Sentence is deferred on kidnapping

AN Albury man who last year kidnapped a woman near a central Albury motel will be assessed for an intensive corrections order ahead of his sentence by a District Court judge.

Josh Beau Sweeney was driven to the motel by another man, where he tackled the woman to the ground about 1.50pm on August 8.

Sweeney pulled the woman’s hair, hit her to her head and face and dragged her to the waiting car.

The woman was called “a dog” by Sweeney and he told her she was going to get what she deserved.

The pair were driven to where Sweeney was living in Perry Street and he took the woman to a shed where he said she would be chained up.

“You’ll be lucky to see the light of day,” Sweeney told her.

The woman managed to send a text message to a friend, telling them her location and seeking police assistance.

Officers soon arrived and Sweeney was arrested.

The incident was prompted by Sweeney believing the woman had some knowledge about the whereabouts of his car which had been stolen.

Sweeney, 25, of Southern View Drive, appeared in the District Court at Albury for sentencing on a charge of aggravated take and detain a person with intent to gain an advantage.

Judge Martin Blackmore said Sweeney had taken the law into his own hands.

He had a lengthy criminal history and long-time drug habit which started when he was aged about 15 or 16.

Since his arrest, Sweeney had completed drug rehabilitation.

Judge Blackmore said there was a submission that it was a rare case where the penalty imposed could be an intensive corrections order.

“It is submitted that he is at the crossroads in his life,” Judge Blackmore said.

“On balance, I will at least ask for an assessment.”

Judge Blackmore said the appropriate penalty period was two years.

“In the meantime, you can remain on bail,” Judge Blackmore said.

“This sort of order is very strict. If you breach it, you do not go back to court.

“You go straight to jail.”

Judge Blackmore deferred sentencing until February 7 in Sydney.

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