Kidnap accused committed for trial

The man accused of kidnapping a Batehaven mother at gunpoint and threatening to kill her has had his case committed to the District Court.

Jason John McCauley was remanded in custody on Monday when he appeared in handcuffs at Batemans Bay Local Court.

The 44-year-old Batehaven man was charged with kidnapping a woman who was reported missing in August when she didn’t pick up her one-year-old child from daycare.

He is yet to enter a plea.

Mr McCauley was committed to Bega District Court on charges of kidnapping, possessing an unauthorised firearm and intimidation.

His other charges included assault, and having a suspected stolen car and knife in his possession.

Mr McCauley waived his right for a committal hearing.

On Monday Batemans Bay detectives also applied for a freezing notice for the car which was allegedly used in the kidnapping.

According to the application, Mr McCauley bought the 1994 Holden Jackaroo in May for $1500.

Police asked for use of the car be frozen but Mr McCauley’s defence solicitor, Peter Ryan, opposed this.

He said the car belonged to Mr McCauley’s brother, not his client.

Magistrate David Degnan adjourned the freezing application so the brother could be contacted.

Mr McCauley also faces a series of traffic charges from March this year including high-range and mid-range drink driving, negligent driving, two counts of driving while disqualified, giving false information, not stopping when directed and failing to appear at court.

Mr McCauley will be sentenced for these matters at Batemans Bay Local Court on December 17, when the freezing notice will also be mentioned.

A telephone call over will be held at Bega District Court on January 30 for the kidnapping charges.

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