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.]
An alleged Mongrel Mob victim has admitted he made some mistakes in naming the people who had kidnapped and bashed him, soon after his escape and while he was in hospital.
Alleged Mongrel Mob kidnap victim Dawson Reihana has told how he chewed his way to freedom after being bashed, punched and stomped for hours. [Updated report]