The man responsible for a violent carjacking in Queensland’s Lockyer Valley last year had no recollection of his attack on a mum and her two daughters, his lawyer said.
Jesse Earl Langlands was sentenced to three years jail on Thursday afternoon, but he could be released in three months.
Langlands, 21, of Ipswich pleaded guilty to a number of charges in the Ipswich District Court, including robbery with violence, abduction of a child under 16, and dangerous operation of a vehicle.
Faith Whittaker and her two daughters, aged 9 and 3, were sitting in their car outside a Laidley supermarket on a night in December 2016 when they were approached by Langlands.
The court heard Langlands put his hand over the 41-year-old mother’s mouth before dragging her out of the car by her hair, ripping her nose ring out in the process.
The eldest daughter managed to escape, but before Ms Whittaker could save her three-year-old Langlands drove off with the girl still strapped in the back seat.
The court heard he stopped in a nearby street, leaving the little girl by the roadside, before crashing the car into fences.
It was eventually found, 25 kilometres from the shopping centre car park.
Carjacker went on pub crawl with father, court hears
The court heard Langlands had been on a pub crawl earlier that day with his father and was unable to get a taxi.
Defence barrister Michael Bosscher told the court Langlands had absolutely no recollection of the attack.
“In fact, he went Christmas shopping the next morning,” he said.
Mr Bosscher said it wasn’t until he saw the news reports at the watchhouse, that he began to understand what he’d done.
Prosecutor Amanda Robinson told the court Ms Whittaker had received a letter of apology from Langlands.
However, a victim impact statement read out to the court indicated his actions had a significant impact on the family.
Judge Dennis Lynch QC said he took Langlands’ genuine remorse and early plea into account, but highlighted the 21 year-old’s history of violence and alcohol abuse.
He asked Langlands whether he had read through the victim impact statement.
“Hopefully that has brought home to you that your selfish conduct, to behave however you like while intoxicated, will have a huge impact,” he said.
“Something must be done to protect the community.
“You’re simply someone who shouldn’t drink.”
Langlands will be eligible for parole after serving a further three months in prison, taking into account time served in custody.