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Kidnapping victim 'wanted to be with him'

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 10/03/2017

The girl who'd allegedly been kidnapped, and who police were looking for, told her captor's uncle she wanted to be with his nephew, a jury has been told.

A 38-year-old man is being tried in the Rotorua District Court on one count of abduction, seven burglary charges, and three of a sexual connection at Maraetai, Taupo and Rotorua.

According to the defendant's uncle, he'd spoken to the defendant and the girl on the phone some days after they'd visited him on the outskirts of Rotorua.

He said he'd contacted his nephew to tell him police were looking for him because of the 15-year-old, believing he'd kidnapped her.

He said when he told his nephew to do the right thing and take the girl to the nearest police station, he assured him he was "taking her in".

"I said put her (the alleged victim) on, I told her a lot of people were looking for her including her parents and she said 'I just want to be with ....(the defendant)'."

He told his nephew the police would be asking him if he had seen the pair, and he told them the truth and what the girl had said to him; that she wanted to be with him.

When the girl was on the way to the Opotiki police station with a police officer he spoke to her again and she asked him to pick her up.

Questioned by the defendant's lawyer Bill Nabney he agreed the girl told him she didn't want to go back to her parents but wanted to come and stay with him and his partner.

"She certainly didn't appear frightened or scared of him (his nephew),'' he said.

When he reached the Opotiki station the girl had been taken to CYFS.

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