Dome Valley: Three handed more than 12 years prison

2:03 pm on 26 May 2017

Two women and a man have been sentenced for attempting to murder a 19-year-old woman in the Dome Valley, north of Auckland.


Dome Valley Photo: Screenshot / Google Maps

Wayne Blackett, Julie-Ann Torrance and Nicola Jones were sentenced at the High Court in Auckland today for a range of violent crimes including attempted murder and kidnapping.

Blackett was handed 12 years and seven months, Jones 13 years and Torrance 16 years in prison.

Between April and May 2016, the 19-year-old victim was twice kidnapped, and was assaulted with objects including a cricket bat, wickets, scissors and a taser.

She was stripped naked in a basement, beaten and sexually violated.

In the second abduction, on 8 May, the victim was driven to Dome Valley where Blackett, Torrance and Jones attempted to murder her.

During the trial, the court was told Blackett had throttled her before trying to break her neck and striking her head with a hammer 10 times.

The victim told the court at trial that she heard Jones and Torrance laughing.

They left her for dead on the side of the road where she was found by locals the following morning.

They had been set for sentencing on 28 April but pre-sentence reports ordered by the court were not completed in time.

Two others involved in the woman's kidnapping were sentenced that day to more than two years each.

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