Three men linked to a violent kidnap attempt near Arrowtown have been sentenced in Queenstown District Court today.
Queenstown draughtsman Daniel John Kissell, 28, was sentenced to eight months’ home detention and 300 hours’ community work for one charge of wounding Jason Scott Maynard with intent to commit assault by violent means.
Arrowtown glazier Jonathan Charles Burke, 26, was sentenced to two years and three months’ imprisonment for a charge of intending to commit theft by violent means, rendering Maynard incapable of resistance.
Invercargill glazier Samuel Gordon Coupe, 29, was also sent to prison for two years and nine months for wounding Maynard with intent to commit assault by violent means and assaulting Maynard’s girlfriend Alice Frances Caig.
Appearing before Judge Kevin Phillips, Kissell was also ordered to pay $5000 in reparation to Maynard, while Burke and Coupe were each ordered to pay $2000 to Maynard and $1000 to Caig.
The incident began after a “drug deal went wrong” on November 26 last year, the court heard.
The three men – had bought what they thought was ecstasy in a Queenstown bar but what they got was flour and brown sugar.
Angry, they and five others allegedly involved met at a house in Frankton to discuss going to see Maynard at his Cromwell home to “rough him up a bit” and then get their money back.
Burke called a mate in Cromwell who knew Maynard and was told the victim had firearms, so they planned to stop at Kissell’s house to pick up a gun. That plan was abandoned when they learned Maynard and Caig were still in the Wakatipu.
Coupe and a co-accused put on balaclavas and gathered a machete and a meat cleaver.
The group drove in two cars to the Crown Range Road intersection and met the victims, where they were set upon in a vicious attack. Maynard was punched, kicked in the head, bundled into a car and driven towards Arrowtown.
Kissell, in the car that did not contain Maynard, phoned the others to insist they let the victim go. Maynard was dumped on the road soon after.
Back at the Frankton flat, Coupe destroyed his jacket in a fire and Kissell left his there to eventually be dealt with in the same way. The group assembled at Burke’s Arrowtown home and “bunkered down”, Judge Phillips says.
In sentencing Kissell, the judge said he had no doubt that his offending came as a direct result of drug and alcohol consumption.
“This was a fierce, ferocious attack…a vigilante, violent response to a drug deal gone wrong,” Judge Phillips told Kissell.
The judge gave the three men credit for their early guilty pleas, remorse and good character references.
The five other Queenstowners – Brodie O’Rourke, Rachel Faul, Charlotte Dickson, Michael Coulter and Brooke Carpenter are either awaiting trial or have not entered a plea.