Tweed kidnap case

A TWEED Heads man accused of kidnapping and threatening to kill his girlfriend and child asked his solicitor from the dock in court yesterday: "Does she still love me?" Jamie Jon Lawton, 21, received no answer from his Legal Aid solicitor Hugh van Dugteren who simply advised his client not to apply for bail. Lawton appeared briefly in the Lismore Local Court on charges including aggravated kidnapping, malicious wounding, assault and negligent driving. He did not apply for bail or enter any pleas. A police statement tendered to the court alleged about 5.30am Saturday Lawton broke into the home he shared with his 18-month-old child, girlfriend of two years and her 47-year-old mother. Police alleged Lawton disconnected the phone then punched, kicked and rammed the 47-year-old's head into a wall. Lawton's girlfriend allegedly escaped from the house with their child and ran towards the Tweed Heads Police Station. As the mother and child reached the intersection of Adelaide and Streep Streets, Lawton allegedly pulled over in a vehicle and dragged the woman inside. Lawton was then alleged to have headbutted the woman causing her nose to bleed before driving away with her and the child in the back seat. Police said as Lawton drove along Kennedy Drive he allegedly yelled: "I'm going to take you out the back of Bilambil to kill you - no-one's going to find you there. I'll get done for murder, I'll get life." He allegedly drove about 3km along Pigabeen Rd and turned around to yell at the woman and child again, but lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree. The woman and child escaped uninjured before being helped by nearby residents. Lawton was allegedly taken to Tweed Heads Hospital with chest injuries before being arrested and charged with 12 separate offences. He is due to reappear in Lismore Local Court on October 5.

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