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Murder accused pleads
A man has denied murdering an
Auckland resident found dead in
the stairwell of a block of flats in
Western Springs. Gabriel Hikari
Yad-Elohim, 29, entered a not guilty
plea today at the Auckland High
Court. A tentative trial date has been
set for July next year. Michael David
Mulholland, 69, was believed to
have been living alone in a block of
Housing New Zealand flats on Great
North Road in Western Springs
and was found dead on September
27. Yad-Elohim was remanded in
custody until November. — N ZN
Truck driver freed
The driver of a milk tanker has
been cut free from the vehicle after
hitting a power pole in Marlborough.
Police say the truck crashed on State
highway 63 in the Wairau Valley
about 8am today. The driver was
trapped but emergency ser vices have
since managed to cut him free, police
said. He has been flown to Nelson
Hospital with moderate injuries.
Traffic in the area was earlier down to
one lane, but has now fully reopened.
“The tanker and trailer unit is still
at the scene, but well off the road
and will be removed this afternoon,”
police said. — N ZN
Lightning cuts power
Thousands of homes were left
without power as thunder and
rain swept over Christchurch this
morning. More than 3000 homes fell
into darkness after lighting strikes cut
power in the Sumner area about 6am,
according to lines company Orion.
Most have since been restored, and
the remaining 300 were expected to
be up and running by 8am.
More NZ aid for
New Zealand is giving Vanuatu a
further $700,000 to help with the
evacuation of Ambae Island. Volcanic
activity has caused the evacuation and
Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee
says more than 10,000 people are
in temporary accommodation. “ We
are continuing to work with the
government of Vanuatu and other
partners to support the response,” he
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Man admits hitting police officer with tomahawk
A young German backpacker killed
in a horror smash that claimed three
lives had only just started her New
According to posts in German on
the Backpacker Neuseeland Facebook
page, Marina Liebl arrived in the
country last week and was starting her
New Zealand adventure in the south.
The 22-year-old headed straight to
Queenstown before embarking on
a trip that was expected to last into
aI have now arrived in Queenstown.
My first destination in New Zealand,a
she wrote on Thursday.
She also invited anyone in the
southern resort town to join her
exploring the area.
Just three days later her trip was
brutally cut short when she was killed
on the Dipton-Winton Highway late
Sunday night when the car she was in
collided with another.
Southland couple, Jesse Phillip Ariki
Douglas Shortland and his Samantha
Jayde Shortland, both 28, also died in
leaving their two children orphaned.
The coupleas children — two-
month-old Heath and two-year-old
Skylar — were flown to Kew Hospital
in Invercargill. The toddler had
moderate injuries and the baby
suffered minor injuries.
Police today said the Serious Crash
Unit was continuing to investigate the
Jesse and Samantha Shortland
were driving back from Jesse’s
father’s funeral in Hokitika the crash
happened, near Ladbrook Road, about
9.30pm on Sunday.
Police said yesterday the children
were still being treated for non-life-
threatening injuries and were being
supported by family members.
Samie Shortlandas aunt, Lucille
Ronald, said yesterday her sister, Samie
Shortland’s mother, was struggling to
come to terms with the tragedy.
The couple had followed Samieas
parents to New Zealand from
Australia about July to start a new life
in Invercargill. Shortland is a New
‘’They absolutely loved it and
reckoned they should have done it
Jesseas aunt, former NZ First MP
Ria Bond, said the family had gathered
in Invercargill and were areeling in
aItas been a triple tragedy for our
‘’My nephew ’s father died last
week. We buried him on Saturday
in Hokitika. Thatas why we were all
there and unfortunately weave lost our
nephew and niece as well.’’
— N ZM E-New Zealand Herald
Young German backpacker had just started NZ holiday
Four dead in horrific
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
The two vehicles at the site of the fatal crash.
