Sex abductor pleads guilty

Last updated 10:58 05/06/2014

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A New Plymouth man who abducted a woman for sex in Mount Maunganui has pleaded guilty to the charges.

Name suppression lapsed for Neihana Jeremy Rangitonga when he appeared in the Tauranga District Court this week, the Bay of Plenty Times reported.

The 35-year-old admitted charges of abducting a 21-year old woman for sexual purposes and threatening to kill.

On May 10 the heavily intoxicated victim went to Burger King about 3am to buy food at the drive through but was refused service as she was on foot.

Rangitonga arrived in a taxi, and offered to take her through the drive through and she accepted.

They went to Grace Rd in Mount Maunganui where Rangitonga had parked his car, the Bay of Plenty Times reported.

He drove her back to the drive through and placed their orders, but drove off when told there would be a 15-minute wait.

Rangitonga ignored the woman when she asked what he was doing and headed towards Papamoa.

The victim kept asking Rangitonga to stop but he sped up and grabbed her by the hair telling her, "If you don't do as I say I'm going to kill you," and demanded sex.

She opened the door and fought him off before falling onto the road backwards.

Rangitonga's car ran over her leg as he drove off.

The victim, who sought help at a nearby house, needed crutches after the attack. Rangitonga will be sentenced on June 23, the Bay of Plenty Times reported.

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