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 charge…

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 been…

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…

Man accused of murdering Lance John Murphy goes on trial CHRIS SKELTON/FAIRFAX NZ Appearing at the High Court at Auckland: Michael Joseph Davies (left) and Steven Gunbie (right). A father of three was murdered on a remote hilltop with a bag over his head and his hands shackled, the Crown alleges. The man accused of…

The stoush that left high-profile cricketer Jesse Ryder in a critical condition started after a round of shots and an insult about “short arms and long pockets”. Two Canterbury men were fined and sentenced to community work when they appeared for sentencing in the Christchurch District Court today over the late-night attack near Christchurch’s Aikman’s…

Hello Sailor frontman Graham Brazier has been back in court, accused of assaulting a woman. The New Zealand musician denies the charge and appeared at the Auckland District Court yesterday. Wearing a Liverpool football shirt, Brazier remained quiet during his brief appearance and let his lawyer, Adam Couchman, do the talking. According to the police…

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