A Baffle Creek man has been accused of holding a man’s legs down while him and a co-accused threatened to saw the victim’s legs off.
A Baffle Creek man has been accused of holding a man’s legs down while him and a co-accused threatened to saw the victim’s legs off.

Man allegedly threatened to saw off ‘rival dealer’s’ legs

A BAFFLE CREEK man accused of torturing a man by threatening to saw his legs off has been remanded in custody after his bail was refused in Gladstone Magistrates Court on November 10.

Shane Anthony Prestwidge has been charged with assault occasioning bodily harm in company, enter dwelling with intent at night, serious assault of a person over 60, torture and drink driving.

Mr Prestwidge is alleged to have held down the legs of a man while a co-accused allegedly held an operating chainsaw over the victim's legs while threatening to cut off his limbs.

Defence lawyer Cam Schroder told the court the alleged victim was an alleged "rival drug dealer".

Mr Schroder said Mr Prestwidge had no criminal convictions.

He told the court that on the night of the alleged offending, Mr Prestwidge had drunk half a bottle of vodka when his co-accused, who Mr Schroder said was a "drug dealer and hardened criminal" showed up with the plan.

Mr Schroder told the court Mr Prestwidge was "definitely a party but is no way the leader" and said his client was the one who said "that's enough" and tried to calm things down.

Mr Schroder said the victim, after the alleged offence, had been driven to his "boss" instead of a hospital or doctor.

He tendered a diagram to the court of who he said were the "drug kingpins of Baffle Creek".

He told the court Mr Prestwidge would have been "quite scared" to say no to his co-accused.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Carl Spargo told the court police disagreed with the description of Mr Prestwidge's alleged involvement.

"Mr Prestwidge was holding down the legs of the victim while the other (co-accused) had the chainsaw," Sen Con Spargo said.

He told the court verbal threats were allegedly made to the victim that they were going to cut off his limbs.

"It is fortunate given what was happening that there was no mishap and that we had a different outcome with the (alleged) victim," he said.

He told the court there was no information to justify the assertions relating to drug deals and different camps before the court.

He said the prosecution's strength of evidence was very high.

Magistrate Bevan Manthey agreed there was a strong case against Mr Prestwidge.

"There's no conditions I could put around him that would give me comfort in him not committing further offences or (for) the safety and welfare of the victims and witnesses," Mr Manthey said.

Mr Prestwidge's bail was refused. His matter will next be before the court on December 7.


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