A jury has found Brayden Towler not guilty of the murder of Petunu Talitumu when he drove into him on a pedestrian crossing in the Glen Eden shopping village in West Auckland. The verdict was delivered at 4pm at the High Court of Auckland. Towler denied he meant to kill Talitumu when he hit him…

A man charged with murder and firearms offences after an alleged hit-and-run in West Auckland can now be named. A person died on the footpath after allegedly being hit by a vehicle on Glendale Rd, Glen Eden on November 23. Brayden Andrew Towler, 27, appeared on Wednesday at the High Court at Auckland where his lawyer, Adam…

A man caught cooking meth in Northland guarded his business with powerful firearms, including a .50 calibre machine gun. William McKinley, 52, travelled to Northland from the South Island in 2020 to make meth at a secluded location. But he was caught as part of a police drug operation Hare, which targeted him as the…

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…

The male partner of a prominent Waikato couple has been sentenced to nine months of supervision for assaulting a child. The couple – who have now separated – have been granted permanent suppression of their names and any identifying details. The man, who is aged in his 40s, was found guilty of the child assault…

The Crown has decided to let an alleged major drug supplier walk free rather than identify a police informer. South African Edward Wilcocks, 48, was one of three people facing charges relating to large-scale Ecstasy trafficking. The case also involved former Mr Asia figure Darryl Sorby, who pleaded guilty to his part in money laundering…

Ian McKinnley was sentenced on Friday at the North Shore District Court. An Auckland teacher who indecently assaulted two international students has been sentenced to home detention. Ian Ross McKinnley, 70, of Devonport was sentenced on Friday at the North Shore District Court for indecently assaulting a 16-year-old and a 24-year-old in 2016. McKinnley has…

Police are under pressure to explain how they failed to match up the aliases of a well-known fraudster who stole millions from Work and Income. Lisa Donnelly was sentenced in the Auckland District Court last week for stealing $36,000 from a 92-year-old woman she was supposed to be caring for. Donnelly, who also uses the…

He stood calmly in the dock, long black fringe shielding his baby-faced features as a former high-profile QC-turned-High Court judge told him he would spend at least nine years behind bars. Hong Kong national Kai Yip Cheung, 20, had to wait a moment as his Cantonese interpreter translated Justice Simon Moore’s sentence to him. When…

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