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A Christchurch High Court jury
found two men guilty on Monday of
the murder of Oxford dairy worker
Sameera Battelage, following a
three-week trial. Viraj Alahakoon,
35, was found guilty of murder,
two counts of assault, and arson.
Co-accused Thuvan Prawesh
Sawal, 24, was found guilty of
murder and arson. Each had
blamed the other for the death of
Mr Battelage, whose charred body
was found in his burning
farmhouse on Domain Rd, Oxford,
on February 23 last year. They will
be sentenced on September 6.
Bridge open again
The Old Waimakariri Bridge has re-
opened, following $1 million of
repairs to its piers to remedy
scouring of the river bed and
earthquake damage. The bridge
will now need to be closed only
when the river is in major spate.
Work is also under way to repair
the Swamp Rd bridge in Cust,
where the deck has been lifted to
allow three steel beams to be
installed, to replace the original
Golf entries open
Entries close on July 31 for the
Cheviot Golf Club's Ladies 18
Hole 4 Ball Best Ball Stableford
Tournament. The competition will
be held on August 7, with morning
tea at 9.30am and tee off at
10am. The club's three-grade
men's tournament will be on
August 25, with entries closing on
August 21. Call Bruce Muggeridge
on 03 319 8118; or Pat Smith on
03 319 2928 for more
Public consultation has started on
new entry signs for Cust -- for
Earlys Rd and the Oxford Rd -- and
a public information board
detailing local walks and points of
interest. A flyer detailing the
proposals started arriving in
letterboxes on Tuesday.
PHARMACY QUEEN: Christine McQueen, who finishes up today after more than 25 years with the Amcal Pharmacy in Rangiora, with her '25 years loyal service'
sash around her shoulder.
Pills, potions put aside
CHRISTINE McQUEEN has been
working for various local pharma-
cists over the years, but today is
the beginning of a long time off, as
she celebrates the end of a quarter
of a century working at the Amcal
Pharmacy next door to the Wai-
makariri District Council offices
Christine has been wearing a
special sash round her shoulders --
saying 25 years of local service --
marking her time at the phar-
She started working for Neil
Harrison at his pharmacy in 1988,
when her husband Doug trans-
ferred from Nelson to Rangiora
with his work as a stock agent.
I answered an advertisement
and here I am, still here 25 years
later,'' Mrs McQueen said.
Since then she has worked for
various pharmacists, including
Mike Scully, Chris Webb and now
with Stephanie Sinclair.
She trained for her work on
Elizabeth Arden cosmetics, and
spent 18 years as the expert deal-
ing with this product as the coun-
ter manager at the pharmacy.
I'll miss the friends I've made
at the pharmacy. And the com-
pany here. Some customers have
been coming for years. They come
in with their grandchildren and
their great grand-children now.''
So what does the future hold?
Christine McQueen said she plan-
ned to relax, travel, and spend
some time with her own grand-
I'll get into some new hobbies.
I just don't know what they are
yet. But most of all I'll miss the
company here. They are a bril-
liant staff and I have a lovely boss
in Stephanie Sinclair.''
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