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Selwyn Times: October 31, 2017

Selwyn Times: October 31,

FREE TUESday OCTOBER 31 2017 379 7100 Selwyn GET CONNECTED WITH Scorch Broadband Times Ladbrooks, Tai Tapu, Leeston, Lincoln, Southbridge, Prebbleton, Halswell, Rolleston, Templeton, Burnham, West Melton, Darfield, Arthur’s Pass, Kirwee Dad meets CDHB over son’s death • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding GREENDALE MAN Geoff Booth has met with health authorities over the death of his son – but they have not been able to tell him anything. Mr Booth’s son Liam, 21, died from suspected suicide on October 2, days after he had been treated at Hillmorton Hospital. Mr Booth (right) has filed a formal complaint with the Canterbury District Health Board, and has now met with some of their key managers. • By Georgia O’Connor- Harding LONG HOURS of training two dogs to leap, weave and race through challenging obstacle courses has paid off for Jess Tansey. The Selwyn Dog Training Club member walked away as one of the most successful dog handlers at the Black Hawk New Zealand Dog Agility Championships. The national competition was held in Kihikihi, Waikato. More than 600 dogs engaged in about 6000 He asked them what had gone wrong. “They went really quiet, all of them. They were upset,” he told the Selwyn Times. “They can’t tell me anything, and they won’t tell me anything before Christmas. And it is not a quick outcome.” Mr Booth told the managers hospital staff had wrongly taken Liam’s word he was not going to harm himself. He said the managers replied that that was all they could do. Doggone good performance at championships individual runs. Jess’ siberian huskyborder collie cross Rapid was named medium dog of the show after winning four runs, a second place, third and fifth in the novice section of the competition. •Turn to page 4 Proudly locally owned and published by Star Media Award winning publishing group Liam’s body was found in Beckenham Park, close to where he lived. About three weeks earlier he had threatened to harm himself at Halswell Quarry Park. Police were called and he was taken to Christchurch Hospital. He was discharged and continued receiving outpatient treatment at Hillmorton Hospital. Mr Booth said he was not going to let the matter rest. “We are not going to let this Kea (Nestor Notabilis) lie, we are going to keep on pushing,” he said. “They certainly know they are at fault and there is no fault from our side. I did everything in my power to keep Liam alive,” Mr Booth said. The CDHB would not discuss the meeting with the Selwyn Times. He will write to Selwyn MP Amy Adams and newly-elected Minister of Health David Clark. Liam’s death has been referred to the Coroner. 0800 726 724 ALL GIRL WINNERS: Rapid, 2, Jess Tansey and Swag, 4, were a winning combination at the National Dog Agility Championshps in Hamilton over Labour Weekend. (Left) – Swag tackling the high jump. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER