Body dumping duo in court
A man and woman facing charges surrounding the dumping of a Tauranga teen's body outside a Matamata hospital will remain behind bars.
Thomas Kevin McDonald, 30, and Cheyanne McCausland, 23, appeared in Tauranga District Court this morning where they were further remanded in custody until June 18, the SunLive news website reported.
McDonald is charged with assault on a female, wilful damage, kidnapping, injuring with intent to injure, aggravated robbery and unlawfully taking a motor vehicle.
McCausland is charged with kidnapping, injuring with intent to injure, aggravated robbery, and unlawfully taking a motor vehicle.
The pair were arrested in South Auckland on April 3 allegedly in possession of a stolen vehicle that police say was used in a crime spree that involved kidnapping, aggravated robbery and the dumping of a teen's body outside Matamata hospital.
Jovaan Graham, 18, of Tauranga, died immediately after being hit by a Toyota Prado on State Highway 29 around 3am on April 3.
The driver of the Toyota was travelling along SH29 in the lower Kaimais when he struck Jovaan. Police say the man had pulled over to see what happened when he was assaulted and abducted by McDonald and McCausland.
At the scene police found a Nissan Wingroad stationwagon stolen from Tauranga Hospital the day before. Police believe it had broken down or run out of petrol stranding the three on the highway.
The driver of the Toyota later escaped from his vehicle and managed to raise the alarm. He was taken to hospital where he was treated and discharged.
Police say the pair then drove to Pohlen Hospital in Matamata where they dumped Jovaan's body, discovered by security staff around 4am.
The Toyota Prado was later located in Papakura, where McDonald and McCausland were arrested.