Home D for McKidnappers

LYN HUMPHREYS
Last updated 13:54 07/07/2014

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Three Waitara men will spend the next eight months confined to their homes after they kidnapped a security guard and forced him to take them to McDonald's for a feed.

Gary James Archibald, 22, Tenapi Crean, 23, and Tyrone Leigh  Harrison, 22, pleaded guilty at an earlier appearance in the New Plymouth District Court which followed a community-based sentencing indication on June 12.

The three then admitted to kidnapping the guard in Waitara's main street on February 1.

The trio got in the victim's car ordering him to drive them around Waitara and then to New Plymouth for a feed at McDonald's.

However none of the trio had any money and their victim was forced to drive them back home.

He was left traumatised.

In sentencing on Friday Judge Allan Roberts said he had indicated the three would be sentenced to home detention and community work if they had favourable pre-sentence reports from the Corrections Department.

While Archibald agreed to the police summary of the kidnapping and had empathy with the victim, offering him $500 for an emotional harm payment, the other two downplayed their role and said their victim had been willing to drive them around.

Crean and Harrison both had backgrounds of  family violence, the judge noted.

The three were each sentenced to eight months home detention, 150 hours community work and ordered to pay their victim $500.

They are also to attend drug and alcohol counselling.

The three were issued with their first strike under the three strikes legislation.

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- Taranaki Daily News

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