Alleged Far Northern torture victim raises alarm
A MAN allegedly kidnapped and tortured in a Manoora house may have been held captive for up to three days, police say.
Three people have so far faced court over the alleged abduction of the 35-year-old Cairns man, who was found at a house on Reservoir Rd on Friday morning.
Far Northern Regional Crime co-ordinator Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicarsaid it was the victim himself who alerted police to his captivity and they found him in the two-storey house about 5am.
"At this stage we can say he was taken against his will from another location and transported to that house where he was held for some time," Insp Asnicar said.
"He, in fact, was able to raise the alarm from the house and alert police he was being held against his will.
"We have not finalised this investigation. There's still scope to cover more ground and we will continue to do that until we've found every person involved."
Anthony Humphries, 35, was remanded in custody yesterday after being charged in Cairns Magistrates' Court with four counts of assault occasioning bodily harm, three counts of common assault and one count each of kidnapping, deprivation of liberty and torture.
However, his defence lawyer Rowan Silva asked that his client not appear in the dock and magistrate Robert Spencer consented.
Leonie Rhodes, 26, and Casey Broad, 29, appeared in court on the same charges on Saturday with Rhodes released on bail and Broad remanded in custody.
Police are putting out a public plea for witnesses who may have seen anything suspicious at the Manoora residence or the location where the victim was allegedly taken from.
"If anybody has seen somebody bundled into a car against their will, please come forward, and that doesn't need to be in that (Manoora) area, it could be anywhere," he said.
"I'm calling for anyone who might have seen anything at that address, anything unusual in that area between the previous Wednesday and last Friday in the area of Reservoir Rd."
Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au
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Ongoing investigation: Police are still investigating the alleged kidnapping and torture of a Cairns man.