Businessman denies kidnap, assault charges

August 19, 2013 | By More

A Kaiapoi businessman denies 18 charges including kidnapping and assault relating to an incident where two men were allegedly caught stealing from his premises.

David Clemence, who owns Clemence Drilling, has gone on trial before Judge Gary MacAskill and a Christchurch District Court jury in a trial that is likely to last all week.

He is charged with kidnapping both men, as well as multiple charges of assault with intent to injure, assault with a weapon, assault, and threatening to kill or do grievous bodily harm.

The indictment alleges the series of offences arising from an incident on or about April 7, 2011, at Kaiapoi, involving two local men.

Clemence is alleged to either be a principal offender or a party to assaults involving kicks and punches – some of them by an unknown Polynesian male or males – assault with a weapon, and involving the men being thrown in a river.

Deidre Orchard appears as Crown prosecutor. Chris McVeigh QC and Geoff Brodie appear as counsel for Clemence.

 

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