Two women fondled and kissed a man inside his house then
blackmailed him into giving them money or they'd reveal all
to his wife, a jury has heard.
Melisa Repia and Dulcie Harris, both 35, are on trial in the
High Court at Whangarei after denying charges of blackmail
and theft of jewellery.
Prosecutor Catherine Anderson told the jury that in early
February last year, the complainant was at his Kaikohe home
watching TV alone when he heard a knock on the door.
The man's wife was not home.
When he opened the door, Repia and Harris took him inside the
house and began kissing and fondling him.
Later, both said they had been robbed and had no food.
The man then gave them food and a bottle of liquor before
asking them to leave his house.
Sometime later, Repia sent the man a text message, and he
telephoned Repia, Ms Anderson said.
When the man called Repia after receiving a text message from
her, she demanded money or she would tell everything to the
That evening, the women visited the man, who drove them to a
bank, withdrew cash and handed over the money.
More money was given as time passed, Ms Anderson said.
During one of the payments, Repia informed the man about
being in possession of his wife's jewellery and if he wanted
it, he'd have to pay.
"This is a case of a man being blackmailed by two women who
stole his wife's jewellery and demanded money so that they
won't tell his wife what happened," Ms Anderson said.
She said the man kept paying Repia because he didn't want his
wife to know what happened in the house and about the missing
His wife returned home on February 18 and discovered her
entire jewellery collection missing.
Tea towels made by her sister were also missing. They were
recovered during a search of a Kaikohe house in February.
Ms Anderson said the man felt he had no choice but to give
money after being blackmailed.
Cellphone records obtained by police will be produced in
The trial before Justice Patrick Keane continues today.
- Imran Ali of the Northern Advocate