Violent criminal cops three year sentence for car hijacking

A VIOLENT criminal who hijacked a car from Mooloolaba only five days after being released from jail on parole has received a three year sentence for his latest crimes.

Craig William Relf, 30, will be eligible for parole in 12 months after being sentenced in the Maroochydore District Court this morning

Judge John Robertson heard of Relf's extensive criminal history in New South Wales and Queensland, which has been ongoing since he was a child.

He faced court on seven counts today after he hijacked a car at knife point at a Mooloolaba service station on September 15, 2013.

He then sped southward down Nicklin Way at speeds of up to 120 km/hour before crashing into a traffic light.

Relf tried to steal two other cars from a retirement complex in Warana, then ran away and swam across a canal to avoid arrest, but was finally detained by police.

It was found he had drugs in his system.

Five days earlier Relf had been found guilty in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court of bounding and gagging his girlfriend in a Buderim motel room after a maniacal drive from New South Wales in a stolen car.

In that incident, he was sentenced to 30 months jail, with parole after serving a third. As he had already been in custody since he was charged 11 months earlier, he was eligible for parole.


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