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Christchurch smash fatal
One man is dead and two people
are injured, one seriously, after a car
crash in Christchurch last night.
A 24-year-old man died when a
Subaru crashed into two parked cars
on Wairakei Road about 7.45pm,
detective sergeant Geoff Ruddick
said. A 25-year-old woman was
seriously injured and a 24-year-old
man received moderate injuries. It
was believed speed was a “significant
contributing factor ”. — NZ ME
Victim thrown from car
the Thames Coast Road. The crash
was at Boundary Creek Bridge, on
the narrow, winding road connecting
Thames to Coromandel town. The
victim and sole occupant of the
vehicle was reportedly thrown from
the car. — NZME
Collision injuries fatal
An elderly woman has died after a
crash on the Coastal Highway last
week. Hazel Margaret Gill, 92, was a
front-seat passenger in one of three
vehicles involved in a crash near
Nelson on December 2. She was
taken to Nelson Hospital and died
yesterday. — NZ ME
House fire probed
Counties Manukau fire safety
officers are investigating a blaze at
a large house near Mangatawhiri
this morning. The occupants of the
house were home at the time but
escaped unscathed, Northern fire
communications shift manager Scott
Osmond said. Firefighters were
called to the Pinnacle Hill Road
property, off State highway 2 in the
Bombay Hills, just before 4.30am.
Brigades from Mercer, Tuakau and
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Fatal smash case put off
The 29-year-old tourist charged
with dangerous driving causing
death after a fatal crash has had his
court case adjourned until December
22. Wei Kiong Lew was due in the
Dunedin District Court yesterday,
but was granted a registrar’s
adjournment. Motueka motorcyclist
Craig Alan Chambers, 39, died in
the collision involving four vehicles,
about 20km south of Oamaru on
November 29. Six other people were
injured. — Otago Daily Times
There was no division one winner
in Lotto draw No 1497 last night.
Successful numbers were 11, 13, 23,
30, 34, 38; bonus 18. Strike numbers
were 38, 11, 13, 23. There was no
Strike Four winner. Powerball number
4. There was no division one winner.
Numbers in Keno draw No 12016:
2, 4, 14, 17, 18, 21, 24, 25, 29, 35, 37,
39, 41, 44, 52, 55, 61, 62, 65, 80. Draw
No 12017: 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 20, 21, 26, 30,
31, 32, 37, 39, 41, 51, 58, 64, 65, 66, 72.
Draw No 12018: 8, 11, 12, 15, 20, 21,
27, 28, 33, 35, 44, 46, 47, 51, 53, 62, 64,
70, 74, 77. Draw No 12019: 3, 5, 7, 10,
11, 22, 23, 25, 26, 30, 45, 47, 49, 61, 62,
65, 66, 67, 73, 79.
Man linked to Blakie murder to provide DNA
Reser ve Bank Governor Graeme
Wheeler cut the official cash rate a
quarter-point to 2.5%, softening his
language about the potential for further
rate cuts while saying the strength in
the dollar was “unhelpful”. The currency
jumped after the statement.
“Monetary policy needs to be
accommodative to help ensure that
future average inflation settles near
the middle of the target range,” Mr
Wheeler said in Wellington. “ We expect
to achieve this at current interest rate
settings, although the bank will reduce
rates in circumstances warrant.”
A month ago, Mr Wheeler said some
further reduction in the cash rate “seems
Persistently low inflation and a higher
New Zealand dollar than the Reser ve
Bank envisaged stoked economists’
expectations for a rate cut.
Mr Wheeler left the benchmark rate
on hold at his last review, while saying
he was likely to cut again to encourage
inflation back towards the mid-point
of the 1% to 3% target band. He said
the currency ’s recent bounce back from
a decline through the start of the year
was “unhelpful and further depreciation
would be appropriate in order to support
sustainable growth. ”
But the market ’s initial reaction
delivered more dollar strength. It
jumped more than US1c following the
announcement to trade at US67.47c
from 66.36c immediately before the 9am
announcement. — NZ ME
cuts cash rate
A robber was nabbed after pinching
a woman’s handbag in a busy Auckland
street — by a German shepherd.
The man allegedly snatched a clutch
purse from a woman in Bradnor Lane
One of the witnesses, a man who
was also a dog trainer, used his trained
German shepherd he had with him
to track and locate the offender in the
Auckland police spokeswoman Noreen
Hegarty said officers were then called
to Wilson’s Hobson Street car park
where the offender had been chased and
apprehended by members of the public.
“ When officers arrived the dog was
using its paws to pin the compliant
offender to the ground,” she said.
