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The bizarre inside story of the finance executive and the missing rabbits

Sam Hurley

New Zealand Herald business journalist

A once high-flying businessman appeared to have all the characteristics of a successful and motivated executive. However, he was also behind what was described as one of Australia's worst cases of animal cruelty. Then in 2016 pet rabbits started to disappear from their hutches in suburban Auckland. After a more than two-year court case, Sam Hurley can now reveal this truly bizarre story.

It's dark and it's early.

At just 10 minutes past five o'clock in the morning it also must be cold at the outset of September.

Then, slowly, a man wearing a beanie starts to crawl