10 Mar 2017

Some charges in Dome Valley trial dropped

7:45 pm on 10 March 2017

Charges of assault and sexual violation against a man who admitted to the attempted murder and kidnapping of a 19-year-old woman, who was later left for dead in the Dome Valley, have been dismissed.

The woman was found on the side of a rural road in the Dome Valley with critical head injuries in May 2016.

Wayne Blackett faced charges of cutting the woman's hair using scissors as a weapon, assault with a cricket wicket and other items, and sexual violation using a cricket wicket.

Those charges were dismissed at the High Court in Auckland today due to insufficient evidence, and Blackett will no longer face trial.

However, he will be sentenced later this month on the charges he has pleaded guilty to.

The remaining defendants - Julie-Anne Torrance, Cameron Hakeke, Michelle Blom and Nicola Jones - face charges relating to two separate kidnappings of the victim in April and May last year.

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