Kidnap accused need $10,000 bail

Two men have faced court over an alleged kidnapping in Tweed Heads South.
Two men have faced court over an alleged kidnapping in Tweed Heads South.

TWO men charged with violently kidnapping a man and hitting him in the face with a hammer have been granted conditional bail.

Simon Robert Payne, 56, and Ricky Jason Bridger, 38, appeared in Tweed Heads Local Court today and will remain in custody unless $10,000 in surety is posted for each of them.

Magistrate Michael Dakin described the brutal attack in which it's alleged the victim, 26-year-old Dylan Seabrook, was tied to a chair and repeatedly assaulted for two hours.

The court heard Mr Seabrook had visited Payne's home in Altair St, Tweed Heads South, about 6pm on Sunday to retrieve his girlfriend's phone and keys.

Mr Seabrook, Payne and his neighbour Bridger began arguing before a third unknown man arrived at the unit.

It is alleged the three men tied Mr Seabrook to a chair in the kitchen with cable ties before Payne began hitting Seabrook all over his head and body with a hammer, while Bridger and the third man hit him and kicked him around his face and head.

The offenders also attempted to tie his legs with rope.

It is believed the attack continued for two hours and Mr Seabrook was taken to the bathroom at least twice with his hands still tied to have the blood washed off him.

Police reports state Mr Seabrook was also threatened with a knife and told if he revealed the identity of his attackers to anyone his family would be physically harmed and he would be killed.

The court heard just after 8pm one of the men left the unit and the victim was able to escape by climbing out the bathroom window.

He ran to a nearby bowls club, chased by Bridger, before collapsing in front of the club's staff.

He was treated by paramedics and taken to Tweed Hospital with a broken nose, severe swelling to his eyes, nose and face, lacerations to his scalp that required stitches and bruising and lacerations to his wrists and hands.

He will remain in hospital for several days.

When police attended the address they arrested Payne, noticing that someone had attempted to clean up a large amount of blood.

Crime Scene Investigators have found blood splatters around the entire unit, including the shower and on the window frame where Mr Seabrook escaped.

A hammer was found in the bedroom and blood-soaked rope, tissues and other items in a garbage bin.

Magistrate Dakin granted strict conditional bail on the basis that both men had no previous convictions for violence.

Both must find an acceptable person to put up $10,000 in surety, report to police every day, continue to reside in Altair St and not approach or speak to each other or the victim.

Both will appear at Lismore Court on June 5.

Topics:  kidnap police tweed heads south

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