Police Criticised Over China Protest – TV3 Fiji Footage – Nelson Murder Suicide – Stabbing – Aus Dole - Lily Bing - Homeless Survey – Real Estate Company Fined – Computer Games Health Warning
POLICE CRITICISED OVER CHINA PROTEST: Police have been severely criticised for their part in breaking up protests at a state banquet for Chinese President Jiang Zemin in Christchurch 15 months ago. A Select Committee inquiry found discrepancies in evidence given to the committee by the police and said police had infringed protestors rights. The police say they will learn from the report. The Committee did not find that police had been directed by the PM, but a warning was given to politicians who might make casual remarks that could be misinterpreted. The government will not start considering the report till George Hawkins returns from overseas.
TV3 FIJI FOOTAGE: Fiji police say they plan to charge the cameraman who filmed men shooting nearby an Indian High School. TV3 and the cameraman have been accused by Fijian authorities of fabricating the news. The cameraman has been interviewed and has had his house searched. A lawyer says that the army exercise was a very strange exercise if it was an exercise. TV3 say they are releasing the footage for broadcast in Fiji.
NELSON MURDER SUICIDE: An extremely tragic situation is how the coroner has described the murder suicide of Rosemary Perkin and her three girls in Nelson. The coroner ruled the death of the mother was self-inflicted. Her daughters were killed with sleeping pills and smothering. A GP for the woman said that she made it clear she would not harm her children shortly before her death.
STABBING: A man is in a serious condition in hospital after a stabbing in Martinborough this afternoon.
AUS DOLE: Kiwis planning on going surfing in Australia and living on the dole will have to think again. The opposition today put the acid on Clark for a deal that, from what Clark said,,appears to have now been done. Opposition parties say the government is involved in a secret deal with the Australians. Jenny Shipley asks why the Labour has buckled under Australian pressure. The opposition believes NZ is being punished for its immigration amnesty.
LILY BING: A suppression order has been lifted on evidence in the Lily-Bing homicide trial. The court has been told that the toddler was toilet trained through spanking. The crown alleges that Lily-Bing was alive when dropped off to someone to look after. Aunties of the girl treated bruises with piping hot compresses. The court heard today from a Kohanga Reo worker who says Lily-Bing was in a mess on the day before she died.
HOMELESS SURVEY: Auckland City Mission survey on the homeless finds they are on the bottom of the heap in terms of social services. Many homeless people ask for a razor, says one missioner. Assumptions that homeless people are mentally ill or addicted to drugs and alcohol are often wrong. It is hoped the report will improve understanding of the homeless.
REAL ESTATE COMPANY FINED: A real estate company has been prosecuted for trying to sell properties with a beach view they do not have. The Commerce Commission says it has tried to educate real estate companies about the rules but some have not taken notice. Orewa Property Ship agents today plead guilty to misleading advertising and were fined $4000. The adverts didn’t work either.
COMPUTER GAMES WARNING: Computer Games health warnings have been given by a doctor. Compulsive game playing is thought responsible for bed-wetting, OOS and back pain for children.