Teen wanted to be tied up: accused
A TOOWOOMBA man accused of kidnapping a teenage woman at the weekend and holding her captive in his car claimed the woman wanted to be tied up, the city's Magistrates Court heard yesterday.
The court was told the 25-year-old man and the 19-year-old woman had domestic violence orders against each other and so cannot be named.
He is accused of binding her hands Saturday morning and driving her between Spring Hill in Brisbane and Redcliffe where it is claimed she broke free and flagged down a passing motorist while the man was away from the vehicle temporarily.
During a brief court appearance yesterday, the man was not required to enter any pleas to charges of kidnapping, assault occasioning bodily harm arising from injuries sustained from the zip-ties, deprivation of liberty and breaching a domestic violence order.
Duty lawyer Nathan Bouchier said his client instructed the woman had a drug problem and had a habit of leaving him and moving into a shelter then calling him to come and get her.
According to his client, she had voluntarily gone with him and she had asked to be tied up for her own safety.
A knife found in the vehicle had only been used to cut one of the zip-ties which had been hurting her, his client instructed.
His client intended contesting the charges, Mr Bouchier said.
The accused man had grown up in Toowoomba and would live here while on remand with his parents who were in court supporting him, he said.
However, prosecutor Sergeant Karen Kroon objected to bail telling the court the charges were very serious and that it was alleged the defendant had made repeated threats against the woman during the ordeal.
Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck granted bail with strict conditions and remanded the man to appear for mention back in the same court on March 27.