Drunk kidnapper’s bizarre offer to victim
A MAN who violently kidnapped a stranger at a Gold Coast shopping centre and forced her to drive 30 minutes will be released after serving little more than a year in prison.
The 26-year-old woman was on the phone at the time of the kidnapping on March 4 last year and police were able to call the woman and speak with the kidnapper over Bluetooth.
Andrew Stephen Bush's release comes despite the violent kidnapping taking place less than a week after he was given a suspended sentence and probation for beating his former partner in a two-hour long ordeal.
The 48-year-old claims he was so drunk he did not remember the abduction until he saw the CCTV footage of the attack on the news the next day.
Bush pleaded guilty in the Southport District Court today to kidnapping, entering a vehicle with intent and common assault.
Judge David Kent sentenced him to three years prison with parole release on March 16.
Crown prosecutor Jessica Guy said the woman was leaving Robina Town Centre while on the phone to her mother when Bush grabbed her hair braid and arm, and told her to get in the car.
"She began screaming and honking her horn," she said.
"He said, 'stop screaming, I will kill you'."
Bush grabbed her jaw and told her to drive. She did so despite not being able to see.
Ms Guy said Bush let her go and told her to get onto the M1.
During the drive, Bush got some beer out of a paper bag and offered the woman a drink.
The court was told the woman's mother had alerted police.
"The phone rang and she answered it through Bluetooth and it was police," Ms Guy said.
"They asked if she was alone, he told her to say 'no' but she said 'I really can't answer that'."
Ms Guy said Bush then told police it was okay and he was her boyfriend.
Bush later told the woman that he "could not go back to jail".
Ms Guy said the woman was able to convince Bush to let her pull over and she did so at the Smith St exit of the M1.
The court was told Bush handed himself into police the next day after seeing himself on the news.
"It would have been terrifying for her but also her mother who was on the phone hearing some of it," Ms Guy said.
Defence barrister Sarah Thompson, instructed by Bamberry Lawyers said Bush was so intoxicated he did not remember the incident.
She said Bush was released from prison just a week earlier for an attack where he imprisoned his former partner in her home, threatened to kill her and assaulted her repeatedly.
"He spectacularly failed at the first hurdle," she said.
"He was released and not even 24 hours later he had started drinking."
Ms Thompson said Bush attended a meeting with probation and parole the day after his sentence on February 26 last year and was drunk.
He was inducted and let go.
A part of his probation and parole conditions were that he was not to drink.
Ms Thompson said Bush was a model prisoner but it was apparent he could not "got it alone" and needed to support to keep drinking.
She said he realised he should not be by himself for months after his release to help him quit drinking.
Judge Kent also activated Bush's suspended sentence for the attack on his wife, revoked his probation and resentenced him to two years prison.