Jail after Frankston assault, kidnapping

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A FRANKSTON man who pleaded guilty to charges of kidnapping, armed robbery, sexual assault, making threats to kill, intentionally causing injury, dangerous driving causing serious injury, trespass and offensive behaviour was sentenced to 11 years jail with a non-parole period of 7 years in the Melbourne County Court on 22 December.

The 47-year-old was involved in a bizarre home invasion which detectives initially described as an “isolated incident” and a “burglary gone wrong” in mid-August last year.

Detective Senior Constable Mark Garrett said the man broke in to a Grimwade Crescent, Frankston home, in the early evening and, when the home’s owner, 54, returned he was threatened with a knife. After a struggle, the homeowner was tied up and forced into the passenger seat of his black Volvo sedan with his attacker at the wheel.

He was then forced to withdraw money from an ATM. 

Detectives said at the time the car was spotted “driving erratically” along Warrandyte Rd, Langwarrin. Police did not give chase. Instead, they followed its general direction into Bevnol Rd where it hit a speed hump, blowing out its front tyres, and slammed into an embankment at the intersection of Sunnybank Rd.

The victim received serious head injuries in the collision and his attacker cuts and bruises. They were taken to Frankston Hospital for treatment with the victim in a serious but stable condition.

First published in the Frankston Times – 29 January 2018

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