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Prison term for driver over 'horrifying' attack

WHEN she offered to give a lift to a man she'd had drug dealings with Chantelle Budby had no idea of the brutal attack that would ensue.

As the only person who knew the victim, Budby, 28, pulled the rental car she was driving to the side of the road in Goodna and offered to give him a lift.

The man got into the middle seat and just seconds later was subject to a brutal and protracted assault that ended with him being shot in the feet on the Kholo Bridge.

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Budby pleaded guilty at Ipswich District Court this week to deprivation of liberty, assault occasioning bodily harm, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and stealing.

The court heard Budby was the only party to the attack who knew the man. While she didn't take part in any of the actual violence she drove for around 20kms around Goodna, along the Warrego Hwy, and to Kholo.

Inside the car the man was attacked by the three passengers, who hit him with a metal bar, stabbed him with a screw driver, punched him in the head and tore at the wires he had in his hand from a recent operation.

Judge Sarah Bradley described the incident as "horrifying" and said it wouldn't have taken place if not for Budby.

"The only person he knew was you," she said.

"If it wasn't for you this wouldn't have happened.

"You kept on driving. You kept on driving for about 20km out into the bush until the car stopped."

When they reached the Kholo Bridge the man was taken from the car and Peter James Hartnett shot him in the foot.

Budby was not charged with any part in the shooting.

Having already spent almost a year in custody after being denied bail, Budby was sentenced to two and a half years jail, and will be eligible to apply for parole in May.

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