Raaj Cole Tiananga
From Christchurch Press story 18th July 1997
A man who kidnapped and indecently assaulted a woman in October last year was told by a High Court judge yesterday that kidnapping was ``totally repugnant''. In the High Court in Christchurch yesterday, Justice Chisholm jailed Raaj Cole Tiananga, 30, for four years and six months on charges of kidnapping, two of threatening to do grievous bodily harm, and one each of indecent assault and of male assault on a female.
The kidnapping lasted from about 6pm on October 24 to about 9am the next day when the woman managed to escape. During the detention Tiananga forced the woman into his car then drove to Governors Bay. On the return journey to Christchurch he grabbed the woman's vagina and twisted it, causing her pain. She escaped the next day after her mother called at the address. For Tiananga, Tim Fournier submitted that the offending was not planned nor was the kidnapping done for financial gain.
The offending was something which developed as a "spur of the moment thing and snowballed from that". The indecent assault was something meant to cause the complainant discomfort and pain and was not coupled with sexual overtones, he said. The entire episode appeared out of character for Tiananga. In jailing Tiananga, Justice Chisholm said the most serious charge was the kidnapping which was "totally repugnant whether it involves someone known to the offender or not". Accordingly, there had to be a deterrent element in the sentence.
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Kidnapping and indecent assault of a Christchurch woman in October 1996
Also male assaults female and two charges of threatening to do grievous bodily harm
Sentenced to 4 years 6 months in July 1997
This was appealed but the appeal was unsuccessful
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