Two men tied up with cords and shackles were threatened with having their throats slit before petrol was poured on their pet dog during a house invasion, court documents state.
In September last year one day after he turned 20, Kye Jayden Rowe and a co-accused, wearing black balaclavas, went to a Kambah premises where Rowe was holding a red jerrycan filled with petrol, a paint spatula and a lighter.
When they entered, Rowe said words to the effect of "you owe someone thousands of dollars" before threatening to splash the petrol on one of them and setting him on fire.
Rowe then ordered one of them to tie the other's hands and legs together using a phone-charging cable and an extension cord.
When Rowe left the room, the co-accused told the victims Rowe was his "apprentice in training" for "this sort of stuff".
Rowe came back with shackles and placed them on the victim not tied up.
One of the defendants told the victims "if you keep talking, we slit your throats" while a knife was held to one of the victims' throat.
At some point, Rowe and the co-accused got distracted, allowing one of the victims to escape to a neighbour's house.
The co-accused then poured petrol on the other victim, his bed and his dog.
The victim yelled: "I'll get you the money, just don't do this."
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The co-accused lit a lighter and was about to throw it when the victim kicked him in the stomach and shut the bedroom door.
One of the defendants stole keys to a Ford Black Ranger at the premises before both left.
The next day, Rowe drove a BMW directly at police when they turned on their sirens for him to stop.
For about two hours, the car was seen across Canberra and Queanbeyan, going at speeds of up to 180km/h, being driven on the wrong side of the road and narrowly missing a pedestrian.
Police found the car with Rowe's DNA inside the next day.
He pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary, stealing a car and aggravated dangerous driving and appeared in the ACT Supreme Court on Monday.
The court heard he was already sentenced to one month jail until October 19 for failing to appear in legal proceedings.
Chief Justice Helen Murrell indicated she would sentence Rowe at at later date to about 40 months' jail, backdated to October 2020 with a non-parole period of 22 months.
The court heard Rowe was assessed as unsuitable for a drug and alcohol treatment order as part of his sentence.
Chief Justice Murrell said Rowe had not displayed "behaviour consistent with a strong motivation to participate" in the treatment program.
"The offender is unlikely, even if he were placed in a drug and alcohol treatment order, to be successful on such an order at this point," she said.
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