Court In The Act

Drink-driving ‘is a scourge’ – judge

A 30-year-old engineer has been ordered to pay more than $6000 to the owners of three vehicles he hit while drink-driving in Lake Hayes...

Name & Shame: Queenstown’s drink drivers

A supportive family and employer have helped save a Queenstown man from going to prison after he received his fourth conviction for drink-driving on...

Anti drink-drive campaign will continue

When our former editor David Williams launched Mountain Scene's 'Name And Shame' anti drink-drive campaign back in June, he said names would be published on...

Drink-driver’s $3k night out

Queenstown tour guide Xu Cao says he was trying to answer his phone when he ploughed into a parked truck at Shotover Country on...

Aftermath of head-on horror

The husband of an Australian tourist killed in a head-on smash in Queenstown says his "heart died" that day. Terry and Susan Cullen were on...

Sex offender removed from register

A man convicted of sexually abusing his stepdaughter has had his name removed from the Child Sex Offender Register. The defendant — who has permanent name...

Here’s why you don’t drink-drive

A judge told Queenstown's boozed drivers they're 16 times more likely to cause a serious or deadly crash than sober motorists. Visiting judge David Saunders convicted...

Drink-Driving Shame: July 13, 2017

Mountain Scene is naming convicted drink-drivers on its front page until the end of the year. Here are this week's names: Marsden Wayne McCarthy, 39,...

Discharge for discharge

A duck-shooter who accidentally blasted his wife with a 12-gauge shotgun has avoided a conviction. The Queenstown man, given permanent name suppression, shot his wife in...

Drink-drive victim’s pain

Brave Mutsuko Morisue was in court on Monday to face down the hopeless drink-driver who almost killed her. The Japanese Queenstowner, 42, needed emergency brain...

Jailed drink-driver’s shame

Nicholas Catlin's recollection of what happened in the moments before he hit, and nearly killed, pedestrian Mutsuko Morisue in March is "fuzzy". But, he says,...

Threat made over bar noise fuss

A Queenstown bar owner threatened the boss of a swanky CBD hotel over a noise complaint. On Monday, Scott Andrew Mickan, 34, of Arthurs Point, admitted...
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