Man found bound and burnt near Christchurch lake was victim of mistaken identity, court hears

The victim of a brutal killing in Christchurch last year was the target of mistaken identity, according to the Crown prosecutor at a High Court trial in Christchurch.

The body of Marcus Tucker, 36, was found bound and burnt near the edge of Christchurch's Lake Ellesmere on Anzac Day last year.

Peter John Carroll, 52, pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder this morning.

The Crown says Mr Tucker was killed after being mistaken for another man with the nickname "Ruckus" who was involved in the theft of $10,000 of methamphetamine and ecstasy from one of the defendant's associates.

The Crown told the court that Carroll struck the victim in the head with a steel steering wheel lock after finding him at an address in Spreydon, and then bound his body, put it in his car boot, and dumped it near Lake Ellesmere, before setting it alight.

Prosecutor Claire Boshier said he was found with his hands tied behind his back, wrapped in bedding and carpet.

Mr Carroll’s defence team accepts that he was responsible for the assault and death of Marcus Tucker, but that there was no murderous intent, and therefore he shouldn’t be found guilty of murder.

"The person best placed to know what he was thinking, is Mr Carroll. But he does not accept that when he did it, he had murderous intent," said defence lawyer Andrew Bailey.

He said he can only be convicted of murder or manslaughter.

The jury’s been told the trial will delve into the dark underworld of Christchurch’s drug and gang scene.

The trial’s expected to last two and half weeks.

The crown says Marcus Tucker was killed after a case of mistaken identity. Source: 1 NEWS

Large yacht stranded on sand at Christchurch beach, one person injured

A yacht stranded on the sand at New Brighton beach has proved a popular sight for people in Christchurch today.

Police were notified shortly after 6.30pm yesterday that the 10-metre yacht had tipped over in the shallows.

A man who on board the yacht made it safely to shore, but was taken to hospital to be checked over.

The man was transported to hospital last night following the incident. Source: 1 NEWS

Jacinda Ardern marks suffrage 125 and 'amazing lengths' women made in right to vote

The Prime Minister paid tribute to suffragettes and leading New Zealand women in a speech celebrating 125 years since women won the right to vote in New Zealand. 

1 NEWS reporter Nicole Bremner has the latest from outside the hospital.
Jacinda Ardern. Source: 1 NEWS

Jacinda Ardern told the audience it was special "to be in Christchurch to mark suffrage 125, the home of Kate Sheppard, and Elizabeth McCombs, the first woman MP, and Mabel Howard, the first female cabinet Minister."

"Is there something in your water?"

Ms Ardern spoke of the "amazing lengths" women went to to gain the right to vote.

"Women who walked miles through the night, to get a chance to sign. Women who took a leap of faith, and risked their standing, their marriages, in some cases, to put their name on a document with no guarantee it’d lead to any success at all."

"They were ordinary women, but each was extraordinary in their own way."

Within the ordinary sits the extraordinary. Each of the women, who just got on with it, has a story that can inspire us, to just get on with it too.

Ms Ardern said issues people like Kate Sheppard, Elizabeth Mabel, Whetu Tirikātene-Sullivan, and Helen Clark were fighting for, "economic independence, freedom from violence, equal pay, are issues we are still grappling with today". 


Speaker lays complaint after kererū left at Parliament appears to be 'killed by bludgeoning'

The Speaker has laid a formal complaint with police and DOC after dead native birds were left on the steps of Parliament yesterday. 

"I've been briefed today the birds died from blunt-force trauma," Trevor Mallard said.

"The kererū appears to have been killed by bludgeoning."

Fake 1080 pellets and the dead birds were placed on the steps of Parliament by Ban 1080 protesters. 

1 NEWS was told by protesters from the West Coast that the dead birds were collected over time, then left on the top step of Parliament. The protesters at Parliament said they had been given the box of birds, with some having been "picked up as road kill". 

"So we had something to use as a prop to demonstrate what happens in the forest."

When asked if the birds had been killed through window-strike, Mr Mallard said that was why the investigation was taking place.

"They were certainly killed by blunt-force trauma."

"‎Kererū and weka, amongst other protected native species, were among the dead birds deposited on the steps of Parliament," Mr Mallard said today. 

He said the Wildlife Act meant it was an offence to kill protected wildlife and to have any in possession. 

It will be investigated at Massey University. 

Speaker Trevor Mallard has taken the matter to the police and DOC. Source: 1 NEWS

Most read: Auckland bar responds to Pink's outburst: 'It was a bit of a shock'

This story was first pubksihed on Wednesday September 12.

The pop star wasn’t happy her group wasn’t allowed into Deadshot, and let her millions of followers know. Source: Seven Sharp

After seven world class concerts Pink decided to celebrate and head to Auckland's food and beverage hotspot of Ponsonby on Tuesday.

Pink’s first choice of bar was Deadshot, but unfortunately, her large group was turned away.

Soon afterwards, the whole world heard about it when the pop star Tweeted about the encounter to her millions of followers.

After the unwanted publicity, manager Heather Garland spoke to Seven Sharp.

“One of the crew came in earlier in the day and spoke to Brian over the bar and he told them we just couldn’t take a group that big, and offered to find them somewhere else," she said.

“But they showed up anyway and we couldn’t fit them in.”

Garland said they simply couldn’t cater for 30 people.

“They just went on their way and we didn’t realise there was a problem.”

Pink then took to Twitter saying, “She’s been to some cool bars around the world and Deadshot is not one of them.”

Garland said it came as a bit of a shock, but was pleased by the support they had been shown.

“We never even saw her, we didn’t even know she was part of the group.”

But when Deadshot couldn’t cater for them, they went across the road to the Revelry bar.

Alex Dunn was about to shut up shop when the superstar and her crew dropped in.

“She came to the bar herself, so we were just sitting down together discussing what cocktail she was going for.”

It turns out Pink likes pink drinks so she had a blush negroni.

Dunn says, ‘It wasn’t intentional but I had a feeling that she might like the colour and that I might get a few extra bonus points.”

Her posts here were a little kinder calling the Revelry bar, “The perfect place in Auckland.”

Pink got down to some Kiwi tunes and the party ended around 2am.