'God and the an­gels' saved us, says woman al­legedly kid­napped with daugh­ter and grand­sons

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A woman who was al­legedly kid­napped along with her daugh­ter and grand­sons by her daugh­ter’s ex-part­ner has de­clared “God and the an­gels” helped them sur­vive the ordeal.

The 44-year-old man ac­cused of lead­ing the kid­nap­ping of his former part­ner, her teenage sons and their grand­mother has been or­dered to ap­pear be­fore a NSW court along­side his own son and an­other co-ac­cused.

He was not brought up from the hold­ing cells at Par­ra­matta lo­cal court when his mat­ter was heard on Thurs­day. His lawyer did not ap­ply for bail and it was for­mally re­fused.

The 44-year-old was or­dered to ap­pear be­fore Parkes lo­cal court on 17 De­cem­ber along with his two co-ac­cused, aged 23 and 29.

The three have been charged with a string of of­fences, in­clud­ing de­stroy­ing a build­ing by fire with in­tent to mur­der.

De­tec­tives say the armed trio went to a home in Ootha, near Con­dobolin, early on Tues­day morn­ing and as­saulted a 68-year-old man and knocked him un­con­scious. It’s al­leged the vic­tim was struck on the head with a shot­gun and left with a se­ri­ous in­jury.

He was bound and left in a back room of the house while two of the at­tack­ers poured about 20 litres of petrol through­out the house be­fore set­ting it alight, NSW po­lice say.

The el­derly man was fall­ing in and out of con­scious­ness be­fore he broke free and raised the alarm with a neigh­bour, af­ter be­ing un­able to find his 71year-old part­ner, her 41-year-old daugh­ter and two grand­sons aged 13 and 14.

The 71-year-old woman said her part­ner “must have one of the thick­est heads”.

Fol­low­ing a huge man­hunt, the 71year-old woman and the teenage boys man­aged to es­cape on Tues­day evening, when the 23- and 29-year-old men were ar­rested near Sackville, north-

west of Syd­ney.

Four hours later the 44-year-old man was ar­rested north of Wind­sor and his ex-part­ner was re­united with her fam­ily, de­tec­tives say.

“Her ac­tions ob­vi­ously helped to save us and to help the boys and I es­cape,” the 71-year-old woman said on Thurs­day. “She de­serves a medal for that. She was ab­so­lutely in­cred­i­ble. “We’ve got a lot of re­cov­er­ing to do. “I thank ev­ery­one who as­sisted in us be­ing able to get away and for my daugh­ter to be safely re­turned to us.

God and the an­gels were there.”

Pho­to­graph: Joel Car­rett/AAP

A man, 44, was or­dered to ap­pear be­fore Parkes lo­cal court on 17 De­cem­ber with two coac­cused.

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