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Vic kidnap victim thought she would die

AAP logoAAP 10/10/2016 Genevieve Gannon

A Melbourne woman thought she was going to die in her ice-addicted housemate's car boot after he kidnapped her because he thought she owed him rent.

The victim had returned to her Frankston north home early on October 11 last year when Guy Reid, 24, and his girlfriend Jemma Walker chained her up and tortured her.

Reid tasered her, beat her with a rake and threatened to kill the woman's girlfriend and family if she told the police.

He and Walker had been smoking ice and Reid had not slept for eight to 10 days.

They believed the woman had been stealing from them, and owed them rent, and began texting people to ask if they wanted to buy the victim's car.

Reid suggested dousing the victim in petrol and showed her a blow torch.

The woman fell asleep and when she awoke around noon, Reid directed her to crawl into the boot of his car, where she remained for about five hours, until she escaped.

It was hot in the boot and she struggled to breathe.

She suffered carpet burns to her face because of Reid's erratic driving.

The victim said in a court statement she still fears for her life every day, and has constant flashbacks and nightmares.

Reid was on Monday jailed for five years and nine months after pleading guilty to one count of kidnapping.

Judge Jane Patrick said general deterrence was an important sentencing consideration in view of the "terrible scourge of drug-fuelled violence".

"The victim was terrified and believed she was going to be killed or die," Judge Patrick said.

"Your offending was cruel, callous and vicious."

Judge Patrick said it was extremely lucky the victim managed to escape, and that she did so through her own actions, not because of anything Reid did.

Walker was sentenced to a three-year community corrections order for her part in the offending.

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