Man faces charges of tor­tur­ing his part­ner

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - ME­LANIE PETRINEC CHRIS CLARKE

A YOUNG wo­man suf­fered bro­ken bones and head- to- toe burns while en­dur­ing an ag­o­nis­ing three weeks of tor­ture be­fore she was dis­cov­ered near death at a unit in an up­mar­ket Bris­bane sub­urb, po­lice will al­lege.

It is al­leged 21- year- old Tanya Roberts’ part­ner, Ni­cholas John Cril­ley, phoned paramedics in a pan­icked state which led to her be­ing found alive but se­verely in­jured at a Bulimba unit on July 2.

Cril­ley was ar­rested more than a week later af­ter a dra­matic po­lice chase and ap­peared in court yes­ter­day charged with tor­ture, acts in­tended to dis­fig­ure, acts in­tended to cause griev­ous bod­ily harm, de­pri­va­tion of lib­erty and sup­ply­ing a dan­ger­ous drug.

Ms Roberts re­mained in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion in an in­duced coma last night, and it is un­der­stood po­lice will al­lege she was tor­tured over a three­week pe­riod.

But po­lice say they have no clue where the crimes were com­mit­ted.

De­tec­tive Se­nior Sergeant Rod Watts said po­lice had strug­gled to find out in­for­ma­tion about the in­ci­dent, but knew it was 31- year- old Cril­ley who called triple- 0.

“We don’t be­lieve the in­juries she sus­tained oc­curred at Bulimba,” Sgt Watts said.

Some­one also tried to tend to the wo­man’s wounds prior to the ar­rival of paramedics.

Ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments, Cril­ley is ac­cused of sup­ply­ing Ms Roberts the drug Al­pra­zo­lam, oth­er­wise known as Xanax.

Cril­ley was ar­rested on Mon­day night af­ter a pur­suit in which an el­derly wo­man was car­jacked and four ve­hi­cles were wrecked.

He al­legedly jumped in his car and rammed two po­lice ve­hi­cles when of­fi­cers found him at a Stafford prop­erty.

Cril­ley did not ap­ply for bail in Bris­bane Mag­is­trates Court yes­ter­day and the case was ad­journed to Au­gust 7.

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