Jury finds four guilty

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Jurors have reached unan­i­mous ver­dicts against four de­fen­dants in the Dome Val­ley kid­nap­ping case fol­low­ing a three-week trial at the High Court at Auck­land.

Ni­cola Jones and Julie-Ann Tor­rance were both found guilty of at­tempt­ing to mur­der the vic­tim. The 19-year-old was kid­napped by her for­mer friends on two oc­ca­sions in April and May last year. She was Tasered, as­saulted with cricket equip­ment, sex­u­ally vi­o­lated and her hair chopped off.

After the sec­ond at­tack, the bound woman was taken to Dome Val­ley, north of Auck­land, where she was hit on the head with a ham­mer sev­eral times after ef­forts to stran­gle her failed. She was left for dead on the road­side. The ver­dicts Ni­cola Jones: Guilty of threat­en­ing to kill, at­tempted mur­der, in­jur­ing with in­tent, and as­sault with a Taser. She ear­lier pleaded guilty to two charges of kid­nap­ping, steal­ing a car, and three charges of as­sault with a weapon.

Julie-Ann Tor­rance: Guilty of as­sault with a weapon, sex­ual vi­o­la­tion and at­tempted mur­der. She ear­lier pleaded guilty to two charges of as­sault with a weapon, kid­nap­ping, and in­jur­ing with in­tent.

Cameron Hakeke: Guilty of kid­nap­ping and as­sault with a weapon.

Michelle Blom: nap­ping.

Wayne Black­ett ad­mit­ted charges of kid­nap­ping and at­tempted mur­der at the be­gin­ning of the trial.

Ja­clyn Keates ear­lier pleaded guilty to her role and is serv­ing a jail term. Guilty of kid-

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