Mark Cropp made headlines in for complaining that he couldn't get a job. Philip Arps sent the video to a friend asking for a 'kill count' to be added. Christchurch District Court. Woman charged with Ashburton murder gets name suppression The year-old has made her first court appearance. Teenager charged with murder after man dies in Ashburton The year-old woman will appear in court on Tuesday.
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The trial of a prominent New Zealander, his business manager, and a well-known entertainer has been aborted. After nearly two weeks of evidence was heard in the Auckland District Court, Judge Russell Collins today decided to stop the trial. Judge Collins said there were "a number of reasons" for aborting the trial but he couldn't elaborate on what those were for the jury. There will need to be a retrial and it is just simply not appropriate to explain why this trial has been brought to an end. Judge Collins said it would be natural for the jury to feel "significant frustration" after giving up two weeks of their lives with a notion it has "all been for nothing". The judge also reminded the jury that it would be a criminal offence to publicly identify any of the defendants, complainants or suppressed witnesses. A retrial was ordered by Judge Collins and all three defendants were bailed until an administrative hearing next month.
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A wealthy businessman's butler has told of the night the prominent New Zealander allegedly indecently assaulted a young man. The well-known Kiwi is on trial in the Auckland District Court, alongside his business manager and an entertainer. He is facing two charges of indecent assault - accused of abusing two young men in February and October - and two counts of perverting the course of justice by attempting to dissuade the second complainant from giving evidence at his trial. The entertainer faces three charges of attempting to dissuade the same man, while the manager is charged with attempting to dissuade the witness on one occasion. Today, the businessman's butler talked of the night the second complainant was allegedly groped by the wealthy Kiwi, whom he later confronted.