Wanted man hands himself in

By Amy McGillivray


One of the Bay of Plenty's most wanted men has handed himself over to police.

Tane Hill-Ormsby, 22, from Te Puna, was wanted for kidnapping, aggravated robbery and arson, in relation to an alleged robbery and torching of a 20-year-old man's 2008 silver Hyundai vehicle.

Hill-Ormsby and his alleged co-offender Daytona Byron Ranui, 22, of Judea, are alleged to have stolen the car and driven it around before setting it on fire and abandoning it on Te Puna beach on August 14 this year.

Detective Nigel Grey said Hill-Ormsby and his lawyer fronted up at Tauranga police station yesterday.

"He turned up here and was charged and taken down to the courts,'' Mr Grey said.

The arrest comes after Hill-Ormsby and three others appeared on the front page of the Bay of Plenty Times last Saturday.

"There was pressure put on him and when you put pressure on them they pop out sometimes. He fronted up yesterday with his lawyer after his picture was put in the paper,'' Mr Grey said.

Hill-Ormsby was remanded in custody until he appeared in Tauranga District Court yesterday.

He is due back in court on September 21, while Ranui, who is also yet to plea to the charges, is due back to appear in the same court on October 10.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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