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New Zealand cop’s son shown mercy over kidnap chase

A New Zealand policeman’s son kidnapped his ex-girlfriend and led his dad’s colleagues on two high-speed chases, the first abandoned when the speedometer topped 170km/h.

 
 

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A New Zealand policeman‘s son kidnapped his ex-girlfriend and led his dad’s colleagues on two high-speed chases, the first abandoned when the speedometer topped 170km/h.

However, the pursuit resumed when Ryan Matthew Bielby was seen about an hour later and ended when the 20-year-old crashed through a farm fence.

In Rotorua District Court on Thursday morning, Bielby was sentenced to what Judge Phillip Cooper called a “pretty merciful” six months’ community detention.

Quoting from the victim impact report made by Bielby’s captive, Judge Cooper said the 17-year-old had been terrified by her ordeal.

The court heard Bielby had shown genuine remorse, was turning his life around and if sentenced to home detention could react like a “caged lion”.

He is the son of Senior Sergeant Ross Bielby, the officer in charge of a police station.

Judge Cooper gave Bielby credit for his early guilty pleas to kidnapping and assault charges.

In addition to the community detention that has a 7pm-6.30am curfew, Bielby is to undertake 300 hours of community work and be under intensive supervision for 12 months.

He also has to attend non-violence counselling and an intervention program.

He’s forbidden from associating with his victim unless his probation officer says he can and is disqualified from driving for 12 months.

 
 

 

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