Alleged invader found under mattress

Last updated 14:38 09/11/2011

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The third woman accused of a violent Masterton group home invasion has been found by police hiding under a mattress.

Senior Sergeant Carolyn Watson, of Wairarapa police, said Koral Northover, 37, was found by police hiding under a mattress at a Lansdowne house on Tuesday afternoon when police executed an arrest warrant.

Northover appeared at Masterton District Court yesterday on one count each of aggravated burglary, injuring with intent to injure and intentional damage.

Northover is jointly charged with Elizabeth Kapene, 36, and Sophie Hodder, 19.

Northover appeared at Masterton District Court today on one count each of aggravated burglary, injuring with intent to injure and intentional damage.

Northover is jointly charged with Elizabeth Kapene, 36, and Sophie Hodder, 19.

The attack happened in River Road, Masterton, in the early hours of Friday morning when it is alleged the three women broke in and beat a 23-year-old victim with a side-table in her own house.

Northover was remanded in custody by consent and will re-appear later this month for a bail application hearing.

On Monday police arrested Melissa Rutene, 22, who had a warrant issued her arrest for perverting the course of justice after it is alleged she tried to convince the victim to drop the complaint.

Rutene appeared in court on Tuesday and was remanded on bail to re-appear later this month.

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