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Life term for murder
A Kawerau man has been
sentenced to life imprisonment, with
a minimum non-parole period of
10½ years for murdering a relative.
omas Edward Ray, 32, was
sentenced in the High Court at
Rotorua this morning for the murder
of 23-year-old Gareth Lardelli
Kaipara in Kawerau on January 10
last year. He had pleaded guilty last
month to plunging a 32cm carving
knife through Mr Kaipara's neck as
he sat eating dinner.
--- APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
Two hurt in crash
Two people are in hospital
following a single-vehicle crash
in King Country this morning.
Waikato district command centre
senior sergeant Pete Van De
Wetering said emergency ser vices
were called to State highway 4
near Ramaroa Road in Aria about
7.40am. A motorist approached a
local resident to raise the alarm on a
land line due to the poor cellphone
coverage in the area. Fire ghters
used specialist equipment to cut the
patients from the wreck and they
were then taken to a site suitable for
a rescue helicopter to y them to
hospital, Mr van De Wetering said.
Death threat admitted
A young Dunedin man has
admitted holding a knife to another
man's throat and threatening to kill
him last September. Kurt Tamati
Winkelmann, 25, painter, had
elected trial by jury on a series of
allegations from the incident. But
he pleaded guilty to three charges
in the Dunedin District Court
yesterday when two other charges
were withdrawn. Winkelmann was
convicted of injuring with intent
to cause grievous bodily harm,
threatening to kill and unlawfully
possessing a knife. He was remanded
in custody for sentence on May 27.
--- Otago Daily Times
A three-year-old boy is in Tauranga
Hospital with serious facial injuries
after a pitbull dog attacked him. e
dog attacked the boy at a Matapihi
property about 8.40am yesterday
and police say they are investigating
. It is believed the boy was visiting
the Waikari Road property with his
family. e child was playing in a
yard in which the dog was secured
on a chain. St John o cers attended
and took the boy to hospital. Animal
control o cers seized the dog and
police were investigating whether it
had a history of violence.
--- APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
Dogs' owners charged
e owners of four dogs which
mauled a young girl in their back
garden have been charged. Sakurako
Uehara, seven, was attacked by four
dogs at the Murupara property
earlier this month. Yesterday the two
owners of the dogs had been charged
with owning a dog which caused
serious injury, an o ence against
section 58 of the Dog Control
Act, police said. e pair were
summonsed to appear in Rotorua
District Court next month. Sakurako
remained in a serious but stable
condition. --- APNZ
Greymouth Bridge Club results ---
Wednesday: Ian Anderson and Alan
Comas 69%, 1; Cynthia El-Hinsheri
and Diana Fenson 52%, 2. ursday:
Sue Holt and David Waugh 62.7%,
1; Bruce Truman and Joy Willman
56.3%, 2; Ash Hamilton and
Michelle Gunn 54.8, 3.
Port of Greymouth. --- Arrivals:
Moon Shadow II. Departures:
Tawera. In port: Moon Shadow
II, Jay Elaine, Happy V, Okarito,
Tainui, Sovereign, 24 other vessels.
Expected departures: Jay Elaine,
today. Expected arrivals: Galatea II,
Sunday; Cook Canyon, Monday.
'Wrong place, wrong time'
A Masterton man charged with
assaulting two-year-old Caleb Skinner is
also accused of assaulting another child
on the same day.
e man can now be named as Jason
Mark Sutherland, 39, after name
suppression was lifted by Judge Mary
O'Dwyer in the Masterton District
Sutherland, an orchard worker, rst
appeared in court earlier this month
facing a charge of assault against Caleb,
who is still recovering in Starship
Hospital in Auckland.
Sutherland also faces new charges
of assault against a di erent child
and breaching a protection order by
physically abusing the child, who is the
On the evening of March 3, Caleb
was resuscitated by ambulance sta and
taken to Wairarapa Hospital with serious
head injuries, where he was stabilised,
put into an induced coma and own to
Starship Hospital for further treatment.
e alleged assaults of both Caleb and
the other child occurred on the same day.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Garry
Wilson said the charge of assault on
Caleb would be withdrawn and e ectively
replaced with a more serious charge of
wounding with intent to cause grievous
bodily harm. No pleas were entered and
he was remanded in custody to April 10.
--- APNZ-Wairarapa Times-Age
Families of two men killed in a helicopter
crash say "the boys were caught in the
wrong place at the wrong time", and have
welcomed the o cial ndings.
Flight instructor Graham Stott, 31, of
Wanaka, and commercial pilot trainee
Marcus Hoogvliet, 21, of Queenstown, died
after the Robinson R22 broke-up mid-
air on the return leg of a ight to Mount
Aspiring National Park on April 27, 2011.
Yesterday, the Transport Accident
Investigation Commission released the
ndings of commissioners John Marshall,
QC, and Helen Cull, QC.
Families of the two men said they were
pleased the report proved there was no
negligence on behalf of the men.
