Trial by jury

Hawke's Bay Today - - Local news -

One of the women charged with kid­nap­ping an 87-year-old man from a Hast­ings su­per­mar­ket and rob­bing him five weeks ago has pleaded not guilty and elected trial by jury. Pleas were en­tered when Kahu­rangi Waerea, 35, ap­peared in Hast­ings Dis­trict Court yes­ter­day by au­dio-vis­ual link from prison, now re­manded in con­tin­ued cus­tody pend­ing the next ap­pear­ance in Novem­ber. Charges re­late to the ab­duc­tion of re­tired busi­ness­man and or­chardist David Geor, who was forced into his car on the af­ter­noon of July 28, taken to a money ma­chine and made to re­veal a PIN so his cap­tors could with­draw and steal his money. Al­leged co-of­fender Maera El­iz­a­beth Todd, 39, of Whangarei, is also on re­mand in cus­tody await­ing an ap­pear­ance in Christchur­ch, where she is also al­leged to have been in­volved in the ag­gra­vated robbery of an el­derly cou­ple on Au­gust 14.

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