Queenstown kidnap accused faces ecstasy supply charges


A Queenstown woman embroiled in an alleged brutal kidnap has now also been charged with dealing ecstasy. 

Receptionist Rachel Maree Faul, 20, is accused of offering to supply ecstasy to three of the other defendants in the kidnap case. 

Court papers show Faul is charged with offering to supply the class B drug to three people in Queenstown on November 25 – Daniel Kissell, Brodie O’Rourke and Jonathan Burke.

Late last year Faul, of Speargrass Flat, was charged with kidnapping, aggravated wounding and reckless driving – she was the first person arrested after the alleged violent kidnapping and beating of Cromwell man Jason Maynard, 28.

Maynard and his girlfriend were allegedly set upon after being lured to the Crown Range intersection on State Highway 6 on November 26. 

A gang, wearing balaclavas and wielding a meat cleaver and a machete, are said to have attacked the couple, before bundling Maynard into a car, driving away and later dumping him in Arrowtown. 

Jonathan Charles Burke, 24, Sam Gordon Coupe, 29, Michael Philip Coulter, 25,Charlotte Amelia Spencer Dickson, 18, Daniel Kissell, 28, Brodie O’Rourke, 23, and an unnamed 17-year-old are all charged with aggravated assault and kidnapping. 

Faul was granted to a registrar’s remand without plea at Queenstown District Court on Monday. A pre-committal conference will be held on February 28.