Stott family spokesman Corey O'Leary
said "that is quite satisfying for us . . . it was
a freak occurrence".
e report said the helicopter was near its
maximum weight and ying at a relatively
high altitude in strong winds and moderate
to extreme turbulence when it broke up in
" e boys were caught in the wrong place
at the wrong time," he said.
Mr Hoogvliet's father, Henk, said the
report con rmed what the family already
" ey experienced an extreme wind event
that overwhelmed the helicopter and from
which they were unable to recover."
e commission found the break-up was
caused by the helicopter's main rotor blade
striking the tail boom and severing the tail
rotor, meaning the crash was "inevitable".
Mr O'Leary said while there had been
criticism of the length of time the nal
report had taken, the family was grateful it
was "thorough and accurate".
He said it had been a di cult period for
the Stott family, but "we can move forward
remembering the good times".
Henk Hoogvliet said "as a family, although
greatly saddened, we have no regrets".
"We don't live in a world of 'what ifs'.
Marcus lived his life to the full. He spent
the happiest four months of his life learning
e family had made an undisclosed
donation towards the new search and rescue
building under construction in Wanaka, in
recognition of their assistance in the search
in di cult and dangerous conditions.
e report said the instructor was "possibly
unaware" of the dangers of ying an R22
close to its maximum permissible weight.
e helicopter was at 5500ft above sea
level, and was on "an unexpected deviation
from the intended ight path" when it
e reason for the change in ight path
could not be determined, the report said.
e wreckage of the helicopter was
consistent with the theory the pilot would
have lost control after the tail rotor was
severed by "successive strikes" of the main
rotor on the tail boom.
e report noted toxicology analysis of
the pilots showed no evidence of alcohol or
It could not be determined who was ying
the helicopter when it broke up.
e report recommended the director of
Civil Aviation review safety training for
pilots of Robinson helicopters and then
adopt any measures which would make the
aircraft safer to operate in New Zealand.
It also recommended the director
encourage the use of in- ight tracking
devices and continue to support international
work to improve the crash survivability of
e report said since the Civil Aviation
Authority reduced safety awareness
requirements in 1998, New Zealand had
an average of one R22 in- ight break-up
accident every 18 months since 2002.
e CAA accepted the commission's
ndings, and would now work to put those
recommendations in place.
e New Zealand Helicopter Association
said it was not in a position yesterday to
discuss the ndings. --- Otago Daily Times
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Why have your
loved ones taken
away from the Coast
The only Greymouth
Mel and Norma
March 28, 1964
family and friends
BONE, John Leslie. ---
Passed away peacefully
at home, Peregian
Springs, Queensland, on
March 26, 2014. Aged
62. Dearly loved
husband of Judith.
Loved father and friend
of David and Bridget,
Mark; and Peter. Eldest
son of Wallie (deceased)
and Estelle. Loved
brother to Brian
(Brisbane), Andrew; and
but never forgotten
CLARK, Gwen. ---
Mum, ten years have
passed since you left us
We think of you
We love and miss you
--- Sharlene and family.
Truck thief picks up German
hitchhikers during joyride
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Challenge for Blackball gardeners
Blackball Giant Pumpkin and Vegetable Competition assistant judge Jo Edgar, left, and Club Hotel bar manager Deb Bunce with
some of the produce ready for judging tomorrow. Entries must be in by midday, with a range of di erent categories for gardeners
young and old --- three of a kind, biggest leaf, ugliest vegetable, vegetable animals, owers, sand saucers and work in progress.
A brazen 17-year-old allegedly stole a truck
from an Auckland depot, and picked up
two German hitchhikers during a joyride to
Mainfreight managing director Don Braid the
truck was stolen yesterday afternoon from the
rm's Otahuhu depot.
"It was opportunist. e truck was in our
secure yard and the individual walked down the
road, (and) walked in. e driver had left the
keys in the vehicle when he went to the toilet
and the guy jumped in the truck and drove away
in it," he said.
"It's pretty hard not to get noticed by the
rest of the team and one of our ladies had her
husband coming back from Whangarei and he
spotted the truck on the way north."
e brazen thief reportedly picked up two
female German hitchhikers at a petrol station
during his joyride north.
Two Linfox drivers also tailed the stolen
Scania 620, with personalised number plate
'STUEEZ' as it made its way north.
e thief must have driven a truck before, as
given the complexity of truck's gearboxes, not
just anyone could jump in and drive away, Mr
"Clearly he understood what was going on, so
he's obliviously driven a truck before."
Police later apprehended a teenager south of
Whangarei and the truck was later returned
unscathed, Mr Baird said.
"We've got pretty strong security here as it is,"
"But it's a working transport facility and we're
well o the road so I don't know whether he had
been staking us out or what, but we'll certainly
be reviewing that.
"I mean, the driver won't be leaving his keys in
his truck when he goes to relieve himself next
time." --- APNZ
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