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Hot in the city
in drunk incident
Drunken men caused trouble
around Greymouth at the weekend,
including one who bit a police
constable as he was being arrested.
At 2.30am yesterday police were
called to disorder in Mackay
Street, resulting in the arrest of a
30-year-old Motueka man charged
with disorderly behaviour. He was
described as moderately drunk,
agitated and acting irrationally, and
so he was taken into custody to
sober up. At the same time, a man
in the group was issued with an
alcohol infringement o ence notice,
while someone else in the group
took exception, and after ignoring
warnings to mind his own business
he was arrested and charged with
obstruction. During the same
incident, a 29-year-old man
from Blaketown pulled down his
trousers and exposed his buttocks
to members of the public. He was
charged with o ensive behaviour.
While he was being arrested police
found cannabis and a pipe for
smoking the drug. He then bit a
police o cer on the elbow, leaving
a small bite mark. He will appear in
the Greymouth District Court on
A motorist speeding around
Blaketown on Friday night annoyed
residents so much they complained
to the police. e silver Nissan
Ce ro was roaring around Reid
and Doyle streets. One concerned
resident who phoned police was
unable to note down the registration
number of the car but said they had
seen it speeding around the area
o and on over the past week. e
driver was also doing wheel spins at
intersections. Police have appealed
for public help to identify the driver.
Two inebriated Russians in a
Siberian mining region both cut
o their own left ears after betting
on the result of an armwrestling
contest, police say. e men were
drinking to celebrate Orthodox
Christmas and held an armwrestling
contest, agreeing that the loser had
to cut o his ear, police reported in
the southern Siberian Kemerovo
region. One of the men won the
rst bout, but his opponent insisted
on a second round, which he won.
e two men then decided that
according to their rules, both
must cut o their ears. " e men
voluntarily cut o their left ears.
One completely, and the other half
o . ey were hospitalised with
these injuries," police said. --- AFP
Dawn showers clear. South-west breeze
(Supplied by Nelson Weather Service) Hokitika
Tui Bromley and NZ Herald
A Hokitika man who committed one of
the most shocking murders in the history of
the West Coast was a guest of honour at the
wedding of another convicted murderer --- later
freed on appeal --- David Bain, in Christchurch
Paul Russell Wilson, who served 15 years for
raping and murdering his 21-year-old girlfriend,
Kimberly Jean Schroder, in her Gibson Quay
at in May 1994 --- just one month before
Bain's family was slaughtered in Dunedin ---
stood beside Bain in a Christchurch vineyard as
he swapped vows with his new wife, Liz Davies.
Wilson, 50, is banned from returning to the
West Coast or contacting the Schroder family
as conditions of his parole after he was released
from jail in 2010.
He was part of a three-man bridal party, which
also included long-term Bain champion Joe
Karam's sons Matthew and Richard.
Wilson was already serving time for the rape
and murder of Miss Schroder when Bain joined
him in prison and is credited with taking the
younger inmate "under his wing". ey struck
up a friendship and Wilson adopted the jail
A 31-year-old sickness bene ciary at the time
of the murder, Wilson visited Ms Schroder's at
and gagged and tied up her male atmate, Sean
Reilly. When his girlfriend came home he cut
her hands during a confrontation, before cutting
o her jeans and raping her. He then fatally
stabbed her in the neck.
Miss Schroder's mother, Nancy, told the New
Zealand Herald yesterday she had been sickened
to learn that the killer was out celebrating while
her family --- which had strongly opposed
Wilson's parole and doubted his remorse --- still
"I heard they had shared a cell ... and now he's
out celebrating. e murdering bastard. It makes
you bloody sick," Mrs Schroder said
Justice Williamson, sentencing Wilson in
November 1994, also doubted his remorse.
"You appear unusually cold, with no sign of
remorse," the justice said, adding that a doctor's
report also noted a lack of remorse.
