A man was tortured for 12 hours, shot in both feet and had his pinky finger amputated with a pair of secateurs in a crime that has been compared to a Quentin Tarantino film.
The victim’s ordeal included having his naked body burned with a blow torch, threats of castration, cigarettes stubbed out on his eyelids and beatings.
Crown prosecutor Henry Steele said one judge had compared it to a Quentin Tarantino film.
On Tuesday Hourigan and Kea appeared at the High Court in Auckland.
Justice Katz sentenced Hourigan to 12 years and seven months in prison and Kea to 10 years and six months.
When the man arrived Hourigan greeted him and invited him inside.
But inside four other men, including Kea, were waiting.
They grabbed the man and held him on the ground, removing his clothes and stealing his wallet, keys and phone.
Hourigan picked up a cut-down .22 calibre rifle with a silencer and pressed it into the back of the man’s head before he was bound and had a T-shirt stuffed into his mouth.
They then punched and kicked him as he lay on the ground.
The beating continued over about two hours while Hourigan accused him of robbing another person of thousands of dollars and demanded to know where the money was.
Hourigan threatened to burn the man alive and cut off his penis if he didn’t start talking.
The men then decided to head out west.
They carried the man to his own car, stuffed him into a footwell in the back and drove to Whenuapai. He was continually punched and kicked during the trip.
Arriving at a building, they dragged the man out of the car and sat him on a chair before one of the men shot him in the right foot.
Still demanding to know where the money was, Hourigan picked up a blow torch and began burning the man’s arm, back, chest, legs and stomach.
He also picked up a steel object and beat the man around the head.
The man was also shot in his left foot.
Hourigan tried to use a pair of scissors to cut the man’s left pinky finger off and when he was unsuccessful, another man left to find something else.
He returned with a pair of secateurs and Hourigan amputated the man’s finger.
The man was repeatedly told he would be burned alive. He had an unidentified liquid sprayed in his face and cigarettes were used to burn his eyelids and shoulder.
Sometime later, the man was placed in another car and driven towards Piha by a lone driver who put the kiddy-locks on the doors.
But the man managed to loosen the rope and climb through to the front of the car and escape.
He was found by a member of the public and taken to hospital.
Victim advisor Ruth Money read the man’s victim impact statement to the court, in which he described his attackers as “pathetic meth heads”.
“If it wasn’t for me saving my own life, jumping out of my own car, after freeing myself from ropes tied by fools, I wouldn’t be writing this. I would’ve been burnt alive, according to the offenders.”
He said every morning he wakes up to notice he is missing a finger.
“Why should I not have 10 fingers and be covered in scars? Why do they get to chose how I look?”
The man said he had suicidal thoughts after the attack.
Money also read statements from the man’s parents who were watching the sentencing by audio-visual link from overseas.
His mother said she didn’t recognise her own son when seeing him for the first time in intensive care after the attack.
“His face is swollen more than ever I can imagine a face to swell, bruised bloody and burnt, huge bandages covering the weeping burns and the finger that has been amputated.”
She said as he came-to he was swearing and yelling, believing he was still being tortured.
She described her anger at seeing one of the accused smiling in court at earlier appearances and doing gang signs, at one point waving to a little girl, presumably his daughter.
“I’m incredulous that you can show emotion to this child after cold-heartedly torturing my child, my son.”
Hourigan was also sentenced for the arson of a vape shop in Epsom that required 13 fire crews to respond and caused $450,000 in damage.
Justice Katz said a month after the kidnapping, when the police caught up with Hourigan, there was a high-speed chase.
Hourigan drove 130km/h near primary schools before getting on the motorway and reaching speeds of 200km/h before abandoning his car.
The police eventually caught him and he was found to have two loaded guns.
The judge said Hourigan had a background that included family violence and being exposed to drugs at a young age.
Kea was a second generation gang member and was in state care from his early teenage years.
Justice Katz took time off their sentences for their early guilty pleas but ordered that they must serve half their jail time before being eligible for parole.
Two other men are still before the court and another has already been sentenced.