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Trio face kidnapping, assault and torture charges

THREE people have been charged with the kidnapping and torture of a man during a nine-hour ordeal over an unpaid debt in Ipswich.

Two men and a woman from Purga are accused of storming into an address in Short Street to confront a man about a sum of money owed to them at 12pm on Sunday.

The trio allegedly demanded the 24-year-old victim transfer to a bank account the money he owed them.

The victim was then allegedly assaulted and taken to a Purga home where the ordeal continued.

It is alleged he was tortured for hours with burning irons.

He arrived at Ipswich Hospital on Saturday night just before 9pm, suffering serious facial injuries and burns to his hands and other areas of his body.

Cash and a mobile phone were allegedly stolen during the incident at the Short St home.

The trio appeared in Ipswich Magistrates Court this week and were remanded in custody until their next court appearance.

Stephen Wood, 35, and Yvonne Metzger, 49, applied for bail but their applications were refused.

Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist said Wood was an unacceptable risk to the community.

Jack Wiremu Reihana, 41, made no application for bail when he appeared before the court yesterday.

They were all charged with kidnapping, extortion, torture, acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm, deprivation of liberty, assault occasioning bodily harm, enter with intent and stealing.

All three will appear in Ipswich Magistrates Court on February 6.

Topics:  alleged kidnapping, ipswich magistrates court, jack wiremu reihana, serious assault, stephen wood, torture charges


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