17 Mar 2017

Dome Valley kidnapping case jury retires

6:02 pm on 17 March 2017

The jury in a violent kidnapping case has retired for the weekend.

Exterior of the Auckland High Court

Four people face charges at the High Court in Auckland. Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

Nicola Jones, Julie-Anne Torrance, Michelle Blom and Cameron Hakeke face charges relating to kidnapping a woman on two separate occasions.

The Crown has said the 19-year-old victim had been abducted, beaten and sexually violated before being driven to a road in the Dome Valley bush, north of Auckland.

There she was throttled, an attempt to break her neck was made and she was hit in the head with a hammer up to 10 times before being left for dead.

Justice Whata summed up the case over four hours today and at the conclusion of his address, the jurors indicated that they wanted to retire for the weekend.

They will begin considering their verdicts on Monday.

Jurors this morning heard the last of the closing adresses from defence lawyers.

Cameron Hakeke's lawyer, Graeme Newell, said text data from his client's phone showed that Mr Hakeke was not at the address at the time of the attack.

The victim has told the court that Mr Hakeke sent her text messages, inviting her to his West Auckland flat for a drug deal, and that when she got there she was attacked by Nicola Jones and Julie-Anne Torrance.

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The Crown says the victim was taken to Conical Peak Road in Dome Valley. Photo: Screenshot / Google Maps

The charges

Nicola Jones: Threatening to kill, assault with a taser, sexual violation, attempted murder, and injured the victim by stomping on her hand and breaking her finger.

Admitted: Kidnapping (x2), assault with a pair of scissors (x2), robbery, assault with a cricket wicket

Julie-Ann Torrance: Assault with a pair of scissors, sexual violation, attempted murder, and injured the victim by stomping on her hand and breaking her finger.

Admitted: Kidnapping (x2), assault with a pair of scissors, robbery, assault with a cricket wicket

Cameron Hakeke: Kidnapping, assault with a taser, assault with a pair of scissors, and robbery

Michelle Blom: Kidnapping, sexual violation, assault with a cricket wicket, assault with a pair of scissors and injured the victim by stomping on her hand and breaking her finger

Wayne Blackett has admitted: Attempted murder and kidnapping

Charges dismissed: sexual violation and two charges of assault.