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Woman killed by train
A pedestrian died yesterday
after being hit by a train in west
Auckland. St John spokesman
Robbie Walker said a 60-year-old
woman had died at the scene, on
Mount Lebanon Lane, near Great
North Road, Henderson. It was
understood the woman was hit
at a crossing, which is on Mount
Lebanon Lane and next to Rotary
Park, about 3.40pm. — NZ ME
Body washed up
The body of a missing crab
fisherman has washed up on a
Northland beach just 500m from
where he was last seen. A member
of the public driving along the
shore found the body on Uretiti
beach about 7am yesterday. The
35-year-old man, from Auckland,
had been setting crab pots off
Uretiti Beach when he fell out of
an inflatable boat about 400m from
the shore on Sunday, November
22. He was wearing a wetsuit but
his lifejacket was on the beach.
Members of the missing man’s
family have been notified, but
police will not be releasing the
name of the man until he has been
— NZ ME-Northern Advocate
Teenager found dead
The results of a post-mortem
examination have failed to shed
light on what caused the death of
an Auckland teenager yesterday.
A 19-year-old man, who is yet to
be officially named by police, was
found dead by St John staff on
Parma Place in Henderson about
9am. Detective senior sergeant
Roger Small said the examination
was inconclusive and police are
now awaiting further test results to
explain how the young man died.
A Rimutaka prisoner is in a serious
condition after being assaulted by
another inmate, the prison director
confirmed. A Hutt Hospital
spokesman said the patient was in
a serious condition in the intensive
care unit at the hospital. Rimutaka
prison director Chris Burns said the
inmate was assaulted on Tuesday.
He said police were advised of the
incident. — N ZM E
There was no division one winner
in Lotto draw No 1495 last night.
Successful numbers were 5, 14, 15,
18, 21, 27; bonus 4. Strike numbers
were 27, 18, 14, 5. There was no
Strike Four winner. Powerball
number 8. There was no division one
Numbers in Keno draw No 11988: 4,
9, 15, 18, 24, 38, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 57,
58, 60, 64, 66, 70, 76, 77, 79. Draw No
11989: 4, 6, 13, 19, 28, 32, 35, 36, 39,
41, 47, 49, 56, 59, 60, 62, 64, 68, 70, 73.
Draw No 11990: 1, 17, 18, 20, 28, 29,
30, 38, 39, 43, 45, 46, 48, 53, 56, 65, 68,
70, 75, 79. Draw No 11991: 2, 7, 9, 12,
13, 20, 23, 26, 30, 31, 41, 47, 51, 52, 53,
62, 64, 68, 69, 74.
Woman accused of fatal smash in failed suicide bid
Two men have been charged with the
murder of a man at a boarding house
nearly five months after his death.
Tauailapalapa Mati, 33, died following
an alleged altercation on July 18 at an
Otahuhu boarding house.
A 24-year-old man and a 26-year-
old man have each been charged with
murder. The older man’s serious assault
charge was upgraded to murder.
There was standing room only when
five young men appeared in the Opotiki
District Court this morning on sex
The five each face a charge of unlawful
sexual connection involving girls aged 14
One of the accused faces the same
Appearing before the court registrar,
the five were granted interim name
suppression and remanded on bail to
reappear in the Opotiki District Court
again before a registrar on December 17.
Name suppression will lapse in 28 days
unless an application is made to the
Whakatane District Court in the week
of December 21.
The offending was alleged to have
happened between February and
September of this year and there are five
Legal aid applications have been made.
The young men were supported by a
large contingent of family and friends
during the appearance.
A lone protester tried to get the
attention of media cameras by
conducting a loud protest outside the
court. — NZ ME -Whakatane News
A Napier woman accused of
deliberately causing a fatal crash
was highly unlikely to be wearing a
seatbelt, a serious crash investigator
has told a jury.
