Nurse kid­nap­per jailed

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - NI­CHOLAS MCEL­ROY

A TEEN who was part of an ice-ad­dled gang that kid­napped and robbed a nurse has been sen­tenced to five years in jail.

Ni­cholas David Dines, 18, pleaded guilty in the South­port Dis­trict Court yes­ter­day to mul­ti­ple charges in­clud­ing armed rob­bery and de­pri­va­tion of lib­erty re­lat­ing to the in­ci­dent on December 1.

Crown prose­cu­tor Julie Ayl­ward told the court Dines and three ac­com­plices jumped out of a stolen car and grabbed grad­u­ate nurse Joe Brooker out­side the Pin­dara Pri­vate Hospi­tal, where he had been work­ing.

They threat­ened him with knives and a replica hand­gun be­fore stuff­ing him into the back of his own car and driv­ing off.

The group drove Mr Brooker to an ATM on Park­wood Dr, Ash­more where they used his bank card to with­draw $500.

The court was told that once they had the cash, a mem­ber of the group sug­gested tak­ing Mr Brooker to a se­cluded area and bash­ing him.

The group de­cided to park the car on a hill and send it down a street by tak­ing off the hand­brake while Mr Brooker was in­side the boot.

Dines, who was us­ing the drug ice daily at the time, told a “ter­ri­fied” Mr Brooker not to tell po­lice about the rob­bery be­cause they knew where he lived.

The car crashed on Kur­ram­bee Ave in Ash­more about 4.20am.

Wit­nesses found Mr Brooker cov­ered in blood after he man­aged to es­cape from the car.

“Don’t call the po­lice, they said they would hurt me,” Mr Brooker told wit­nesses after the crash.

Three other teens al­legedly in­volved have been charged and are yet to face court.

In sen­tenc­ing, Judge Paul Smith said Dine’s of­fend­ing was part of a crime spree and in­volved a vul­ner­a­ble man and a pack men­tal­ity.

Judge Smith sen­tenced Dines to five years in prison with a pa­role el­i­gi­bil­ity date of June 1, next year.

The 286 days Dine has al­ready spent in cus­tody was con­sid­ered time al­ready served.

Dine gave one of his sup­port­ers a kiss on the cheek be­fore be­ing taken back to the watch­house.


The scene after Joe Brooker (inset), was locked in the boot of his own car and sent hurtling it down a hill. One of the teens in­volved has been sen­tenced to five years in jail. He will be el­i­gi­ble for pa­role in June.

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