Labour Party Summer Camp accused pleads not guilty

Labour Party Summer Camp accused pleads not guilty

A 20-year-old man accused of sexual assaults at a Labour Party summer camp has pleaded not guilty and been granted name suppression. 

The man was arrested earlier this month and appeared in the Auckland District Court on Thursday facing six charges of indecent assault relating to four complainants. 

The arrest came after allegations a man sexually assaulted four teenagers, aged 16 to 18 years old, during the Waihi camp in February. 

Avi Raaj Prasad jailed for more than 5 years for 'cruel sadistic' discipline by burning boy

Avi Raaj Prasad jailed for more than 5 years for 'cruel sadistic' discipline by burning boy

"I went way over board this time."

That was the text Avi Raaj Prasad sent after his 8-year-old victim's skin peeled away - it was the final act in abuse the Crown called "cruel and sadistic".

The boy had suffered burns to about 20 per cent of his body after being held under a hot shower on March 25 last year.

That included burns to his chest and abdomen, right upper arm, both upper thighs and bottom.

Auckland man charged with injuring High Court judge

Auckland man charged with injuring High Court judge

An Auckland man has appeared in court for allegedly injuring a High Court judge.

James Lawrence Beaumont Gilliland has been charged with injuring a woman "with reckless disregard for the safety of others".

The alleged victim is Justice Mary Peters, who is a judge at the High Court in Auckland.

Election party: Jacinda lollies, strong 'covfefe'

Election party: Jacinda lollies, strong 'covfefe'

The national triennial bun-fight is upon us, with parties being thrown in homes across the country as the votes are counted. But how do you avoid political arguments and other potential vibe-killers on the night? Keep it lighthearted and inclusive, our party planners say.

Auckland man plied 14-year-old girl with alcohol, conspired with her mum before sexually assaulting her

Auckland man plied 14-year-old girl with alcohol, conspired with her mum before sexually assaulting her

A 29-year-old Auckland man has been jailed for more than six years after plying a 14-year-old girl with alcohol before sexually assaulting her in an attack he planned with the girl's mother.

The judge, sentencing him said he exploited the trust between mother and daughter.

Murderer Jaden Stroobant appeals sentence

Murderer Jaden Stroobant appeals sentence

The man who brutally beat his 69-year-old neighbour to death and then, as she lay dying and unresponsive, sexually assaulted her twice, has appealed his life sentence.

On May 26 Jaden Lee Stroobant was sentenced to preventive detention and life imprisonment with a minimum non-parole period of 17 years for his "callous and depraved" crimes.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to murdering the 69-year-old Cunxiu Tian in her family home in January last year.