26 Jun 2009

Community service sentence for child's abduction

12:04 pm on 26 June 2009

The sixth person charged over the kidnapping of a six-year-old boy in Hamilton in 2006 has been sentenced to community service.

The boy was taken from a library in central Hamilton and was kept in hiding for five months.

Nicole Rowe, 37, who was extradited from Australia earlier this year, was sentenced to 400 hours of community service in the Hamilton District Court on Friday. She had pleaded guilty to a charge of abduction.

The court heard that Rowe provided vital assistance to the boy's mother and a friend in providing a house for the boy and his grandfather to stay and driving them to their final hide-out in Northland.

Her lawyer told the court that Rowe was mislead by the others and that her friend had played on her loyalty.

The Crown said that at no time did Rowe come forward to help police looking for the boy.

Rowe is the final person to be charged and sentenced over the case.