A Rotorua man initially charged with
attempting to murder a police officer with
a tomahawk, has admitted a lesser charge
of intentionally causing him grievous
Arch Arthur Bo Harvey, 24, faced the
High Court at Rotorua today, and was
remanded in custody for sentencing on
Har vey had called 111 near midnight on
July 29, demanding police assistance but
didn’t say why, according to the summary
Two officers arrived to find a man and a
woman with a bleeding nose arguing in the
driveway. The woman claimed the man had
During the incident, Har vey came up
behind an officer wielding a tomahawk,
attacking the officer’s head with it.
Har vey then ran off as his victim lay
unconscious on the ground, hiding the
tomahawk in shrubs.
“He then climbed onto the roof of a
nearby kindergarten where he watched
police arrive, tend to their colleague and
search for him (Har vey),” the summary
Harvey stayed on the roof several hours
and wasn’t found until the next evening at
The injured constable was rushed to
Rotorua Hospital before being transferred
to Waikato Hospital where he had a skull
fracture and bruising to the brain.
During surgery his head fractures were
repaired with plates and screws.
The officer is still off work due to his
injuries which include headaches, tiring
easily, mood changes, and difficulty with
Har vey ’s lawyer, Martin Hine, reser ved
his submissions until sentencing. — N Z N
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Crumpled, shattered and obliterated
vehicles were all that remained after
the sur viving victims were cared for at a
nightmare crash in Taupo yesterday.
Four people lost their lives in the head-on
collision. A further eight were injured, one
of those a 10-month-old baby.
Deserted luggage was strewn around
the scene, including a child’s small pink
A local truck driver was told by police that
the crash awas the worst thing they have
seen in 20 years.
The horror crash occurred at the
intersection of State highway 1 and Tutukau
Road around 3.15pm, blocking both lanes
on State highway 1 for hours. A people
mover and five-seater van were involved.
Since Friday, 13 people have died on the
roads. This brings the road toll to 296 for
2017, up 44 on the same time last year.
Three people were airlifted to Waikato
Hospital including the 10-month-old
baby with multiple injuries, a man in his
40s with multiple injuries, and a 42-year-
old woman with chest and abdominal
Other patients were transported via road
Two little girls are among the injured. A
Police spokeswoman confirmed two girls
aged two and three are in Rotorua Hospital
with minor injuries. They were admitted
with three women from the same crash. A
66-year-old and 17-year-old are in a critical
condition and a 41-year-old has minor-
The truck driver, who did not want to
be named, was allowed to drive past the
crash scene to continue his journey. What
he saw was a total mess and the vehicles
were covered up to hide the bodies of the
St John media spokeswoman Victoria
Hawkins described the crash as a major
incident that needs investigating.
Senior sergeant Nicky Cooney said their
utmost priority was to find and notify the
loved ones of the victims.
Cooney believed three out of the four
people in the smaller vehicle had died,
and one person had died out of the eight
passengers in the people mover.
Police were investigating the scene and
analysing the vehicles, environmental
factors plus weather and road conditions.
Taupo mayor David Trewavas had been
liaising with police over the tragic crash.
He was told the crash victims were New
This is very sad ... Not only for the victims
but the emergency ser vices, the firsts on the
scene and everything. It trickles down ...
we all be monitoring closely those affected.
— NZ ME-Rotorua Daily Post
NZ First leader Winston Peters has ruled
out a public announcement about the result
of talks to form a new government tomorrow,
saying he expected discussions to go through
until tomorrow night but there will be no
announcement that day.
He said he expected to complete talks
by tomorrow night and an announcement
would be made as soon as possible after
We have got a few logistical things to work
out, but as soon as possible after that.
Peters emerged from the final meeting with
National’s negotiating team just before 8pm
after about one hour and 15 minutes. He and
his team met with both Labour and National
He expected to have at least four meetings
with the Labour and National teams today
and possibly more.
“Our target is to complete all these
discussions by Thursday night, nothing has
He had not yet decided when the NZ
First board would be brought in to consider
the outcome, and could not say whether a
decision would come on Friday or over the
weekend or next week.
