Kidnap charge admitted

17:00, Jun 06 2014

A Southland man has admitted a charge of kidnapping while using a firearm.

The man, who has interim name suppression, appeared before Judge Michael Turner yesterday in the Invercargill District Court and admitted three charges.

The man, in his 40s, pleaded guilty to kidnapping, threatening to do grievous bodily harm and using a firearm while committing kidnap on March 18. He pleaded not guilty to a charge of aggravated burglary and elected trial by jury.

He was remanded on bail to July 11.

The police summary of facts was not read in court. The judge said it contained details the man had pleaded not guilty to.

A woman, who has interim name suppression, was jointly charged with the man.

She was excused from appearing yesterday but was required at the next court hearing, as well as pleas, the judge said. She was also remanded to July 11.

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