Second-strike offender sentenced

April 12, 2016 | By More

Court House-general 3A 23-year-old gang prospect who took part in a violent home invasion and the abduction of a woman and her dog will serve all of his four-year jail term as a second-strike offender.

Lindsay Trevor Francis received his first-strike warning when he was jailed for three years six months in 2011.

Justice Gerald Nation has now warned him that if he ever commits a third-strike offence of serious violence he will have to serve the maximum sentence for whatever offence it is.

The judge commented at the sentencing in the High Court at Christchurch that Francis had become involved in “serious and irrational criminal offending”.

He was with another man in an incident where he went armed to a Christchurch home where a serious assault occurred and a woman was taken away with her dog. She was kept in a car which travelled around the outskirts of Christchurch overnight and then taken to an Addington address.

She escaped from the address in the morning, with the dog, when she was left alone.

Justice Nation said Francis had been a full participant in serious offending which had caused serious injury including broken teeth and a broken jaw, and emotional harm.

Francis had admitted charges of aggravated burglary, kidnapping, and unlawfully removing a motorcycle from impoundment.

Francis was arrested in February 2015 after an incident that ended with an armed police chase through Barrington Mall.


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