Sixth accused in court over gagged woman's Dome Valley kidnapping

A sixth person has appeared in court after a woman was found bound and gagged beside a road in the Dome Valley.
A sixth person has appeared in court after a woman was found bound and gagged beside a road in the Dome Valley.

A sixth person charged after a woman was found dumped beside a road in the Dome Valley has appeared in court.

Jaclyn Keates appeared in the High Court at Auckland this morning charged with kidnapping, unlawful sexual connection and two counts of assault.

Her lawyer Paul Heaslip did not apply for continued name suppression.

Five others charged in connection with the case, Wayne Edward Blackett, a 39-year-old caregiver; Nicola Jones, a 28-year-old escort; Cameron Te Hau Kareti Tautau Hakeke, 33, and Julie-Ann Torrance, 42, and a woman with name suppression, have all denied charges against them.

The group face a variety of allegations, including attempted murder, assault with a weapon, kidnapping, sexual violation and aggravated robbery.

The charges followed the discovery of a bound and gagged woman with critical head injuries on the side of a Dome Valley road on May 9.

It is understood she was taken to an address on Great North Rd against her will. While she was there she was bound foot and hand with cable ties and attacked with a hammer before she was dumped on the road.

A member of the public contacted emergency services after finding the woman, aged in her 20s to 30s.

Police used a photo of her distinctive rose tattoo to appeal for help to identify her.

The defendants will be back in court in August.

A trial date in February next year has been set.

- NZ Herald

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