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Student to be Sentenced for Kidnapping Wednesday


Student to be sentenced for serious crimes


A 25 year-old Chinese student – Jin Long Zhang – will be sentenced in the Auckland District Court at 9am on Wednesday January 19, for eight crimes including kidnapping, aggravated robbery and carrying an imitation firearm with criminal intent, which he was convicted of in December last year.

The offences occurred in the early hours of Wednesday February 25, 2004, when a young Asian woman was kidnapped at gunpoint after leaving a kaoroke bar in Newmarket.

Zhang was apprehended by Police that morning and has been in custody ever since. He pleaded guilty to all charges against him on December 8, 2004.

Four of the charges he is convicted of carry maximum sentences of 14 years, two are punishable by up to seven years imprisonment and two carry three-year sentences.

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