WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2018 Connecting Your Community www.star.kiwi GET CONNECTED WITH Scorch Broadband Cancer battle Rolleston woman tells of her tough chemo treatment Page 4 Page 5 From cop to weatherman Former cop’s comical forecasts a big hit on facebook 0800 726 724 www.scorch.co.nz Guilty verdicts in ‘drown him’ case • By Sophie Cornish THE MOTHER of the victim in the highly publicised Rolleston “drown him” case said tears were shed when her son’s attackers were found guilty. On Friday, Judge Stephen O’Driscoll released his decision after a two-day Youth Court hearing earlier this month, finding two 17-year-olds guilty of assault with intent to injure. They were 16 at the time of the attack in November last year. Judge O’Driscoll said the charges had been proved beyond reasonable doubt. The victim’s mother told SelwynTimes the family was “pleased, excited, relieved, all of the above. We’ve had tears. It’s been good, a good outcome.” “It’s been stressful and hard, but we have been tough, we’ve had to cope,” she said. Her son, 16, was confronted by a group of youths in Tennyson St, Rolleston, after the annual fireworks event. He was 15 at the time. It was alleged the victim was assaulted and pushed into a water race, where he had his head held under water while other youths watching yelled “drown him.” He suffered a cut to his face which required stitches and he spent the night recovering in Christchurch Hospital. His mother said he was “doing really well” and had a summer job. “We would like to thank everyone for the kindness and support you have expressed towards our son,” she said. SelwynTimes was prohibited from covering the trial in the Youth Court. The identities of the victim and his attackers are suppressed. The defendants were originally charged with aggravated robbery, but had their charges amended in August. Parking battle heats up • By Emily O’Connell LINCOLN’S SIMMERING car parking war has erupted again. This time the battleground is two car parks outside The Famous Grouse Hotel in Gerald St, which have been taken away by the district council and replaced with yellow no parking lines. The district council says the parks were removed to improve the safety of an adjacent pedestrian crossing and the decision has the backing of the hotel’s manager. The Lincoln Club operates the hotel and its president Lynn Townsend (right) says the decision is wrong. “If they’re [the district council] saying that The Famous Grouse Hotel concurred with taking two car parks away, that’s incorrect,” he said. •Turn to page 7 Less speed Less harm Make the choice to slow down.