
CV of $2.6m. It came with a two-
bedroom turreted “lighthouse” bach
that was used as a holiday home by
the previous owner. Mr Bowden
had hoped to build a dream home
and rehabilitation centre on the site
before a law change torpedoed the
legal highs industry, sending his
business into liquidation.
Another of Mr Bowden’s
properties — a four-bedroom
1960s house at 66 Carlisle Road
in Browns Bay — was also forcibly
sold yesterday, fetching $895,000. It
has a CV of $750,000.
A third property — a modern
four-bedroom home on the rural
outskirts of Auckland with a CV
mortgagee sale on Friday.
Mr Bowden is known for
introducing party pills to New
Zealand. He later moved into
importing and manufacturing
synthetic cannabis. He also makes
music under the stage name Starboy.
His Stargate Operations company
is in liquidation owing $1.42m
to unsecured creditors, and First
Mortgage Trust put the three
properties owned by Mr Bowden
and his wife Kristi up for mortgagee
sale earlier this year.
Speaking moments after the
hammer fell on the Cliff Road
property, Mr Bowden said he was
“shocked” at the sale price. He had
expected the property to at least sell
for CV. He declined to comment
further before leaving with his wife.
Harcourts agent David Savery
said the Cliff Road phone-bidding
buyer was a “well known Auckland
property investor” in the hotel
industry who planned to landbank
“He believed there’s only so much
waterfront land close to Auckland
CBD which is a blank canvas and
that ’s what attracted him to the site.
The dream hasn’t been realised (yet).
“He may look to develop himself
but more than likely he will landbank
and hold it as an investment.”
Asked about the selling price, Mr
Savery said the property sold at the
reser ve threshold. Mortgagee sales
were rare with Auckland’s current
buoyant housing market but often
attracted a discount. The property
had been well marketed over four
weeks. Thirty parties viewed it
during open homes and there were
nine registered bidders.
“Sometimes there’s a discount
associated with the mortgagee
process and I’d suggest we had
relatively short settlement terms here
you had to meet and a very much ‘as
is where is’ with no vendor warranties,
so it has affected the purchase price. ”
Potential buyers also had to
consider the cost and logistics of
building on a cliff-top site, Mr
Savery said. “ The vendor had tried
to sell the property prior to the
bank getting involved and hadn’t
been able to successfully.”
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Party pill godfather ‘shocked’ at mortgagee house sale price
A man has appeared in court today
charged with smuggling drugs and a
cellphone sim card into a Christchurch
Timothy John Roberts, 48, faces charges
of trying to sneak methamphetamine,
cannabis and a sim card into Christchurch
Men’s Prison yesterday.
The charges allege that he intended the
contraband to “come into the possession
of a prisoner”.
Roberts has also been charged
with possession of cannabis and
methamphetamine, and possession of a
He appeared from custody in the
Christchurch District Court today.
Judge Brian Callaghan granted bail,
which was not opposed by police, on
conditions that he reside at a Wainoni
address and to not enter any prison
He will be back in court on August 12.
Jail smuggling bid
A repeat drink-driver who turned up
for court wearing a sweatshirt advertising
a brewery raised the ire of her sentencing
“Did it not occur to you that you are
here for aggravated drink-driving and
you are wearing a Speight ’s hoodie,
advertising alcohol?” Judge Dominic
Flatley asked Tracey Jane Vaughan, 33,
bar manager, of Alexandra.
Her counsel, Tim Cadogan, apologised
when he realised what she was wearing
in the Alexandra District Court and
asked for the matter to be stood down.
Vaughan reappeared in the dock later
in the day, wearing the same sweatshirt,
turned inside out.
“S he’s dealt with the shirt as best she
can,” Mr Cadogan said.
Vaughan was appearing on a charge of
drink driving at Queenstown on May 17
with a breath alcohol level of 1188mg.
It was her third conviction for drink-
Judge Flatley said Vaughan had three
young children, aged five, seven and nine.
“Do they know that mum is in court
today and did they see what you were
wearing? What sort of message are they
Children learned from their parents
and the defendant ’s children were
learning drinking was okay, “that booze
is pretty cool” and “you just come along
to court and sort out a charge of drink-
driving”, he said.
Despite the high breath alcohol level,
the defendant ’s last conviction was more
than 12 years ago so he could “stand
back” from a custodial sentence.
Mr Cadogan said Vaughan realised it
was foolish decision to drink and drive.
It had been a long time since she was last
She was sentenced to 200 hours’
community work, disqualified from
driving for 14 months and sentenced to
intensive super vision for 12 months.