“The offender was handcuffed and
removed from the scene without
incident. There were a number of
witnesses and a large crowd watching
with some members of the public filming
the incident. ”
The woman’s bag was recovered and
the alleged offender will appear in the
Auckland District Court on Monday.
A former New Zealand gang
member has agreed to give a DNA
sample from Australia — where he
allegedly moved to after being linked
to the murder of Lisa Blakie.
Police have re-opened the case into
the Timaru woman’s murder after
new information has surfaced about
the number of people involved in her
On February 1, 2000, 20-year-old
Ms Blakie had been on the run from
her Devil’s Henchman boyfriend
when she was picked up by Darfield
man Timothy Taylor.
Her body was found weighted
down by a boulder in the river near
Arthur’s Pass a few days later, on
Taylor was convicted of her death
in 2002, but doubts have always
remained about whether more
people were involved.
An investigation by the 3D current
affairs programme, aired on Monday
night, revealed another man who
may have played a part could be
living in Australia.
It claimed a stray pubic hair found
on Ms Blakie’s body that was never
identified could have belonged to
According to Stuff.co.nz, a man
believed to be a former member
of the Devil’s Henchmen gang
allegedly left for Australia after
learning police were planning to seek
a DNA sample from him following
Detective senior sergeant Greg
Murton said police had contacted
the man on Tuesday night, and that
he had agreed to provide them with
a DNA sample.
“ I understand from speaking to the
detective who contacted him that he
is happy to co-operate,” he said.
A police liaison officer in Australia
would arrange for a blood or saliva
sample to be taken within the next
week, Mr Murton said. — NZ ME
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Astonishingly, Karitane man
Ray Grubb is not yet sick of his
car despite covering thousands of
kilometres in the 2009 Landrover
90 in eight months.
Former West Coaster Mr Grubb
set off in April for a whirlwind
trip from Singapore to London,
by car, returning only recently.
The parts of the trip Mr Grubb
most enjoyed were passing
through areas where tourists
“ We tried to avoid the cities as
much as possible,” he said. “(We
went to) towns where they hadn’t
seen Europeans in 20 years.
“ We had a big red Landrover
with a white trailer on the back
— a nd we were in places no-one
It was not Mr Grubb’s first trip
overseas. However, it was his first
time in many of the places he
visited, and it was certainly his first
time travelling the way he did.
Mr Grubb is happy to be home.
“It was great to be home — it
was terrific,” he said.
“Wehave a way oflifehere
which is much more comfortable
nice to be home.”
He has plans to work with
Enterprise Dunedin — he
worked in the tourism industry
for almost two decades.
But Mr Grubb may not be
home for long. He hoped to
return to Asia in about a year, he
said. — Otago Daily Times
Home again after a long drive
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Ray Grubb in his globetrotting Landrover 90.
The Dunedin adulterer
and his mistress who
companies of more than
$300,000 can now be
revealed as Mark Shayne
Jory and Sharleen Louise
The 53-year-old former
financial and insurance
adviser hatched the plan
to defraud seven insurance
companies by applying for
false insurance policies and
collecting the commissions.
More than $300,000 was
received in commission for
122 fake policy applications
between 2010 and 2013.
Jory paid $187,036 to
Lynch, 35, to stop her from
disclosing their affair and
fraud to Jory’s family and
The pair were jailed in
August and Lynch’s lawyer,
Judith Ablett-Kerr, QC, indicated she
would be appealing the refusal of the
District Court judge to grant name
suppression. Interim name suppression
was granted to allow an appeal to be
However, an inquiry has confirmed
that no name suppression appeal has
been filed with the appellant court.
Jory was convicted of seven counts of
fraudulently using a document, relating
to the insurance fraud, and two counts of
forgery for taking money from his wife’s
retirement fund and to re-mortgage the
family home. Judge Michael Crosbie
jailed him for two years and three
Lynch was jointly convicted on the
seven counts of fraudulently using a
document. She was also convicted of one
count of blackmail and was jailed for
Jory appeared before the parole
board last month and
it is understood he was
released on Monday to a
His release conditions
include provisions which
exclude him from working
in the financial sector,
associating with Lynch
and require him to reside
in D unedin. The parole
conditions will expire next
According to a summary
of facts, the pair met
on-line in 2005.
Dunedin for a sexual
relationship with Jory.
She then threatened Jory
she would reveal the affair
to his wife and family.
hundred e-mails sent to
Jory in respect of demands
for money,” the summary
“The defendant always put a date and
time that the money was to be paid into
her account, stating that if payments
were not made on time there would be
When the offending came to light in
2013, after insurance company audits,
Lynch told police she used the money to
pay bills and feed herself.
