Historical Events - Crime

13 Apr 1886Amy Bock (confidence trickster) is convicted of obtaining goods by false pretences
6 Apr 1895Oscar Wilde is arrested
26 May 1895Oscar Wilde is convicted of gross indecency and sentenced to two years hard labour
22 Apr 1907Bertha Victor appears in an court in Auckland charged with drunkenness, vagrancy, and usine obscene language
27 May 1909Amy Bock is convicted on two counts of false pretences and one of forgery
Bock, posing as Percival Redwood, married Agnes Ottaway
15 May 1920Charles Mackay shoots and wounds D'Arcy Cresswell
Mackay was the mayor of Wanganui at the time
27 May 1920Charles Mackay pleads guilt to the attempted murder of D'Arcy Cresswell
Mackay is sentenced to 15 years imprisonment
5 Jul 1920Eugenia Falleni (a.k.a Harry Crawford) is arrested over the death of 'his' wife Annie Birkett
6 Oct 1920Eugenia Falleni (a.k.a Harry Crawford) is found guilty of murdering Annie Birkett
Falleni was convicted and condemned to death, but her sentence was commuted to detainment at the Governor's Pleasure
1927Henry Feild, with an interest in the psychopathology of criminal behaviour, conducts an investigation into homosexuality
Field interviews 40 inmates of New Plymouth prison (date unknown, ca 1926-1929)
1 Oct 1929Leonard Hollobon is arrested and charged with indecently assaulting a male (Norris Davey) [Wellington, New Zealand]
Davey is also charged. He later testifies against Hollobon
Links: Papers Past, Te Ara
29 Oct 1929Norris Davey is convicted of indecent assault on a male
Soon after Davey changes his name to Frank Sargeson
30 Oct 1929Leonard Hollobon is sentenced to five years reformative detention
Hollobon pleaded guilty to three charges of indecent assault on males
15 Apr 1935Eric Mareo murders his wife Themla Mareo
Themla was also in a relationship with dancer Freda Stark
26 Feb 1936Eric Mareo is found guilty of murdering his wife Themla Mareo
Sentenced to death (on two occasions), his sentence was commuted to imprisonment for life on 4 August 1936
24 Sep 1945Police interview two women about their recent marriage to each other
Evening Post headline: Strange Masquerade, Woman as Man
22 Nov 1945Two women appear in court after being found to be married and living as husband and wife [Auckland, New Zealand]
The court orders both women to submit themselves to psychiatric treatment.
Links: Papers Past
1952Paul De Rungs is court martialed after being charged with buggery
De Rungs, an army cadet, had made a formal complaint about being raped
22 Jun 1954Pauline Parker and Juliet Hulme kill Pauline's mother. [Christchurch, New Zealand]
Links: Queer History, Te Ara, Wikipedia
30 Aug 1954Pauline Parker and Juliet Hulme are convicted of murdering Pauline's mother
Parker and Hulme were given indeterminate sentences in different prisons and released after five years
1961A Way of Love (1959) by James Courage is banned
It was censored on 'grounds of indecency, and because it lacked redeeming literary merit'
1962Two men are discharged without conviction for indecent acts, with the Magistrate commenting that the law 'is soon to change'
Police prosecutors appeal, and the decision is overturned
23 Jan 1964Charles Aberhart is beaten to death in Hagley Park, Christchurch
11 May 1964Six teenagers are acquitted of the manslaughter of Charles Aberhart
Nov 1966Raewyn Petley is found dead in her bed with a deep wound in her neck
Doreen Ellen Davis is charged with her murder
Mar 1967Doreen Ellen Davis is found not guilty of murdering Raewyn Petley
Davis' defence argued that she had been befriended by a woman outwardly kind and sympathetic but inwardly a hunting lesbian
1976Labour MP Gerald O'Brien is charged with molesting two boys
The charges were thrown out at a depositions hearing. Later O'Brien commented it was an 'attempt by my political enemies to get rid of me'
27 Nov 1978Harvey Milk is shot in San Francisco, United States
1 Feb 1980Police raid Westside sauna in Auckland
Eight men were arrested and charged
24 Apr 1980Arthur Ball stabs Miles MacFarlane - a total stranger - to death in Wellington
He is later found not guilty on the grounds of insanity
16 Sep 1980Arthur Ball is found not guilty of murdering Miles MacFarlane (on the grounds of insanity)
10 Apr 1984Customs officials raid Gay's the Word bookstore (Operation Tiger), London
The bookstore was charged with conspiring to import indecent literature
5 Jun 1985Self defence courses for gay men become more popular. [New Zealand]
This follows a reported increase in gay bashings as the Homosexual Law Reform bill moves through Parliament.
