A 22-year-old man who assisted in the abduction of an 18-month-old girl from foster care has been sentenced to two years in jail by the ACT Supreme Court.
The girl was abducted during a supervised visit by the child’s mother in August last year. The Canberra man went into the Barnardos care house carrying a knife and toy gun. He then instructed the Barnados care worker to lay on the ground and count to 100.
The man previously told the court he feared the baby’s mother would leave him and that drove him to be involved in the abduction. The court heard that the pair had been planning to abduct the child for some time and that the man himself was on route to the Police station to turn himself in when he was arrested the next day.
He entered a plea of guilty to entering entering the foster home where the girl was living, and taking her from staff at knifepoint.
During sentencing, Justice Burns told the man “I accept that you committed these offences because you feared the co-accused would leave you. I accept your co-accused instigated it,” he said.
He also told the man he believed he had only sought to reunite the child with her mother and did not intend any harm to any party involved.
“You are an immature and insecure young man,” Justice Burns said.
He was sentenced to a total of two years jail, for aggravated burglary and unlawfully taking a child.
A non-parole period of one year was set. The man will be eligible for parole in August.
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