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Train kills pedestrian
e pedestrian who died in
Christchurch last night after being hit
by a train was walking with friends
at the time, police said. e incident
occurred about 8.50pm at the railway
crossing on Factory Road, Belfast.
Police said early inquiries indicated
the boy had been walking with two
associates, one male and one female,
when they crossed the rail crossing.
e boy's two friends crossed the
railway line, but he was struck by a
north-bound freight train. Witnesses
said the crossing alarm bells were
operating and barrier arms were
coming down at the time. --- APNZ
Drowned man named
e 54-year-old man who died
in the sea south of Auckland on
Saturday as he tried to swim back
to shore has been named. He was
Samuel Benjamin, of Manurewa.
Counties Manukau police area
commander Inspector Jim Searle
commended the actions of two
members of the public who helped
the men in the water. eir actions
probably saved the second man's life,
he said. --- APNZ
Manslaughter trial set
A Raetihi woman will be tried in
June for the manslaughter of her
nine-year-old son. Claudine Michelle
Herewini appeared before Justice
Stephen Kos via audio-visual link
in the High Court at Whanganui
yesterday for a pre-trial hearing. Her
son Antony Christensen was found
dead in his bed on December 7 last
year, and following the detection
of methadone in the post-mortem
examination she was arrested and
charged with his manslaughter.
Herewini's jury trial is set to begin
in the High Court at Whanganui on
--- APNZ-Wanganui Chronicle
Shot woman stable
A 19-year-old woman remains
in a stable condition in Waikato
Hospital's high dependency unit after
being shot on Saturday. She was hit
in the chest and legs by a single shot
from a gun shortly before 1pm on
Saturday in Te Aroha. Two men face
rearms charges in relation to the
incident. Police said indications were
that the shooting was accidental.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Ponzi fraudster appeals
Convicted Ponzi scheme
perpetrator David Ross is to appeal
against his sentence of 10 years and
10 months, claiming it is "manifestly
excessive". Fairfax Media reports
con rmation of the appeal from
Ross's Wellington barrister, Gary
Turkington, who did not return calls
for con rmation. e fraud was the
largest single such crime committed
by an individual in New Zealand,
and preyed on many wealthy lower
North Island investors. --- APNZ
Numbers in Keno draw No 9628: 6,
7, 10, 13, 22, 25, 31, 33, 34, 39, 41, 44,
49, 51, 54, 58, 61, 62, 67, 70. Draw No
9629: 2, 3, 4, 11, 13, 19, 21, 26, 33, 38,
39, 45, 46, 48, 50, 65, 66, 69, 76, 80.
FBI 'brownie points' for secrets
A man who repeatedly drove over
and killed his neighbour after a dispute
over a puppy has been sentenced to life
imprisonment with a minimum non-
parole period of 15 years six months.
Selwyn David Cornelius, 51, appeared
in the High Court at Gisborne yesterday
for sentencing, having earlier pleaded
guilty to murdering Mark Paaka, 40, at
Tolaga Bay, a coastal township 50km
north of Gisborne, on October 31.
e incident happened in front of
children and near the home of Mr
Paaka's mother. One of his brothers
watched as emergency services sta tried
to save his life.
Justice Gilbert said Cornelius
committed a "deliberate, sustained
Cornelius drove directly at Paaka,
accelerating as he did so --- having
declared that he intended to kill him.
"You repeatedly drove over him as he
lay defenceless on the ground."
e matter did not go to trial.
Cornelius pleaded guilty at his rst court
appearance after the killing.
Justice Gilbert accepted submissions
from Crown prosecutor Steve Manning
that the killing was deliberate, brutal,
callous and cruel, and so brought in
consideration of a minimum non-parole
period of 17 years.
Mr Manning said the Crown did not
accept that such a sentence would be
Justice Gilbert gave Cornelius 18
months' discount because of his genuine
remorse and an early guilty plea.
--- APNZ-Gisborne Herald
15 years for
Perhaps it thought the men were doing
some seal work.
A New Zealand fur seal surprised a
gang of road workers when it emerged
from a hedge in Andersons Bay yesterday,
more than 1km from the sea.
e 150kg seal then led its would-be
rescuers on a merry dance through a
succession of backyards, before happily
ending up all at sea.
e male adult seal was spotted coming
out of a Spottiswoode Street hedge
about 8.20am, and made its way along
Gresham Street, before ducking down a
pathway into No 16.
