A fresh clue has been discovered in a bizarre alleged car boot kidnapping case after officers found a tea towel discarded on a highway they allege
A fresh clue has been discovered in a bizarre alleged car boot kidnapping case after officers found a tea towel discarded on a highway they allege was used to wipe blood off the car.
Nisha Phillips, 24, was treated for multiple stab wounds and is recovering from her injuries at her home after being discharged from Liverpool Hospital on Saturday.
She was discovered crammed into the back of a Holden Commodore on the Hume Highway near Pheasants Nest, on the way to the notorious Belanglo State Forest, after punching her bloodied hand through a rear tail light.
Nisha Phillips (pictured), 24, was allegedly stuffed into the boot of her own Holden Commodore
Latia Henderson (pictured), 18, was allegedly driving the car and has allegedly asmitted to wiping blood off the vehicle with a tea towel
A passing motorist noticed the hand and called police – who searched the car and allegedly found Ms Phillips, a large kitchen knife and cannabis inside.
Ms Phillips, who recently moved to Campbelltown in Sydney from Queensland, had stab wounds to her shoulder, arm and knee.
Police have charged both Henderson and Ketley with unlawful wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, detaining to gain advantage causing bodily harm and driving a vehicle without (the) owner’s consent.
Henderson, 18, was allegedly driving the car, while Kayley Lee Ketley, 24, was a passenger in the vehicle – with both women understood to have denied causing the injuries at the scene.
Police are set to allege, however, that Ms Henderson has admitted to wiping blood off the car with the tea towel and throwing it away at Menangle – leading them to search the area, The Daily Telegraph reported.
Police are reportedly investigating if the alleged kidnappers were on their way to Belanglo, a forest between Sydney and Canberra.
Henderson and Ketley were both refused bail at Picton Local Court on Thursday.
Court papers reveal police allege that on Tuesday, February 2, both Henderson and Ketley went to an address in Claymore, Western Sydney, and allegedly stole Ms Phillips’ prized Holden Commodore before allegedly stabbing her and stuffing her in the boot.
A driver called police after allegedly noticing the 24-year-old’s hand hanging out of a broken tail light in the boot of the Commodore (pictured)
Henderson’s lawyer Gazi Abbass made no application for bail on her behalf, telling media waiting outside he was yet to be given instructions to fight the charges.
The 18-year-old appeared in court over video link from a police cell, wearing a white forensic jumpsuit and appearing largely emotionless aside from a small wave to her grandmother who was supporting her in court.
A disheveled looking Ketley was not represented by a lawyer but still applied for bail despite Magistrate Mark Douglass urging her not to.
‘These are very serious offences, please obtain some legal advice in relation to all matters,’ he told her.
But Ketley persisted unsuccessfully in her application, saying she would do whatever she needed to so that she could care for her sick grandmother.
‘My grandmother is very ill. I would be asking to be released to live at her address so I can care for her,’ she said.
‘I will report at least twice a day everyday. I will do whatever I have to do to get bail.’
Police allegedly pulled the car over on the Hume Highway in Berrima, in the NSW Southern Highlands, on Wednesday morning
Both Henderson (left) and Ketley were refused bail to reappear in Campbelltown Local Court in April
Latia Henderson (pictured), 18, is alleged to have been driving the car containing the terrified 24-year-old alleged victim
Ketley has also been hit with the additional charges of cannabis possession and driving while disqualified.
In another twist, the alleged victim of an alleged car boot kidnapping is now wanted by police to answer a criminal charge in Queensland.
Ms Phillips was due to appear at the Ipswich Magistrates Court near Brisbane on Friday. After she failed to show up, a warrant was issued for her arrest.
Henderson and Ketley will return to Campbelltown Local Court on April 7.