“S he also had a gambling habit and
was desperate for money.”
Jory told police he had defrauded the
insurance companies because he was
“ He said he did not spend any of the
commission money he received on
himself and had not made any financial
Jory had not previously appeared
before the court; Lynch had.
Lynch is due to first appear before the
parole board next year in September.
— Otago Daily Times
Mark Shayne Jory
Sharleen Louise Lynch
A 20-year-old man has been
charged with murdering Dunedin
woman Karin Ann Ross.
Dunedin CIB staff yesterday
arrested and charged the man with
the murder of the 51-year-old
cleaning ser vices worker.
Sweeney said, in a statement last
night, the man charged with murder
was known to Ms Ross.
A member of the public alerted
emergency ser vices about 2am last
Wednesday after discovering Ms
Ross’s body in the car park of Spotless
c leaning ser vices, the company for
which she worked.
A homicide investigation was
launched and overseen by Mr
Sweeney, of Christchurch.
Police would not comment last
night on the circumstances around
the man’s arrest or whether he faced
any further charges.
It is understood Ms Ross’s death
was violent. However, police have
not commented on the findings of
a post-mortem examination or how
Earlier this week, police said a
discarded bloodied shirt found
in central D unedin was being
forensically examined and its links
to Ms Ross’s death and two other
violent crimes against women in the
city were being investigated.
On November 30, a 23-year-old
jogger was tied up and sexually assault
in the Ross Creek Reser ve and last
Saturday a 45-year-old cyclist was
attacked in Portsmouth Drive.
A police spokesman said police
could not comment further on the
investigations or the bloodied shirt.
Police would not comment on any
motive or whether any weapons had
been identified or found.
In the statement last night, police
said they were unable to comment
further because the matter was before
The 20-year-old is due to appear in
the Dunedin District Court today.
— Otago Daily Times
Murder charge laid over Dunedin death
lover’s property bid
A Christchurch multi-millionaire’s
lover of 27 years cannot appeal a court
ruling which said she was not his de
facto partner and therefore not entitled
to a share of relationship property.
After the wealthy businessman and
his wife split in 2007 after 47 years
of marriage, he faced two relationship
property claims in the Family Court
one from his ex-wife and the other
from his mistress and long-ser ving
The value of the relationship property
at issue was somewhere between $22
million (on the wife’s calculations) and
$16 million (on the husband’s).
The businessman’s affair with his
mistress began about 1980 and she
began working for his company the
She has worked there ever since,
according to the High Court.
Evidence before the Family Court
indicated that throughout his marriage,
the businessman had other sexual
relationships with other women. His
wife was unaware of all these affairs and
when confronted he always denied them.
According to his ex-wife, the
businessman’s affair with his mistress
was clandestine. It took place in early
mornings or when he left family holidays
to return to “work”.
The man, according to the High Court,
in 1998 told his wife he was participating
in a yacht race in Australia and even
purchased wet weather boating gear to
support this ruse.
He was, in fact, spending a holiday
with his mistress in Perth.
The wife alleged in the High Court
that the mistress and her ex-husband’s
claim they were in a de facto relationship
surfaced only in 2011 or 2012, specifically
to assist him opposing her in the Family
The mistress argued she was pursuing
her entitlement and that her relationship
with the man was a devoted one, in
which she had a strong focus and passion
for his business.
The mistress rejected the assertion she
manufactured the de facto relationship
argument late in the piece, that she
colluded with her lover on this and that
she had done so to keep his business
interests in his hands.
The Family Court ’s Judge Anthony
Walsh last year found there was no
qualifying de facto relationship between
the man and his mistress.
This, and other parts of that decision,
was then appealed to the High Court,
but Justice War wick Gendall agreed in
June that the relationship between the
man and his mistress was not a de facto
The man and his mistress sought leave
to take the case to the Court of Appeal,
but Justice Gendall denied this bid
earlier this month.
“ I have not been moved to the point
where I consider there to be any interest,
public or private, sufficient to outweigh
the expense and delay of a further appeal
here,” Justice Gendall said.
“ Two judges have presided over this
proceeding which has been the subject
of extensive examination before both
the Family Court and this Court, and
they have both then reached the same
“ Further, this proceeding has its origins
in events occurring over eight years ago.
There is a need for finality in litigation.
In my view, the time has come for that
finality to crystallise,” he said. — NZ ME
Blessie’s killer appeals
The man jailed for the rape and
murder of North Shore woman
Blessie Gotingco has launched an
appeal against his life sentence.