From there, it travelled through four
backyards, before settling on a sunny,
daisy-strewn patch of grass under a
clothes line in the backyard of 26a
"It's not the sort of thing you'd want
to come across when you're getting the
paper out of the mailbox in the morning,"
resident John Fiddes said.
"I was taking a video of it coming along
the road and I fell over backwards. I've
never seen a seal here before and we've
been here since 1970."
Neighbourhood dogs made their
feelings about the intruder known, while
police and Department of Conservation
sta contained the animal.
"It's the biggest one I've seen in a
surburban environment," DOC coastal
ranger Jim Fyfe said.
"You'll occasionally get sea lions
wandering about, but it's unusual to see
fur seals this far inland. It's also breeding
season, so most of the big males are
holding harems down the coastline."
DOC sta considered sedating the seal,
but learned a vet would not be available
until late in the day.
e decision was made to attempt to
capture it in a body sock net, roll it on
e seal noisily protested at some
length during this indignity, but it was
safely transported to Tomahawk Beach,
where it gave a nal snort of disgust and
was last seen heading into the surf at
"It's always good to see them swim
away. It went very smoothly. ey're
wild animals, so you never know how it's
going to go," Mr Fyfe said.
DOC sta were mysti ed as to how
the seal came to be in the area.
"It's hard to know where it's come from.
Tomahawk or, possibly, even the upper
harbour and Andy Bay Inlet. But, we
don't know, exactly. We'd be interested to
hear of any other sightings of him."
--- Otago Daily Times
Seal takes to
A senior Customs o cial told
colleagues in charge of highly
personal information they could earn
"brownie points"if they passed secrets
to the United States Federal Bureau
e o er was made by a Customs
executive whose job was to oversee
one of the organisation's most
Greg Davis was the operations
manager of Customs' Integrated
Targeting Operations Centre when it
was opened in September 2011.
e unit prompted privacy fears
when it opened as the rst outside
the US to actively harvest massive
amounts of information from
everybody arriving at or leaving New
Prime Minister John Key opened it
saying: "Anyone who is innocent has
nothing to fear."
Just weeks after it opened, Mr
Davis wrote to Immigration NZ's
intelligence unit, which also holds
highly personal information, telling
sta there of the FBI's interest in the
internet tycoon Kim Dotcom.
In an e-mail released under the
O cial Information Act, Mr Davis
told an Immigration NZ intelligence
o cer that Customs' Washington
liaison was after information about
He said "the FBI would be interested
in anything we have on Kim Dotcom
so any information we can proactively
feed to them on him will buy you
many brownie points".
Immigration NZ sta passed
around the request, with one person
advising they seek legal advice before
passing any information to the FBI.
A spokesman said no information
was passed on but refused to say if
that was because legal advice advised
against doing so.
At the time of the request, no New
Zealand agency had formally been
engaged under legal assistance laws
with the US. Dotcom's status at the
time was the same as any other public
A spokeswoman for Customs
refused to comment on the e-mail. She
also refused to say if any information
was passed to the FBI by Customs.
She also refused to say whether
doing so would have been legal ---
and again refused to comment when
asked to clarify the law regarding
sharing information with the US.
Labour's Grant Robertson, who has
followed the Dotcom case closely, said
Customs should explain what occurred.
"Our actions should not be based
on trying to earn brownie points in
Washington. Our actions should be
based on rule of law."
Greens' Customs spokesman Ste an
Browning said it showed a willingness
to pass information to the US when it
was not justi ed.
"We are not an American State at
this point in time --- but some of
our Customs, police and security
bureaucrats are treating us as one."
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
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e occupants of a car attened
by a container truck walked
away from the squashed wreck
in Marlborough yesterday, but
the driver of a second, slightly
damaged car had to be cut from
Two cars and a truck and trailer
unit collided about 11.30am on
State highway 6 near Rai, on the
Nelson-Picton road. e truck
tipped over and crushed both
e back car, occupied by two
Argentinian tourists, was crushed
so badly it was only as high as its
Nelson Marlborough rescue
helicopter base manager and pilot
Tim Douglas-Cli ord said it was
a "phenomenal" escape.
"It's just miraculous. Nobody
can believe it, everyone expected
worse. e tourists, they had no
injuries at all. It's incredible, it's
miraculous actually, that nobody
got more seriously hurt."
