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From the NZ Herald newsroom comes A Moment in Crime - a podcast delving into some of New Zealand’s biggest cases.

Anna Leask has been a crime and justice reporter at the Herald for more than a decade.

Each month she'll take you inside some of our most infamous incidents, notorious offenders and behind the scenes of high profile trials and events to show you what’s really happening in your backyard.

A Moment In Crime The New Zealand Herald

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From the NZ Herald newsroom comes A Moment in Crime - a podcast delving into some of New Zealand’s biggest cases.

Anna Leask has been a crime and justice reporter at the Herald for more than a decade.

Each month she'll take you inside some of our most infamous incidents, notorious offenders and behind the scenes of high profile trials and events to show you what’s really happening in your backyard.

    Disgusting and degrading: The life and death of 'New Zealand's Fritzl' - horrendous sex offender Ronald Van Der Plaat

    Disgusting and degrading: The life and death of 'New Zealand's Fritzl' - horrendous sex offender Ronald Van Der Plaat

    In 2000 Ronald Van Der Plaat became one of the country’s most infamous sex offenders when he was jailed for a litany of horrific abuse against his daughter spanning 23 years.

    He started raping, sexually violating and indecently assaulting his daughter Tanjas when she was just 9 when the family were living in Vanuatu.

    For the next 23 years, he would keep her as a sex slave, subjecting her to “bizarre and depraved” abuse which only ended when she became pregnant to him - not for the first time - and suffered a miscarriage.

    Van Der Plaat would use handcuffs, chains and clamps on Tanjas during sadistic sex sessions.

    He would ply her with alcohol and sedatives before sex - once resulting in an overdose that left her with a permanent heart problem.

    In the latest episode of Herald podcast A Moment In Crime journalist Anna Leask looks back at the ghastly offending.

    The episode also features first-hand accounts of the abuse from Tanjas, from her book Flight of the Dancing Bird which she released after her father was imprisoned. 

    This episode contains references to physical and sexual abuse - and child abuse. It is suitable for a mature audience and may be upsetting. 

    The episode also contains brief extracts from the book Flight Of The Dancing Bird, published by Tanjas Darke published in 2001 by HarperCollins. The book is available at local libraries and can be purchased online. 

    READ MORE:

    'Cruel, degrading' sex offender back in court: But released from charge due to dementia

    Sadistic, depraved, cruel: Ronald Van Der Plaat's litany of 'bizarre' sexual abuse

    Ronald Van Der Plaat, the man who raped and enslaved his daughter, to be released from prison

    SEXUAL HARM - WHERE TO GET HELPIf it's an emergency and you feel that you or someone else is at risk, call 111.

    If you've ever experienced sexual assault or abuse and need to talk to someone, contact Safe to Talk confidentially, any time 24/7:

    • Call 0800 044 334• Text 4334• Email support@safetotalk.nz• For more info or to web chat visit safetotalk.nz

    Alternatively contact your local police station - click here for a list.

    If you have been sexually assaulted, remember it's not your fault.

     
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Life without parole: The sentencing of the Christchurch mosque gunman

    Life without parole: The sentencing of the Christchurch mosque gunman

    This episode of A Moment In Crime is a follow-up from the very first episode I produced about the Christchurch terror attack. 

    As the Coronial inquest into the mass murder begins, it's important to remember what happened and who was responsible. It's important to remember who was killed, wounded and impacted. And it's important to understand the inquest. 

    In this episode of A Moment In Crime you will hear from the judge who sentenced the terrorist in 2020 and from those closest to the attack - survivors, witnesses and those who lost loved ones that day.

    Brenton Tarrant was the first person in New Zealand history to be jailed for life without parole and will spend the rest of his days in a prison cell - unable to hurt another person. 

    The episode refers to an act of terrorism, mass murder and the wounding of many people. It is graphic in parts and is intended for a mature audience. 

