Second-strike jail term for kidnapping

A 31-year-old second-strike offender must serve all of the three-year two-month jail term imposed for a daytime carjacking in Christchurch.

Michael Mamea declined to co-operate with his pre-sentence report – with his jail time guaranteed because of his prior strike warning, there was nothing to be gained.

He also prevented any meaningful in-court photography by the media in spite of the judge granting permission, by holding his hand over his face.

Mamea must now serve his jail term without parole or early release under the three-strikes system that imposes heavier penalties on repeat offenders.

Mamea admitted charges of kidnapping, unlawfully taking a car, failing to stop for the police, and dangerous driving. He has been in custody since his arrest in September 2017, and he will not be released until November 2020.

Defence counsel Josh Lucas said Mamea had done a traffic control and civil management course in prison and wanted to continue to try to improve himself. “When he is released in 2020 he is looking at going out on the fishing boats and staying away from other people for some time,” he said.

On September 23, 2017, Mamea approached a car with a man sleeping inside, in Hawdon Street, Sydenham, at 9.15am. He got the man to move into the passenger seat and drove him to an address in Hornbrook Street. He parked in the driveway and told the victim that he was a gang member and as long as he stayed in the car he would be safe.

Mamea went into the address and returned with two men, telling them he had “hijacked this guy”.

When they pulled into a service station, he took $40 from the victim and went into the station to prepay for petrol.

While he was putting petrol into the tank the victim got out of the car and raised the alarm with the staff, telling them he had been kidnapped.

Mamea drove off but was spotted by police on Anzac Drive, and failed to stop when the officer used his car’s flashing lights and siren.

He drove through a red light across Pages Road, and then again at Wainoni Road, and was pursued for about five minutes, reaching speeds of 70 to 80kmh.

On Mairehau Road the police used road spikes to try to stop the car, but Mamea saw them and tried to avoid them. He lost control of the car, ran off the road, and into a ditch.

The judge also disqualified him from driving for nine months.

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