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Police in North Otago are "desperately"
seeking witnesses to help shed light on
how a man was left paralysed for life
after becoming tangled in a boating
rope at Lake Benmore.
Police were called to the lake's
Ohau C camping ground on December
28 to attend a incident involving a
73-year-old man from Timaru and
two vehicles with boat trailers on the
camping ground's boat ramp, police said.
Senior constable Bruce Dow, from
Oamaru, said due to "con icting
witness versions" police needed to hear
from more people who may have seen
the incident take place.
Mr Dow said a red Mitsubishi and a
green Toyota Prado had both backed
down the ramp, one to unload a boat
and the other to load a boat about
" e elderly man had assisted a relative
to unload a boat and was holding on to
a rope attached to the boat. e elderly
man's boat drifted into the path of the
other boat waiting to be loaded on to
the trailer waiting for it, preventing it
"Some heated words were made about
this predicament. e result was that
the driver of the vehicle which had
unloaded the elderly man's boat moved
up the ramp to clear it.
"During the course of this, the elderly
man was ung into the side of the
trailer waiting to load the boat resulting
in elderly man su ering a lifelong
serious injury involving a broken neck
and other injuries and he is currently in
intensive care at Christchurch Hospital.
"Due to con icting witness versions,
police are desperate to seek any
witnesses to this incident and in
particular are keen to speak to anyone
who was present and saw the elderly
man prior to being ung into the trailer.
"Brie y, he was holding on to a rope
which somehow tightened on him and
ung him like a rag doll into the side
of a boat trailer, breaking his neck,
with the inevitable resulting permanent
injury associated with such breaks
Mr Dow said that there was confusion
over which rope the man was holding at
It was still not clear if the rope was
attached to his boat trailer or if it
somehow got tied up with the other
boat trailer parked beside his own, Mr
"He had a rope attached to his boat
after it had been unloaded and he also
had it wrapped around a wrist but I am
keen to know where the other end of
the rope was."
He said the man would be left
tetraplegic for life, and doctors were still
assessing if the man might also need a
tracheotomy to help him to breathe.
Although the incident appeared to be
"a freak accident" at this stage, police
were still assessing potential liability for
the cause of the incident.
--- Otago Daily Times
after man left
Surge threat from landslide dam
All trampers are safe and have
been accounted for after the Dart
River was blocked by a landslide
at Sandy Blu , about 10km
above Chinaman's Blu .
e slip occurred about noon
on Saturday and posed a hazard
for trampers, campers and
boat enthusiasts, authorities
Everyone was warned to
stay away from the area, the
Department of Conservation
(DOC) and the Queenstown
Lakes District Council said in a
joint statement yesterday.
GNS scientists from Dunedin
and Wellington attempted to
assess the landslide and hazard
by helicopter yesterday afternoon,
but were hindered by poor
DOC conservation services
senior ranger Richard Kennett,
of Glenorchy, said there was
extensive ooding at Dredge
Flat, upstream of the slip.
Trampers were having to detour
2km through forest to get around
ooded parts of the track.
"DOC is strongly advising
people to defer planned tramps
on the Rees Dart circuit until
the hazard has been fully
assessed and more information is
available," Mr Kennett said.
Harbourmaster Marty Black
said boat enthusiasts, kayakers
and other recreational users
should stay out of the Dart River
until further notice.
While the Dart River's ow
has dropped to minimal levels
because of the damming e ect
upstream, there is a constant risk
pressure behind the slip will force
a surge of water through. is
would be a danger for anyone in
the river bed below the slip.
Mr Kennett said yesterday
afternoon the water was clearly
rising in volume by the hour.
--- Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
A lake is seen forming behind the Dart Valley landslip in this GNS Science-Geonet photograph.
A man has been arrested and
charged over an alleged sex attack on
a six-year-old girl in a west Auckland
park on New Year's Day.
e 20-year-old, from west
Auckland, has been charged with
kidnapping and assault with intent to
commit sexual violation.
He was tracked down after
information was received from the
public following an appeal on Friday,
e man will appear in the
Waitakere District Court today.
e detective in charge of the
investigation into the attack thanked
members of the public for their help
in the manhunt.
"Because the incident is now before
the courts we're limited as to what
we can say, but I can tell you that
the family of the victim were very
relieved to hear this news, and we're
grateful for the help we received
from both the public and the media,"
detective sergeant Peter Litherland,
of Waitakere, said.
Earlier Mr Litherland said the child,
who required hospital treatment for
scratches after the assault, had been
"I spoke to her parents today and
they're just trying to get back to some
normality," he said.
"She's doing pretty good, actually."
e girl had been playing with two
other children in Glendene Reserve
when the assault allegedly happened
around 8.20pm on New Year's
Day. Police said the children were
approached by a man who struck up
a conversation with them, but when
the children began to walk away from
him he grabbed the girl and carried
her further into the park.
He ed the scene barefoot, leaving
behind a pair of white Jay Jays
jandals. e girl's mother ran to help
after hearing her screams. --- APNZ
Man charged over alleged sex attack on six-year-old girl
A hothead baker is de ant after
sending a cake shaped like a large pile of
poo to a customer.
Oh Cakes owner Emma McDonald,
of Riverton in Southland, sent the
disgusting-looking chocolate log on
December 20 after she claimed the client
became annoyed at her for rescheduling
Her actions have been greeted with
outrage, but yesterday Ms McDonald
"I have no regrets at all about what I
did. I feel she got what she deserved," she
said. "I don't make cakes as a business. It
is just a hobby and I'm taking it all with
But Invercargill mayor Tim Shadbolt
said it was embarrassing to the city.
"I think this must have been done with
humour, but sometimes humour can go
terribly wrong," he said.
e stoush started when Ms McDonald
said on Facebook that the client did
not give her clear enough instructions
about what she wanted. It is believed the
cake was ordered for the engagement
party of 24-year-old Micaela Harris, of
Invercargill, by a relative.
Ms McDonald said the customer had
won a $50 voucher for a cake, which
McDonald reduced to $30 because
she said the client owed her $20 for a
separate business arrangement.
Ms Harris's family and friends were
horri ed on the day of the party when
they discovered they had been sent a
cake in the shape of poo. A card with the
cake read: "Eat s---t".
After it was picked up, Ms McDonald
posted on Facebook: "Your (sic) left with
a $30 voucher and you want a cake still??
ok cool --- give me some ideas?? oh
wait you have none apart from wanting
chocolate. I have a brilliant idea for your
cake!!! --- so here it is, your turd cake!
Hope you learn your lesson."
e o ending cake sparked fury on-
line. A text from the customer to Ms
McDonald and posted on Facebook said:
"We r (sic) just at my sister's engagement
and got your cake, we and every1 else is
A source close to Ms Harris revealed
a second cake had to be ordered from
" e cake was for an engagement party
and this woman is not remorseful at
all, which is disappointing," the family
member said. "It was wrapped up in a
box, so it was done deliberately as a nasty
surprise. It was a disgraceful thing to do."
Invercargill Chamber of Commerce
president Sean Woodward said the
incident was not a good look for the
southern city. He insisted the region
was famed for its good food and warm
"People expect any business to
treat its clients with respect," he
said. " e cake maker should have
stopped and taken a breath or even
gone on a holiday before doing this.
What on earth was she thinking?"
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Nasty cake 'joke'
leaves bad taste
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