Woman de­scribes night­mare at the quarry

Taranaki Daily News - - News - TOMMY LIV­INGSTON

She was cov­ered in blood. Her at­tacker was nearby. She thought she would die.

When the flash­ing po­lice lights fi­nally broke the dark­ness, she ran to­wards them.

That is what a 24-year-old woman told po­lice in an emo­tional in­ter­view days af­ter she had been al­legedly ab­ducted from an in­ner city street in Auck­land.

The woman is at the cen­tre of a trial against Colin Jack Mitchell – a 60-year-old truck driver from One­hunga – who is ac­cused of ab­duct­ing the young woman with the in­tent to sex­u­ally as­sault her.

The vic­tim, who has name sup­pres­sion, had been in Pon­sonby Rd drink­ing with friends at the Auck­land Pride Pa­rade on Fe­bru­ary 25 last year. Over the evening she be­came in­tox­i­cated.

In the early hours of Fe­bru­ary 26, the woman be­came sep­a­rated from her friends and be­gan walk­ing alone down Great North Rd in Grey Lynn.

It was at this point, the Crown al­leges, Mitchell – who was driv­ing around the city – ei­ther coaxed or forced the woman into his car.

In an in­ter­view shown to the jury at the High Court in Auck­land on Wed­nes­day, the woman told po­lice she could not re­call much from that evening.

One minute she had been in Karanga­hape Rd, the next thing she was in what seemed like a quarry with a masked man stand­ing over her.

‘‘I woke up in a gravel area and I can re­mem­ber feel­ing this side of the head and it was just cov­ered in blood. I think I had my undies on but I am not sure. I def­i­nitely did not have my dress on,’’ she said.

‘‘There was a man with a mask and so I think it was some kind of soft­ball or base­ball bat and I was crunched up on the ground and I thought he had an ac­cent, but be­cause of the mask it might have been muf­fled. I think I was say­ing to him: You don’t have to do this. You don’t have to be this per­son. He just kept say­ing: You stupid bitch.

‘‘I don’t know if he said you are go­ing to get your­self killed, or I’m go­ing to kill you but he was threat­en­ing me with the bat and he kept ask­ing me to turn around and I just kept say­ing: No, I’m not, I’m not, I’m not, so he hit me again.’’

What hap­pened next re­mains a mys­tery. Some­how the woman man­aged to get away from the man. The vic­tim re­mem­bers run­ning through a dark and dusty yard. She had no idea where the at­tacker was, and she some­how man­aged to call po­lice.

‘‘I woke up and I was al­ready on the move. I just have no idea how I got away.’’

The phone she was car­ry­ing did not have any data on it, mean­ing po­lice were un­able to lo­cate her us­ing GPS. Even­tu­ally po­lice found the woman on a road near the quarry.

Mitchell has de­nied charges of ab­duc­tion, wound­ing with in­tent to cause griev­ous bod­ily harm, and as­sault with in­tent to com­mit sex­ual vi­o­la­tion.

The Crown will in­tro­duce ev­i­dence which shows Mitchell’s DNA was found on gloves at the scene.

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