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.