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Publication: CPL Date: 25 Feb 2002 Page: 1
Headline: Stabbings end 21st celebration
Author: HENZELL John
Subjects: ASSAULT;WEAPONS;ANNIVERSARIES ( CHRISTCHURCH CITY;HOTELS )
Section: NEWS Sub Section: NATIONAL
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A 21st birthday party ended in bloodshed when three people were stabbed, one potentially fatally, in a fracas on a busy Christchurch street.
The birthday group is thought to have clashed with one or two other groups outside the Maddison Hotel on the corner of Moorhouse Avenue and Montreal Street shortly after midnight yesterday. The clash left two 21-year-old men and a 20-year-old man with knife wounds.
Detective Senior Sergeant Malcolm Johnston said one of the 21-year-olds suffered a life-threatening injury, but his condition had now been stabilised. He remains in hospital with the other 21-year-old, while the third victim was released from hospital yesterday.
All three are believed to have been in the hotel beforehand.
Police remain baffled by the motive for the attack and are unsure how many people inflicted the knife wounds. They have ruled out any gang connection.
Mr Johnston said the victims were all from the same group and had been co- operative, but had not been able to provide a description of the attacker or attackers.
"We're unsure whether one person did the stabbings," he said.
Although the stabbings happened on a busy intersection at a time when many people would have been going past, few witnesses had come forward.



Publication: CPL Date: 25 Feb 2002 Page: 2
Headline: Blakie revealed;Ex-lover, father to give evidence
Author: HENZELL John
Subjects: HOMICIDE;TRIALS ( BIOGRAPHIES;SOUTH CANTERBURY;MID CANTERBURY-BANKS PENINSULA;FAMILY SOCIOLOGY;WESTLAND )
Section: NEWS Sub Section: NATIONAL
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To most people Lisa Blakie was just the name of an attractive young woman who was murdered and dumped in the Porter River a couple of years ago.
For the 12 jurors in the High Court in Christchurch, most of the first week of the trial of the man accused of her murder was spent hearing the human details of the person behind the name.
"Free spirit" was one of the most common attributes expressed, together with someone who was fiercely independent and equally fiercely protective of her extended family and her friends.
However, the jurors trying Timothy David Taylor, 32, also heard about Stacey, the working name Ms Blakie used during her involvement in the seedier fringes of society _ prostitution, gangs, and drugs.
From about the age of 16, when she was living with her mother in Nelson, she began going out with a patched member of the Lost Breed gang and going to parties at the gang's headquarters. While that relationship was still going she met a patched Epitaph Riders member from Greymouth and began going out with him _ a stormy relationship that lasted about two years.
After that ended, and while Ms Blakie was working at a Queenstown escort agency, she began dating Nathan Williams, a patched Devil's Henchmen member from Timaru. There were also suggestions that just before her death she had become a "fence jumper" _ someone who associated with the arch-rival Timaru gang, the Road Knights.
Few on the jury would be familiar with the world Lisa Blakie inhabited, but the insider's view they received was probably anything but what they might have expected. Instead of gang members talking only about, say, powerful motorcycles and vodka-swilling all-night parties, the topics included Mr Williams' wounded heart over a failed romance. Another patched member, Matthew Cook, admitted he and Mr Williams used to talk about "relationships".
At the time Mr Williams was going out with Ms Blakie, Mr Cook was going out with another Queenstown escort, Debbie Wilson. There had been some mundane domestic disharmony about the two men failing to return a video hired by Ms Blakie.
"Did you and Willy (Mr Williams)," Crown prosecutor Pip Currie asked, "talk about your relationships on this day?"
Mr Cook said they did, although they "just shrugged off" the dispute over the video. "They were girls and they were upset with us and that was that. It wasn't a big deal."
Other witnesses claimed that Ms Blakie was also being pressured by the former Devil's Henchmen president who helped run the Queenstown escort agency where she worked, and that she said she "knew too much" about things that could land Mr Williams and others in jail.
Whatever the cause, in early February two years ago a terrified Ms Blakie decided she had to get out of Timaru in a hurry. Soon after she was dead _ stabbed, strangled, possibly sexually assaulted, and lying face down in the Porter River at a layby beside the Arthurs Pass highway.
Ms Blakie's friend Logan, the jury was told, is now "deceased", although no other details have come out in court.
Mr Williams will give evidence first today, after which Ms Blakie's father, Doug, who answered his daughter's call for help and drove her to what she thought was the safety of Christchurch.



