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  •   Home > News > Law and Order

    Tattooist locked me up '24/7': woman

    A woman testifies that a Rotorua tattooist locked her up '24/7' so she couldn't have contact with family or friends.


    A Rotorua tattooist locked her up '24/7' so she couldn't have contact with family or friends, a woman has testified.

    She was giving evidence via video link in the High Court at Rotorua on Tuesday where Jamie Dean Keremete, 43, is facing 22 violence and sex related charges including rape and threatening to kill. The charges embrace two women.

    Six charges relating to his first alleged victim span a period between January 2006 and December 2011 in Rotorua.

    The remainder, which include threatening to kill charges, involve the second woman are said to have occurred in Taupo, Rotorua and one at Reporoa, between October 2015 and February 2016.

    The first complainant testified via video link on Tuesday.

    She told the jury about being with Keremete in a Rotorua pub when he'd become enraged, calling her a slut and whore because she danced with other men. When bouncers threw him out she left.

    As she was walking through Kuirau Park Keremete grabbed her from behind, squeezing her arms tightly.

    "I was screaming, telling him to leave me alone, someone walked past, he said 'It's alright babe' pretending he was cuddling me with love, not anger."

    She claimed Keremete yanked off the panic alarm she wore to alert police if she needed help.

    He'd ordered her into a taxi repeatedly side punching her.

    "I had a feeling something might happen, I said to the driver if you hear of anything happening around here you'll know it's me," she said

    She claimed Keremete forced her into his car where he smothered her and punched her private parts, leaving her in agony.

    The next morning he took her to his mother's, ran her a bubble bath and put make up on her face to mask a black eye.

    She subsequently skipped the country.

    Questioned by defence lawyer Bill Nabney, she denied Keremete had problems with erectile dysfunction, disputing she knew his sister obtained Viagra for him.

    Probed, she agreed she'd made five complaints to the police about various assaults on her by Keremete for which he pleaded guilty but hadn't revealed the attack on her private parts because it was too personal to open up about it.

    She denied lying about being imprisoned and forbidden from seeing people, agreeing she'd had contact with Keremete's family but insisted she hadn't been free to come and go.

    The trial's before Justice Matthew Palmer QC.

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