Nick Kyrgios and mother recall terror of gunpoint Tesla robbery


Tennis star Nick Kyrgios and his mother have told a court of their anger and fear after a killer pointed a gun at his mother’s head and stole his luxury Tesla car, leaving her terrified to answer her door.

According toThe Daily Telegraph, Norlaila Kyrgios recalled the terror in a victim impact statement, telling the ACT Supreme Court that the masked gunman “shattered my soul, my peace and my perception of the world around me”.

Their statements were read to the court on Monday as the gunman, 33, who is not named for legal reasons, faced a sentence hearing following pleading guilty to charges including aggravated robbery and failing to stop for police.

Norlaila Kyrgios, pictured in 2014 with son Nick’s first tennis racquet. Photo Gary Ramage.
Norlaila Kyrgios, pictured in 2014 with son Nick’s first tennis racquet. Photo: Gary Ramage.

The robber allegedly stole the $125,000 Tesla Model X from outside of the Kyrgios family home in Canberra’s north, knocking on the door while the tennis star was asleep; he then called out a false name to encourage Norlaila to open the door before threatening her with a shotgun.

In a media release issued by Kyrgios’ lawyer, Pierre Johannessen, Kyrgios said that he hoped the sentence hearing would bring his mother “a small measure of peace”.

“[I hope] the court recognises the anxiety and trauma my family has been through, feeling we can’t be safe in our family home, the place I grew up and where all those great memories now have to exist next to the memory of a gun pointed at my mother’s face,” Kyrgios said.

Acting Justice Rebecca Christensen plans to hand down a sentence in July, by which time the offender will have been remanded in custody for 14 months.

Source: The Daily Telegraph




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