Man kidnapped, tortured girlfriend

A MAN who kidnapped, stabbed and detained his girlfriend before engaging in a stand-off with police was sentenced to six years jail yesterday.

Jake Roberts, 24, pleaded guilty to detaining his girlfriend without her consent with intent to gain a psycho- logical advantage and causing actual bodily harm.

He also pleaded guilty to being armed with a knife throughout the ordeal.

On October 6 last year Roberts kidnapped his girlfriend and forced her at knifepoint to drive him around for several hours while he assaulted her.

A stand-off with police ensued in bushland near the Gundarimba mission and the victim was able to flee.

Roberts was supported by family and friends in the public gallery of the Lismore District Court yesterday.

Defence lawyer Vince Boss said Roberts was diagnosed with psychotic schizophrenia and had a history of substance abuse.

The Crown prosecutor said Roberts had a "shot of speed" on the day of the kidnapping.

In delivering his sentence, Judge James Black said he read the statement of facts with "amazement".

He said he found it "astonishing" that someone could behave like Roberts did to another individual.

In that context, Judge Black said it was barely surprising to find Roberts had mental health issues.

Reading from the statement of facts, Judge Black said the victim was taken to Lismore Base Hospital after the kidnapping and had puncture wounds to her thigh and swelling and bruising to her face.

Judge Black commended police officer Brett Lloyd who responded to the kidnapping and managed to defuse the situation without the use of force.

"Here was this offender using the victim as a shield ... with a weapon involved ... and (the officer) managed to sort this situation out without the use of a firearm," he said.

Roberts was sentenced to six years jail with a non-parole period of four years.



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