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Pedestrian’s injuries fatal
Police have confirmed the
pedestrian struck by a car in
Blenheim a week ago has since died.
Joseph Benjamin Burtogg, 30, of
Blenheim, was hit by a car at the
intersection of Colemans Road and
Orchard Lane about 6am on June
19. He died on Saturday. — NZN
The man who died while fishing at
Paengaroa, Bay of Plenty, has been
named. Chao-Ching Lee, 35, of
Te Puke, died at the Kaituna River
mouth on June 25. — NZ ME
Poppy Appeal raises $2m
The RSA Poppy Appeal raised
nearly $2 million for defence force
personnel dealing with hardship
or disability. Poppy Day Appeal in
April gathered $1.9m nationwide,
RSA national president B J Clark
said. The funds are used to provide
health, welfare and support
to current and former service
personnel, and their families, he said.
Drone medicine drop trial
Drones could be delivering
medicine to remote, rural Northland
communities by March next year.
Medical Drones Aotearoa plans
to begin trialling the delivery of
medical supplies to Mitimiti, near
Hokianga, in November and aimed
to start its first regular ser vice by
March, pending Civil Aviation
Authority approval. The trial would
involve delivering unrestricted
medicine to the Mitimiti marae
where it could be picked up.
— NZ ME -Northern Advocate
Frigate helps US Navy
The frigate HMNZS Te Kaha is
extending its deployment in Asian
waters to support the United States
Seventh Fleet after the fatal collision
involving the USS Fitzgerald. Seven
US sailors were killed when the
Fitzgerald, a guided missile destroyer,
and a Philippines container ship
collided off the Japanese coast on
June 17. Defence Minister Mark
Mitchell said the US had accepted
the offer of help. — NZN
Trade deal push
The Government is eyeing a free
trade deal with four Latin American
countries. Mr McClay and Foreign
Minister Gerry Brownlee will be
at a summit meeting in Colombia
of the Pacific Alliance, a regional
organisation involving Mexico,
Chile, Colombia and Peru. New
Zealand currently has over
$1.1 billion of two-way trade with
the four countries but exporters face
high tariffs. — NZ N
Numbers in Keno draw No 14276:
4, 8, 17, 22, 24, 34, 35, 38, 42, 46, 47,
48, 51, 53, 54, 58, 62, 68, 76, 78. Draw
No 14277: 5, 7, 8, 11, 13, 26, 27, 39, 40,
42, 43, 45, 52, 58, 61, 62, 63, 64, 68, 73.
Draw No 14278: 3, 4, 6, 11, 13, 15, 25,
31, 33, 34, 35, 38, 49, 50, 55, 60, 64, 68,
72, 77. Draw No 14279: 2, 5, 7, 10, 12,
18, 21, 22, 23, 44, 47, 50, 53, 59, 61, 64,
65, 67, 69, 70.
Middlemarch plane crash victim named
New Zealand’s population is predicted
to reach the six-million mark by the end
of the century, according to a new United
The UN’s world population prospects
2017 revision estimates the New
Zealand will still have about only 5.7
million residents by 2050, but about 6.1
million by 2100.
The report puts New Zealand’s current
population at about 4.7 million.
By comparison, Australia (now 24.6
million) is expected to reach nearly 42
million people by 2100.
The UN also predicts the average life
expectancy for New Zealanders to be
a bit over 92 years by the end of the
century. — NZN
A woman has been charged with the
murder of a man in the Auckland suburb
Police were called to the address
in Cobham Crescent at about 7pm
yesterday after reports a stabbing had
Upon arrival, they discovered the
deceased 55-year-old man, while a
41-year-old woman was also found
unconscious, police said.
She was immediately taken to
Middlemore Hospital where she remains
in a critical but stable condition.
A 42-year-old woman was arrested
following the incident and is to appear in
the Manukau District Court today.
