Guilty verdict in Dome Valley attack

Michelle Blom, Nicola Jones, Julie-Ann Torrance, Cameron Hakeke, a court security guard and Wayne Blackett. Photo: NZ Herald
Michelle Blom, Nicola Jones, Julie-Ann Torrance, Cameron Hakeke, a court security guard and Wayne Blackett. Photo: NZ Herald

The 19-year-old was left for dead on the side of the road last May with at least seven holes in her skull, bound, beaten and violated.

Throughout the three-week trial, a jury at the Auckland High Court heard from a number of witnesses, including the woman herself who gave evidence via an audio-visual link so she didn't have to face her attackers.

The Crown said the fact she survived the abductions and beatings was "nothing short of a miracle".

Today, after five and a half hours of deliberations, the jury found Nicola Jones, Julie-Ann Torrance, Michelle Blom and Cameron Hakeke guilty of various roles in the two attacks.

Wayne Blackett pleaded guilty to kidnapping and attempting to murder the teen at the start of the trial, and Jaclyn Keates has already been jailed for her role.

The attackers:

Nicola Jones: Found guilty of threatening to kill, attempted murder, injuring with intent, and assault with a Taser. She was found not guilty of sexual violation. She earlier plead guilty to two charges of kidnapping, stealing a car, and three charges of assault with a weapon

Julie-Ann Torrance: Found guilty of assault with a weapon, sexual violation and attempted murder. She earlier plead guilty to two charges of assault with a weapon, kidnapping, and injuring with intent

Michelle Blom: Was found guilty of kidnapping and found not guilty of injuring with intent, two charges of assault with a weapon and sexual violation

Cameron Hakeke: Found guilty of kidnapping and assault with a weapon. He was found not guilty of theft of a car, and an additional charge of assault with a weapon.

The others:
Wayne Blackett: At the start of the trial he admitted attempting to murder and kidnapping the teen. He had charges of sexual violation and assault dismissed by the judge.

Jaclyn Keates: She did not go to trial and admitted kidnapping, assault with a weapon and injuring with intent to injure. She was jailed for three years and two months in December.

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