A man will find out his sentence on Friday morning after kidnapping a young girl in Palmerston North.
Brendan Henson, 47, first assaulted the 5-year-old girl in February. Two days later he abducted her while she was walking to school and indecently assaulted her again, dumping her on the other side of town hours later.
The alleged abduction set off a manhunt throughout Manawatu, involving dozens of police officers and a search helicopter.
Henson will be sentenced in the Palmerston North High Court on Friday morning.