Police have not ruled out laying
further charges, while a post-mortem
examination will be carried out later
today. — NZ N
The D unedin man who died in a
plane crash near Middlemarch on
Sunday was Murray Barrington, 73,
The cause of the crash was still
under investigation, police said last
investigators arrived at the site
yesterday afternoon, at Welshman’s
Creek, northeast of Middlemarch.
The RANS S-19 Venterra aircraft
crashed killing Mr Barrington and
injuring a Mosgiel man.
The pair had taken off from Taieri
airfield at 10.30am.
The plane was due in Omarama at
A search was launched after it was
reported overdue at 2pm.
In 2015, Mr Barrington, the former
owner of Freedom Wigs, gave
$60,000 to the Otago Aero Club
to restore its historic main hangar,
which was built in 1936.
At the time, Mr Barrington had
recently completed building his own
club president Colin
Chalmers said he visited the injured
man yesterday after his surgery.
“He’s quite good,” he said.
Mr Barrington and his flying
companion were good friends, he
said. — Otago Daily Times
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The rifle used to kill five members of
the Bain family is being returned to
David Bain’s advocate Joe Karam, 23
years after the infamous murders.
About 200 exhibits from the long-
running case are being disposed of by
the Crown, Fairfax reports.
David Bain was convicted of
murdering his parents and three siblings
in D unedin in June 1994, and ser ved 13
years in prison before the Privy Council
quashed his convictions.
He was subsequently found not guilty
on all charges at a retrial in 2009.
Mr Bain’s defence argued his father
Robin had murdered his wife and three
of his children before turning the gun on
Among the exhibits being returned
are the .22 -calibre semi-automatic rifle,
magazines, ammunition and trigger lock
used in the murders, along with bloodied
white gloves which were allegedly used
by the killer.
Mr Bain — who changed his name this
year to William David Cullen Davies —
owned the Winchester rifle, which he
kept in his wardrobe. But as he no longer
has a firearms licence, the rifle will be
returned to his long-time advocate,
former All Black Joe Karam.
Mr Bain’s t-shirt, socks, under wear,
running shoes, and other clothes will
also be returned to him, Fairfax reports.
Fairfax reported Robin Bain’s brother
Michael said Crown Law had told him
it had received a written declaration that
David Bain had transferred his property
interest in the items to Karam.
Crown Law had consulted the Bains’
extended family, who had indicated they
would object to any critical evidence
from the trial being returned to David
Michael Bain was quoted by Fairfax
as saying he and the rest of the family
would be “ incredulous if the police were
contemplating handing over the rifle
or ammunition or firearms licence to
David, as he had not yet been able to
prove his innocence in the matter”.
Mr Karam told Fairfax he had nothing
to say about the return of the rifle or
other exhibits, and that the information
was legally confidential. — N Z ME
PICTURE: Otago Daily Time
Robert Ngamoki, a police armourer, with the Winchester rifle used in the Bain
murders, during the retrial of David Bain.
A Fulton Hogan staff member
was injured when the “sucker
truck” he was driving rolled on
the highway between Waihola
and Milton yesterday.
Milton Volunteer Fire Brigade
chief fire officer Robbie Philip
said a truck rolled on State
highway 1, about 2km north-east
of Milburn, just before noon.
When firefighters arrived, the
truck was resting on its side in the
middle of the highway and the
driver was out of the vehicle.
The driver was alone in the cab
when the truck crashed, he said.
St John spokesman Gerard
Campbell said the driver
sustained moderate injuries
and was taken by ambulance to
Mr Philip said fuel was leaking
from the rolled truck and
firefighters cleaned the area to
ensure it remained out of any
The two crews helped with
traffic control as the truck was
moved to the side of the highway.
A police spokeswoman said
one lane on the highway opened
before 1pm and both lanes open
just after 4pm.
Mr Philip said northbound
motorists experienced delays up
to 20 minutes.
The truck was lifted by a
55-tonne crane to be taken away
by another truck, he said.
Fulton Hogan regional manager
Grant Sime said he did not know
why the “sucker truck” rolled.
