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PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
The rescued surfer, front, leaving Smails Beach, Dunedin, after being
helped off Bird Island.
A man in his early 20s was rescued
after being caught in a rip at Smails
Beach, D unedin, yesterday.
The man was surfing with a friend,
also in his early 20s, when they were
caught in a rip, search and rescue
incident co-ordinator John Gilbert
One of the surfers made it back to
shore and alerted emergency ser vices
as the other took refuge at nearby Bird
Island, he said. “ There is quite a strong
rip out there today, as there always is
The rescued man had minor cuts
and abrasions and had swallowed
some water, Mr Gilbert said. He was
taken to Dunedin Hospital for a
Two rescue boats from the St Kilda
Surf Live Saving Club attended the
scene. Both men were from Dunedin.
— Otago Daily Times
Surfer rescued from rip
Seven people escaped a helicopter crash on
Fiji’s Treasure Island yesterday evening.
Fiji Broadcasting Corporation reported the
Eurocopter had been trying to land when it
It is believed the craft may have been
caught by a strong gust of wind.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji said
seven people, including the pilot, had been
on board the helicopter when it crashed.
It said the incident had been classified as an
A witness, Bob Carroll, wrote on Facebook:
“A beautiful day trip to Treasure Island
changed dramatically as an inbound
helicopter attempting to land on the Treasure
Island helipad only 50m from where we were
dining caught a wind gust that sent it into a
tree and then crashing into another tree right
next to the pool ... scary but thank God all
got out of the chopper and we are all okay.”
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Seven escape Fiji helicopter crash
It reads like a modern-day Goldilocks
story, if Goldilocks had been on a several-
day drug binge and swiped burgers and
wine rather than porridge.
Colin Flower was found in the bed of a
12-year-old North Shore girl nine hours
after police saw him driving erratically
and tried to pull him over.
In a day-long crime spree, he drove on
the wrong side of the road, sped through
red lights, punched a 91-year-old, tried
to pull a woman out of a car while her
children were in the back and broke into a
family’s home for a feed and a nap.
Police found him tucked up in bed at the
Flower explained: “I had not slept or
eaten for several days. I owed money
to some serious people who threatened
my family. My head was in a hole. I was
hungry, lost and scared. I was in a bad
way.” At North Shore District Court
yesterday Judge Lawrence Hinton jailed
him for three years.
Flower had been accepted into a
residential rehabilitation programme to
address his drug addiction but the judge
said prison was the only option.
“There’s no basis on which I can sentence
you to home detention,” he said.
“ You must be held accountable for this
grievous offending.” Police spotted Flower
on the morning of May 5 on State highway
16 where he veered into roadworks to
overtake commuters heading into the city.
When police tried to pull him over,
he headed north on to the Northern
Motor way, exiting at Esmonde Road
“ well in excess” of the 50kph speed limit.
Police lost him when Flower dumped
the car and fled on foot.
The drug-fuelled defendant ran down
Velma Road in Hillcrest where he spotted
a couple putting two children in their car.
Court documents said Flower “began
grabbing the woman by the arm and
shoulder and trying to forcibly rip her out
of the vehicle in an attempt to steal the
She was able to push him away but
moments later Flower noticed a 91-year-
old man in his garden across the road and
sprinted straight into the house.
He grabbed a set of car keys and when
the elderly victim tried to snatch them
back, Flower punched him and made off
in a Toyota parked nearby.
A neighbour spotted the brazen robbery
and managed to open the back door of the
car, being dragged along as he did so.
But the good Samaritan eventually had
to let go, fearing serious injury.
Police picked up the chase again as
Flower accelerated down Coronation
Road to Glenfield.
“The defendant frequently travelled
through intersections without looking and
travelled on the wrong side of the road,”
the police summary said.
Police gave up the pursuit because of
Flower’s erratic driving but eight hours
later Flower was snared by a quick-
The sleepy defendant had broken into a
Bayswater family home, helped himself to
wine, pre-mixed spirits and a hamburger,
changed into the clothes belonging to
the woman who lived there and tucked
himself up in bed.
When the 12-year-old came home
from school and found Flower there, she
tiptoed out of the house and called police.
The court heard Flower had a slew
of previous convictions in Australia.
Man jailed for
The man who murdered and raped
Napier schoolgirl Teresa Cormack
still denies any wrongdoing, an
attitude scuppering his chance of
Jules Pierre Mikus, 57, was jailed
for life in 2002 for the 1987 murder
of Teresa. At the same time he was
sentenced to an open-ended preventive
detention sentence for her rape.
Teresa disappeared the day after her
sixth birthday. She was abducted by
Mikus while she was walking to school
and her body was found in a shallow
grave near Napier a week later.
DNA evidence linked him to the
crime but Mikus appears to still
be in denial, according to the latest
report by the New Zealand Parole
Released today, it says Mikus did not
show up for a scheduled hearing with
the board earlier this month. He has
not appeared at other hearings either,
since becoming eligible for an early
release in 2012.
“He signed a waiver. The reason given
for doing so is that he is not appearing
pending an appeal,” says the report,
signed by panel convenor Justice
“ We take it from that, that Mr Mikus
is continuing to deny his index offences
and, as far as we are aware, all previous
sex offending.” Mikus has refused to
undergo any rehabilitation, something
the board says he needs. He is classed
as “very high risk” of committing sexual
“In the circumstances there is no
question of parole. It is declined.”
Mikus’ next hearing is scheduled for
March, before which the board will
consider issuing a postponement order,
meaning it will not have to see Mikus
for up to five years.
The board had previously issued a
three-year order that was in force until
this year, but beefed up legislation
now gives it the power to issue longer
Sperm and hair found on Teresa’s
body was kept, and in 2000, using new
technology, was matched to Mikus.
He has previously claimed he will
appeal his convictions.
Mikus has a lengthy criminal record
dating back to the 1970s.
Cormack murderer’s denial
scuppers chance of freedom
Police say a car chase was abandoned
today but two people were arrested
after a Mercedes-Benz was driven
dangerously and crashed.
The blue Mercedes allegedly failed
to stop for police in Sandringham at
It then had a minor crash near
Onehunga Mall, about 8km away.
Two occupants then ran from the
vehicle, police said.
“The vehicle was initially pursued
by police but was abandoned due to
the dangerous manner the vehicle was
being driven,” police added.
The police helicopter also watched
Two people were arrested at 12.20pm.
“The vehicle was not reported as
stolen and the driver was wanted for
breaching his bail conditions,” police
No one was injured. — NZME
Two arrested after car crash
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