Publication: CPL Date: 25 Feb 2002 Page: 4
Headline: Bogus page of 'charges'
Author: HENZELL John
Subjects: TELECOMMUNICATIONS;ACCOUNTING;FRAUD ( AUCKLAND CITY;COMMUNICATIONS;NEW ZEALAND CITIES AND REGIONS )
Section: NEWS Sub Section: NATIONAL
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Telecom staff say they have been warned not to circulate a bogus White Pages notice outlining charges for customers who act like the Auckland businessman who was charged $337.50 for "being an arrogant bastard".
A mock-up of Telecom charges in a skilfully rendered imitation of the White Pages information pages has been doing the rounds of Christchurch and beyond, outlining that businessman James Storrie could have faced an even higher fee than that levied by a Telecom employee on the person's last day there.
According to the attitude and behaviour charges, "being an arrogant bastard" is the second highest of the eight penalties supposedly available. Other attitude charges include "Being a slightly uppity dork" and "Being a condescending s...", while charges of between $75 and $25 are reportedly levies for behaviours including "Questioning our parentage", "Questioning our sexual preference", and even "smirking".
Recipients of the mock-up include Telecom staff, some of whom claim they have been banned by management from forwarding it.
Telecom spokesman Andrew Bristol said investigations suggested the mock-up originated outside the company, although it had been "flooding in" to Telecom employees.
"Telecom certainly doesn't condone the bogus telephone book page."



Publication: CPL Date: 23 Feb 2002 Page: WE 16
Headline: Book Marks
Author: HENZELL John
Subjects: MOUNTAINEERING;BOOKS ( )
Section: FEATURES Sub Section: BOOKS
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THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF THE EDGE: An anthology of climbing adventures. Edited by Jon E Lewis. Constable and Robinson, 497pp, $32.95.
When it comes to buying a book for someone with specific yet unfamiliar interests, the easy and relatively safe option is to choose a compilation. That's a tactic the team behind the Mammoth series is clearly aware of, leading to this skilfully-selected anthology of climbing tales being added to such eclectically diverse stablemates as the Mammoth books of gay erotica, cats, murder, chess, UFOs, and more than a dozen others. There's a good mix of eras and locations in this book, although the only Kiwi connection is Ed Hillary's description of summit day on Everest. _John Henzell



Publication: CPL Date: 22 Feb 2002 Page: 3
Headline: Accused 'had gang links';Blakie fled Timaru, Court told
Author: HENZELL John
Subjects: HOMICIDE;TRIALS;GANGS ( SOUTH CANTERBURY;CHRISTCHURCH CITY;MID CANTERBURY-BANKS PENINSULA )
Section: NEWS Sub Section: NATIONAL
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The man accused of murdering Lisa Blakie had links to the gang members from whom she had fled Timaru in terror, the High Court in Christchurch has been told.
Ms Blakie told friends in Timaru that she had to leave the town in a matter of minutes on February 1, 2000, because she "knew too much", including things that she said could land in jail the patched Devils Henchmen member she had been dating.
Her father drove her to what she thought was safety in Christchurch but while hitch-hiking to Greymouth the following day, she was picked up by Timothy David Taylor, 32, and allegedly murdered by him. Taylor denies murder.
The court was told that soon after Ms Blakie fled Timaru, her gang member boyfriend Nathan "Willy" Williams and other Devils Henchmen members in Timaru had been minding the Christchurch chapter's headquarters.
Another patched member, Matthew John "Slippery" Cook, told the court that in Christchurch he met a woman called Ruth Lewis or Ruth Lightbody, who he had met a few times before.
The jury had been told earlier by prosecutor Pip Currie that Ms Lewis is a "former girlfriend and flatmate" of Taylor, although Mr Cook said he was unaware of a connection between her and Taylor.
While in Christchurch on the night before Ms Blakie's body was found at the Porter River layby on the Arthurs Pass highway, he had been driven in Ms Lewis' tan Ford Cortina.
During his evidence, he was shown a photograph of the car, in which Taylor admitted to the police he had picked up Ms Blakie as she hitch-hiked from outside Christchurch, and identified it as the one he had been in that night and a few weeks earlier.
However, Mr Cook said news of Ms Blakie's murder came as a complete shock to him and to Mr Williams. He also claimed nobody he knew in either the Timaru or Christchurch Devils Henchmen had any reason to harm Ms Blakie.
Prosecutor Brent Stanaway asked: "What do you say about whether yourself or Mr Williams or any other Devils Henchmen were involved in her death?"
Mr Cook replied: "They weren't, to my knowledge."
When questioned by Tony Garrett, for Taylor, Mr Cook accepted he was close friends with Mr Williams and with former Devils Henchmen president Scott Howey, who helped run Candy's, the Queenstown escort service where Ms Blakie had been working.
He also accepted that he had convictions for violence, including assaulting a woman, and that Mr Williams had been dealing in cannabis.
The court was also told that while Mr Williams was seeing Ms Blakie, Mr Cook had been seeing her friend and fellow Candy's escort Debbie Wilson. Ms Wilson had also since died but no details of her death were given in court.
The jury also heard from Temuka woman Bridget Mary Power, who was friends with Mr Williams and knew Ms Blakie. She said she had also known Ms Lewis for about 10 years and Taylor for about five.
When the news came in that Ms Blakie had been murdered, she said Mr Williams "was just shocked _ it didn't seem real even though we heard it".
The court had heard earlier that shortly before Ms Blakie fled Timaru, she had been aiming to break up with Mr Williams, who she had claimed had been spending all her money, taking her prescription pills, and forcing sex on her.
Erika Proctor told the court she had been with Ms Blakie on the morning she fled Timaru, during which time she seemed "stressed and panicky".
She had told her family by telephone: "I've got to go, I've got to get out of here in less than 10 minutes."
Pip Hall, defending, put to Ms Proctor that Ms Blakie had described Mr Williams' attitude while on drugs as: "He'd get aggro and he forced sex upon her and no didn't mean no to him".
She agreed.
Mr Hall: "Do you recall that if she didn't go back to Queenstown, one of her bosses would come and get her?"
Ms Proctor replied: "Yes."
She also agreed that when others present suggested to Ms Blakie she could be easily replaced at Candy's, Ms Blakie replied that "she knew things that could put Willy (Williams) and others in jail".
The trial continues on Monday.



