Man who stole Nick Kyrgios’ car at gunpoint gets multi-year prison sentence

Man who stole Nick Kyrgios’ car at gunpoint gets multi-year prison sentence

Nick Kyrgios and his family have received justice after the man who stole the Australian tennis star’s car at gunpoint was sentenced to four and a half years in prison.

Last May, Kyrgios’ mother Norlaila endured one of the most traumatic experiences of her life when a man showed up at her door and demanded the keys to her son’s Tesla at gunpoint. After his request was granted, the man left the scene without physically harming anyone, but it took Canberra police only about half an hour to catch him.

And on Tuesday, the man who also pleaded guilty to the 2005 murder of a Canberra student was sentenced to several years in prison.

Kyrgios’ family gets a moment of peace

Kyrgios and his family have frequently described the incident as extremely traumatic over the past 14 months.

“We always assume the worst is happening when we hear a noise. Nothing prepares you for waking up to your mother screaming,” Kyrgios said in mid-June.

“(I hope) the court recognizes the fear and trauma that my family has been through, feeling like we cannot be safe in our childhood home, the place where I grew up and where all those beautiful memories now have to coexist with the memory of a gun pointed at my mother’s face.”

Nick Kyrgios
Nick Kyrgios © Getty Images Sport – Clive Brunskill

During the sentencing, the offender apologized to the Kyrgios family.

And Kyrgios’ sister Halimah, who was in court on Tuesday, was pleased with the outcome of the trial.

“We’ve always been taught to forgive, but I personally think this was only handled right for the safety of the community,” Kyrgios’ sister Halimah said after the verdict.

Meanwhile, Kyrgios is currently at Wimbledon, where he is not playing but is working as a commentator for the BBC. Over the weekend, Kyrgios confirmed that his comeback would begin next month with playing an ATP doubles tournament.