Michael Clifford Taylor had such a look of “rage” on his face the officer who shot him believed Taylor planned to kill him. The officer who fired the shots in 2016 is giving evidence in the Rotorua Coroner’s Court today as part of an inquest into Taylor’s death. Police have been cleared of criminal and…

In the hours after shooting constables Matthew Hunt and David Goldfinch — killing Hunt — Eli Epiha seemed calm, making only one startling but vague admission, an associate of his said at his trial. “I just recall him saying he f***ed up,” Shane Conza told jurors he heard as the two drove north that June…

NZ POLICE v B Major fraud sentencing where amount involved was over $450,000.00. No monies recovered from client or reparation orders made. I obtained specialist psychological reports which detailed several issues leading to offending. From a starting point of four years’ imprisonment the judge imposed an end sentence of 3 years imprisonment given these special…

My client has now been sentenced for murder after we could not quite get the jury to agree that he was not guilty by reason of insanity. The defence had sought to argue that the defendant was so affected by both his psychosis and his autism that he should have been held insane. This was,…

POLICE v VL ? Successful application for discharge without conviction for a charge of burglary of commercial premises with some damage done to building and $10,000 worth of items taken (but recovered). Impact on future career and travel and efforts to make amends and reparation led court to grant the application for a discharge without…

The defendant pleaded guilty to stabbing a fellow prison inmate for the second time within approximately one year and was sentenced on 30 October 2015. He had an appalling record for violent offences including aggravated robberies and other assaults. The Crown were seeking preventive detention. I encouraged the defendant to take up courses to assist…

My client stood trial for armed robbery of a bank. The eyewitness purportedly identified him. However the identification procedures were not complied with fully and the case was dismissed.

GRAHAME COX/Fairfax NZ IN COURT: Glenn Green. Relevant offers New Zealand’s most notorious stalker has appealed his latest prison sentence saying he got confused about who he was stalking and lavished undue attention on the wrong girl. Glenn Green is serving a 30-month sentence for two counts of criminal harassment, offending he began three weeks…

Mr P was charged with aggravated robbery. In a statement to the police he made a full confession to the offence. A challenge was made to the admissibility of the statement. This was on the basis that in taking the statement his rights under the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act had been breached and…

Napier sculptor and artist Paratene Matchitt walked free from the High Court at Napier yesterday after a judge dismissed charges over the alleged date-rape of a woman last year. Judge Forrest Miller discharged the 72-year-old after hearing a short pre-trial application by defence lawyer Adam Couchman that there was insufficient evidence for the case to…

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