Open Justice multimedia journalist, Taranaki
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'I wouldn't have been on this planet for much longer': Drink-driver with 40-year history claims sobriety
A repeat drink-driver claims to have ditched the booze and to be enjoying recovery.
'You just hit a cop': Handshakes and praise for teen's jaw-breaking attack on police
As the officer's 'dream job' hangs in the balance, the teen responsible has been jailed.
'If I had a superpower': Girl wishes she could erase hundreds of rapes suffered
The girl was raped at least three times a week over a number of years.
Disability advocate puts MoH on notice over bathing ban, threatens UN complaint
The bathing ban followed two drownings of disabled people in the care of Idea Services.
Fizzy drink dispute lands nurse grandmother in court for biting man
The grandmother, also a former nurse, was discharged without conviction for the assault.
Court sentences man to curfew for 'numerous' childhood rapes of sister
Man being dealt with as adult for crimes committed as a youth was factor in avoiding jail.
'Gut-wrenching': Emotions high in court as visually impaired driver jailed for motorcyclist death
The driver is short-sighted and admitted he was "used to making things out".
'Disturbing': Pregnant woman leaps from moving car to escape bashing
The woman was 36 weeks pregnant and was being violently attacked.
'Seven blows in seven seconds': Cop off force after bashing gangster in cell
Acting sergeant said flashing fists were attempt to gain compliance.
Man accused of murdering wife in Valentine's Day tragedy
The woman was found dead at her New Plymouth home and the man now remains in a facility.
No prosecution: Man, 75, alleged to have suffocated pet dog
Pet dog was allegedly suffocated to death on a New Plymouth street.
DHB and defendant take issues with mental health reports to High Court
A DHB is struggling to provide court-ordered mental health reports for offenders.
'I hope karma bites you': Teen hit with metal drink bottle suffers brain injury
The teen was at the beach watching ships at sea when he was attacked for his bag.
'Desperate situation': Synthetic cannabis dealing leads to death
The dealer had lost his job and was desperate for money to keep his household afloat.
Sleeping man pummelled with pies and attacked with hockey stick
Three drunk men broke into a man's caravan and attacked him over an unpaid wage of $50.
Mental health carer admits historical sexual offending
The man would regularly babysit the victim, subjecting him to abuse on a weekly basis.
A life of crime and regret: He saw police fatally shoot his best mate - years later he killed girl in crash
A man who killed a teen and was involved in a fatal police shooting breaks his silence.
Dirty dishes: Axe-wielding dad threatened to chop up son
Enraged over kitchen chores, a dad assaulted his twins and chased them with an axe.
Chilling threat: Man in court on threat to kill PM
One man was enraged by the Government's restrictions on people who were not vaccinated.
How a single punch shattered the lives of one young couple
Violent attack at New Plymouth bar shows the "danger of alcohol and youth", judge says.
Drunk man on zero-alcohol licence drove to police seeking help
The man drank three bottles of wine before driving to a police patrol car.
Unlawful: Homeless and mentally unwell man locked up for longer than law allowed
Victims and defendants are suffering the consequences of delays in mental health reports.
Returning inmate caught smuggling drugs into prison
The inmate was caught trying to smuggle the drugs into prison after compassionate leave.
'No no no, I want to die': Woman resists being saved from fire she allegedly started
A man tried to drag his ex from their burning house - but she resisted.
'Hopefully I won't lose too many fingers or toes': Man fakes kidnap in blackmail plot
In an attempt to get money for drugs, a man told his ex he had been captured at gunpoint.
Court gives green light to Mt Messenger Bypass but opposition continues
Following six years of court battles, the State Highway 3 roading project is set to begin.
Landlord's unlawful seizure: Woman forced into emergency accommodation, separated from children
The woman was awarded $6800 for the breaches and further claims will soon be heard.
Gang warfare: Child run down by Crips member in act of 'vengeance'
A Crips affiliate drove into a group of Mongrel Mob members, running down a child.
Dealer sold drugs to high-schoolers to pay medical bills, students turn up amid police bust
The dealer was baking a batch of cannabis confectionery when police arrived.
Farmer caught diverting stream, again, faces hefty penalties
A farmer previously fined $60,000 for moving a stream on his property was back in court.
