Two Gold Coast men allegedly kidnapped and tortured another man over a $2000 drug debt, a court has heard.
Two Gold Coast men who allegedly kidnapped and tortured another man over a drug debt have been given bail.
Prosecutors say the alleged victim had his jaw prised open with tie-down straps and was punched repeatedly in the face.
Surfers Paradise pizza shop owner Scott Murphy and employee Daniel Stephen Jaffe are among four men arrested over the March incident.
Both were granted bail in the Supreme Court in Brisbane on Thursday on charges of kidnapping, torture and robbery while being vicious lawless associates.
It’s alleged victim Luke Romhegyi was lured to a location at Molendinar then kidnapped and taken to a disused railway tunnel.
His jaw was painfully prised open with fabric tie-down straps and he was punched repeatedly in the face, according to crown prosecutor Ben Power.
Mr Power said the violence was over a $2000 drug debt Mr Romhegyi owed Murphy.
Mr Romhegyi was allegedly released after he agreed to pay the debt by painting Murphy’s house.
At the time, Murphy was under police surveillance for another case and officers saw him go into the tunnel, Mr Power said.
The prosecutor argued there was a risk Murphy and Jaffe would flee or interfere with witnesses if granted bail because of the jail sentences they faced.
Under the Newman government’s strict anti-gang legislation, so-called vicious lawless associates face an extra 15 years imprisonment on top of their sentence.
However, Supreme Court Justice Martin Daubney was satisfied by sureties of $300,000 put up for Murphy and $150,000 for Jaffe.
“The giving of the unconditional sureties and the conditions of bail adequately address the risks of flight and the risk of interference with witnesses,” Justice Daubney said in granting the men bail.
Murphy and Jaffe are due to face court again on June 17.