Articles Categorized: Court

Use of excessive force lawful

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A WHAKATANE police officer has been partially cleared following a complaint about using excessive force. The complaint, made to the Independent Police Conduct Authority by…

Court news – Deported and imprisoned

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SHORTLY after Lance Akuhata Te Pou was deported from Australia, he shoplifted on nine occasions to survive. Whakatane District Court heard that Te Pou had…

Court news – Other side of the story

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SOMETIMES people forget to share the other side of the story, Judge Louis Bidois said in sentencing Brendon George Cookson in the Whakatane District Court…

Third defendant in court over death

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A WHAKATANE woman will appear before a jury in the High Court in Rotorua on Monday charged with the manslaughter of an eight-month-old boy. Donna…

Court news – Cultivating cannabis

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CLAIMING he found the cannabis plants in bushland, Shawn Michael Craig Roberts was also found with blood and bone mixture, a machete and spray packs.…

Court news – No indication to turn

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A MOTORCYCLIST and his passenger were left with serious injuries after Cody Whakaheke Ngatai crashed into them, mistakenly thinking they were turning left. Ngatai was…