Jailed after being “swept up” in a kidnapping
IN THE wrong place at the wrong time, Laana Shanae Hall was sentenced to three years jail after becoming "swept up" in the brutal kidnapping of a Mackay woman after a drug deal soured.
Because of her lesser role in the 40-year-old woman's horrific ordeal, in which the victim was beaten, cuffed by plastic zip ties and thrown into the boots of two cars, Judge Brian Harrison ordered Hall, 23, be released on parole after six months.
Hall pleaded guilty in the District Court in Mackay yesterday to several charges including causing grievous bodily harm between January 13 and January 16, 2014, deprivation of liberty, two counts of robbery, assault in company causing bodily harm, and unlawful use of the woman's car.
In agreed facts Crown prosecutor Brendan Manttan said the victim purchased drugs on credit from a man in January 2014 but then did not want to pay, saying the drug quality was lower grade.
It's alleged that when the woman returned the methylamphetamine a man and another woman assaulted her. Hall was visiting the house at the time.
Plastic ties were used on her hands and feet and an attempt was made to gag the woman. She was forced into the boot of a car and driven across Mackay to her own home where televisions, computers and other items were then stolen.
The woman was injected with a substance that made her drowsy and a threat was made to cut off her ears. She was then forced into the boot of her own car and driven to a gravel road among canefields.
She escaped from the boot and ran through the fields to a house. Its owner called police. Hall did not take part in the violence but was party to it, the court was told.
"Yours was a very minor role... all you should have done was to bail out," Judge Harrison said.
"I know, I should have," a forlorn Hall said from the dock.
Three other co-offenders will be sentenced later this month.