CAR CRASH: Paramedics on scene at the crash of a car that was hijacked on Sunday at City Centre Plaza.
CAR CRASH: Paramedics on scene at the crash of a car that was hijacked on Sunday at City Centre Plaza. Kelly Butterworth Rokcarcr

Man hijacks car with kids inside and crashes

KENNETH Vairy's facial injuries were still fresh with blood and bandages from smashing into the windscreen of the car he hijacked on the weekend.

Vairy stood in the docks of Rockhampton's Magistrate Court yesterday charged with one count of enter premise and one count of dangerous operation of a vehicle.

The court heard the incident happened on Sunday, just before 2pm, when a 41-year-old Rockhampton woman stopped her silver Mazda hatchback at the stop sign of City Centre Plaza's carpark entrance on Archer St with her two children, aged nine and 10, in the car.

Suddenly the rear passenger door of the car flung open and 34-year-old Vairy allegedly jumped in where he climbed over the top of the children, tried to get to the front seat of the car and attempted to reach for the steering wheel.

In what the woman has described to police as a scene from a "kidnapping or something similar," the woman and Vairy allegedly "struggled" over control of the car, causing it to crash into the centre's loading bay.

Police Prosecutor Shaun Janes told the court Vairy and the woman were not known to each other and that it was a complete random incident.

"This was a random invasion of their vehicle," Mr Janes said.

"This invasion caused the driver to panic, she kept one hand on the steering wheel. During the struggle the driver jerked the wheel and accelerated the vehicle hard into Archer St where the car impacted the brick wall of the shopping centre.

"One witness has said the car accelerated so fast it appeared to be travelling at 100km. Vairy told police he was running from two males prior to the incident however witnesses who observed him before the incident and nobody reported he wasn't being chased before the incident."

Defence lawyer Joanne Madden told the court Vairy was running from two men he had an altercation with the night before.

"He tells me he had an altercation with two people in the backyard the night before and he saw them walking down the street," Ms Madden said.

"He wanted to woman to take him to the police station. "

Vairy, who was on a suspended sentence at the time of the offence and has prior history public nuisance, assault and obstruct police, will be remanded in custody until his next court appearance next month after his bail application was denied.

He's charged with one count of enter premises and one count of dangerous operation of a vehicle but is planning to contest the second charge.



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