Man held hostage, repeatedly slashed with machete in NSW home

A man and woman have been charged after they allegedly held a man hostage inside a house in NSW and subjected him to several hours of horrific abuse.

The barbaric assault took place inside a house in South Grafton on Sunday 23 October.

Police say the 24-year-old victim was walking along Skinner Road around 9am when he accepted a lift to a house in Ryan Street.


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While at the house, the man was allegedly detained and constantly kicked and punched by “a number of people”, police said.

It’s further alleged the man was also struck several times across the legs with a machete, causing severe lacerations.

Police allege the assault lasted for several hours.

A group of men then allegedly placed the victim in a car and drove him to another location, where police say he was able to escape to a nearby house and call police.

The man was taken to Grafton Hospital and treated for his injuries.

Following investigations, police on Tuesday arrested a 24-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman at the Ryan Street home.

They were each charged with take/detain in company with intent to get advantage occasion actual bodily harm.

The man was refused bail to appear in Grafton Local Court today, while his co-accused was granted conditional bail to appear before the same court on 19 December.

Investigations are continuing.

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