11 Sep 1986Lesbian and Gay Rights Resource Centre is damaged by arson in Wellington
12 Oct 1988Matthew Shepard is killed in Wyoming, United States
24 Jan 1990Expatriate New Zealander Richard Johnson is murdered in Sydney by a gang of youths
15 Apr 1991Alex Mihailovic and Dean Howard are convicted of the murder of New Zealander Richard Johnson in Australia
Mihailovic and Howard were part of a gang of youths convicted of the murder
2 Aug 1994Richard Leonard kills ex-Aucklander Stephen Dempsey with a crossbow. [Sydney, Australia]
Leonard later claims it as was an act of self-defence after Dempsey propositioned him. Leonard was finally captured, tried and found guilty of two murders and sentenced to life in prison.
Links: Forensic Investigators
24 Apr 1995Tai Tahi Marsters attacks Jim Curtis causing brain injuries
Marsters claimed Curtis made a sexual advance. A jury later found Marsters not guilty
Mar 1996Tai Tahi Marsters is acquitted of attempted murder and causing Jim Curtis grievous bodily harm
4 Nov 1996Bryan James Gardner kills David Shore in a hotel room in Christchurch
Convicted of murder, Gardener is sentenced to life imprisonment in May 1997
26 Mar 1997Awhina Centre is badly damaged by fire (suspected arson), Wellington
May 1997Patrick Clotworthy stabbs Wayne Cowan multiple times in a side street off Karangahape Road, Auckland
He was sentenced to a 2 year suspended sentence, which was later increased to 3 years imprisonment
26 May 1997Bryan James Gardner is sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering David Shore
10 Nov 1997Richard Leonard is found guilty of killing Stephen Dempsey with a crossbow in 1994. [Sydney, Australia]
Leonard claimed it was an act of self-defence after Dempsey propositioned him. Leonard was also found guilty of murdering a taxi driver. He was sentenced to life in prison.
Links: Forensic Investigators
3 Dec 1999Jason Meads and Stephen Smith are found guilty of murdering teenager Jeff Whittington
19 Apr 2001Dallas Peneha, Daniel Beams and Jack Blance attack Jeff Pinfold and Peter Kitchen in Napier
Kitchen died in hospital a number of days later
18 Aug 2002A man is arrested in connection with the killing of John Rogers. [Tauranga, New Zealand]
Rogers was found near a public domain toilet block in central Tauranga.
Links: Gay NZ
2003David McNee, an interior designer and former television host is killed
The provocation defence is successfully used by Phillip Layton Edwards who is found guilty of manslaughter. Edwards was sentenced to nine years imprisonment. He is due for release in April 2012
18 Sep 2004Peter Wells writes about the killing of David McNee [(nationwide), New Zealand]
Wells writes an article for the Listener about the trial of Phillip Layton Edwards who killed David McNee in Auckland. The article begins: Listening to a dead person being made responsible for their own violent death is an odd sensation. Later in the article Wells makes the point: It is impossible in New Zealand - and many other countries - to murder a homosexual. It is possible to be found guilty of manslaughter. The underlying message is that any homosexual's life is of little value
Links: Listener
2 Dec 2004A trans woman burglar is sent to a male prison. [New Zealand]
5 Oct 2005Justin Dalley is found not guilty of criminal nuisance. [Wellington, New Zealand]
Dalley used a condom during sex with a woman but didn't tell her of his HIV-positive status. It is the first time in New Zealand that anyone is charged with criminal nuisance following protected sexual intercourse. The case sets a significant legal precedent: that HIV-positive people can choose not to tell sexual partners about the virus, as long as they wear a condom.
Links: NZ Herald
26 Nov 2007The trial of Ashley Arnopp and Andre Gilling begins over the death of Stanley Waipouri. [Palmerston North, New Zealand]
Arnopp and Gilling are charged with murdering Waipouri in Palmerston North on 23 December 2006.
Links: Gay NZ
3 Dec 2007During his trial, Ashley Arnopp pleads guilty to the murder of Palmerston North man Stanley Waipouri. [Palmerston North, New Zealand]
Arnopp's co-accussed, Andre Gilling maintains his innocence.
