Man Jailed Over Two Brisbane Kidnappings
A Sydney man who kept another man prisoner for a night, slashed his face with a knife and held a gun to his head while demanding money will be eligible for parole next year.
Fadi Chiha, 33, was on Wednesday sentenced in the Brisbane District Court to six-and-a-half years in jail for offences relating to the kidnapping of an associate, Mr Van, in 2012.
Chiha told Judge Michael Burnett he was on methamphetamine and paranoid at the time he and an accomplice pulled Mr Van off the street, bundled him hooded and bound into the boot of his own car and took him to a Brisbane hotel room.
It was there Chiha demanded $30,000 for Mr Van's release, a sum that was talked down to $10,000, and held a revolver to his head.
The victim handed $3500 to his captives but was held for another 12 hours before being pushed out the door by Chiha who said: "See you later".
Two weeks later Chiha abducted the man again, this time taking him to a Morningside townhouse where he was bound with gaffer tape, robbed, held prisoner and his face cut six or seven times.
Mr Van escaped through a back door the next day but his sister was then robbed of $20,000.
"The offending ... reeks of criminal gain vigilantism, seeking to enforce drug debts in the way in which you did," Justice Burnett said.
"Vigilantism is simply unacceptable and the extent to which you took it in this instance is in fact quite disturbing."
The court heard Chiha had spent much of his adult life in prison.
"It is a tragic story but nonetheless you have to be accountable and responsible for your behaviour," Justice Burnett added.
In his self-represented defence, Chiha told the court he knew what he had done was wrong but that he was reacting to a bad batch of ice.
"I didn't just wake up one day and say 'I'm just going to go and kidnap someone for no reason' Your Honour," he said.
"I take full responsibility for what I did."
Based on time served in Queensland and NSW, Chiha will be eligible for parole on April 21, 2019.