A NSW grandmother who was allegedly kidnapped along with her daughter and grandsons has spoken out about the ordeal saying the family has a long recovery ahead.
The 44-year-old man accused of leading the kidnapping of his former partner, her teenage sons and their grandmother, through his lawyer, did not apply for bail at Parramatta Local Court on Thursday and it was formally refused.
He was ordered to appear before Parkes Local Court on December 17 along with his two co-accused aged 23 and 29.
The three have been charged with a string of offences including destroying a building by fire with intent to murder.
Detectives say the armed trio went to a home in Ootha, near Condobolin, early on Tuesday morning and assaulted a 68-year-old man and knocked him unconscious.
It's alleged the victim - the grandmother's partner - was struck on the head with a shotgun, bound and left in a back room of the house while two of the attackers poured about 20 litres of petrol throughout the house before setting it alight.
The elderly man was falling in and out of consciousness before he broke free and raised the alarm with a neighbour after being unable to find his 71-year-old partner, her 41-year-old daughter and two grandsons aged 13 and 14.
The grandmother said her partner "must have one of the thickest heads".
Following a huge manhunt, the older woman and the teenage boys managed to escape on Tuesday evening, when the 23 and 29-year-old men were arrested near Sackville.
Some four hours later the 44-year-old man was arrested north of Windsor and his ex-partner was reunited with her family, detectives say.
"We've got a lot of recovering to do," the grandmother said on Thursday.
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