Both the Crown and the defence yesterday closed their cases
during the jury trial of a woman allegedly involved in a
violent kidnapping near Arrowtown.
Rachel Maree Faul (22), of Speargrass Flat, has pleaded not
guilty before Judge Gary MacAskill in the Invercargill
District Court to charges of kidnapping Jason Scott Maynard,
and offering to supply the class B drug ecstasy in 2011.
The court yesterday heard the remaining three Crown witnesses
- two detectives and a Queenstown doctor.
Detective Grant Miller said he interviewed Faul at the
Queenstown police station on November 27, 2011. After
speaking to her solicitor, she declined to answer questions
but said she was joint owner of a yellow Toyota Altezza, and
that was the car she drove.
Dr Susan Weggery, a medical officer at the Lakes District
Hospital, treated Mr Maynard on November 26, 2011. His
injuries included facial swelling and contusions on his lip
and gum, she said.
He was admitted overnight and was diagnosed with mild
concussion and facial contusions. He was also ''mildly
Dr Weggery said it was common for people not to recall all
events after concussion so she was not sure if Mr Maynard was
unwilling to tell her or could not remember.
The defence did not call any witnesses, or offer any
In her closing statement, Crown counsel Mary-Jane Thomas said
Faul lured Mr Maynard, her friend, to an isolated spot,
bringing another group of friends, men who were armed and in
Faul sat in the car while Mr Maynard was beaten up by five
men, before he was put in her car. She drove him away and
intended to confine him in her car, Ms Thomas said.
Faul arranged the drug swap or deal, and was responsible for
''tricking Mr Maynard'' into the Crown Range Rd meeting, she
''The defendant was an integral part in what happened.''
She referred to evidence from Daniel Kissell, who told the
court on Monday, the group had told Mr Maynard he had ripped
them off. Referring to text messages between Faul and
Kissell - one of the five men involved in the kidnapping - Ms
Thomas said ''you might think from the tone of the texts that
she wasn't particularly concerned that her friend Mr Maynard
One text from Faul mentioned ''... Don't think I want you
guys coming after me lol''.
''Does that appear to be from a young woman who is upset?''
Ms Thomas asked.
Regarding the charge of offering to supply the class B drug
ecstasy, Ms Thomas said the acceptance of money from Kissell
was an indication of a willingness to supply the drug. She
said Kissell thought it was ecstasy, but said the Crown
accepted he gained this knowledge from a discussion, not from
''You can infer that when the defendant took the money, that
it was about ecstasy. There is no other explanation that you
Defence counsel Jonathan Eaton said the Crown suggested Faul
was a ''cold, callous, and uncaring person''. He said Faul
had not done anything to conceal her identity.
''She went to meet up with Jason Maynard in her own car,
easily traceable, calling and texting him on her own phone,
easily traceable. It doesn't make any sense that Rachel would
deliberately kidnap Jason Maynard.''
Mr Eaton said Faul had ''no doubt heard or perhaps seen parts
of him being assaulted'', before Mr Maynard was suddenly in
the back seat of her car with Brodie O'Rourke, and her friend
Brooke in the front with her.
Faul drove off for about 4km, and after three minutes, she
stopped, he said. Mr Eaton said there was ''absolutely no
premeditation'' on Faul's part.
''She is confronted with this horror scenario. What was she
to do?''In relation to the offering to supply charge, Mr
Eaton said the Crown case was seriously flawed. He said the
Crown said Faul was guilty of offering to supply Kissell
because she took $120.
''He thought it was ecstasy pills. He didn't get any
knowledge of ecstasy from Rachel ...
The substance the boys got ... was not ecstasy at all.
''The Crown case relies entirely on what other people may
The case had been hanging over Faul and her family for the
past two years, he said.
The trial continues today.