Lyree Sayers, 26, is on trial for
manslaughter in the High Court at
Napier. She is accused of trying to
commit suicide by smashing into
Pam McGar va’s car on July 9 last
Ms McGar va, a 55-year-old
kindergarten teacher, suffered serious
head injuries and died in hospital 10
Senior constable Corey Ubels told
the court Sayers’ car crossed a wide
median strip between the two lanes,
and crashed into the front-right side
of the oncoming car.
He said his examinations showed
none of the usual evidence that
Sayers’ seatbelt was worn at the time
of the crash.
Earlier, Maria Fleming told the
court about how she was the first to
come across the crash scene.
She said it had been raining earlier
that day and there was a visible mist
in the air.
Ms Fleming said she saw Sayers
slumped over her seatbelt in her
crashed car, with a head injury.
Opening the Crown
prosecutor Clayton Walker said
Sayers had a heated argument with
her then-boyfriend before getting
into her car.
Mr Walker said she was in a highly
agitated and fragile state and made
the decision to end her life — but as
a consequence took the life of Pam
He said there were no contributing
factors to prove it was an accident.
Both cars were mechanically sound,
the road was flat and straight, she
was not drink driving, she did not
fall asleep and she was not using a
cellphone while driving.
The trial is Sayers’ second this
week, after her first trial was aborted
on Tuesday after just one day, due to
legal issues raised with the evidence.
— NZ ME-Hawke’s Bay Today
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troubles are not over just
A British newspaper is
reporting Mr Cairns, who
was acquitted of perjury
charges earlier this week,
will be back in the High
Court in London next year
to defend a £1.5 million
($3.376 million) civil claim
for fraud brought by Lalit
not-guilty verdict late on
Monday night (NZT), as expected, Mr
Modi issued a statement through his
solicitors saying that he was considering
his options. It appears he is now set on
pursuing Mr Cairns through the courts,
taking their legal fight into a sixth year.
The Telegraph has reported the case
has been scheduled for the court’s spring
session which starts on March 7 and
lasts until the end of May, with Brendon
McCullum and Lou Vincent once again
possibly testifying against Mr Cairns.
However, as the case was a civil and not
criminal one and they live outside the
jurisdiction of the court, they would not
be legally-bound to appear.
The newspaper claims Mr Cairns will
have to appear in person to defend the
case which has been lodged by Mr Modi
in the light of the new evidence that has
emerged since their libel trial in 2012,
in particular the witness statements of
Vincent and McCullum given to the
International Cricket Council alleging
Mr Cairns’s involvement in corruption.
Mr Cairns was cleared this week of
perjury and attempting to per vert the
course of justice in relation to evidence
he gave in winning a seven-figure
settlement from Mr Modi, who had
accused him on Twitter in January 2010
of a history of match-fixing.
At the end of the perjury trial in which
Mr Cairns and lawyer Andrew Fitch
Holland were also cleared of per verting
the course of justice, there was talk of
former Indian Premier League boss Mr
Modi bringing a claim.
A cleared Mr Cairns said he would
cross that bridge when he
came to it.
“In the words
(Winston) Churchill, it is
not the end. It is not the
beginning of the end, but
the end of the beginning,”
“I think a man with his
means and his power, he
lurks out there and I have
to be very, very conscious of
that. I will take stock and
deal with that situation and
if it does come about I will
take it in my stride. ”
Following the not guilty verdict, Mr
Modi issued a press statement.
“ I am aware of the verdict at Southwark
Crown Court. As you know, I am limited
in what I can say as I am restricted by
the injunction put in place following the
2012 libel trial,” he said.
“ I will consider how this affects my
own civil claim against Mr Cairns in due
A civil suit has a lower level of proof
(balance of probabilities) than a criminal
Mr Cairns received legal aid to pay for
his perjury trial lawyer, Orlando Pownall,
QC, although it was understood he
would meet some of the costs himself.
The cricketer’s parlous financial state
was revealed before the trial when it was
reported he was cleaning bus shelters
around Auckland to support his family.
