A young woman who was kidnapped and raped by a man who later shot his partner in public in Tokoroa has spoken of her terror and how she thought she was going to die.
The 20-year-old yesterday recalled the early-morning nightmare two weeks ago when Jamie Ginns, who she believes was high on P, raped and seriously assaulted her over several hours at his partner's house.
Ginns, 32, was later involved in a car chase which ended when he shot his partner, Matakapua Glassie, outside the Tokoroa police station during the town's annual Santa parade.
Ms Glassie was admitted to Waikato Hospital in a critical condition, but more than two weeks later she is recovering well, according to a hospital spokesman.
Hours after the shooting, Ginns' body was found in a forest. Police said no one else was involved in the death.
Even now, the petite woman's eyes are still blood-red, revealing the severity of the struggle she cannot shake from her memory.
The woman had been drinking at Ra's Bar in Tokoroa with her partner on Thursday, December 1, when they bumped into Ginns, who they had met a couple of times before.
The couple, who had lived in Tokoroa for only six months, left at midnight with friends to carry on drinking at home. Her boyfriend sped off on his motorbike after they had a fight and Ginns offered to help her find him.
But panic started to creep in as his van veered down Dalmeny St about 1.30am and he refused to answer her questions. Ginns then turned into the driveway of the house he shared with Ms Glassie and dragged the woman by the hair, screaming, into the house.
"I remember there were kids' toys all over the ground in the hallway and then he dragged me into the bedroom and raped me. That felt like it went on for at least an hour to two hours.
"I was screaming for him to stop, he kept hitting me. He pretty much beat me into submission." At about 180cm, Ginns overpowered her slight frame.
Much later he told her to get dressed and as she started to leave, he came up behind her and wrapped his hands around her neck and pulled her back to the bedroom. "He pushed me on the bed and started strangling me. I was trying to get his hands off my neck, I couldn't, I couldn't even breathe. I just remember thinking to myself, 'S***, this is it, I'm going to die'."
She blacked out and the next thing she remembered was waking on the bedroom floor with her ankles tied by an electrical cord. Her wrists were tied behind her back and as she lifted herself from the floor the wire around her neck tightened.
"I sort of jumped down the driveway and just kept screaming and I remember there were three women across the road ... just staring.
"I just collapsed, I was in and out of consciousness.
"Thankfully this lady Fiona came running over to me and I can remember seeing her there talking to the police on the phone.
"And her partner turned up, Allan ... apparently he cut my legs free and my wrists and they couldn't get the thing off my neck."
Ginns then returned with a friend and, she is told, helped removed the wire from her neck which was buried into her skin. He also carried her to the police car until the ambulance arrived.
"I don't even remember him [coming back] ... I remember someone grabbed me and said are you all right and I did think for a split second that it was him but I was that close to dying ... it's all a blur pretty much."
She knows she is lucky to be alive and credits Allan and Fiona for saving her life.
She spent a night in Tokoroa Hospital and watched the news in horror as she saw Ginns had shot another woman outside Tokoroa police station, near the end of the Santa parade.
Relief and anger flooded through her when she found out later that afternoon that Ginns was dead.
She said her biggest fear now was that the man she believed arrived back to the house to help dispose of her body could still be living in the town.
"It just terrifies me that there's still that guy that was with [Ginns] - he knows what I look like. I don't have a clue what he looks like and he was obviously prepared to help Jamie get rid of my body."