Horrifying moment meth-fuelled thug holds mother hostage at knifepoint

Half-an-hour of horror: Terrifying moment meth-fuelled thug holds a mother hostage at knifepoint during 31-minute ordeal at Burger King - AFTER he was deported from Australia Laura Wheeler was held hostage by a knife-wielding ice addict in Burger King Her 14-year-old daughter watched on in horror, fearing her mother would die Eddie Tamatea, 31, was sentenced to 23 months' behind bars over the incident

By Kelsey Wilkie For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 10:30 BST, 1 July 2019 | Updated: 11:41 BST, 1 July 2019

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Terrifying footage has emerged of a mother being held hostage by a knife-wielding meth addict while her young daughter watched on in horror. 

Laura Wheeler was with her 14-year-old daughter Jessica at Burger King in Auckland, New Zealand, when she suddenly had a knife held to her neck.

She spent 31 minutes fearing for her life as police and bystanders attempted to talk Eddie Tamatea into releasing her. 

Eddie Tamatea grabbed Laura Wheeler (both pictured) and held a knife to her neck as she waited at Burger King in Auckland, New Zealand

Eddie Tamatea grabbed Laura Wheeler (both pictured) and held a knife to her neck as she waited at Burger King in Auckland, New Zealand

'There were times when I thought, 'this is not even real, this is not happening', and then times when reality kicked in and I was like:

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