During the trial he revealed he had
had to borrow $104,000 from a friend
in D ubai to fund his 2012 libel case. He
was painted to the court as a man with
scant financial resources.
At one point about 2002 he was paid
$75,000 a year by New Zealand Cricket,
and had been involved in a series of
businesses — fudge, sports statistics, the
diamond trade, real estate and a private
television venture — without a great
deal of success.
His big break was getting a three-year
cricket contract worth just over $US1m
to play in the Indian Cricket League,
only for the unsanctioned tournament
to collapse at the end of 2008 after one
year. — NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Life for Shania Fox is
somewhere over the rainbow
these days — in a place where the
dreams that you dare to dream,
really do come true.
The 17-year-old Kavanagh
College pupil had her last
chemotherapy session at
Dunedin Hospital yesterday,
after being diagnosed with acute
lymphoblastic leukaemia (a rare
form of blood cancer) three years
To celebrate the occasion,
she and her family and friends
dressed up as characters from the
Wizard of Oz.
“On my bad days when I was
stuck in hospital, I would sit
and watch the movie for hours,
because it made me feel like at
least something was going right
in my world.
“ It always made me happy and it
really cheered me up.”
She said the film gave her hope
and dared her to dream of the day
when she would be cancer-free
September 12, 2013 will forever
be imprinted in her memory. It
was the day she was diagnosed.
Shania said the diagnosis came as
a complete shock because cancer
was the last thing she expected
when she went to the doctors.
“I was really pale and feeling
really tired, and I’d been off
school a bit. Mum thought I had
anaemia and low iron, so she took
me to the doctor for a blood test.
“That night we got a phone call
and they gave us the news.
“It was very shocking. I just kind
of froze and went really numb.
“I was right in the prime of my
life — right where everything was
going good — and it all just came
Shania said she was taken to
Dunedin Hospital immediately
for a blood transfusion, and
the next day she was sent to
Christchurch to begin six months
of intensive chemotherapy and
She said the ongoing treatment
over the past three years had been
“There have been good days and
there have been bad days.
“ I lost my hair twice. That was
probably the worst thing for me.”
But now, Shania said she was
Despite the ordeal, she passed
NCEA level 1 last year and
NCEA level 2 this year, and is
looking for ward to NCEA level
3 and her final year at school next
“ It ’s a massive achievement. I
didn’t think I’d reach that.”
The prognosis is good. Shania
said she had been in remission for
two years, she would no longer
have to have chemotherapy, and
all going well, she would be given
the “all clear” in the next five
years. — Otago Daily Times
Celebrating belief dreams really do come true
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Shania Fox, centre, dresses as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, to celebrate her last chemotherapy
session at Dunedin Hospital yesterday morning. She is flanked by friends and family Eleanor Biss, left,
Sharon Fox and June and Erin Dungey, who also dressed as characters from the classic film.
TV3’s illegal gun-buying stunt did
not expose a loophole and might have
actually created a problem, a barrister
specialising in firearms law says.
Nicholas Taylor said he had 18
years’ experience in firearms cases
and reviewed almost 10,000 of those
cases to find not one involved the
mail order exploit currently the focus
of the police investigation.
“ What I discovered is I haven’t had
a single case in 18 years of being a
barrister specialising in firearms law
in which a firearm has been found
by police or in someone’s unlawful
possession that has been obtained
this way. There isn’t a case I can name
or have come across.”
TV3 owner Mediaworks has been
asked if it can identify cases in which
the mail order exploit led to a gun
being bought illegitimately. It has yet
to respond with any cases.
The company is under increasing
pressure after a search of the home of
one of its reporters this week revealed
the extent of a police investigation
into an illegal gun-buying sting. An
expose on its Story current affairs
show saw Heather du Plessis Allan
detail how a .22-calibre rifle had
been bought illegally from Gun City
through mail order by putting bogus
details — including the name and
identity number of a police officer —
on a form.