The driver had not been spoken
to in relation to the cause of the
crash, as the “key ” focus had been
on his recovery, he said.
Fulton Hogan was co-operating
with the authorities to determine
the cause of the event, he said.
— Otago Daily Times
Driver injured as truck rolls
PICTURES: Otago Daily Times
Tr a ffi c is delayed after a truck rolled near Milburn yesterday. Inset: Firefighters clean a section of State
highway 1 in the wake of the crash.
A disgraced former lawyer married
an “evil and dangerous predator”
inside prison today.
Davina Murray lost her legal career
after smuggling an iPhone, cigarettes
and a lighter to her client Liam Reid
in 2011 while he was in Mount Eden
Reid was ser ving a 23-year
sentence for raping and killing
deaf woman Emma Agnew in
Christchurch in 2007, as well as the
rape, attempted murder and robbery
of a 21-year-old student in D unedin
nine days later.
A prison source said the couple were
to be married in Auckland Prison at
Tom Sherlock, deputy prison
director, confirmed a wedding was
scheduled to take place.
He said a prisoner is allowed
to marry their partner with the
permission of the prison director,
who considers whether the ceremony
poses a threat to the safety, security or
good order of the prison.
“Although a rare occurrence,
weddings or civil union ceremonies
are not restricted in prisons and each
application is considered on a case by
“The appropriate security measures
will be in place. There is no cost to
Permission for the marriage was
granted despite Ms Murray being
convicted of smuggling contraband
to her client.
Reid was described as an “evil
and dangerous predator” by Justice
Lester Chisholm, who also imposed
sentencing Reid — a measure
reser ved for the worst criminals.
However, Ms Murray, once a
candidate for the Maori Party, was
convinced of Reid’s innocence and
has acted on his behalf in a number
contraband, claiming it was planted
by prison guards but was eventually
convicted and sentenced to 50 hours’
community work in 2013.
As a result, Ms Murray was struck
off as “not a fit and proper person to
operate as a legal practitioner”.
evidence in the 2013 trial showed
the relationship between the pair was
more than strictly professional.
“. . . Need to smuggle in 2 witnesses
into jail as my staff to witness my
wedding. When he gets out we will
do the big la-la,” she wrote to a friend
Ms Murray discussed wedding
vows with the friend and said the
secret marriage could jeopardise
Reid’s appeal. “My heart says, ‘I
should just do it ’ but my head says,
She also told a friend she had kissed
Reid in a way she had never kissed
“I hate that I’m in love with him
. . . if the courts say no, I wouldn’t
care but I’m scared to lose him. He
makes me laugh, he makes me think,
he makes me cry, he makes me feel
beautiful, he makes me sing.”
Former lawyer marries ‘dangerous predator’ client in prison
Davina Murray and Liam Reid.
GP defers telling
patient of cancer
patients that he had cancer, preferring
the hospital to do so, took away the
chance for the patient “to be a partner in
his own treatment ”.
On March 27, 2012, a man, aged 78,
saw his GP, complaining of a sore knee,
a recent slowing of speech and a “fizzing
feeling” in his feet, according to a Health
and Disability Commissioner report
Blood tests were conducted, which
showed a high level of lymphocytes — a
further test by a haemotologist reported
the results were consistent with chronic
lymphocytic leukaemia, a type of blood
The results were not for warded to
the outpatients clinic where a referral
was sent by the GP and nor were they
discussed with the patient, as the doctor
expected “the investigations would be
reviewed by the medical team at the
The report did not identify the doctor,
patient or medical practice.
Health and Disability Commissioner
Anthony Hill said the GP “had a
responsibility to communicate the
diagnosis of chronic lymphocytic
leukaemia to the man . . . provision of
this information would have enabled
the man to be a partner in his own
Dr Hill also found the GP had the
chance to put in a management plan
for his patient and arrange further
assessment, but failed to do so, along
with communicating properly with the
A review of management and
communication of high priority test
results to patients by the medical centre
and an audit of all the GP’s clinical
records going back six months was
recommended by Dr Hill.
