An Australian man has been jailed for 7 years for kidnapping a 12-year old child after claiming he had no other option to recover a $5.5million gambling debt he was owed.
55-year old Zhen Jie Zhang apologised to a Queensland court this week for the ordeal suffered by the young boy, stating through an interpreter:
“I want to say I’m deeply sorry. If you feel afraid please forgive me for that; your father was acting terribly [and] owed me a substantial amount of money.”
The background to the kidnapping began in 2010 when Zhang and the boys father met and gambled together.
The father, however, soon borrowed money from Zhang and owed a substantial amount to casinos, according to abc.news.au, which eventually led to Zhang extor…