Missing woman's sister discharged

GUILTY PLEA: Tamara Asher leaving the Auckland District Court in June. She has been  discharged without conviction on a firearms charge laid following police raids in the Urewera Range.
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GUILTY PLEA: Tamara Asher leaving the Auckland District Court in June. She has been discharged without conviction on a firearms charge laid following police raids in the Urewera Range.

The sister of missing Auckland woman Iraena Asher has been discharged without conviction on a firearms charge laid following police raids in the Urewera Range.

Tamara Asher, 26, appeared in Auckland District Court for sentencing yesterday on one charge of illegal possession of a weapon. The only one of the Urewera accused to plead guilty, she was discharged without conviction.

Judge Graham Hubble refused to continue name suppression.

Her older sister, Iraena, disappeared from Piha on October 10, 2004, after making a 111 call to police in which she said she was being followed. A police dispatcher sent a taxi to pick her up.

The Ashers' family home in the West Auckland suburb of Massey was searched by police on October 15 last year.

At the time, the family said police rifled through Iraena's room, which had been kept the way she left it. At the end of the three-hour search, police left with an old passport belonging to Tamara.

Tamara had visited whanau in the Ruatoki Valley, including Tame Iti, several months earlier.

 

The Dominion Post