A Canterbury businessman bashed two men he believed were
stealing diesel from his drilling company before tying them
up, blindfolding them, and throwing them in a river, a court
Dave Clemence is standing trial at Christchurch District
Court for kidnapping, assaulting and threatening to kill
Matthew Pender-McLean and Karl Clark.
The Crown alleges that Clemence, owner of Kaiapoi-based
family firm Clemence Drilling, had workers or other men
waiting on the night of April 7, 2011 to catch thieves
targeting his yard.
It says Pender-McLean and Clark were jumped by a group of up
to 10 men, each referred to in the indictment as "unknown
Polynesian male" and beaten before Clemence was called to the
He then assaulting the men, kidnapped them, and led them down
to a nearby river in a terrifying two-hour ordeal, the Crown
Clemence denies all 18 charges, including two of kidnapping,
nine of assault with intent to injure, assault, assault with
a weapon, and threatening to kill or do grievous bodily harm.
The trial, before Judge Gary MacAskill, started today and is
expected to call 10 Crown witnesses, and last all week.