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Bail for Beckett
A former Napier city councillor accused of
murdering his wife in Canada has been bailed
after paying $190,000.
Peter Beckett, 54, appeared in the British
Colombia Supreme Court in Kamloops on
Wednesday for a bail hearing. He has been in
custody since August when he was charged with
the first-degree murder of his wife, teacher Laura
Letts-Beckett, 50, a year earlier.
He was granted bail, which requires posting a
CAD$50,000 (NZ$63,550) cash deposit and a
CAD$100,000 (NZ$127,090) surety. He will
appear in the Provincial Court for an arraignment
hearing next month.
Ms Letts-Beckett died on August 18 last year,
but the case was initially treated as an accident.
Police were called to Shelter Bay Provincial
Park after a report she had fallen out of an inflat-
able fishing boat. It was reported that Beckett had
brought her body to shore.
At the time, police said she could not swim and
was not wearing a lifejacket.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police turned the
case over to the major crime unit in November.
The results of that investigation were sent to
the British Columbia Crown prosecutor s office
before Beckett was arrested on August 12.
Cooking up a storm: Matisse Reid gets to work in the kitchen.
This time last year we woke like it
was a normal day, oblivious to the
fact that a mother and father were
saying goodbye to their child and
allowing us to say goodbye to 10
years of chronic idiopathic intestinal
pseudo obstruction, says Napier s
Jodee Reid, as her family celebrates
the one-year anniversary of intesti-
nal transplant for daughter Matisse,
who had never been able to eat.
As Matisse continues to take
further steps in her new life, Mrs
Reid says that every day, they are
grateful to the family of the child
whose organs have meant so much to
the girl who will celebrate her 11th
birthday on Christmas Day.
Now living in Pittsburgh, United
States, the Reids hade embraced
American holidays and Thanksgiv-
ing had particular meaning for them
The reason was not that Matisse
could eat, as you may think, Mrs
Reid says. Yes she ate -- a little --
but the big deal for us was that she
was well. Matisse had never known
deal to her, the big issue was that
she was so sick.
She had no energy, her belly hurt
constantly and she felt horrible all
the time, often suffering silently
until it became too difficult.
To relax and know she is enjoying
herself without suffering was what
made this Thanksgiving so much
different from any other. I am for-
ever indebted to the wonderful fam-
ily [who] gave us the most valuable
gift ever imaginable and for that we
are grateful every single day.
Despite not being able to eat for
her first 10 years, Matisse had
always loved to cook and, in addition
to her own cooking blog, she was
excited to be asked recently to join
Cooking Light magazine as the Kid
She was very excited and nervous
as she had her first recipe to cook
and report on her experience, asking
other children to taste test.
It is just unreal how fast things
are moving and how well Matisse is
doing, Mrs Reid said.
We are still working on weaning
Matisse off the pain medication that
has been a huge part of her life and
doctors say that soon they may be
able to remove the IV line that has
sustained her for all these years.
I am still touching wood because
we are heading into our first winter
post-transplant, where Matisse will
be exposed to people and winter ills.
She has been lucky enough to have
not yet experienced a common cold or
Still being immune-suppressed
means she is at higher risk than a
normal, healthy child but that is --
and always will be -- life for her.
A small earthquake was recorded in
southern Hawke s Bay at 2.46am on
Saturday. The quake, 3.2 on the
Richter scale, was five kilometres
from Porangahau, and 25km deep.
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