Addict took teen hostage with garden shears, but walks free
A DRUG addict who held a schoolboy hostage on a Transperth bus and threatened to kill him with garden shears has been handed a suspended jail term over his "truly terrifying" crime.
The student was on his way to a private school in the southern suburbs in May last year when Samnang Huon sat next to him and squashed his bag.
When the teen asked Huon to get off the bag, the drug-affected man produced garden shears and held them to the boy's neck.
Huon told the driver he would not kill the boy if the man drove to Perth and said "if someone comes close I will kill him".
Police had been negotiating with Huon for about 16 minutes when the victim put his hand over the end of the shears, allowing officers to grab the weapon and use a Taser.
Huon, now aged 29, was arrested at the scene and has been in jail on remand for the past 18 months.
District Court Judge Michael Gething jailed Huon for just over six months today but suspended the term for two years after taking time already served into account.
He told the court Huon had spent close to an appropriate amount of time behind bars, saying it was in the community's best interests for him to get rehabilitation.
Judge Gething put supervision and program requirements in place to monitor Huon and ensure he got professional help for his addiction and mental health issues.
Huon was experiencing amphetamine-induced psychosis at the time of the incident and thought he was going to be killed.
Five officers had to hold him down before he could be put in handcuffs outside the bus.
In a victim impact statement, the student described how the ordeal had made him a more negative and withdrawn person.
He said he struggled to get out of bed in the morning and was forced to withdraw from his ATAR subjects when his grades went downhill.
Defence lawyer Mark Cuomo told the court his client was horrified at his capacity for committing such a crime.
He said Huon had completed drug and alcohol programs in jail and was determined to remain drug free.
"The young man's future is essentially in his own hands," he said.
"He is absolutely horrified by the affects that this behaviour had, particularly on the young victim."