AOS Called Out To Great Barrier Kidnapping

As if by proof that no corner of New Zealand is untouched by violent crime, the Armed Offenders Squad was called out to Great Barrier Island after a man was attacked and a woman went missing.

According to various reports the man was seriously assaulted with a weapon yesterday and its feared that the 19 year old woman may have been abducted by their attacker, neither of whom have been seen since.

Police are waiting to interview the injured man who was taken to hospital in Auckland and will be making no further comment today.

Great Barrier is an island in the Hauraki Gulf, approximately 100km to the northwest of Auckland.

About 60% of it is nature reserve and it only has a population of 852 people. They mostly make their living from farming and tourism so there’s a high possibility that the victims were visitors to the island, maybe tourists from within NZ or even overseas.

Meanwhile, the body of a woman, who was found burning to death in rural  Huntly yesterday was removed from the side of the road this afternoon. There is no indication yet as to whether the two events are connected.

In Wellington court news today a career burglar who tied-up a teenage girl ‘home alone’  has been jailed for three and a half years for kidnapping and burglary.

Passing sentence, Judge Bruce Davidson said there were aggravating features which had left the victim still having flashbacks about the events of June 2 last year.

“This was an out and out home invasion.”

(Garry) Travers — who had about 120 previous convictions, 28 of them burglaries — had gone in the early hours of the morning to the house of a man he knew, intending to steal cannabis.

He discovered the homeowner’s 17-year-old daughter there by herself but that did not deter him. The judge said Travers gained entry under false pretext, saying he was a tradesman who had been called to do some work.

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