Man jailed for role in torture of 'vulnerable' victim

ROUGH JUSTICE: A Goomeri teenager was given a hefty fine after a late night drive in an unsafe car.
ROUGH JUSTICE: A Goomeri teenager was given a hefty fine after a late night drive in an unsafe car.

A BUNDABERG man who encouraged and watched on as his co-accused tortured a man during a nine-hour period has been handed a five-year jail term, suspended after 18 months.

In the Bundaberg District Court yesterday, Anthony Lyall Mayberry, 44, pleaded guilty to one count each of torture, grievous bodily harm and deprivation of liberty in relation to the February attack.

In sentencing Mayberry, Judge Tony Moynihan said the co-accused allegedly tortured the complainant, leaving him with life-threatening injuries.

"You watched and did nothing... you cleaned up the blood," he said.

"It showed a callous disregard for the complainant."

Judge Moynihan said the complainant was disabled and vulnerable and the co-accused had shown no mercy during the cowardly attack.

He said Mayberry had been more concerned about the return of his car - which was used to drive the complainant around - than the victim.

Judge Moynihan also said Mayberry had a long standing problem with methamphetamine but had pleaded guilty at a very early stage.

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