A man who arranged to meet a sex worker through an online app found himself being kidnapped for four hours and robbed, the Crown alleged as a two-week trial began in the High Court at Christchurch.
A Rangiora man arrested on charges of aggravated robbery and kidnapping in an incident in Rolleston at the end of January was remanded in custody in the Christchurch District Court today.
Three men have been charged with kidnapping and robbery over an incident in Christchurch early on Tuesday.
The Crown is asking for an open-ended preventive term to be considered for Luke James Henry, after a jury convicted him on charges of kidnapping, choking, and raping a woman.
The complainant in a rape, kidnapping, and bashing trial has been accused by the defence of telling an “evolving” story.
A kidnapping charge against four men with alleged Black Power links has been dropped after the alleged victim had a sudden loss of memory at the Christchurch District Court trial.
A man who acted up in front of the judge at his last appearance was unco-operative again today on a video-link in the Christchurch District Court.
After what was described in court as a “squabble between gangs”, much of the Aotearoa chapter of the Mongrel Mob and its associates in Christchurch are in jail facing long prison terms.
A 35-year-old is claiming he has been caught up in the Operation Vale police swoop because he was “in the wrong place at the wrong time”.
A jury has been told to consider the lack of forensic evidence linking Matthew Joshua Mulvey to Crown allegations of kidnapping and bashing a rival gang member. [Afternoon update.]