A Blenheim woman in her 60s
was cut from her vehicle by the
Fire Service, and airlifted by Mr
Douglas-Cli ord and his crew to
Wairau Hospital in a moderate to
serious condition with suspected
Her passenger, a man in his 70s,
was also own to the hospital for
further assessment and treatment.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Tourists in 'miraculous' crash escape
e crash scene, with the two crushed cars visible, along with the tipped truck.
e suicide note Helen Milner
wrote to cover up murdering her
second husband is a "Mills and Boon"
piece of ction, the Crown alleged
today in its closing submission.
After 11 days of evidence in
Milner's murder trial, the Crown is
summing up its case, in what it says
is an "overwhelming circumstantial
e High Court trial has heard of
the existence of up to four possible
suicide notes and a suicide text left
by Christchurch delivery driver Phil
Milner, 50, denies killing Mr
Nisbet, 47, by slipping the sedative
Phenergan into his evening meal
and, while he was heavily sedated,
probably su ocating him.
She is also accused of making his
death, on May 4, 2009, look like
suicide in the hope of cashing in his
$250,000 life insurance policy.
Milner also denies attempting to
kill him twice on April 15, 2009.
e defence argues Mr Nisbet took
his own life.
Crown prosecutor Brent Stanaway
said the key question for the jury was:
"Is it reasonably possible that this
was suicide or has the Crown proved
it was a murder beyond reasonable
He said they would have been left
with no doubt.
"You would have to be o the grid
and remote in New Zealand not to
have heard something on this case in
the last two weeks, and not have had
somebody express an opinion on the
case," he said.
However, the jury, he said, had the
distinct advantage and distinct duty
of having heard all of the evidence.
e suicide note Milner claims to
have found days after her husband's
death is "just a nonsense", Mr
"It is a Mills and Boon suicide note."
It was not the creation of a depressed
man about to take his own life, he
argued, rather it was how Milner
"wants the world to see her through
the eyes of a dying man".
e note, which was shown to
various family members and friends
who say it originally contained
a forged signature of 'Phil', also
contained claims that Mr Nisbet's
son Ben was not his biological son.
e claim was " awed and
demonstrably untrue", Mr Stanaway
Where the word "always" is spelled
"allways" is not consistent with Mr
Nisbet's usual spelling, but with
that of Milner's new partner, Barry
Hayton, who moved in with her a
month after the death.
She got the writing styles of the two
men in her life mixed up, the Crown
e existence of multiple suicide
notes, two cards, and a suicide text
just did not add up, Mr Stanaway
"How many suicide notes can one
man leave, and why? When did he
get a chance to write all these suicide
notes and letters on computers or
otherwise, and why?"
e time Milner told various people
including police of when Mr Nisbet
went to bed was another glaring
inconsistency, the Crown claims.
"It's indicative of the lies she's told,"
Mr Stanaway said.
Unable to keep up with the lies
she had told was Milner's "failing
through all this", he said.
Claims that Milner bought more
Phenergan on April 15, 2009, from
a chemist under a fake name and
address --- after the morning dose
she allegedly fed Mr Nisbet simply
hospitalised him but did not kill him
--- is damning, Mr Stanaway said.
"She is really out to get him. It
speaks volumes, doesn't it? She is
intent on killing him."
e jury was warned to take extra
care when dealing with opinion
evidence and considering the
demeanour of witnesses, as well as
It was important to weigh it up with
supporting evidence, Mr Stanaway
e trial, before Justice David
Gendall, continues with the defence
to give its closing arguments this
afternoon. --- APNZ
Suicide note 'Mills and Boon fiction'
Searchers have found the body of the
helicopter pilot whose aircraft crashed
on Sunday in steep terrain near the
start of the Milford Track.
He was William Bruce Andrews,
known as Bruce, 49 years. Mr
Andrews was from the Te Anau area
and a pilot for Milford Helicopters.
He was the sole occupant in the
helicopter when it crashed at Glade
An Invercargill police search and
rescue team landed at the crash scene
yesterday morning and recovered Mr
His Hughes 500 helicopter failed to
arrive at its destination at Dumpling
Hut on the Milford Track late
yesterday afternoon, and searchers
--- co-ordinated by the Rescue
Co-ordination Centre --- located the
wreckage about 9.15pm.
Mr Andrews' body could not be
found at the time.
e matter has now been referred to
the Civil Aviation Authority and the
e family have asked the media to
respect their privacy. --- APNZ
Copter pilot's body recovered
Bruce Andrews, who was killed in a helicopter crash in Fiordland on
e Taranaki Regional Council
insists it is following international best
practice in allowing fracking waste to be
disposed of on farmland, even though
the Canadian province it is modelling
itself on does not allow such waste on
Fracking is the mining process that
involves high-pressure injection of water
and a cocktail of chemicals far below the
earth's surface to access oil and gas.
e regional council says it bases its
controversial practice of putting the
waste on farmland --- an operation
known as land-farming --- on what
Alberta is doing.
