Jake Blackburn, 22, and accomplice convicted in ACT Supreme Court for kidnapping victim due to drug debt | Canberra Times

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One victim feared for his life when he was left bleeding from the head after being kidnapped, beaten and beaten with a tarp while sitting in the trunk, all because of a “mere” $ 75 drug debt. ACT Supreme Court documents state that the victim met with Jake Blackburn and his accomplice, who for legal reasons have not been named, in April this year in Conder about the debt the victim owed. He was ordered to enter a Suzuki Blackburn had stolen. They then drove the victim, who was sitting in the trunk, to a series of unknown places, where Blackburn, 22, tried and beat him before grabbing a tire iron to hit his head four to five times. The accomplice recorded the attack and the victim feared he would die as he was also threatened with serious consequences if he did not fulfill his financial obligations. The two offenders then left him stranded near Namadgi National Park before being found by someone in the early hours of the next day. He sustained several tears to the head, including a 5 cm incision that required staples. A few weeks later, when Blackburn’s accomplice was arrested and then taken to Canberra Hospital, he swung his arms and punched an officer in the face. The criminals stood before the Supreme Court on Friday after pleading guilty to forced imprisonment. Blackburn also pleaded guilty to stealing a car, while his accomplice also pleaded guilty to assaulting a front-line service provider. Footage played in court showed Blackburn beating the victim several times over the head before saying “I’ll kill you, you f —– grunt” and “it’s a skull fracture, c —“. MORE NEWS ABOUT JUSTICE AND CRIMINALITY In his sentencing remarks, Judge Michael Elkaim said that “public deterrence should be an integral part of the sentences”. “Young men should not think that they can commit acts of this seriousness without serious consequences,” Judge Elkaim said. “I saw the video of the bashing. It was awful … and all this for just $ 75.” Both were on parole when the offense happened. Blackburn, a former kitchen hand who lived in the UK and Cairns, was given a fully suspended 3.5 years in prison activated. It is set to end in April 2024. His accomplice was sentenced to a suspended sentence. Judge Elkaim sentenced Blackburn to 32 months in prison for the kidnapping and three for stealing the car, both starting in October 2022. He will be eligible for parole in February 2024. His accomplice had the remainder of his suspended prison sentence activated, ending in April 2023 He will also serve 12 months in prison for the kidnapping and three for the assault before being eligible for parole in October 2023. Our journalists are working hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the local community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:



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