Two of the six people involved in a series of kidnappings and assaults of a 19-year-old sex worker last year have been sentenced in the High Court in Auckland today to jail terms.
The 19-year-old victim was twice kidnapped last year – in April and then a fortnight later in May.
On the first occasion she was assaulted, had her hair cut off and was tasered in the genital area before being dropped off south of the Bombay Hills and told not to return to Auckland.
A fortnight later she was picked up near Auckland's Karangahape Road, taken to a West Auckland house where she was again assaulted and sexually violated with a cricket wicket.
After the second incident , having been detained for almost 24 hours, tied up and bound, she was then driven north to Dome Valley where she was brutally smashed around the head with a hammer and left for dead on the side of a rural road.
Cameron Hakeke, a one time friend of the victim and also a sex worker, was found guilty at trial of kidnapping the teenaged woman in the earlier April 2016 incident and then assaulting her by way of cutting her hair off. He was not involved in the second incident.
He smiled and poked out his tongue moments before he was sentenced to two years, five months in jail.
Meanwhile, Michelle Blom who was found guilty of kidnapping the victim in May 2016 was sentenced to two years, nine months in prison.
Both had a significant problem with methamphetamine addiction.
Justice Christian Whata said the victim has suffered significant physical and emotional harm.
Julie-Ann Torrance, Nicola Jones and Wayne Blackett, who all were convicted of more serious charges including attempted murder, will be sentenced next month.
Another defendant, Jaclyn Keates who was a Crown witness at the trial, was sentenced to three years and two months jail in December.