But the Alberta Energy Regulator has
told Radio New Zealand it does not
allow fracking waste to be applied to
farmland and insists it be disposed of in
industrial waste facilities.
It says fracking waste, as opposed
to waste from traditional drilling
operations, is not suitable for agricultural
Taranaki Regional Council director of
environment quality Gary Bedford says
the council knows the practice is safe
because it has also carried out its own
Mr Bedford says fracking waste is,
in many ways, no di erent from waste
produced during any other drilling or
" ere will be essentially trivial
changes in chemical make-up --- and I
mean trivial in the sense of ecological
Green Party energy spokesman Gareth
Hughes told Radio New Zealand's
Morning Report programme New
Zealand's regulation of the industry is
not good enough.
" is is a risky activity with toxic
substances and real health and
environmental impact so it's fair and
reasonable to demanding best practice.
Clearly that's not being met in this case."
e Ministry for Primary Industries
was not immediately available for
comment. --- NZN
A strong 6.2 magnitude earthquake
struck Southland in the early hours of
e quake was 25km deep and centred
125km west of Tuatapere.
At least 170 people reported feeling
the quake, with reports coming as far
north as Naenae in Wellington.
A southern police communications
spokesman said there were no immediate
reports of damage.
e earthquake occurred just after
1am. --- APNZ
Strong southern shake
A man who fatally stabbed
Auckland teenager Christie
Marceau has been denied parole.
Akshay Anand Chand, 21, was
jailed last year on charges of kidnap,
assault and threatening to kill, but
was found not guilty of murder by
reasons of insanity.
He has been diagnosed with
paranoid schizophrenia, and the
Parole Board ruled it was "clear (he)
cannot be considered for release" as
he remains an "undue risk to the
safety of the community".
In a decision released today, the
board said an updated psychiatric
report stated Chand now has a
"well-established diagnosis of
paranoid schizophrenia which is
currently stable due to medication".
"He is seen as compliant and
attending all unit groups but is
seen to have a lack of motivation to
do anything beyond what is asked
of him or to work to identify his
treatment needs," the board said.
"He has been encouraged by sta
to explore things relating to his risk
to society, his status as an insanity
acquittee as well as a prisoner and
the psychological factors that may
have contributed to his o ending.
He will continue to work with a
psychologist on these things in the
e board also noted that while
Chand is seen to have made a
"signi cant recovery in terms
of the positive symptoms of his
illness", it was concerned that he
was not symptom-free, and that
he was in the very early stages
of "understanding the nexus
between his illness, personality, and
However, the board did give its
"cautious support" for escorted
ground leaves for Chand to begin,
as long as they stayed within the
psychiatric hospital's perimeter.
It comes a day after Miss
Marceau's parents welcomed a
decision by the coroner to hold an
inquest into their daughter's death.
It will take place next year, but a
date has not yet been set.
In November 2011, Chand,
then 18, stabbed Miss Marceau
repeatedly in her North Shore
home. She died in her mother's
Chand was on bail at the time and
was facing charges of kidnapping,
threatening and assaulting the
18-year-old university student
two months earlier. He was on a
24-hour curfew and had been
ordered not to associate with,
attempt to contact, or go anywhere
near Miss Marceau or her home.
But just 32 days after his release
on bail, Chand walked to her house
armed with a hammer and kitchen
knife, and killed her. --- APNZ
Christie's killer denied parole
A ash storm that dropped hail
stones the size of golf balls caught
residents near Ashburton o guard
Farming crops were severely
damaged, car windows smashed
and roof spouting splintered in the
15-minute hail storm about 5pm.
May eld farmer James Jarden said
the storm came unexpectedly and
was accompanied by thunder and
He was at a property on State
highway 72 in May eld where
damage was done to a sizeable
paddling pool, spouting, and the
front and rear windows of a car
the panels of which will also need
He said trees in the May eld
township had been stripped of their
leaves and spoke of a fodder beat
farmer who had his crop severely
A power transformer also sparked
" ere's going to be a few crop
farmers a ected by this," he said.
About three hours later, at 8pm,
Mr Jarden said the sun was shining
--- APNZ-Ashburton Guardian
Hail storm hits windows, crops
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