Accused torturers appear briefly in court

TWO men accused of abducting and torturing a 25-year-old Arundel man over a drug debt on the Gold Coast last month will apply for bail next week.

Scott Murphy, 42 and William Dean, 37 are accused of kidnapping, torturing and robbing their victim during a brutal one-hour attack in bushland near an historic railway tunnel off Ashmore Road at Molendinar on March 24.

It is alleged a tie-down strap was wrapped around the victims head and tightened with a ratchet which was then reportedly used to force his mouth open before he was punched in the head six times.


Police allege the 25-year-old man was abducted from an Ashmore 7-11 and abused in nearby bushland until he agreed to pay a drug debt.

The pair have been further accused of being vicious lawless associates by co-operating with a larger group to organise the crime which could see them subject to an additional mandatory 15-25 years’ jail on top of their initial sentence.

The case was adjourned and the duo were remanded in custody following a brief appearance in Southport Magistrates Court on Wednesday and will return to court on April 16 to apply for bail.

EARLIER: POLICE say they have charged three people over the alleged kidnapping and torture of a 25-year-old Arundel man on the Gold Coast last month.

The incident is alleged to have occurred on March 24 in bushland off Ashmore Road at Molendinar.

Detectives and forensic officers spent Monday evening examining two crime scenes declared at Benowa and near the historic railway tunnel at Molendinar.

A 42-year-old man from Parkwood, a 37-year-old man from Molendinar, and a 24-year-old woman from Nerang will face Southport Magistrates Court today charged with kidnapping, torture, robbery and several drug offences.

Police say the trio will also be charged under the new Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Bill 2013.

Police investigations are continuing.