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Rotorua teen kidnap accused remanded

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 10/05/2017
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A 17-year-old accused of kidnapping may be able to plead insanity, his lawyer told the Rotorua District Court on Wednesday.

The teen is accused of kidnapping an infant from his home in December.

His lawyer, Louis Te Kani, told Judge Maree Mackenzie that a psychiatrist had said he believed the teen had the defence of insanity available to him.

He also said the doctor advocated the defendant's name should remain suppressed.

Crown solicitor Amanda Gordon did not oppose the continued suppression, at least in the meantime, but asked for a second opinion from an independent psychiatrist.

Judge Mackenzie further remanded the teenager until June 30, saying the present interim name suppression order would remain in force until then, when permanent suppression would be considered.

The teenager has yet to plead to a charge of kidnapping an infant from his home in the Rotorua suburb of Koutu on December 13.

Discovering their baby was missing at 2am that morning, his family turned to social media to launch a search for him. The child was returned to them unharmed, six hours later.

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