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NZ man jailed for six years for abduction

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 20/10/2016 Stuart Layt

A man who abducted his teenage girlfriend from her Queensland home will likely be deported back to New Zealand once he's released from prison.

Carl Garry Chapman, 33, was on Thursday sentenced to six years' jail, to be suspended after two years, over the March 2015 abduction.

Chapman abducted his then 18-year-old girlfriend Billy-Anne Huxham from her Caboolture home before subjecting her to a three-day ordeal while on the run from police.

The Brisbane District Court heard he broke into the house where Ms Huxham was babysitting three young children, threatened her with a machete and hit her several times before dragging her to several different locations over the next three days.

She eventually escaped and contacted authorities.

Ms Huxham was in court for the sentencing, and read out a victim impact statement detailing how the ordeal had irrevocably changed her life.

"It seems every aspect of my life has been touched by three days that will forever be on my mind," she said.

Ms Huxham told the court she has been diagnosed with PTSD and other anxiety related disorders, had struggled to find work and hadn't used public transport since the incident.

"So when people ask me how this has affected my life it can pretty much be summed up in one word - I'm destroyed."

She burst into tears several times as Judge Ian Dearden handed down Chapman's sentence.

Judge Dearden described the offences as "appalling, despicable, digraceful, disgusting".

He said it took extraordinary courage for Ms Huxham to appear in court to read out her statement in front of the person responsible for her ordeal.

"Relationships end, but that doesn't mean it's okay for you in any way whatsoever to treat this young woman in the most appalling and despicable way which you did," he told Chapman.

Chapman had been facing charges of kidnapping and torture, however he pleaded guilty to nine lesser charges after the prosecution offered him a plea bargain.

Chapman will be eligible for parole early next year due to time he's already served.

However the court heard it was very likely he would be deported to New Zealand upon his release.

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