A man accused in relation
to the kidnap and murder of a Hamilton woman did not know she
had been killed, a court has heard.
Dean Michael Addison had ordered Rae Portman, 33, be "taught
a lesson" over a drug deal between the pair, but thought she
would be kidnapped and left somewhere as a message to leave
him alone, the Crown alleges.
The High Court trial against Addison and his co-accused
Paraire Te Awa, known as 'Friday', began this morning in
Addison faces a charge of kidnap as well as two drugs
charges, while Te Awa has been charged with kidnap and
This afternoon the Crown continued its opening statement
saying Te Awa strangled Ms Portman without the prior
knowledge of Addison, and later pretended to have carried out
the plan the pair had hatched earlier in the day.
It is alleged Addison and Ms Portman were involved in the
transfer and supply of pseudoephedrine, the substance used to
make methamphetamine. Ms Portman had given Addison a package
of the base material, but he had failed to pay her or
exchange it for a quantity of the drug.
When she began pressuring him for the money he hatched a plan
to "teach her a lesson", Crown prosecutor Anna Pollett said.
Ms Portman showed up to Addison's Papakura home on June 20
where she was bound and gagged by Te Awa, Ms Pollett said. He
then bundled her into the boot of her own Mazda and drove to
a Hamilton industrial site where he is alleged to have
He later dumped her body in a pit on a friend's farm, and
covered her body in rubbish bags, the court heard.
When he arrived back at Addison's house the next day, he told
him "things had gone according to plan", the Crown said.
"There was no mention of what Te Awa had actually done to Rae
Portman, and instead he told Dean Addison that he had let her
go and told her to go far away and never make contact with
them again," Ms Pollett told the court this afternoon.
It was only when an associate, Lee Rigby, informed Addison a
few days later what happened, that he found out.
Rigby, who has already been jailed for his role in the
kidnap, is due to give evidence for the Crown.
"Rigby will describe Dean Addison as being shocked and saying
, 'that wasn't supposed to happen'."
The Crown will use text messages and mobile phone data to
connect both Addison and Te Awa to Ms Portman, and to place
Te Awa at the Ardmore farm near Auckland where her body was
found three months after her disappearance.
The court also heard how Ms Portman was close friends with
Addison's wife Nicola, so much so the pair were often
referred to as "like sisters". Text messages between them
also show Ms Portman called her "sis".
It was Ms Addison who contacted Ms Portman's mother concerned
about her whereabouts, the court said today.
Addison was a pallbearer at Ms Portman's funeral.
- By Patrice Dougan of