Kidnap victim had cuts, burns and whip wounds

Last updated 05:00 25/05/2011

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A young Wainuiomata man was cut, burnt and whipped during a drug-related kidnapping that lasted from Sunday night until Monday afternoon, police believe.

Samuel Smyth, 20, managed to escape the Wainuiomata property, where he was held against his will, and was found by a member of the public.

He was admitted to Hutt Hospital and treated for cuts to a large part of his body, along with what appeared to be whip marks, burns and puncture wounds, said Detective Senior Sergeant Paul Borrell, of Lower Hutt CIB.

Mr Smyth was discharged yesterday. He was extremely lucky to have escaped from what appeared to be a premeditated and deliberate attack, Mr Borrell said.

"This should act as a serious reminder to anyone involved in drug-related offending, given the risk of underlying violence associated with such illegal activity."

Mr Smyth's alleged attackers appeared in Lower Hutt District Court yesterday afternoon on joint charges of kidnapping and wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Peter Philip Moore, 21, of Wainuiomata, Daniel Thomas Rutter, 20, of Naenae, and Tristan Joseph Thompson, 27, of Wainuiomata, were remanded in custody by consent and are scheduled to reappear later this week.

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- The Dominion Post

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