A written apology to the
patient should also be provided, he said.
A Hamilton woman who allegedly shot
and killed her life-long friend following
a prolonged drinking session can now be
Tiffani Jade Sutcliffe, 23, has been
charged with the manslaughter of Rhys
Gordon Williamson whose body was
discovered at a Seddon Road property in
Frankton last month.
The 39-year-old was shot in the
stomach and died at the scene on May
30, police said at the time.
Sutcliffe has also been charged with the
unlawful possession of a firearm.
She entered a plea of not guilty to
both charges today and was remanded
in custody to reappear in the Hamilton
High Court on July 11. — NZ N
Police reopen Barclay tape probe
Police are re-launching their
investigation into whether National
MP Todd Barclay illegally recorded
his electorate office staffer Glenys
The Clutha-Southland MP
announced his retirement from
politics last week, withdrawing
his candidacy for the September
election after the scandal reared its
Prime Minister Bill English
revealed after previous denials
that Mr Barclay had told him he
had recordings of Mrs Dickson
criticising him and that he had
been offered the chance to listen to
“ Police have commenced speaking
to a number of individuals who
may have relevant information,”
Assistant Commissioner Richard
Chambers said this morning.
“Any new evidence which is
gathered will be carefully considered
to determine what, if any impact it
has on the outcome of the original
The initial investigation was
closed after 10 months because of a
lack of evidence to prosecute.
PM unwilling to say if
Barclay recordings exist
Confusion remains over whether
Prime Minister Bill English
believes the alleged recordings of
staff members that National MP
Todd Barclay offered to play him
After providing conflicting views
on the subject over the weekend,
Mr English fronted the media
to elaborate any further on the
existence of the recordings.
It is seven days since Mr English
admitted Mr Barclay himself told
him he had recordings of Gore
electorate office staffer Glenys
Dickson, who was involved in
an employment dispute with the
That admission and Mr Barclay ’s
initial denial of it ultimately led
to Mr Barclay standing down
as candidate in the September
election and his decision to retire
from politics at the election.
Mr English on Saturday told
TV3’s The Nation that it was yet
to be determined whether the tapes
existed, while on Sunday admitted
Mr Barclay had offered to play him
Yesterday Mr English rejected
that the statements reflect two
different positions and
unwilling to declare one way or
the other whether he believed the
“ I don’t have anything to add to
what ’s already been said,” he said.
“There’s been the police have
had 10 months to have a look at
that and any other detailed issue
and they ’ve come to their own
conclusion which is evident to
Police spent 10 months
investigating whether Mr Barclay
obtained the recordings illegally
but closed the case without laying
charges after determining there was
insufficient evidence to prosecute.
They are now reopening the
Mr English said he had not
been contacted by police, nor had
he sought legal advice about his
knowledge of recordings.
“No I haven’t sought legal advice.
There’s no need to,” he said.
“Again I have nothing to add
to what ’s been said. Are there
questions on anything else?”
Prime Minister Bill English started a
wave of speculation about tax cuts when
he made his speech to the National
Party’s conference but he is refusing to
firm up the Government ’s intentions.
Mr English told delegates a post-
election priority would be raising
incomes and reducing taxes.
He described the budget ’s family
income package as “an excellent first
“ Wouldn’t it be great if we could do it
again?” he said.
“Well, we can — ifweare able to keep
lifting growth and carefully manage
public finances we will be able to reduce
At his post-cabinet press conference
yesterday, Mr English was asked to
elaborate on that.
“ We have indicated a direction,” he
“This discussion is about what we
can achieve if we get some more lift in
economic growth and keep on top of
Mr English said the impact of the
family income package, due to come in
on April 1 next year, would be significant
with some low-income families
benefiting by more than $100 a week.
“The references in the speech were
what is possible beyond that,” he said.
He confirmed the Government had no
plans to reduce company tax. — NZ N
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