Police documents and statements
revealed detectives are
including forgery which carries a
maximum of 10 years in prison.
Mr Taylor said the mail order
system — set out in a section of the
Arms Act — spelled out a series
of steps which had always given a
perception that anyone breaching
it would be caught, and most likely
Mr Taylor, who has acted for
most New Zealand firearms dealers
including previously representing
Gun City, said: “It seems to be a
problem that never was a problem
until now. It seems they have
presented a way to everyone in the
community to get a gun unlawfully.
“I don’t think there is any public
ser vice being done here. It’s almost
coaching people to do something
if they ’re prepared to break the law.
This way of obtaining a firearm is not
a loophole and is not, and has never
been, a real problem. The reason is
that the risk of being caught is, or has
been, too high. ”
Mr Taylor’s findings are supported
by a police review, with a spokesman
for police national headquarters
saying it was unaware “of any other
instances of firearms being purchased
illegally in this way”.
He said a spot audit of 300 on-line
firearms purchases this year — carried
out before the TV3 story — found
no instances of the mail order system
being exploited. A fresh audit was
being carried out, he said.
The spokesman also made it clear
the investigation was not on offences
under the Arms Act, which governs
firearms, but the more serious Crimes
Act, which aligns with the forgery
and “obtaining by deception” offences
listed on the search warrant used on
the Wellington home of du Plessis
Allan and husband Barry Soper,
Newstalk ZB political editor.
The stakes ramped up after
Auckland City district commander
Superintendent Richard Chambers
spoke out over the search warrant
executed by his officers, saying the
person who filled out the form to buy
the gun could go to jail.
Mr Chambers spoke after a barrage
of criticism over the search warrant,
saying police wanted it made clear
“the illegal purchase of a firearm by
deception is a serious offence which
is punishable by imprisonment ”.
“Police have a responsibility to
apply the law equally and conduct
a full and thorough investigation
into such allegations, regardless of
the circumstances or the individuals
He said police had asked to speak
with Mediaworks staff as part of the
“However, these requests were
declined, so police took the steps
necessary to obtain the information
required to progress the investigation,
including the execution of search
It has been reported detectives
reviewing years’ worth of mail orders
sent to Gun City found no other
bogus sales. It also emerged that
Police Association president Greg
O’Connor, who tipped Story to the
exploit, was unable to point to any
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
No loophole in gun-buying stunt — lawyer
NZ man on murder
charge after Aust
road rage incident
A New Zealand man has been accused
of murdering a fellow motorist in an
incident of road rage after he allegedly
pushed the man into the path of an
oncoming rubbish truck on one of
Brisbane’s busiest motor ways.
Tamata Henry Heke, 36, is accused
of the murder of 50-year-old Shane
Merrigan after what was believed to be
a road rage incident at about 3.15pm on
The pair were thought to have become
embroiled in an argument before Heke
allegedly pushed the victim into the path
of oncoming traffic.
Yesterday Heke appeared at the
Brisbane Magistrate’s Court where he
was remanded in custody to reappear on
January 25 next year.
His family and fiance flew from New
Zealand on Tuesday night to be at his
According to the Brisbane Times,
paramedics were called to the Gateway
Motor way off-ramp where it merges
with the Pacific Motor way in Eight
Mile Plains on Tuesday afternoon where
Mr Merrigan was declared dead at the
Queensland Ambulance Ser vice
intensive care paramedic Phillip
Campbell said the paramedics had done
their best to look after the witnesses and
those who stopped to assist the man
before an ambulance arrived.
“ We have, as best we can, looked after
the people surrounding the incident,” he
“ We have assessed them medically and
also had a brief chat with them to offer
some support emotionally. ”
The truck driver was treated for shock.
“(The truck driver) did everything
within his power to try to avoid the
situation and unfortunately as much as
he has tried it has ended up in a fatality,”
a police spokesman said.