" ere is a serious need to protect others from
Wilson had banked on a defence of provocation
but Crown prosecutor Brent Stanaway told the
Greymouth High Court jury that they could
discard that idea.
"I'm sure that you will nd he had a murderous
intent," Mr Stanaway said.
"He took the knife, used it to cut bandages,
cut gags, cut Kim's pants o and nally killed
her. His evidence was self-ser ving, shallow and
tailored to t the crime."
Wilson was sentenced to 15 years' non-parole,
though on appeal that was reduced to 13 years;
he was granted parole at his fth hearing in
December 2010, his prison behaviour being
described as "exemplary and faultless".
He was released in January 2011 into a
residential programme which included at
least one year of intensive therapy. His release
conditions also permanently banned him from
returning to the West Coast or contacting the
Schroders, and he is subject to the "standard
conditions" of parole for life, which includes
recall to prison if he is deemed an "undue risk to
the safety of the community".
Joe Karam told the Herald that Wilson was
Mr Bain's best and oldest friend. ey were two
of the longest-serving inmates in their section of
Paparua Prison and remained close.
" ey sort of naturally became ... very close
friends. e single person he (Mr Bain) has
spent the most time with over the past 18 years
is Paul Wilson."
Since his 2010 release, Wilson had reintegrated
himself into society, Mr Karam said.
"He's done tremendous work to rehabilitate
himself. He's got a job and quali cations."
A record crowd, record on-course
turnover and ne weather put the icing
on the cake for the Kumara Racing
Club's annual Gold Nuggets meeting, on
Up to 10,000 people crowded on to
the course for the big day out, punting
$401,259 through the totalisators --- an
all-time record for Kumara. Last year
$366,854 was invested on-course.
O -course TAB turnover for betting
on Kumara was $838,151, down from
$904,581 a year ago.
"It was the perfect day," club president
Patrick Meates said. " e weather was
right, the crowd was just fantastic, the
racing was rst class, the track played
its part and the on-course turnover
was outstanding. I think the people are
dressing up for the races, too. e standard
of dress is getting higher and higher each
year and I think the Fashions in the Field
is helping the trend.
" e facilities throughout course
provided everything patrons required, and
the new toilet block was a hit."
Captain Todd, trained by Hokitika-born
Tarsha Stokes and her husband Michael
took out the $20,000 Vernon and Vazey
Truck Parts Kumara Gold Nuggets, the
feature race on the 10-race programme.
PICTURE: NZ Herald
Convicted murderer Paul Wilson, left,
attends the wedding of David Bain and Liz
Davies, on Friday.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
A record crowd and turnover helped make the Kumara Races on Saturday one of the best yet.
Kumara Races 'just perfect'
Old dairy closes the door
business, Merv's Milk Bar
and Dairy, has rolled its last
ice-cream and mixed its last
thickshake as it closed the
doors for good last night.
"'Tis the end of an
era," owner Margaret
MacDonald said, citing a
severe drop in patronage,
a depressed economy and
aggressive competition from
supermarkets and service
"In this day and age, there
is no place in a small town
like Greymouth for a small
convenience store, employing
sta , to survive pro tably,"
Mrs MacDonald said.
Mer v's Milk Bar has
been a household name in
Greymouth for half a century.
It was established by Merv
Lemon, who took over the
original Regal Dairy, in Tainui
Street, in 1960 and expanded
it to the current premises.
Four part-time sta lost
their jobs due to the closure.
Mrs MacDonald thanked
them for their "dedication,
honesty, friendliness and
loyalty", and thanked
customers for their support
over the years, "but at the end
of the day this was not enough
to sustain the business".
e takeaways side of the
business will remain open,
provided there is enough
Meanwhile, Totally Gifts
in Mackay Street has also
announced a closing down
sale today. Sta at the shop
declined to comment on the
PICTURE: Christine Linnell
Signs went up on the doors of Mer v's Milk Bar and Dairy last night,
announcing the closure of the well-known Greymouth business.
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