Rent arrears and squatters threaten lease of strip club in condemned building
The strip club owner didn't pay rent for a year and refused to leave.
Rape charge dismissed following complainant's evidence
The complainant accepted she could have had a conversation in which she gave consent.
Woman alleges she was raped next to her sleeping son
The woman says she was raped but defence is calling for the charges to be dropped.
Goods from burgled baches over lockdown found in storage unit
Holidaymakers' Awakino baches were looted during a Covid-19 level 3 restriction.
Taranaki man, 72, hit by speeding and distracted driver
When the driver looked up he saw the man and slammed on his brakes, but he was too late.
Peer pressure: Teen's illegal skids pins woman to car, injuring legs
Taranaki 19-year-old avoids conviction but disqualified from driving for a year.
Speeds of 160km/h reached in 55km chase through Covid-19 checkpoint
A man fleeing a police chase drove to a checkpoint manned by multiple officers.
'I hope your baby dies': Pregnant woman stabbed at petrol station
The victim was pregnant to the attacker's ex-boyfriend.
Chaotic life: Glimmer of hope for addict who stole $130 of bacon, debit card fraud
The woman spent someone else's money, and stole meat. But she wasn't entirely to blame.
Drink-driving pensioner to pay shopping mall $38k after ploughing through building
The vehicle was shunted from the building and suspended metres above the footpath.
Pregnant woman suffers placental bleed in violent ordeal that saw her strangled
The man said the violence was out of character and described himself as a "protector".
Murder-accused a suicide risk, court hears amid judge's AVL disruption
The woman was found dead in her New Plymouth home on Monday afternoon.
'I only wanted a cigarette', says woman who stabbed partner
The man was struck with such force, the knife first went through his leather vest.
Offender flouts judge's efforts by walking out of rehab, back in custody
The judge "nursed" the man to treatment through the sentences he imposed. It failed.
Crying schoolgirl 'forced' to have sex left devastated and with chlamydia
She said no but he didn't listen. Afraid, she offered no further resistance.
Naked man, 61, pestering teen girls banned from beaches
When police arrested him, he had on only a towel wrapped around his waist.
Property developer fined $48,000 for repeated dust clouds
Clouds of dust repeatedly blew from a development site, across a highway and over homes.
Serial bottom-groper doesn't know why he repeatedly preyed on young, sleeping girl
Not knowing what to do, the girl pretended to be asleep each time he touched her.
Man accused of causing quad bike crash resulting in critical injuries has been bailed
The accused denies he caused the crash and is heading to trial.
Let down: A mother forgave the driver who killed her teen girl. Now he's in strife again
The man is still doing drugs and was back in court shortly after his release from jail.
Taranaki businessman denies charges of rape and abduction, remains in custody
The man will remain in custody until his next appearance in April.
Weighing specialist threatened farmers' pay from Tegel, rare prosecution reveals
Chickens were not weighed correctly after a company failed to fix a machine at Tegel.
Woman pretended to be asleep in hope her friend would stop sexually assaulting her. He didn't
The woman fell asleep on the man's couch. She froze when he began to touch her.
'She is a beautiful mother,' says offender who beat woman while holding their baby
The man professed his love for his "darling" in a letter read out in court.
Taranaki woman stole $48k from 63yo beneficiary's inheritance to feed meth addiction
The victim thought they were friends and the woman took advantage of that, a judge said.
Judge 'nursing' offender's path to rehab refuses early release from home detention
The man wanted time to prepare for rehab but the judge worried he'd get on the "turps".
Judge slams hospital's decision to release inpatient
A man was released from an inpatient order too early, creating victims, a judge says.
Shooting threats at family anti-violence camp, facilitator injured by knife
After threatening to shoot one facilitator, the knife-wielding man scuffled with others.
How too much wine got one former winemaker off a drink-driving charge
After years of wine tastings, the man's liver was no longer processing alcohol properly.
86yo loses blemish-free streak, lands first conviction
He was told he wasn't allowed to drive. But that didn't stop one Taranaki man.
Night out ends in pub carpark beating, four surgeries for victim
Two strangers crossed paths outside a Taranaki pub and the result was a brutal attack.