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A vigil is being planned in Queenstown to honour murdered English tourist Grace Millane. A 26-year-old man was granted interim name suppression when he appeared in the Auckland District Court yesterday charged with her murder. Miss Millane's body was found in...

‘No justice’ over arson

A Queenstown mum-of-two says she can "finally move on with life" after the man who tried to burn her house down was sentenced to prison. But Mel Cocker still feels like there's "no justice" in our justice system. Blocklayer Dillan Wilson,...

Resort’s drink-drive dimwits

A Queenstown judge has once again vented her frustrations about the district's chronic drink-drive problem. Another 10 drink-drivers were in the district court dock before Judge Bernadette Farnan on Monday – that's a little over par for course in the...

Indecent assault at hostel

A Frenchman who grabbed a woman's breast after she refused the offer of a shower and sex with him at a Queenstown hostel's got a strike against his name. Dimitri Altmann, 30, of Paris, admitted indecently assaulting the 29-year-old Dutch...
A French national charged with importing $35,000 worth of ecstasy to Queenstown has appeared in court. Fabrice Rene Lorenzo Cattelan, 29, who's a computing professional, was remanded on bail on Monday. He allegedly imported 108 grams of class B-controlled MDMA on...

Boozed driver in the sh*t

A Queenstown chef was so drunk he vomited and defecated before being processed for drink-driving in a residential neighbourhood. Soo Hyun Cho, 45, had been driving around Lake Hayes Estate at 3.25am on August 28 when a member of the...
Queenstown's mayor is facing legal action over the collapse of building company Stonewood Homes. A statement of claim has been lodged at the High Court in Christchurch against Queenstown Lakes District mayor Jim Boult and Stonewood founder Brent Mettrick. The plaintiffs...

Thieves escape conviction

Three Brazilian women started sobbing in Queenstown's court yesterday when told they would escape conviction for stealing groceries from their employer. Gabriela Guinsani Pereira, 27, of Fernhill, Mariana De Oliveira Chedid, 27, psychologist, of Queenstown, and Ana Barbara Brito Dos...
Mountain Scene is naming convicted drink-drivers on its front page until the end of the year. Here are this week’s names: Ryan David Fay, 23, 199mg Jordan McGregor Monk, 29, 152mg
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, 264mg and 757mcg Joeli Dakuliga, 47, 236mg Jodie Kathleen Densten, 38, 844mcg Julie Dao, 31, 674mcg Takayawa Vugakoto Colati,...
Mountain Scene is naming convicted drink-drivers on its front page until the end of the year. Here are this week's names: Daniel Bolotin Delfino, 28, 623mcg Tamara Aimara Aravena, 28, 599mcg Tamatea Henrick Lehartel, 21, 471mcg
"This offence is far too common and the social stigma for excess breath or blood alcohol is not that great in New Zealand." That's the latest in a barrage of comments from judges dealing with the district's drink-drivers. On Monday, district...
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