— Otago Daily Times
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A new law passed seven
Gotingco was raped and
murdered would likely
have kept the public safe
from her killer, Corrections
Minister Sam Lotu-Iiga
But at the time of the
attack, it appears there was
no legal way to keep Tony
Robertson from his victim.
Convicted two months ago of her rape
and murder, Robertson was unable to be
named until yesterday after fighting to
keep his identity secret.
The lapse of suppression also allowed
Robertson’s criminal history to be
revealed, exposing him as having ser ved
eight years in prison for abducting and
indecently assaulting a five-year-old girl
Just months before he killed Mrs
Gotingco, a prison psychologist assessed
him as “high risk” and likely to abduct
and rape someone.
The Gotingco family yesterday called
for a public inquiry into the management
of high-risk offenders. The family
said Robertson was supposed to be
monitored by Corrections but claimed
“clearly this was not the case”.
“ Blessie’s death must not be in vain.
There were many opportunities to protect
the public from this repeat offender.
Tragically, this was not the reality —
who was ultimately responsible for his
Justice Minister Amy Adams said she
would be asking questions about the case
“to see if there were failings in the way
the monitoring was carried out in this
case and at the broader policy”.
Mr Lotu-Iiga said he believed that
new laws passed in December could
have removed Robertson from public
Authorities can now apply for public
protection orders (PPO) from the court
for offenders with histories of serious
violence or sexual offending. The orders
allow Corrections to keep an inmate
who has ser ved his or her full sentence
in a secure area on prison grounds, and
will apply in situations where measures
such as parole conditions and extended
super vision orders do not
go far enough.
The orders are expected to
be used sparingly — one or
two inmates up for release
each year — and be targeted
only at the most dangerous.
Mr Lotu-Iiga said he was
confident his department
had done all it could in
the case and the GPS
monitoring had worked.
A review from the chief
probation officer, released yesterday,
showed GPS monitoring previously
picked up Robertson when he strayed
into an area from which he was banned
under parole conditions. Police arrested
him, returning him to jail.
Robertson killed Mrs Gotingco within
the curfew hours he was allowed out of
his home — 6am and 8pm — and stayed
c lear of anywhere which would have
triggered a GPS alert during that time.
disappeared, police checking
Robertson as a criminal in the area used
the GPS signal to track his movements
and discovered where he had hidden her
The recorded GPS signal was used as
evidence to convict him.
The review also showed Robertson met
probation staff 38 times after his release
and they “exceeded practice standards” in
dealing with an inmate they knew was a
Robertson twice breached his parole
conditions and was returned to prison
as a result, was ordered to wear a GPS
tracker for a decade under an “extended
supervision order” and was told by the
last judge to see him “you effectively
have Big Brother looking at you, over
your shoulder, and he will continue to
do so for a very substantial period of
“So, what is best for you is no longer
a substantial criterion. What is best for
the community is what counts from now
Of the 46 released child sex offenders
ordered by the court to submit to being
electronically monitored, more than half
have breached the conditions of their
extended super vision orders.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Matt Bowden at his Torbay, Auckland, property which sold at auction
The utility vehicle which was involved in the fatal intersection crash in Dunedin.
An 18-year-old woman died
after a crash in central D unedin
Emergency ser vices attended
the incident at the intersection
of Hope and Stafford Streets in
Dunedin about 2.20am.
Police said a car on Hope Street
with six people inside failed to
give way to a utility vehicle on
Stafford Street at the intersection.
The 18-year-old woman was
initially trapped and reported as
CPR was performed before
St John arrived and rushed the
critical woman to Dunedin Public
Hospital but she died shortly
The driver initially fled the
scene but was found by police “a
short distance away ” and was now
assisting with inquiries, police
Several people were injured in
the crash and taken to hospital.
Dunedin police, public safety
staff, a serious crash investigator
and a forensic photographer were
at the scene.
Two ambulances and a fire
engine also attended.
A crumpled car smashed into
a residential wall could be seen,
along with a utility vehicle with
minor damage on its bonnet.
Broken glass littered the road
and a tarpaulin had been pulled
over the front of the car.
A police spokesman said
where the six passengers were
seated and whether alcohol
was involved was part of the
The driver of the car was found
“nearby” but police had not
inter viewed the driver yet, he
There were also people in
hospital who needed to be
inter viewed by police before any
further details could be released,
Police were working towards
contacting the next of kin of the
18-year-old woman who died. A
formal identification had not yet
— N Z ME-Otago Daily Times
PICTURES: Otago Daily Times
The car involved in the fatal crash early today.
