Man arrested in relation to Timaru abduction case

MICHELLE COOKE AND AL WILLIAMS
Last updated 07:14 21/11/2012
Holme Station Bridge
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INFORMATION SOUGHT: Police conduct a checkpoint at Holme Station Bridge in hopes of receiving more information into the apparent abduction and assault of a 9-year-old boy last week.

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A 26-year-old Timaru man has been arrested in relation to the alleged abduction of a nine-year-old Timaru boy.

The man was arrested last night and charged with causing grievous bodily harm to the nine-year-old, who was found battered and shaken in Timaru last Thursday.

He had left school shortly after 3pm and was found 15 kilometres away.

Police have been trying to establish what happened to him ever since.

A man was expected to appear in Timaru District Court this morning, Mid-South Canterbury area commander Inspector Dave Gaskin said.

The man was known to the child but they were not related, Mr Gaskin said last night.

Further charges were likely, he said, but would not elaborate.

''Obviously that's got to be decided in the future," he said.

''We received a large amount of information from the public; that combined with some investigators who worked long hours and managed to bring the matter to a satisfactory resolution.''

The boy remains in Timaru Hospital.

He suffered injuries to his mouth and jaw sometime between when he left Oceanview Heights School at 3pm last Thursday and when he was found at Holme Station Rd 80 minutes later.

Police were only able to talk to the boy for the first time on Monday, after getting medical clearance to do so.

Gaskin said yesterday that the boy was the "key" to solving the case.

The suspected abduction and assault were "very unusual" for the small, tight community, he said.

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- The Timaru Herald

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