Police charged Heke with murder late
on Tuesday night after they examined
the dash-cam footage of the recycling
He was due to return permanently to
New Zealand next week. — NZ ME
Soldier narrowly avoids dismissal
A Linton soldier who admitted
using cannabis oil has narrowly
escaped being dismissed from
Private Jordan William Aldridge,
22, faced a court-martial in Linton
yesterday and was sentenced to
28 days in a detention centre in
He pleaded guilty to five charges
relating to the use of cannabis oil
and possession of alcohol.
A panel of military members
deliberated for more than three
hours with the assistance of Judge
Judge Gaskill said although
dismissal was warranted, a fellow
soldier who had been with Aldridge
in his vehicle had been sentenced
to only 12 days’ detention for using
She said the most important
factor when considering an
appropriate sentence was the need
for deterrence and denunciation for
future use of drugs and possession
Aldridge needed to be held
accountable for his actions due the
serious nature of his offending.
She and the panel accepted their
were no aggravating features relating
to the offender but took into account
mitigating factors. These included
his ser vice record, early guilty pleas
and personal issues.
Judge Gaskill also acknowledged
Aldridge’s parents were present
during the proceedings.
She said the decision had been
“difficult ” but there was no place for
drugs in the forces.
She told Aldridge he was being
given a chance to earn back the
respect of his colleagues and make
the best of this opportunity.
“If there is any reoffending you
will be dismissed.”
— NZ ME-Manawatu Guardian
Two Mosgiel men took an unexpected
dip at Taieri Mouth yesterday after their
boat capsized when it was hit by a wave.
The men, aged 60 and 42, had been
out fishing in the 4.3m Stabicraft when
it was tipped over about 11.50am. Both
were wearing lifejackets.
The men, who declined to be named,
had been fishing since 7am and were
about 300m from shore when the boat
was hit, one of the men said.
It was pulled to shore by a nearby
A rescue helicopter and an inflatable
rescue boat from Brighton were initially
sent to the scene but were turned back
once it was learned the men were safe,
inside the bar area, constable Jim Jordan,
of Milton, said.
One of the men lost a cellphone, and
a chilly bin containing about 40 fish,
mostly blue cod, was also missing.
— Otago Daily Times
Police and medical professionals have
fears for the physical well being Desiree
Nita Hudson after she walked out on
a hospital appointment at Tauranga
Hospital yesterday afternoon.
Ms Hudson is from the Whakatane
area and has a blood condition which,
if not treated properly, may result in her
It is unknown whether she has the
medication she needs to treat this
Ms Hudson is a 43-year-old Maori,
172cm in height and of a medium build.
She has no known ties in Tauranga.
— NZ ME-Bay of Plenty Times
Fears for woman
Death still puzzle
Mystery surrounds the discovery of a
woman’s body in south Dunedin.
A member of the public reported the
discovery about 2am yesterday in an
industrial lot in Strathallan Street.
An investigation into the 51-year-old
woman’s death has been launched and
police are awaiting the results of a post-
mortem examination before commenting
further on how she died.
It is understood she was discovered in
the car park of Spotless Cleaning.
Police said the victim’s family had been
advised and they were being offered
support. Police declined to release the
woman’s name. — Otago Daily Times
One person is dead and another
critically injured after stabbings
in the Auckland suburb of Mount
Albert early today.
A witness at the scene said a
body was lying in the middle of
Renton Road, at the end of the
cul-de-sac, and the injured person
had been taken to hospital by
St John said it was called at
A witness said he had seen at least
three young people — male and
female — being taken away in a
police vehicle. They all appeared to
have been intoxicated.
“There’s a lot of police here —
about 15 police cars,” he said.
“There was a person lying in the
road, with paramedics working on
The witness said he believed the
fight was a “family thing”, and that
the victim’s throat had been cut.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Stabbings leave one dead, one critical
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