Alleged abduction prompts 'stranger danger' warning

KIRSTY JOHNSTON
Last updated 13:28 12/12/2012

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An alleged attempted abduction and sexual assault in West Auckland has prompted police to warn of "stranger danger" as the festive season approaches.

Cortney Smyth, 21, appeared in the Auckland District Court on Monday charged with unlawfully taking a woman with the intent of having sex with her.

The Papakura labourer allegedly abducted the woman from Lynn Mall as she was leaving work around 6pm last Friday.

Smyth also faces four charges of sexual violation, threatening to kill the woman and robbing her of a cellphone and wallet while armed with a knife.

The victim was not known to Smyth, which police say should serve as a reminder to the public to be extra careful as Christmas approaches.

"At this time of year there are a lot of Christmas functions and a lot of people out and about and it pays to talk about personal safety," Acting Detective Inspector Stan Brown said.

"It's not just about drink-driving but having a buddy system and making sure there's someone looking after you, having someone walk you to your car, just taking extra care."

Brown said police were unable to give further details about Smyth's case as it was now before the courts.

Smyth was remanded in custody until January.

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