Pair jailed for roles in kid­naps of woman

The Timaru Herald - - FRONT PAGE - TOMMY LIVINGSTON

Two peo­ple in­volved in the kid­nap­ping of an Auck­land woman will have to spend time in jail for their ac­tions.

Michelle Blom and Cameron Hakeke were both found guilty at trial of play­ing their part in two sep­a­rate kid­nap­pings of the same Auck­land woman last year.

Blom was part of the kid­nap­ping known as The Dome Val­ley case, in which the vic­tim, who was 19 at the time, was kid­napped, sub­jected to two vi­cious as­saults where she was bound, Tasered, and her hair was cut off.

She was also sex­u­ally vi­o­lated, beaten with cricket wick­ets and a cricket bat, and had her head bashed with a ham­mer.

She was dumped on a re­mote dirt road in Auck­land’s Dome Val­ley, be­tween Wark­worth and Wells­ford.

Hakeke played a part in an ear­lier kid­nap­ping of the woman a month prior.

In this in­stance, the vic­tim was Tasered and ha­rassed be­fore be­ing left near the Bom­bay Hills and told not to re­turn to Auck­land.

Blom was sen­tenced to two years and nine months’ im­pris­on­ment on one charge of kid­nap­ping.

Hakeke was sen­tenced to two years and five months’ im­pris­on­ment on one charge of kid­nap­ping and one charge of as­sault with a weapon.

Dur­ing the sen­tenc­ing on Fri­day in the High Court at Auck­land, in front of Jus­tice Chris­tian Whata, Brian Dickey for the Crown ar­gued Blom at any point could have stopped the or­deal.

‘‘She could have brought that to an end.

‘‘Should could have brought this to an end,’’ he said.

‘‘She could have made a phone call to the po­lice, and didn’t.’’

Her lawyer, Julie-Anne Kin­cade, ar­gued her client held no mal­ice to­wards the vic­tim, and her par­tic­i­pa­tion in the act was lim­ited.

Jus­tice Whata told Kin­cade her client failed to stop the at­tack: ‘‘She knew about it, she did noth­ing,’’ he said.

Jus­tice Whata noted Hakeke had not ac­knowl­edged any re­morse for his in­volve­ment in the ear­lier kid­nap­ping. ‘‘Re­gret­tably you are not re­morse­ful,’’ he said.

Hakeke and Blom were part of a group of five who were found guilty for a range of charges by a jury in March of this year for the in­ci­dent.

The sin­is­ter chain of events un­rav­elled af­ter the vic­tim fell out with for­mer friend Ni­cola Jones, af­ter Jones be­gan to be­lieve the vic­tim had an af­fair with her boyfriend.

Jones, along with friends JulieAn­nTor­rance, Blom and Ja­clyn Keates, kid­napped the teenager and sub­jected her to a de­grad­ing at­tack where the woman’s hair was hacked off, her fin­ger stomped on un­til it broke, she was sex­u­ally vi­o­lated and beaten with a cricket bat.

Wayne Black­ett then ar­rived at the Glen Eden home and, along with Tor­rance and Jones, took the bound woman to Dome Val­ley north of Auck­land.

Black­ett hit her on the head with a ham­mer sev­eral times af­ter his ef­forts to choke and stran­gle her failed.

Ja­clyn Keates plead guilty to her role in the at­tack and is serv­ing a jail term.

Jones and Tor­rance were ex­pected to sen­tenced on Fri­day as well, but their mat­ter was pushed back un­til later next month.

Both were found guilty at­tempted mur­der. of

Cameron Hakeke, left, and Michelle Blom at their sen­tenc­ing.

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