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Woman jailed for Dome Valley kidnap

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 12/12/2016 Sean Martin

A woman kidnapped, beaten and left critically injured on a highway north of Auckland has told a court she thought she was going to die during the prolonged and degrading attack.

Jaclyn Keates, 29, was on Tuesday sentenced to three years' and two months in jail for her part in a group attack on a now 20-year-old, who was found on a road in the Dome Valley in May.

Keates earlier pleaded guilty to kidnapping, assault with weapon - including scissors and a cricket stump - and injuring with intent, while a charge of sexual violation was withdrawn.

The victim, who cannot be named and did not know Keates, told the High Court at Auckland she felt completely overpowered and a sense as she was grabbed off Auckland's Karangahape Road, forced into the back of a car and beaten.

"I was very scared I was going to die," she told the court of an alleged 20-hour attack that followed at a Kelston home.

"I feel like it went on forever."

She said she was reliving the event and had been left unable to focus long enough to work.

Keates' lawyer, Paul Heaslip, told the court his client was not fully aware of the the consequences of her actions because of alcohol and methamphetamine use on the night of the attack and was afterwards racked with guilt and disbelief.

But Justice Simon Moore said while Keates did not directly participate in the acts of "extreme degradation" that allegedly followed the kidnapping, her words had encouraged and "emboldened" the others and she had done nothing at any point to help.

"Without doubt, what you did added to the victim's plight and misery."

He said texts she sent afterwards, in which she said called the victim a "gutter rat", spoke volumes.

Five other people have pleaded not guilty over the incident and are due to stand trial in February.

The two men and three women face various charges, including attempted murder, assault with a weapon, kidnapping, sexual violation and aggravated robbery.

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