Court hears charges of ab­duc­tion and as­sault

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Janessa Ekert

A MAN who wan­dered into a Wangetti busi­ness with mul­ti­ple in­juries on Mon­day has al­leged that his hands, an­kles and body were bound with ropes and a noose was placed around his neck be­fore two men beat him with an axe han­dle and fists.

Melchor Gar­cia, 32 and Aaron Lions, 25, each face charges of at­tempted mur­der, tor­ture, wound­ing, de­pri­va­tion of lib­erty and as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing bod­ily harm while armed and in com­pany.

The Cairns Mag­is­trates Court was told Mait­land Chitty, 26, had “sub­stan­tial in­juries” in­clud­ing rope burns to his neck, a punc­ture wound to his el­bow, a prob­a­ble rope burn to his mouth area, lac­er­a­tions to his right shin and left hand and gen­eral pain and dis­com­fort.

Mr Chitty has al­leged that he was ab­ducted by Mr Gar­cia and Mr Lions and, for more than 24 hours, was as­saulted.

There are two other co-ac­cused, who were re­leased on bail on Tues­day. Ja­cob But­ler, 19, and Marc Veronese, 52, are both charged with tor­ture and de­pri­va­tion of lib­erty, while Mr But­ler is also charged with as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing bod­ily harm while armed and in com­pany.

A po­lice bail ob­jec­tion al­leged Mr Chitty was even­tu­ally taken to “an un­known lo­ca­tion” at Ku­randa, put in a ship­ping con­tainer and tied up.

He al­leged Mr Gar­cia, Mr Lions and Mr But­ler re­turned and drove him to a re­mote spot near Black Moun­tain, tied to a tree and left there.

Mr Chitty al­leged he freed him­self and walked to Hart­ley’s croc farm about 11.30am Mon­day.

De­fence so­lic­i­tor John Magof­fin said both his clients de­nied knowl­edge or in­volve­ment in the al­leged of­fend­ing.

Mag­is­trate Robert Spencer said the al­le­ga­tions were “very se­ri­ous in na­ture” and de­nied bail for both men on the grounds they were an “un­ac­cept­able risk” of in­ter­fer­ing with wit­nesses.

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