Kidnapping accused in court
A Feilding woman has been remanded in custody for three weeks after an alleged kidnapping in the town last night.
Samantha Medhurst, a 41-year-old bartender, appeared in the Palmerston North District Court this afternoon on one charge of kidnapping.
Judge Gregory Ross said the charge was ''a serious matter'' and no application for bail had been made.
He remanded Medhurst in custody until a date in September.
Acting Inspector Brett Calkin told the Manawatu Standard that an arrest was made after police were called to a Bowen St home about 7.40pm yesterday.
''We went to the address and found there was a 41-year-old woman who had taken her ex partner, a male, and essentially kidnapped him,'' he said.
''She tied him to a chair with tape, then called police herself.''
Calkin said the woman told a police communications operator that she would harm herself if police turned up.
''Naturally police did go to the address and began negotiating with her,'' Calkin said.
''After a short time the male was set free and police managed to take her into custody.''
The arresting officers were armed with Tasers and fixed the laser target on the woman, but were not required to use the device, he said.
Calkin said the man was not physically harmed but was being assisted by Victim Support staff and friends and family.
Police inquiries were continuing into the incident.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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