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Melbourne man stole car with sleeping baby inside jailed

  • A Melbourne car thief who stole a vehicle with a baby still inside has been jailed
  • A mother watched in horror as he stole her car with her sleeping baby girl inside
  • Gurkan Yildrim, 25, was on bail and in the grip of an ice addiction at the time
  • Yildrim was jailed for more than three years when he appeared in court Monday

By Australian Associated Press

Published: 22:27 EST, 12 November 2017 | Updated: 23:10 EST, 12 November 2017

An 'audacious' Melbourne car thief who stole a mother's Mercedes-Benz while her baby was asleep inside has been jailed for more than three years.

Gurkan Yildrim, 25, was on bail and in the grip of an ice addiction when he stole the SUV at Coburg, in Melbourne's north, in November 2016, unaware a six-month-old girl was in the back seat.

The mother, who had left the engine running and was chatting to parents at a school pick-up area, watched in horror as Yildrim sped off with her baby.

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Gurkan Yildirim, 25, (pictured) got into the car in a street near the Australian International Academy in Coburg North on November 8, 2016

Gurkan Yildirim, 25, (pictured) got into the car in a street near the Australian International Academy in Coburg North on November 8, 2016

'At the scene was the distressed mother … wailing as the car left,' Victorian County Court Judge Michael Tinney said in his sentence on Monday.

'But it was the cargo that prompted her distress. Her baby was gone.'

Judge Tinney sentenced Yildrim to three years and five months in prison for the 'audacious' theft, conduct endangering life and other offences, to which he has previously pleaded guilty.

A friend of the mother hurled herself on to the bonnet of the car in an attempt to stop Yildrim getting away, but he crashed into another car, throwing the woman off.

'The brave friend threw herself up on the bonnet, so desperate was the situation in her eyes,' Judge Tinney said.

'This was absolute pandemonium.

The six-month-old girl (pictured) was asleep in the backseat of the car when it was stolen in NovemberThe six-month-old girl (pictured) was asleep in the backseat of the car when it was stolen in November

The six-month-old girl (pictured) was asleep in the backseat of the car when it was stolen in November

The woman is seen desperately banging on the car which was stolen during a school pick up in Melbourne in November last yearThe woman is seen desperately banging on the car which was stolen during a school pick up in Melbourne in November last yearThe six-month-old baby (pictured with her mother) was asleep inside the car when it was stolenThe six-month-old baby (pictured with her mother) was asleep inside the car when it was stolen

The woman is seen desperately banging on the car which was stolen during a school pick up in Melbourne in November last year

'What a horrific event for the mother and the woman on the bonnet. They had no idea what would become of the child.'

But once Yildrim realised there was a baby in the car, he abandoned it.

He stopped the car in a nearby alleyway and told a passer-by there was a baby inside.

He also went to a phone booth and called emergency services, giving the location of the stolen car.

Yildrim was ordered to serve at least two years in prison before being eligible for parole.

The child's mother - and owner of the stolen car (pictured) - can be seen running down the road chasing after her carThe child's mother - and owner of the stolen car (pictured) - can be seen running down the road chasing after her car

The child's mother – and owner of the stolen car (pictured) – can be seen running down the road chasing after her car

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