Links: Gay NZ
6 Dec 2007There is a hung jury in the murder trial of Andre Gilling. [Palmerston North, New Zealand]
Gilling, along with Ashley Arnopp, is on trial for the 2006 killing of Palmerston North man Stanley Waipouri. Co-accused Ashley Arnopp, 20, earlier changed his plea to guilty.
Links: Gay NZ
29 Apr 2009Diksy Jones is killed by two men in Disky's home in Upper Hutt
Phillip Sanders and David Galloway were later found guilty of manslaughter
Jul 2009Ferdinand Ambach is convicted of the manslaughter of Ronald Brown
Ambach was initially charged with murder, but the charge was downgraded after Ambach's lawyer successfully argued the provocation defence (gay panic)
30 Nov 2009Glenn Mills is found dead in a remand cell. [Auckland, New Zealand]
Mills was accused of purposely infecting a number of sex partners with HIV. He was awaiting trial at the time of his death. He faced 28 charges relating to 14 people.
Links: TV3, Gay NZ
5 Nov 2010Phillip Sanders and David Galloway are found guilty of the manslaughter of Diksy Jones
Galloway was [finally] sentenced to nine years imprisonment, and Sanders nine years and six months
16 Jan 2011A lesbian couple's business is burnt down in a continued serious of hate crimes at Mangawhai Heads
7 Mar 2011Jason Meads is released from prison after serving a sentence for murdering Jeff Whittington in 1999 [New Zealand]
Links: Stuff, Wikipedia
25 Jun 2011Sitaleki Koloamatangi attacks Trevor Kaukau leaving him severely brain damaged. [Auckland, New Zealand]
Koloamatangi is later sentenced to 12 months imprisonment.
Links: GayNZ, NZ Hearld
3 Oct 2011A couple's car is targetted in an ongoing series of hate crimes at Mangawhai Heads
19 Oct 2011Willie Ahsee is found guilty of the manslaughter of Denis Phillips
10 Dec 2011Phillip Cottrell is assaulted while working home and subsequently dies, Wellington
15 Dec 2011Willie Ahsee is sentenced to 5 years imprisonment for the manslaughter of Denis Phillips
23 Jan 2012Roman Skorek is stabbed to death in Kuirau Park, Rotorua
Four young men were charged with his murder
28 Feb 2012Nicholas Nitro is convicted on a charge of receiving commercial sexual services from a person aged sixteen
Nitro is the co-owner of the Closet cruise club in Christchurch
28 Feb 2012Sitaleki Koloamatangi is sentenced to 12 months in jail for attacking Trevor Kaukau
Koloamatangi was charging with injuring that, had death been caused, he would have been guilty of manslaughter. Kaukau was left severely brain damaged
11 Aug 2013Police search for Phillip Edwards after a child is abducted. [Auckland, New Zealand]
In 2003 Edwards was found guilty of the manslaughter of interior decorator David McNee.
Links: Gay NZ
3 Sep 2013Phillip Edwards is arrested after a child was abducted in August and later found abandoned. [Auckland, New Zealand]
In 2003 Edwards was found guilty of the manslaughter of interior decorator David McNee.
Links: Gay NZ
25 Sep 2013Correction Minister Anne Tolley announces that transgender prisoners will be housed according to their legal sex. [New Zealand]
At the time of the announcement there were nine transgender offenders in the prison system.
Links: Stuff
30 Sep 2013A public meeting is held to discuss safety on Karangahape Road. [Auckland, New Zealand]
The meeting follows an increase in violence towards rainbow people in the K'Road area.
Links: K'rd Community Safety
17 May 2017Chelsea Manning is released from US military prison [United States of America]
Manning, a former US military intelligence analyst, was released after serving seven years in a US military prison for passing on classified documents to WikiLeaks. Manning's 35-year sentence was commuted by President Obama just before he left office.
2 Jun 2017Dr David Lim is found guilty of stupefying and indecently assaulting patients [New Zealand]
Links: stuff.co.nz
18 Jul 2017Johnny Lumsden admits in court to endangering the health of three men by criminal nuisance [Christchurch, New Zealand]
After lying about his HIV status, Lumsden has unprotected sex with three men he met through social media
Links: Stuff
18 Aug 2017Dr David Lim is sentenced to five years in prison for indecently assaulting five male patients [New Zealand]
Dr Lim was sentenced in the Napier District Court