Kidnap accused to remain in custody

17:16, Dec 19 2013

The man charged with kidnapping a young girl in Washdyke as she rode her bicycle has been remanded in custody to reappear on February 4.

Blaine Ross Hughes, 20, a timber processing operator of no fixed abode, appeared in the Timaru District Court yesterday on seven charges - kidnapping, theft, burglary, unlawfully carrying a firearm, possession of a weapon (machete), unlawfully taking a motor vehicle and injuring with intent to injure.

He has yet to plea.

Hughes was arrested after a man allegedly grabbed the girl off her bicycle and dragged her across a fence into a bush. A witness went to the girl's aid and the alleged offender ran off.

The incident happened on State Highway 8, near Sir Basil Arthur Park, at 8pm on December 3.


The Timaru Herald