Lismore woman in horror kidnapping

A LISMORE woman was bashed, stabbed and kicked during a frightening ordeal when her jealous boyfriend kidnapped her.

He then forced her at knifepoint to drive him around in her car for several hours before a stand-off with police in bushland where the captive woman was able to flee.

The 23-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday afternoon in bushland near Gundurimba Mission.

He was not brought up from police cells to appear before the Lismore Court Registrar yesterday after fears were expressed by police about safety and security because of his behaviour.

The Lismore man was charged with reckless wounding; take/detain a person and cause bodily harm; using an offensive weapon to prevent arrest; supplying a prohibited drug (amphetamine); and being in possession of a prohibited drug in Lismore on October 6.

Defence lawyer Steve Bolt said his client had seen a court psychologist, who held the view he was suffering from a mental illness that was likely exacerbated by drugs like amphetamines.

Mr Bolt said an element of paranoia was also involved and the man’s parents, who were in the courtroom, were very concerned.

Police facts put to the Registrar by prosecutor Sgt Vait Dyrmaier outlined a series of allegations against the man that his behaviour had been extremely erratic and threatening, making the woman drive him around.

The victim told police he had held a knife against her throat and ‘in the middle of nowhere’ punched her many times in the face before making her drive to another area, where he got out of the car and opened the driver’s door.

Trying to lean away from him, her right leg was forced up against the steering wheel. He stabbed her in the upper thigh then slammed the door closed on her right leg before stabbing her a second time in the thigh. During her ordeal the man also stabbed her in the cheek.

Her attacker drove the car to his parents’ empty home, telling her if she ran he would ‘knife her in the spine’ before kicking her twice in the stomach.

Forcing her back into the car they drove just 100 metres before he forced her out and into bushland behind Gundurimba Mission, where he took her to another house and continued his assaults by kicking and punching her.

Grabbing another knife he forced her into nearby bushland and punched her in the nose. When police arrived he ran off dragging her through the bush. Police state the distressed woman was crying and the man yelling at her.

The man jumped from the bush holding her in front of him threatening to shoot and stab both her and the police.

As police tried to negotiate with him officers saw him punch her twice in the face, then reach into his pants where they could see a large knife, but when he pulled it out the woman ran off and he was arrested.

The Registrar ordered he remain in custody at Grafton jail to allow proper medical treatment with the matter back before the court on Monday.

Police earlier said the woman was treated by paramedics at the scene before being taken to Lismore Base Hospital for treatment to extensive facial injuries, stab wounds and bruising.

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