Three jailed over youth kidnapping

THREE young Tweed men have been jailed after the kidnapping and bashing of a teenager who was taken at knifepoint before being pushed off a timber boardwalk into shallow water in the Ukerabagh estuary at Tweed Heads South.

The men Harley Trindall, 19, Donald Graham, 21, and Gregory Qoro, 19, all pleaded guilty in Lismore District Court yesterday to kidnapping the 17-year-old with the intention of obtaining a psycholo-gical advantage at Tweed Heads on August 28, 2008.

They went to a Tweed Heads house looking for another young male who they suspected of vandalising a car.

He was not there and they then forced the teenager into a car at knifepoint before driving him to the bushland reserve.

Graham faced only the kidnapping charge while Qoro and Trindall pleaded guilty to entering a building/land with intent.

Trindall also pleaded guilty to a third charge of assaulting the teenager, causing him bodily harm when in the company of a fourth offender who cannot be named forlegal reasons.

Judge James Black ordered Trindall must serve at least two-and-a-half years jail; Graham two years; and Qoro two years.

Qoro ‘s lawyer Tracey Randall said he had a background of deprivation and was heavily intoxicated at the time of offending, having used alcohol and the drug Ice.

“He says he was so blind he couldn’t even see straight, let alone walk properly,” Ms Randall said.

Counsel Chris Bruce for Graham, said the offender was driven by peer pressure, with his client having a diagnosed anti-social personality disorder and substance abuse disorder.

Bruce Snelling, defence counsel for Trindall, said his client started using cannabis at the age of nine, lived with many foster parents, and at 15 was told by DoCS he could live by himself.

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