Illawarra tradie granted strict conditional bail in bizarre Warilla kidnapping case

A Kanahooka tradie accused of the bizarre joint kidnapping of a man at Warilla in February has been granted strict bail on the condition he stay out of the Illawarra.

Mitchell James Pymont, 23, is accused of gaining entry to the victim’s home just after 8.30pm on February 8 and, along with a friend, dragging him out of the house and bundling him into a car.

While his mate drove towards Shellharbour, Pymont allegedly assaulted the victim and threatened him.

“I want to stab you,” Pymont allegedly told the man.

“I’m gonna break all your bones….people like you deserve to be bashed. I’m going to put your body in a boat and get rid of it.”

Police said the car pulled up in a remote area on Bass Point Road, at which time the victim was allegedly dragged out of the vehicle and made to kneel on the edge of the road.

He said when he looked up he saw a female he recognised as the co-accused’s partner. Pymont allegedly told the victim “apologise”.

“I’m sorry for everything,” the man responded.

The woman kicked him in the genitals before leaving the scene in her car.

Pymont and the driver then allegedly dumped the man at the Shellharbour village boat ramp. 

He was subsequently picked up by a friend and the incident reported to police.

Pymont was arrested on Tuesday evening and charged with kidnapping and break and enter.

In court on Wednesday, defence lawyer Jack Hibbard said Pymont denied the allegations against him, claiming he didn’t know the victim.

Magistrate Brett Thomas granted bail on the condition Pymont live with his mother in Bargo, report to Camden police, not approach or contact any witnesses or his co-accused and stay out of the Illawarra except for legal appointments and court. He also ordered a $3,000 surety.

“The facts as tendered describe a somewhat frightening scenario but there’s obviously with some background, which hasn’t been explained in this application.” he said.

The case returns to court on June 14.