River­head trial: Night­mare at Auck­land quarry


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 want­ing only one thing — a hug.

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

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 and at­tempt­ing 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 course of the evening she spent time with friends and 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 al­lege, 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 couldn’t re­call much from that evening.

One minute she had been on Karanga­hape Road, 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.’’

‘‘I can re­mem­ber feel­ing this side of the head and it was just cov­ered in blood.’’

Some­how the woman man­aged to get away. She had no idea where the at­tacker was, and had some­how man­aged to call po­lice.

Mitchell faces charges of ab­duc­tion, wound­ing with in­tent to cause griev­ous bod­ily harm, and as­sault with in­tent to com­mit sex­ual vi­o­la­tion. He de­nies ab­duct­ing the woman, claim­ing he was bathing his legs in the waters at One­hunga beach on the night of the at­tack.

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Colin Jack Mitchell is on trial at the High Court in Auck­land.

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