The man accused of murdering Kiko Li says his "evil idea'' of killing someone only flashed through his mind briefly.
Police found keys belonging to the alleged killer and a knife next to the badly burnt body of Jacqueline Blackbourn.
A woman thought she was going to die when her partner strangled her on a kitchen counter - four years before he allegedly stabbed and strangled another woman, a court has head.
A man charged with murdering a woman whose body was found in a burning Auckland house has pleaded guilty to lighting the fire.
A man accused of murdering a student and dumping her body in the boot of her abandoned car is a foolish young man but not a murderer, his lawyer has told a court.
Disgraced former Act MP David Garrett has been suspended from practise for a year after swearing a false affidavit to a court while working as a lawyer.
Billy Dawson was punched in the face shortly before he fell over and sustained a fatal head injury, a court has heard.
Two men who planned to kidnap and kill a woman for money sent text messages to each other in the days leading up to the killing, one of which read: "Of course, kidnap whoever is rich. Whoever has money. Kill hostage as soon as getting the money'', a court has heard.
A young man fighting for his life in hospital after a street attack in Auckland "is expected to die'', a court heard this afternoon.
The former general manager of a boutique law firm has admitted stealing $370,000 but says he did not benefit from the theft.
Wally Watson should never have been behind the wheel. He was drunk, had no licence and was driving up to 100km an hour in a 50km zone when he crashed his friend's ute and killed him.
A disqualified drunken driver who crashed his friend's ute and killed him has been sentenced to eight-and-a-half years in prison.
Glenn McDonald shot his former flatmate seven times after an argument over a woman, the Crown says.
Glenn Michael McDonald had taken methamphetamine and contemplated suicide just hours before he shot his former flatmate, a court has been told.
A teenager who stabbed a woman with a sharpened screwdriver told a probation officer he smoked cannabis up to four times a week to relieve the tension from playing video games.
A teacher at a private Christian school has been sentenced to two years in prison after touching 11 of his female students, some as young as 9.
Air rifle murder case underway: By Edward Gay, APNZ court reporter Glenn McDonald was in a "volatile and perhaps paranoid'' state when he shot and killed his flatmate seven times with a high-powered air rifle, a court has heard.
A New Zealander is alleged to have set his girlfriend on fire in Perth.
Police believe an organised crime group is behind the sale of fraudulently obtained Rugby World Cup tickets.
A customer service worker was sacked after asking her boss to pay her for working on Labour Day.