Zeppelin Ronny James Dio Taane
Daily Post story here
A Korean tourist was forced to massage a Taupo man who indecently assaulted and robbed her.
Zeppelin Ronny James Dio Taane, 20, pleaded guilty in the Rotorua District Court yesterday to indecent assault and robbery. The police summary of facts stated a 27-year-old tourist had walked to Taupo Bungy about 10am on March 22 this year when Taane struck up a conversation with her. She declined his offer to show her the way to Huka Falls and the Aratiatia Dam. As she walked up County Rd a short time later, Taane called out that she had missed the track.
Despite her objections, he insisted on escorting her. He told her about Maori massage and asked her about Korean massage before asking her, on an isolated part of the track, to perform Korean massage on his neck. At his insistence, she massaged his neck and shoulders and Taane then massaged her.
The woman kept asking him to stop. However, Taane removed his top and jeans and insisted on another massage before lifting up her top and rubbing her bare back. He pushed her hands onto her shoulders to stop her leaving. She began screaming and he pushed her to the ground, pulling her shorts to her knees.
She continued screaming and kicking and Taane pushed her away, taking her digital camera and cellphone before hugging her, apologising and running away. Disorientated and lost, she called out to two walkers. A walker and two mountainbikers chased Taane who ran off into thick bush. He was found later by a police dog handler, pretending to be asleep. He denied the attack at the time. The stolen items were found a short distance away. Yesterday Judge Maree McKenzie remanded Taane on bail to appear for sentencing on June 20.
From the Daily Post (Rotorua) 10th April 2008
A Napier man charged with indecently assaulting and robbing a tourist in Taupo over Easter has appeared in the Rotorua District Court. Unemployed Zeppelin Ronny James Dio Taane, 20, appeared before a registrar and did not enter pleas to charges of indecently assaulting a Korean woman and robbing her of her cellphone and digital camera. Taane has been remanded on bail to appear next Wednesday.
Date of Birth
1988 (D.O.B. is approximate)
Sentenced to 2 years 3 months in June 2008
Unsuccessfully tried to appeal this sentence November 2008
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