queenstown district court

Rough justice

Only a quarter of family violence charges heard in the Queenstown District Court led to convictions last year, a figure the head of Women's Refuge believes may be one of the lowest in the country. Ministry of Justice stats show...

‘Why did I do it’

It was supposed to be a fun night out before a trip to the Wanaka Rodeo on March 11. But it ended up with Kelly McKervey arrested for drink-driving on Frankton Road, in Queenstown. The 30-year-old plumber blew 915mcg when randomly...
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 Estate in April. Robert Duncan Whitelaw, 30, of Lake Hayes, was also sentenced to supervision and...
Mountain Scene is naming convicted drink-drivers on its front page until the end of the year. Here are this week’s names: Max Oscar Hannibal Letchfield, 26, 1188mcg James David Mitchell, 27, 880mcg Tayla Katrina Duke, 21, 845mcg William Pierre Aldo Denier, 31, 550mcg Stuart...
Mountain Scene is naming convicted drink-drivers on its front page until the end of the year. Here are this week’s names: Bryn Alfred Eduard Carter, 26, 1015mcg Todd Craigie, 35, 560mcg & 109mg Jack Alexander Reid, 22, 914mcg Nicholas Ivan Bresanello, 29, 813mcg Luke...
A Queenstown accountant who stole more than $12,000 from two bowling organisations has been struck off by his professional body. Eric Lee was deregistered by the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICA) at a disciplinary tribunal in Wellington on...
"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...
Mountain Scene has named 100 people convicted of drink-driving offences in the Queenstown District Court so far this year -- or local people convicted elsewhere. Here is the list: Steven Paul Duncan, 55, 247mg Thibaut Gustave Monnet, 27, 866mcg Giulio Rizzo, 25,...

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 the garage of their home on April 10. She spent two weeks in hospital after sustaining...
Social media vitriol has led a judge to permanently suppress the name of a woman at the centre of a racist incident in Queenstown last year. The British woman threw a recently bought hot chocolate over the head of an...

Theft fuelled gambling habit

A Queenstown accountant yesterday admitted stealing up to $12,000 from the regional bowls association to fund his gambling habit. Eric Thomas Lee, 74, also forged a signature on a financial statement of Central Otago Bowls to cover his tracks. And he...

McLaren driver named

The Australian man charged with carelessly driving a McLaren F1 on the Glenorchy-Queenstown road is being considered for diversion. On Saturday the 1994 McLaren - capable of reaching 386kmh - ended up in a ditch on the side of the...
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