District court call-over for kidnap accused 

THE man accused of kidnapping a Batehaven mother at gunpoint and threatening to kill her will have his case mentioned in Sydney District Court later this month.

Jason John McCauley remains in custody after he was committed to the District Court last November for trial on kidnapping, possessing an unauthorised firearm and intimidation charges.

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

He has not yet entered a plea.

According to police facts, Mr McCauley pointed a 9mm replica pistol at the woman when she returned home on August 10, telling her “we need to talk, we’re gonna go for a drive”.

He told the woman to drive to Caseys Beach, where they left her car, got into a Holden Jackaroo 4WD and continuously drove around suburbs and dirt roads, including Runnyford Road, according to the police case.

Mr McCauley allegedly told her, “I’m going to kill you. I’m going to put you in the hole I dug for you” but changed his attitude several times, wanting to reconcile a previous relationship they had.

Police allege the pair slept in the car that night, before the victim convinced the accused to call a mental health help line the next morning.

Mr McCauley allegedly released her near Caseys Beach, where she introduced herself to a police officer.

Mr McCauley was arrested the following day on the Kings Highway.

Last November Mr McCauley waived his right to a committal hearing and his case was transferred to the District Court.

He also faces other charges, including assault, having a suspected stolen car and knife in his possession, driving while disqualified, and using an offensive weapon.

A telephone call-over was held on Wednesday and the case was adjourned until February 27, for another telephone call-over at Sydney’s Downing Centre.

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