    Many people are against the name of the terrorist being published, but in this podcast episode he is named at times. His case was heard in an open court and is well known and I do not want to create any sense of drama around his abhorrent actions by painting him as a nameless villain. 

    At the outset of this episode of A Moment In Crime I would like to acknowledge the 51 people who died in the Christchruch terror attack and their families - and those injured on that terrible day.

    For more on the attack, the prosecution, sentencing and investigations visit nzherald.co.nz 

    I also recommend reading these articles for a deeper understanding of the attack on March 15 and the aftermath. 


    The Ripple Effect
    Christchurch mosque attack : terrorist sentenced
    Christchurch mosque shooter sentencing: Tales of heartache, grief, terror fill courtroom
    Christchurch mosque shooter sentencing: Gunshot wounds and grief only the start of pain, suffering for terror attack families
    Christchurch mosque attack sentencing: Victim's father tells Brenton Tarrant he will never forgive him
    Christchurch mosque shootings: Royal Commission report revealed
    Christchurch mosque terror attack: Coronial scope hearing to examine Muslim community's unanswered questions

    If you need support or help please reach out to one of the following services for advice: 

    Lifeline 

    Depression helpline

    Youthline 

    What's Up

     
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr 37 min
    The Patron - Part Three: The bravery that ended James Wallace's reign of abuse

    The Patron - Part Three: The bravery that ended James Wallace's reign of abuse

    A Moment In Crime - The Patron - looks back at the life and crimes of disgraced knight and serial sex attacker James Hay Wallace.

    Behind his money, philanthropy and resplendence, Wallace was a serial sex offender who lured men to his mansion on the premise of discussing funding proposals or helping with projects or careers and abused them when they least expected it. 

    Wallace’s case took years to resolve with multiple trial dates - one delayed, one aborted and the case then moved to the High Court at Auckland.

    After he was sentenced he continued to fight to clear his name, mounting various appeals to keep his identity suppressed and himself out of prison.

    A Moment In Crime - The Patron tells the story of Wallace’s life, crimes, court case and the impact it had on the victims and wider community across three episodes.

    This episode looks at the victims experiences of the abuse and court, and the aftermath for the arts community. 

    Part One and Part Two are also live if you have yet to listen to those. 

    Thanks to the NZ Herald senior journalist Sam Hurley for his contributions to this episode. 

    For more on the case visit nzherald.co.nz or click:


    Sir James Wallace named as former rich-lister convicted of indecently assaulting three men and attempting to pervert the course of justice
    'I do not forgive you': Victims of prominent businessman speak out as influential figure jailed
    Sir James Wallace unmasked: The inside story of a rich-lister, arts philanthropist and criminal
    James Wallace: Disgraced arts patron continues to deny offending, refused parole

    SEXUAL HARM - DO YOU NEED HELP?

    If you've ever experienced sexual assault or abuse and need to talk to someone, contact Safe to Talk confidentially, any time 24/7:


    Call 0800 044 334
    Text 4334
    Email support@safetotalk.nz

    Alternatively contact your local police station click here for a list.

    If you have been sexually assaulted, remember it's not your fault.

     
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    The Patron - Part Two: Bribery, scandal, secrecy, justice - inside the Wallace trials

    The Patron - Part Two: Bribery, scandal, secrecy, justice - inside the Wallace trials

    A Moment In Crime - The Patron - looks back at the life and crimes of disgraced knight and serial sex attacker James Hay Wallace.

    Behind his money, philanthropy and resplendence, Wallace was a serial sex offender who lured men to his mansion on the premise of discussing funding proposals or helping with projects or careers and abused them when they least expected it. 

    Wallace’s case took years to resolve with multiple trial dates - one delayed, one aborted and the case then moved to the High Court at Auckland.

    After he was sentenced he continued to fight to clear his name, mounting various appeals to keep his identity suppressed and himself out of prison.

