Man jailed after abducting Gold Coast nurse

A MAN who admitted abducting a Gold Coast nurse at knifepoint, shoving him into the boot of his own car and driving him to an ATM to withdraw money has been sentenced to five years’ jail.

Nicholas Dines, 18, pleaded guilty to the abduction and robbery of Joe Brooker in December last year.

The 25-year-old graduate nurse was working the graveyard shift at Pindara Private Hospital when he was set upon in the carpark after stepping out for a break around 3am.


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During Dines’ trial, the court heard he and three other teenagers were driving around in a stolen Toyota Yaris when they drove past the hospital and spotted Brooker alone.

Armed with knives and a replica gun, the court heard the group grabbed Mr Brooker, forced him into the boot of his own car and drove him to an ATM in Ashmore where they withdrew $500 from his account.

Joe Brooker | Source: Facebook

The group then released the handbrake on Mr Brooker’s car and let it roll backwards down a hill, all while the 25-year-old was still locked in the boot.

Witnesses found Mr Brooker in the boot of the car after it smashed into a fence on Kurrambee Ave.

Dines was committed to stand trial for his role in the abduction and robbery and was today sentenced to five years’ jail in Southport Magistrates Court.

He will be eligible for parole as early as June 1 next year.

Two other boys aged 16 and 17 have also faced court in relation to the incident, while another 18-year-old man was charged in March over his alleged involvement.

Jaydan is a Digital News Producer at myGC.com.au. He was appointed Managing Editor of the Junee Southern Cross newspaper at the age of 17 and has since held positions in a number of newsrooms in New South Wales and Queensland. Jaydan joined the Hot Tomato Broadcasting Company in 2013 and has been keeping the Gold Coast up to date with the latest local, national and international news online at myGC.com.au ever since. With almost ten years’ experience in both print and digital media Jaydan is committed to providing the best coverage during major news and weather events.

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