Chiropractor Adrian Oorloff built crematorium for intended kidnap victim
A Melbourne chiropractor who installed a crematorium in his home and plotted to kidnap his fiancee's ex-partner has been sentenced to more than six years in jail.
Adrian Oorloff, 48, last year paid an undercover policeman to carry out the kidnapping of Richard Macko, a former friend with whom he'd twice shared Christmas dinner.
Oorloff told the policeman he planned to dispose of Macko's body at a cremation unit at his property so that Macko and evidence of his DNA would "disappear without a trace", the County Court heard on Wednesday.
Oorloff's then-fiancee had complained to him about Macko, who was also a patient at his Keysborough chiropractic clinic.
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Judge Michael Bourke said the plan to kidnap Macko seemed "driven by these grievances and thereby your need to act in a criminal and sinister way against him".
Oorloff instructed the policeman to immobilise Oorloff by injecting him with the drug "liquid G".
The chiropractor had been tracking Macko and his siblings' movements on his mobile phone, and was familiar with their daily routines.
Police later found an electronic tracking device and a third syringe at Oorloff's home, and a round of ammunition, vials of poisons and four Viagra tablets at his clinic.
Oorloff later paid the undercover policeman a $A5000 ($NZ5300) down-payment for what was to be a $20,000 job.
Judge Bourke sentenced Oorloff on Wednesday to six years and three months' imprisonment with a non-parole period of four years and three months.
While there was evidence that the cremation device existed, the judge said that he was only sentencing Oorloff for inciting to kidnap Macko, without any speculation that he planned to kill him.
He was not sentencing him for conspiracy to murder or incitement to kill.
Judge Bourke said that while the plan would not ultimately have "come off" it showed "marked sophistication" and involved a "high level of psychological impact" to Macko and his siblings.
The family was forced into hiding for six weeks while police investigated Oorloff.
At one stage they were forced to move out of their home for six weeks, with police giving them 15 minutes to pack their bags last July.
They then had to move 14 more times in that period and were later separated when police decided it was too dangerous for Macko to live with his siblings.
After he sentenced Oorloff, he spoke directly to the three siblings, who were sitting in court: "I don't think any sentence ... could address what you went through particular during that period of time."
Judge Bourke said he took into account the fact that Oorloff would suffer more in prison as he would lose his profession, and that he had previously pleaded guilty to inciting the policeman to kidnap Macko, possessing vials of various drugs without a licence, possessing ammunition without a permit and possessing viagra without a prescription.
- Brisbane Times