    A Moment In Crime - The Patron tells the story of Wallace’s life, crimes, court case and the impact it had on the victims and wider community across three episodes.

    This episode looks at how the chaotic court cases unfolded, and the lengthy battle between media and Wallace's legal team to get him named.

    Part one is live and part three will be out next week.

    Thanks to the NZ Herald senior journalist Sam Hurley for his contributions to this episode. 

    For more on the case visit nzherald.co.nz or click:


    Sir James Wallace named as former rich-lister convicted of indecently assaulting three men and attempting to pervert the course of justice
    'I do not forgive you': Victims of prominent businessman speak out as influential figure jailed
    Sir James Wallace unmasked: The inside story of a rich-lister, arts philanthropist and criminal
    James Wallace: Disgraced arts patron continues to deny offending, refused parole

    SEXUAL HARM - DO YOU NEED HELP?

    If you've ever experienced sexual assault or abuse and need to talk to someone, contact Safe to Talk confidentially, any time 24/7:


    Call 0800 044 334
    Text 4334
    Email support@safetotalk.nz

    Alternatively contact your local police station click here for a list.

    If you have been sexually assaulted, remember it's not your fault.

     
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 44 min
    The Patron - Part One: The two faces of James Hay Wallace

    The Patron - Part One: The two faces of James Hay Wallace

    A Moment In Crime is presenting a three part episode - The Patron - which looks back at the life and crimes of disgraced knight and serial sex attacker James Hay Wallace.

    Until his spectacular fall from grace, the Auckland rich lister was considered one of the biggest supporters of New Zealand film and art.

    Wallace was respected, revered and his help, guidance and money was sought after by many in the arts world.

    But behind the money and resplendence, Wallace was a serial sex offender who lured men to his mansion on the premise of discussing funding proposals or helping with projects or careers and abused them when they least expected it. 

    Wallace’s case took years to resolve with multiple trial dates - one delayed, one aborted and the case then moved to the High Court at Auckland.

    A Moment In Crime - The Patron tells the story of Wallace’s life, crimes, court case and the impact it had on the victims and wider community across three episodes. 

    Thanks to NZ Herald' senior journalist Sam Hurley for his contributions to this episode.

    For more on the case visit nzherald.co.nz or click:


    Sir James Wallace named as former rich-lister convicted of indecently assaulting three men and attempting to pervert the course of justice
    'I do not forgive you': Victims of prominent businessman speak out as influential figure jailed
    Sir James Wallace unmasked: The inside story of a rich-lister, arts philanthropist and criminal
    James Wallace: Disgraced arts patron continues to deny offending, refused parole

    SEXUAL HARM - DO YOU NEED HELP?

    If you've ever experienced sexual assault or abuse and need to talk to someone, contact Safe to Talk confidentially, any time 24/7:


    Call 0800 044 334
    Text 4334
    Email support@safetotalk.nz

    Alternatively contact your local police station click here for a list.

    If you have been sexually assaulted, remember it's not your fault.

     
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 46 min
    Murder or Infanticide: The trial of Lauren Dickason

    Murder or Infanticide: The trial of Lauren Dickason

    In September 2021, Lauren Dickason killed her three daughters, six year old Liane, and two year old twins Maya and Karla, shortly after the family moved to Timaru from South Africa.

    For the last five weeks, Anna has been covering the trial, which this week saw a guilty verdict delivered on all three charges. As the trial has taken up a lot of Anna's time, there's no new episode of A Moment in Crime this month, but listen as she talks to The Front Page's Damien Venuto about the case. 
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

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41 Ratings

41 Ratings

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Well-researched and engaging

Really enjoy this podcast, it’s on my short list of episodes I have to listen to whenever they release a new one

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Great pod cast

Really enjoying the pod cast, I especially enjoyed the latest which was of the Martin Berry trial. I’d never really heard the way a court process is run, felt like I was there and was very interesting. Keep up the good work
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