Publication: CPL Date: 20 Feb 2002 Page: 2
Headline: Last calls from Blakie revisited
Author: HENZELL John
Subjects: HOMICIDE;TRIALS ( CHRISTCHURCH CITY;FAMILY SOCIOLOGY;SOUTH CANTERBURY;WESTLAND;MID CANTERBURY-BANKS PENINSULA )
Section: NEWS Sub Section: NATIONAL
Caption(s): Lisa Blakie
Edition: 2 Words: 704 Source: Copyright: Flags:

"For Christ's sake, come and get me. I've got to get out of here right away. They're coming to get me."
That was the message from a tearful and terrified Lisa Blakie in Timaru to her stepmother shortly before she was murdered two years ago. Vicky Ashworth said she alerted her partner, Lisa's father, who immediately drove her to what she considered to be safety in Christchurch.
The High Court in Christchurch had heard that in the previous four years, Ms Blakie had worked in the sex industry, used illicit drugs, and been associated with members of four different gangs, including two arch-rival gangs in Timaru.
However, the man on trial for her murder, Timothy David Taylor, 32, is a complete stranger.
He picked her up as she hitch-hiked from Christchurch to Greymouth.
The prosecution says Taylor was motivated by sex and robbery when he strangled her, then dumped her body in the Porter River layby beside the Arthurs Pass highway.
Taylor's lawyers say that he dropped her alive at the layby and when she actually died two days later, Taylor had an "almost cast-iron alibi".
Ms Ashworth described her stepdaughter as a "fun-loving girl, a free spirit" but said she was also prone to moods.
On the morning of February 1, 2000, Ms Blakie rang her to ask them to come over "because she had to get out of Timaru".
"I said I'd bring her back home and her reaction was that I couldn't bring her back because they knew where she lived," she said.
"There was another call about 15 minutes later and she was very upset and agitated and said she had to get out of Timaru fast.
"I then went straight away to get Doug (Blakie), who was sleeping. I said Lisa was in trouble and he got up straight away."
The next Ms Ashworth heard was from Ms Blakie in Dunsandel, when she "seemed happy".
She called again that night but then her stepmother heard nothing until Ms Blakie was identified as the body found in the Porter River.
Tony Garrett, defending, put to her the quote in which her stepdaughter feared that "they're coming to get me". She agreed it was correct.
The court also heard Ms Blakie's mother, Phillippa Ann Dee, describe her daughter as bright and determined, with lots of friends but also a love of her freedom.
"She saw herself as a free spirit and referred to herself as a butterfly that flitted from place to place," she added.
They had a close and open relationship, which included her knowing _ but not approving of _ her daughter working in the sex industry and taking illegal drugs.
Mrs Dee also knew her daughter had dated a member of a Nelson gang, the Lost Breed, and then an Epitaph Riders member in Greymouth.
In late 1999, she began going out with a Devil's Henchmen member called Willy in Timaru, and had friends who associated with the rival Timaru gang, the Road Knights.
Late on the evening of February 1, she had a long phone call with her daughter, who said she had fled Timaru and was going to the West Coast "because she felt she'd be safe there".
"She was very anxious and very scared.
"We talked about her going to Australia and about getting her an emergency passport and getting out," she said.
"I asked her what she was on the run from and she talked about her relationship with Willy (the Timaru Devil's Henchmen member) and about how he had forced himself on her.
"I asked whether it was Willy she was running from and she said, `Let's just say it's someone who won't let go'.
"I asked her if she had enough money for the bus fare.
"I said to her that she would be safer if she didn't hitch-hike and I told her to promise me she wasn't going to hitch-hike and I told her I loved her and we'd get her out of the country and make her safe."
Mrs Dee tried to phone her daughter the next day and on each following day, until she was informed by her former husband that their daughter had been murdered.
The trial continues.



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