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Man suspected of trying to snatch a girl wanted to teach the family a lesson

Bizarre twist as man suspected of trying to snatch a girl, 8, says he simply ‘wanted to teach the family a lesson because they were too sociable’

  • A Perth man, 37, was initially accused of kidnapping a girl from a next door unit
  • He allegedly held a toy gun to a woman’s face, and tried to tape up her mouth
  • Anandkumar Sivapragasam was denied bail, will appear in court via video link

A man suspected of snatching a girl from her home was just trying to teach the family a lesson because they were too sociable, a court has heard. 

Anandkumar Sivapragasam, 37, allegedly barged his way into his neighbour’s Perth unit while wearing a motorcycle helmet to conceal his face, Perth Magistrates Court heard.

He has since been charged with several offences including assault and going armed to cause fear, ABC News reported. 

Anandkumar Sivapragasam, 37, stands trial at Perth Magistrates Court (pictured) for allegedly barged his way into his neighbour’s Perth unit while wearing a motorcycle helmet to conceal his face.

Sivapragasam allegedly turned up at his neighbour’s unit in Forrestfield on December 19 in a borrowed car with a concealed number plate. 

A 67-year-old woman, two girls aged eight and six and a four-year-old boy were home when Sivapragasam stormed in, a police prosecutor alleged in court. 

He allegedly held a toy gun to the 67-year-old’s face and pushed her, before attempting to tape her mouth shut. 

He allegedly held a toy gun to the 67-year-old's face and pushed her, before attempting to tape her mouth shut (stock)

He allegedly held a toy gun to the 67-year-old’s face and pushed her, before attempting to tape her mouth shut (stock)

The prosecutor claimed Sivapragasam had done this because the family were too sociable and he ‘wanted to scare the family into keeping to themselves more’, as they were ‘engaging with too many people in the units’.

The man was denied bail, with the magistrate saying it would be ‘inappropriate’, citing the ‘brazenness’ of the incident and the prior thought that had gone into it. 

He will reappear in court via video link on January 24. 

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