Teen passenger killed in Dunedin crash
NZ First MPs walk out
New Zealand First members
walked out of Parliamentary
question time yesterday after
Winston Peters was ejected by
Speaker David Carter.
The walk-out came after Social
Development Minister Anne Tolley
announced she had been mistaken
when answering questions about
controversial prison-operator Serco.
controversy over violence at the
Serco-run Mount Eden prison,
NZ First MP Darroch Ball asked
Ms Tolley about comments she
had made to media indicating that
Serco could be considered to deliver
social ser vices.
Mrs Tolley denied she had made
such comments. Yesterday, she said
she had reviewed the transcript of
the media inter view, and needed to
correct her previous answer.
“I did answer those questions, my
apologies. I repeat, however, I have
had no conversations with Serco
about the delivery of social ser vices
in New Zealand.”
NZ First deputy leader Ron Mark
then raised a point of order on why
the party had been ruled against
when it tried to table a transcript of
the inter view last Thursday.
and warned Mr Mark against
relitigating the same point of order.
Mr Peters did so and was ejected,
upon which NZ First members
walked out of the House.
After wards, Mr Peters said Mrs
Tolley had not corrected herself
at the first available opportunity
according to the rules, and the
Speaker had allowed her to do so.
“All we expect here is a rather
rudimentary understanding of
judicial rules. You think we are
going to take this sort of behaviour
in this Parliament, then you would
be 100% wrong. That ’s a signal we
are sending to some others in that
Parliament as well.”
Mr Peters said he had no
confidence in the Speaker but he
would not say what further options
he was considering.
Serco is in the midst of a rolling
controversy regarding its running of
Mount Eden prison and incidents
of violence there.
From yesterday, a Corrections
Department management team
took over the day-to-day running
of the prison for the immediate
In June, Mrs Tolley told Q and A
that she would be open to private
operators being contracted to
provide more social ser vices. Asked
about Serco, she said: “If they can
deliver great results for people, why
Yesterday morning Mrs Tolley
was asked if she still held the same
view, given the Mount Eden prison
actually the quality of the contract
is the really important thing.
“So in the case of private providers
we will want to see a bit extra. And
with any provider we want to make
sure there is good control there.
“I think I would be worried
about any provider who was not
performing well. And we’ve got a
number of those — whether they
are private or NGOs.”
Serco, which has also been
awarded a contract to run the new
$270 million jail for 960 men at
Wiri in south Auckland, is looking
at running child ser vices in the
Labour’s Kelvin Davis, who
has been raising questions about
Serco’s prison operations, said
those comments were “frightening”
and showed the Government
was committed to privatisation,
regardless of evidence.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Court sequel to gang raids
Seven men and one woman have
appeared in the Auckland District Court
yesterday facing charges associated
with the Operation Sylvester bust in
Auckland and Whangarei.
The accused range in age from 31 to 62
and live in North Shore, south Auckland,
west Auckland and Ruakaka. They were
all granted interim name suppression.
Three of the accused, a 62-year-old
man, a 43-year-old man and a 32-year-
old woman, were remanded on bail. The
remaining four, all men, were remanded
in custody ahead of bail application
hearings this week and next.
The number of charges each of the
people involved are facing range from
one man only facing one charge, to
another man facing 16 charges in total.
The charges include an array of
methamphetamine charges, organised
crime, money laundering and firearms
One man faces a charge of with intent
to grievous bodily harm to a man
procuring the wounding of him through
breaking his arms and legs. — N Z ME
A diesel spill stretching for about 15km
on a Northland road has been mopped
up by Whangarei District Council
contractors this morning.
Police said the spill may have been a factor
in four separate crashes on Ngunguru
Road East, north of Whangarei.
The slippery road was discovered after
8am, with motorists warned to avoid the
area or drive at extremely low speed if
they had to. It was dangerous between
the Rockingham Road intersection and
Contractors had cleaned up the diesel.
It was too early to say what might have
caused the spill, a council spokeswoman
said. — NZ ME-Northern Advocate
15km diesel spill cleaned up
A 21-year-old man has been charged
with manslaughter in relation to the
death of Tyrone Rawiri Gideon.
The Palmerston North man will appear
in court tomorrow, police said.
Mr Gideon, 21, died on May 19 after
he was shot at a Bradford Place home in
Awapuni about 7pm.
A 21-year-old was arrested at the scene
and charged with unlawful possession of
a firearm, appearing in the Palmerston
North District Court the following day.
Police have also charged an 18-year-old
Palmerston North man with unlawful
possession of a pistol. He will appear in
court on August 4. — NZME
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