It has been learned that Tony
Douglas Robertson will appear
before the Court of Appeal on
In August the 28-year-old was
sentenced to life imprisonment
with a minimum non-parole
period of 24 years for murdering
Mrs Gotingco and preventive
detention for raping the mother
His crimes against the 56-year-
old came only months after
Robertson was released from prison
for similarly depraved offending.
On May 24 last year, Robertson
hit Mrs Gotingco while she was
walking home down a Birkdale
Seeing her motionless body on
the road, Robertson scooped her
up, bundled her into the back of his
BMW and took her to his nearby
apartment just in time to make his
curfew. He was being monitored by
Corrections via a GPS anklet at the
Once he was in the garage,
beneath his home, the defendant
sexually abused the injured woman
before strangling her, stabbing her
and slashing her throat.
Early the following morning, he
wrapped Mrs Gotingco’s body in
a bed sheet and took her down the
road to Eskdale cemetery where he
dumped her body in thick bush.
It is understood Robertson
is appealing at least one of his
convictions and his sentence.
Mrs Gotingco’s family did
not want to comment on the
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Tony Douglas Robertson
PM apologises for ‘backing rapists’ remark
apologised for comments he made
about Opposition MPs “ backing
Mr Key had until now resisted
making an apology after his
comments caused furious protest
among women MPs last month.
He reversed that decision on
the final sitting day in Parliament
have reflected on my
comments and on this last
sitting day of the year, so close
to Christmas, I would like to
withdraw and apologise for that
response,” he said.
Mr Key accused Labour and
Green MPs of “backing rapists” in
their advocacy for detainees at the
Christmas Island detention centre.
His comments prompted a
walk-out by women MPs on the
Opposition side, some of whom
had admitted for the first time in
public that they had been sexually
assaulted in the past.
A petition calling on Mr Key to
apologise was signed by more than
The leader of the Opposition
Andrew Little also made an
apology in Parliament.
He said sorry for his own and
his colleagues’ comments about
Speaker David Carter last month,
which prompted accusations of bias
and led to them being referred to
the Privileges Committee.
The Labour leader said he had
accepted that his comments were
“ unparliamentary” and he expressed
regret for making them.
Mr Little said at the time that
the Speaker had “a reputation . . .
of acting politically in the way he
handles question time”. — NZ ME
Blood found in missing man’s car
A significant amount of blood
was found in the car of missing
man Lance Murphy, which was
parked at the home of the man
police believe is connected to his
Police say concern for Mr
Murphy’s wellbeing and safety is
growing each hour they do not
hear from him. The hunt for Steven
Brent Gunbie is ramping up as
police monitor his social media
posts and speak to his friends and
Mr Murphy was travelling in
his 2010 Mazda 6, registration
HMZ40, which police found
abandoned five days later, 1.6km
away at a property on Goatley
Gunbie, who has a “ lengthy”
criminal history, including an arrest
for a violent gunpoint kidnapping,
lives at the property.
Gunbie was released from prison
only in September, two months
before Mr Murphy disappeared.
Vakaruru said the police Eagle
helicopter was called in to help
in the search for Mr Murphy.
The crew spotted the red Mazda
parked at Gunbie’s property. It was
not concealed and “stuck out ” to
“ We identified blood in the vehicle
and at this stage, initial forensic
examinations would suggest that
the blood is Mr Murphy’s,” Mr
Vakaruru said yesterday afternoon.
A popular brand of shaved ham is being
recalled for fears it may contain listeria.
The Ministry for Primary Industries
(MPI) confirmed the recall of Beehive
shaved champagne ham about 4pm
A recall notice on the MPI food smart
website said Premier Beehive NZ Ltd
was recalling the 200g family pack of
Beehive shaved champagne ham because
it may contain the genus of bacteria
known as listeria.
“The affected product has been sold in
200g plastic packs at Countdown, New
World, Pak ‘n Save and Fresh Choice
outlets throughout the North Island,”
the notice said.
It has a use-by date of January 26, 2016
and its batch number is 335322.
Listeria is a foodborne bacteria which
can make you sick. Infection with listeria
bacteria is called listeriosis.
While listeriosis usually causes few
or no symptoms in healthy adults and
children, some people are at risk of severe
disease from it.
These people include pregnant women
and their unborn babies, newborn babies,
people with weakened immune systems
including cancer patients, diabetics,
people taking immunosuppressive
treatments, people with liver or kidney
disease — and frail older people.
It lists the listeriosis symptoms as: mild
fever, headache, aches and pains, feeling
sick or nauseous, vomiting or diarrhoea
and stomach cramps. — NZ ME
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