No appeal for torture sentence
A QUEENSLAND drug dealer who tortured a man for 36 hours over a debt has been denied an appeal of his sevenyear jail sentence.
Melchor Restauro Garcia kidnapped two men after they did not hand over guns in payment for drugs, taking them to multiple locations around Cairns in February 2017.
He beat and stabbed one of them multiple times, also twice choking him with a noose when he would only avoid being hung by standing on his toes. The victim was also denied food and water, hooded and locked in a car boot as he begged Garcia for his life, while the other man was forced to watch the torture.
The ordeal ended when the man was forced to swallow pills, causing him to become drowsy but able to untie himself.
Garcia has been forced to serve 80 per cent of his sentence after pleading guilty to torture and kidnapping charges in Cairns Supreme Court in August last year.
But he sought to appeal his punishment claiming it was excessive given his victim suffered no permanent injury.
His application was rejected after Brisbane appeal court judge David Boddice ruled the original sentence had taken into account his drug addiction, lack of criminal history and early plea.