Skeet was sentenced in the Napier District Court in December 2014 for 2 counts of blackmail, one of kidnapping and one of aggravated robbery. On appeal, the Court of Appeal quashed her aggravated robbery conviction but upheld her convictions on the blackmail and kidnapping counts. Skeet then sought leave to appeal against the Court of Appeal’s decision with respect to those three convictions.
Skeet threatened the victim saying she would harm him and/or his disabled daughter if he did not give her money and other assistance, and thereby committed blackmail.
Skeet and an associate had threatened the victim with violence, stole his cell phone and demanded all the money in his bank account. They told the victim that they would take him to an ATM machine, where he would withdraw all his money. The victim was told to drive to a particular location with Ms Skeet. He did so, followed by Ms Skeet’s associate in another car. When there, he withdrew $2,000 and gave it to Ms Skeet.
Skeet was granted home detention to an address outside of Hawkes Bay, which turned out to be the home of a prolific criminal. Hawkes Bay Today article: Bail both up
OFFENCES / CONVICTIONS
|Event Date||Event||Court Location||Offence Type||Offence Date||Committed While||Sentence Imposed|
|6-9-2016||Appeal hearing||Supreme Court (Wellington)||Kidnapping||7 Months, Home Detention||▼|