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Teacher denies assault

A Queenstown teacher has pleaded not guilty to a charge of assaulting a child. Defence counsel Nic Soper successfully argued for the male's interim name suppression order to be extended until his next appearance, on April 29. Judge John Brandts-Giesen said...
A man who indecently touched six children at a Queenstown swimming pool is a convicted rapist and child molester who's spent almost 15 years behind bars. Paedophile Benjamin Barrie Bradbury, 43, of Tauranga, was yesterday found guilty of indecently assaulting...
A man has been found guilty of indecently assaulting girls in a Queenstown swimming pool. The man has been found guilty on all but three charges of indecently assaulting girls under the age of 12. The charges he was found not...

Canadian’s wings clipped

A Canadian working holidaymaker who tried to skip the country to avoid a drink-driving charge has been fined $800 and banned from driving. Vincent Maranda, 23, who is living in Queenstown, was arrested at Queenstown Airport on February 19 after...

Girls tell of touching in pool

Three young girls in the lazy river at Alpine Aqualand on June 14, 2017 discussed asking a man to ''stop touching'', but were too nervous to do so, a jury heard yesterday. The man, who has interim name suppression, denies...

Man denies indecent assaults

A man on trial for indecently assaulting six girls under the age of 12 in a Queenstown swimming pool has denied all 13 charges brought against him. If his client did touch any of the girls it was unintentional or...
Charges have been filed against the construction company behind Queenstown's controversial Kmart building. The Queenstown Lakes District Council has filed charges against both Dominion Construction Ltd, and one of its former employees, under the Building Act. They are charged with cutting...

Phone porn appeal dismissed

A Queenstown bouncer whose girlfriend caught him watching porn has narrowly lost his appeal over a resulting violence conviction. Jacob Mitchell Cummings, 24, put his girlfriend in a headlock after she tried to grab his phone while he was having...

Parole bid

A jailed fraudster who diddled about 27 Wakatipu investors faces a parole board hearing next month. Wellington-based financial advisor David Ross was jailed in November 2013 for conning about $115 million out of 700-plus clients in one of New Zealand's...

QLDC fined for sewage leak

The Queenstown Lakes District Council has been fined $24,225 for discharging wastewater from sewage pipes into Lake Wakatipu in 2017. Council contractor Veolia became aware that a developer had allegedly illegally connected to the QLDC's wastewater network in March 2017. Veolia...
A Taiwanese couple both have convictions to their names after a domestic fight spilled out into streets of Queenstown. Hsien-Chen Chiu, 34, admitted assaulting a female, Hsien-Chen (Fion) Yeh, between September 1 and 2, while Yeh, 35, admitted assaulting Chen. Both...
The founder of the now-defunct Queenstown Whinge Facebook group and director of a rapidly-rising tech company's finally abandoned a 15-month fight to keep his name suppressed. Wulf Solter, 38, was sentenced to 12 months' supervision in August 2017, for assaulting...
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