Torture accused not wanted

MOUNT Morgan residents have reacted angrily to news a man accused of horrifically torturing a four-year-old girl could be living among them soon.

"He shouldn't even be allowed out on bail,'' East Street resident Jeanette Burgess said.

"The man clearly has some mental problems .?.?. he's sick.''

And she warned the man could be targetted by some residents.

"I think there will be some sort of vigilantes watching him.

"I don't think you'd have trouble finding him and everybody will be wary of him.''

Hamilton Street resident Peter Burgess agreed the man's arrival wouldn't be welcomed by residents.

"I sure as hell can't see people opening their arms to him,'' he said.

"I think it is a bloody disgrace, he obviously preys on the defenceless and there are a lot of children and elderly people up here.''

One retailer, who asked not to be named, said he had heard a number of complaints from customers with one suggesting residents should start a petition to keep the man out of Mt Morgan.

The Morning Bulletin yesterday reported the 31-year-old man who is charged with torturing his four-year-old step daughter would live in Mt Morgan while he awaited trial if he was able to raise a $5000 surety.

A Mackay court was told on Monday the girl endured a year of torture which left her with groin and throat ulcers caused by a caustic substance.

She was also suffering malnutrition and had super-glue poured in her ear on one occasion.

However, it was uncertain yesterday afternoon if the accused man would even make it to the town after his mother failed to come forward with the $5000 surety.

The man is due to appear in a Mackay court on November 7.

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