Many in New Zealand's film and television industry and the academic world are mourning the death of Dr Geoff Lealand, one of the world’s foremost authorities on both the small and big screens. Lealand, who died suddenly on Saturday morning aged 75, was for many years a familiar figure in the screen and media department at Waikato University, which he joined in 1992. He became renowned through his research, much of which was focussed on how children view and understand television. “He thought children should not be patronised in terms of their understanding of the things they watch,” longtime colleague Ann Hardy said. READ MORE: Stagnant student numbers force reduction in media studies at University of Waikato Richard Swainson: Strange logic – destroying the arts in order to save them Jacinda Ardern pays tribute to 'trailblazer' Geoff Murphy “He was not in favour of censoring ideas and put forth the argument that children were intelligent enough to make their own … [Read more...] about University and film colleagues mourn death of leading film and television academic Geoff Lealand
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Published 4 hours ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing A jailed killer has accepted he will never be released from prison after he admitted murdering another inmate. James O'Rourke choked 30-year-old Dean Ramsey to death in what a judge described as a "brutal execution". The 52-year-old, who was jailed for life in 1992, was sentenced to another 23 years at the High Court in Glasgow. His lawyer said that "by tendering the guilty plea, he is committing himself to spending the rest of his life in custody". The court heard how O'Rourke, who has been convicted of a string of offences behind bars, was seen shaking hands with other prisoners at HMP Glenochil in Clackmannanshire after the attack on 9 January 2021. He boasted: "Just because I am old, he thinks I am dafty. Well, it cost him his life." Judge Lord Arthurson told him: "You are now 52. You come before this … [Read more...] about Prison killer accepts he will never be freed
Multiple witnesses have described the bloodied and brutal attack of senior Outlaws gang figure Peter Lui, who died after being assaulted and robbed of his patch by two rival gang members. A trial at the High Court at Napier began on Monday, where Hemi Rapata Meihana Cahill, 30, pleaded not guilty to charges of being party to Lui’s murder and assaulting him with a car – a Holden Calais. He pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated robbery relating to the theft of the long-time Outlaws member’s motorcycle club patch. A courier driver told the court he was following behind Lui’s motorbike and the maroon coloured Holden the day of the attack outside the gang pad on Mersey St on March 29 last year. As he followed behind, he saw the passenger appear to reach into the back of the car, while the driver appeared to be looking for something while sticking his head outside the window. “By that time I thought they were after that fella on the bike,” he said. READ … [Read more...] about Witnesses recall fatal attack on Outlaws leader outside his gang pad
HORROR ensued in the years following Franklin Delano Floyd's kidnapping of Sharon Marshall. Due to the late Sharon's story becoming front and center of the Netflix documentary, Girl in the Picture, true crime sleuths are curious to know more about where Floyd is now. Who is Franklin Floyd? Born on June 17, 1943, Franklin Floyd is an American criminal from Barnesville, Georgia. On February 19, 1960, he had his first run-in with the law after breaking into and robbing a Sears in California. A year later, police arrested Floyd again for violating his parole stemming from his first offense. In 1962, he was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison after he was convicted of kidnapping and child molestation charges. In November 1972, the criminal was arrested another time for attempting to sexually assault a woman at a gas station. On June 11, 1973, a warrant was issued for Floyd's arrest after he went on the run and became a fugitive of the law. When did Floyd kidnap … [Read more...] about Who is Franklin Floyd and where is he now?
A "sadist" internet troll has admitted posting offensive material on Facebook about young people who died. Paul Hind, 38, called Olivia Burt, a Durham University student who died from head injuries outside a nightclub, a "sex worker" and "prostitute". He also doctored an image of Ms Burt and posted pictures of children who were "clearly terminally ill" on her Facebook page, South East Northumberland Magistrates' Court heard. Hind, from Wark, Northumberland, admitted four separate offences of conveying false information which was indecent or grossly offensive in relation to four dead people. Ms Burt's father, Nigel, said Hind's actions were a "desecration" of his 20-year-old daughter's memory. Advertisement Describing how Hind's postings had made him and Ms Burt's mother Paula feel "physically sick", he said: "The person who carried out this trolling can only be described as a sick sadist who knows that they are adding to our anguish and gets … [Read more...] about ‘Sadist’ internet troll admits posting ‘sick’ comments about dead people on Facebook