The Ford Econovan police say was used by two men in the alleged attempted abduction of a 22-year-old woman in central Dunedin on Saturday night. Photo by NZ Police.
Police are appealing for sightings of a silver van around
Dunedin. They say two men attempted to drag a woman into the
vehicle on Saturday night.
Two men charged with abducting a woman on Vogel St have been
remanded in custody by consent.
Joseph Warren Lepper (36), of Motueka, and Zane Alexander
McVeigh (17), labourer, of Kaiapoi, are charged jointly with
detaining the woman without her consent with intent to have
sexual intercourse with her, at Dunedin on October 19.
Lepper is remanded to November 12.
He did not appear before a judge, instead being dealt with by
registrar's adjournment at the Dunedin District Court
McVeigh, represented by public defender Andrew Dawson,
appeared before Judge Fred McElrea and is to appear again on
Thursday for the hearing of an opposed bail application.
Police yesterday said they were particularly interested in
talking to any witnesses, and any who might have seen
anything of another alleged attempted abduction, of a
25-year-old woman on Hillside Rd, in South Dunedin, also on
Inquiries were continuing on whether the incidents were
linked, but ''there are characteristics that we are
Police were also interested in any sightings of the
''home-sprayed silver'' Ford Econovan, which was recovered on
The Vogel St victim was recovering well from the incident,
and ''she is a very brave and courageous young woman to have
done what she has done'' in fighting off the two men.
Det Boucher also praised the assistance which was given to
her by three male students, who ''did an outstanding job''.
He said the men heard the woman scream for help and the two
assailants fled the scene when the students went to help.
Det Boucher said Dunedin was a very safe city and these
incidents were highly unusual. ''The fact that a number of
people came to assist the victim in the first incident shows
the strength of our community,'' he said.
Anyone with information about the van or either of the two
alleged abduction incidents was urged to contact Dunedin
police on 471-4800 or via the anonymous Crimestoppers line