A budding Dunedin novelist will have a few weeks of solitude to work on his latest book.
Two Dunedin burglars have managed to bring shame on four families, a judge says, thanks to their double-barrelled names.
A sex offender who abused a girl for three years will have nearly a year tacked on to his jail term after stealing a car from a rugby club.
A 2am Tinder rendezvous has led to a Dunedin woman being jailed on harassment charges, a court has heard.
A thief who stole $70,000 of metal from a Central Otago company has failed to have his convictions overturned.
A Dunedin man took a stolen bank card on an 800km round trip for the sake of $1600, a court has heard.
A man who molested his granddaughter immediately offered her money to keep quiet, a court has heard.
A teenage girl has told a jury her former stepfather raped her more than 50 times and it took more than six months for her mother to believe her claims.
Violence "with a very strong element of home invasion'' at Alexandra, attacks on two fellow prisoners at Otago Corrections Facility, and an assault on his former partner at Port Chalmers, brought three years and seven months' jail for a man sentenced recently in the Dunedin District Court.
The Dunedin man who defrauded insurance companies of more than $300,000 to satisfy the demands of his blackmailing mistress has been stood down from the Otago Polytechnic Students' Association council after his criminal past came to light.
A Japanese medical student holidaying in New Zealand has been allowed to go home after paying $1000 reparation to a teenage driver injured in a two-vehicle crash near Henley last month.
A convicted con man met a judge's ultimatum to come up with $20,000 reparation for his victim by 9am yesterday in order to avoid jail.
''With considerable reluctance'', Judge Tony Couch reserved his decision on a dog attack case heard in the Oamaru District Court yesterday to explore the legal issues of the defence.
An Oamaru woman who accused her partner of assault admitted in court yesterday she lied in her statement to police.
A nurse who took codeine, tramadol and diazepam from Dunedin Hospital had returned to the United Kingdom and did not defend a professional misconduct charge brought before the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal.
A tourist who drove a campervan through an intersection without stopping and collided with a car, has pleaded guilty to aggravated careless driving causing death and injury.
A 64-year-old man appeared in the Oamaru District Court yesterday for sentencing on 24 charges of possessing objectionable publications.
The Crown now believes Mark Lundy killed his wife and daughter about six hours later than its original estimation.
The driver of a stolen car who led police on a 28km chase at speeds of up to about 160kmh was remanded in custody when he appeared in the Dunedin District Court yesterday.
A former Dunedin osteopath threatened to strangle a colleague until her ''eyes popped out'', the New Zealand Health Practitioners' Disciplinary Tribunal was told yesterday.