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Guilty plea to kidnapping charge

AARON LEAMAN
Last updated 12:33 20/06/2013
Sonny Waiti
ANDREW WARNER
IN COURT: Sonny Waiti at today's hearing.

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The man accused of a kidnapping in which a woman was dragged along the road like a "dummy" has pleaded guilty.

Sonny Waiti, 26, of Rotorua, was arrested soon after the incident on the outskirts of Putaruru. Today in the Rotorua District Court he pleaded guilty to one charge of kidnapping and was remanded in custody for sentencing on August 23.

The victim, Ana Eriepa, 37, a Rotorua mother-of-three, was dragged over asphalt for more than a kilometre as the car sped along State Highway 1, near Lichfield, between Tokoroa and Putaruru.

Witnesses said Eriepa had appeared to be trying to get out of the boot of the car, which was travelling about 100kmh, when her feet got caught. They said her body was "like a dummy bouncing up and down".

Eriepa remains in a stable condition in a Waikato Hospital ward.

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