20 Nov 2013

Alleged kidnapper to seek discharge

3:03 pm on 20 November 2013

A 40-year-old Hamilton woman charged with kidnapping a 10-year-old boy is to seek a discharge.

Hillary Bird is accused of kidnapping the boy at a pedestrian crossing outside his school in Hillcrest in July.

The boy managed to escape and raised the alarm.

Ms Bird has pleaded not guilty to the charge and her lawyer on Wednesday told the Hamilton District Court that he will be seeking a discharge without conviction at a hearing to be held next month.

At her previous appearance, she elected trial by jury. If the trial does go ahead, it will be held next year.