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A Central Hawke’s Bay man has beensentenced to six years in prison after being found guilty of rape earlier thisyear.

31-year-old Jaell Verheul faced ninecharges when his trial got underway in July.

He was found guilty and was sentencedby Judge Russell Collins in the Napier High Court on Friday.

Verheul was also sentenced on othercharges including kidnapping, threatening to kill, attempted rape, commissionof a crime with a firearm, and unlawful sexual connection with a young person.

He will be eligible to apply forparole in two years.


One person was taken to hospital with seriousinjuries following a crash at Te Hauke on Friday.

The accident happened on State Highway 2 about12.45pm.

Police and fire attended the scene, and St JohnAmbulance transported one person to Hawke’s Bay Hospital.


The Breast Cancer Foundation willbenefit to the tune of just over $9600 following Saturday’s “Pink for Cure”Fundraising Auction at the Leopard Hotel.

In its second year, organiserChrystall Lorck-Paewai had hoped to better last years tally of more than $8500.

The Leopard was packed with peopledressed in pink and blue for the auction on Saturday afternoon, with manydigging deep for the cause.

This year, PGG Wrightson AuctioneerMatt Lorck, also auctioned off three items, with proceeds going to the ProstateCancer Foundation.

The “blue” items raised just under$1600.

In all there were 25 auction lots,with local businesses also providing items for various raffles.

Chrystall thanked everyone whosupported the event for their kindness and is already planning next year’sauction.


Angus Schaw played his 100thgame for the Hawke’s Bay Senior Men’s Cricket Team over the weekend.

Schaw debuted for Hawke’s Bay in theirgame against Poverty Bay in November 2011, and prior to his 100thgame, made three centuries and had five innings of fifty.

With the ball, he had taken 157wickets, including one ten wicket bag.

Hawke’s Bay played Wairarapa at theweekend and had an outright win after making 323/8 in their first innings.

Wairarapa were bowled out for 29 runsin their first innings, and 160 in their second innings.


Further thunderstorms could hit localareas again this week.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch was issuedfor CHB and Tararua District, as well as the wider Hawke’s Bay region onSaturday.

Thunderstorms rolled in mid to lateafternoon, with Porangahau one of the worst hit areas.

Some rural residents were left withoutpower for up to two hours on Saturday afternoon as a result of the storms.

The Metservice is forecastingpotential thunderstorms for Hawke’s Bay again tomorrow afternoon, with heavyshowers also expected.