Court hears charges of abduction and assault
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.