He said it would depend on the other
parties he was negotiating with as well,
but his immediate priority was the talks
at hand rather than the logistics around an
Asked if the choices were getting clearer
for him, he again said he himself was not
responsible for making the decision — but
Winston Peters is not going to make
a decision. A party called NZ First, 24
years around the block, is going to make
a decision, and its board. Not Winston
Peters. I can not speak for the party because
I have not had a chance to talk to them all.
— N ZME -New Zealand Herald
No coalition announcement from Peters before Friday
Protesters clashing with police while
blockading a defence industry conference
in Wellington were carried from the venue
Shouting aarmy of the rich, enemy of the
poora, the group had set out to make life
uncomfortable for those attending what
protesters have labelled a weapons expo.
At least three people appear to have been
carried and escorted away from the scene
by police, one in handcuffs.
Nine people were arrested for obstructing
a roadway, said Inspector Neil Banks.
Eight were arrested for obstructing
a public road, and one for disorderly
behaviour. Police say aa numbera were
released on pre-charge warnings.
Banks said the protesters needed to keep
the safety of themselves and others in
Police must balance the lawful right to
protest against the publicas right to go
about their daily business without being
disrupted by protest action.
We are disappointed that a number of
protesters behaved in a way that created
safety issues, disrupted traffic, and caused
delays that inconvenienced the wider
I would like to acknowledge the patience
shown by our staff, who conducted
themselves with professionalism and acted
appropriately based on the situation that
was presented to them.
We are aware of allegations in the media
about police conduct, and would remind
anyone with concerns that there are several
avenues available to them if they wish to
make a complaint.
At the protest, officers told the group we
do not want anyone hurt.
At the time, protesters were pushing up
against police and forcing them onto the
road outside Westpac Stadium, where
the New Zealand Defence Industry
Association forum is being held.
The forum includes discussions on
emerging technologies and cybersecurity.
The association denies it is an expo, saying
it is a chance for business to engage with
the defence forces. — N ZN
Nine protesters arrested at ‘weapons expo’
A man who faces
charges in Australia
would face oppression
and possible “indefinite
detention” if sent back
across the Tasman, the
Supreme Court has
Kamil Radhi had a
warrant issued for his
arrest by an Australian
court in 2011, alleging
his involvement in the
Siev X, a small and
overcrowded boat full
of refugees that sank off
the coast of Indonesia
in 2001 while bound for
The sinking cost the
lives of 353 people, 146
of which were children.
One man, Khaleed
Daoed, ser ved a nine-
year prison sentence in
Australia over the Siev
X and another, Abu
Quassey, was sentenced
to seven years in an
Radhi was granted UN
refugee status before the
sinking and has lived
in New Zealand since
2009 with his wife and
Police allege Radhi was
in charge of passenger
fares for the Siev X and
helped them board the
He has previously lost
appeals in the district,
high and appeal courts
and his case was heard
in the Supreme Court
in Wellington on
His lawyer, Ron
Mansfield said his client
was a mechanic and
panelbeater who has
a settled life in New
“Sending him to
be oppressive,” Mr
“There would be the
risk that if a trial there
did not happen within
two years, he would not
be able to come back to
New Zealand under our
visa laws. ”
family to Australia
while awaiting a trial
was not something he
or his family wanted,
Mr Mansfield said,
and there was also the
chance Radhi would fail
a “character test ” and
become an unlawful non-
resident in Australia.
“There is every chance
Mr Radhi would be in
“He may be in
indefinite detention and
this is a flagrant breach of
his human rights.”
The lawyer for the
Australia, Mark Lillico
said while it is true
asylum seekers have been
detained for lengthy
periods, the assertion that
Radhi was a “real risk” in
terms of detention was
“ We are talking about a
future event ... we say the
risk of oppression is not
Mr Lillico said the
Australian and New
Zealand ministers of
justice can still become
involved in Radhi’s case.
The Supreme Court
judges reser ved their
decision. — NZ N
A 60-year-old Seacliff man shot himself
after smashing his neighbour a dozen times
over the head, a court has heard.
