Hamilton mother defends charges of kidnapping boy

Last updated 08:20 29/01/2014
Hilary Bird
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Hilary Bird will defend her charge of kidnapping.

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A Hamilton mother accused of kidnapping a boy outside a city school is going to trial to defend the charges.

Hilary Teatamira Bird, 40, allegedly tried to make off with a 10-year-old boy as he crossed Cambridge Rd outside Hillcrest Normal School on July 8 last year.

At her last appearance, in November, Bird's lawyer, James Gurnick, told Judge Glen Marshall that he would file an application for a discharge without conviction.

However, in the Hamilton District Court on Tuesday Mr Gurnick told Judge Barney Thomas that he had abandoned that idea after discussions with the Crown. Mr Gurnick said the outstanding issues would be better suited for a jury to decide, unless the Crown was willing to lay a lesser charge against his client.

The consequences, if convicted, far outweighed the severity of the offending, he said. Bird was further remanded until her trial in August. 

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- Waikato Times

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