Stephen Findlay was supposed to face a
jury this week over the killing of 54-year-
old Sharon Diane Comerford on March 7
last year. Yesterday, before the High Court
at Dunedin, the defendant pleaded guilty to
Findlay admitted beating the woman to
death in her home with a blunt instrument,
although initially police believed she had
died of a gunshot wound.
The court heard Ms Comerford received 12
blows to the head which caused “significant
deformation’’ of her skull and a fractured
cheekbone, among other injuries.
The next morning Findlay was found
beside a tree at Truby King Reser ve with a
. 30 8 rifle next to him and gunshot wounds
to his face.
Findlay lived in a house truck in the coastal
township of Seacliff on a plot next to the
Both drank alcohol to excess and many
arguments developed because of their
Findlay ’s animosity for Ms Comerford was
no secret in the small community — he told
people the woman was harassing him, was
driving him insane and “deserved to die’’.
He spoke to several people about killing
the victim, the court heard.
Tensions mounted through February last
year, starting when Ms Comerford got hold
of the man’s cellphone and used it to text
some of his friends.
One of those was a woman Findlay was
pursuing and he believed the victim had
ruined his chances with her.
In the 17 days before he killed Ms
Comerford, he contacted police at least four
times about her conduct.
Initially he sought a trespass order over
the cellphone incident but relented after
speaking to the local officer.
Days later, Findlay was back on the
phone complaining of a slew of abusive text
messages sent to him by the victim.
In another exchange with police he
described his time living beside Ms
Comerford as “six and a-half years of hell’’,
which had driven him to the edge.
The morning of the murder, Findlay had
walked from his home to Karitane to buy a
cask of wine. On his way home the victim
drove past him, narrowly missing him with
Again he called the local police officer
and a Crime-Stoppers phone line but their
response was not enough to calm him.
Hours later he beat his neighbour to death.
Findlay smashed the headlights of Ms
Comerford’s vehicle and a panel on her
front door before entering the property and
launching his frenzied attack.
The blows were “inevitably lethal’’ and the
victim would have been unconscious from
an early point, the court heard.
At 5am he texted a friend asking them
to call him immediately but entered their
number incorrectly. Some time later, he sat
in the reserve, where he shot himself.
Detective sergeant Stan L eishman hoped
the guilty plea brought some finality for the
Findlay was given a first-strike warning
under the three-strikes legislation and will
be sentenced next week.
— Otago Daily Times
guilty to murder
A police officer of 17
years says this week has
been the worst of his
career to date, with 14
deaths on the country ’s
roads in just five days.
The number of road
fatalities in New Zealand
is emerging as one of
the nation’s biggest
manager for road
Steve Greally told NZ
Speed was the
top factor when it
came to crashes, and
said limits needed to be
reviewed to reflect the
state of roads.
“ We can put 110kph
on roads built for it, like
expressways, but the
reverse is equally true.
If we increase speed
on those, we need to
decrease speed on those
not engineered for high
speeds,” he said.
The latest fatal crash,
north of Taupo, killed
four people — including
a five-year-old boy —
and injured a further
eight on Tuesday.
Mr Greally said
attending accident scenes
was hard for everyone
“ Taupo) was a horrific
scene for officers and
ambulance staff, tow-
truck drivers and
undertakers,” he said.
“ You couldn’t write a
script of more horror and
it’s worse to knock on
the door of families. It’s
hands down the toughest
job in New Zealand.”
It is not yet known if
speed is behind the fatal
crashes this past week,
as investigators work to
determine the causes.
“The bottom line is
our drivers — this
problem won’t go away
until this country
understands that this is
a really serious problem,”
Supt Greally said.
“ Not one death is
acceptable, that ’s our
The national road toll
for the year stands at
296, 44 greater than at
the same time in 2016.
Worst week in
17 years on job
Turangi man Donovan
Michael Duff, charged
with murdering his baby
daughter, is to go on trial
in June next year.
Duff, 40, pleaded not
guilty to the charge when
he earlier appeared in the
High Court at Rotorua.
On Wednesday before
Justice Simon Moore,
Crown lawyer confirmed
the June 11 trial date,
saying it would take at
least two weeks. — NZ N
Baby murder trial date set
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