A young man charged with physically and sexually abusing a 20-year-old man for over nine hours on the Gold Coast has been granted bail.
A young man accused of using pliers to snap another man’s tooth during a nine-hour torture session has been granted bail.
Jayden Peters, 18, successfully applied for bail at Southport Magistrates Court on Thursday despite an objection from prosecutors.
Peters and three other men have been charged with physically and sexually abusing a 20-year-old man for over nine hours at a Southport house party in February.
He didn’t appear in court for the bail application where it was alleged that he had tried to extract a tooth from the victim.
Defence lawyer Matt Maloy told the court that despite the seriousness of his client’s alleged offences, he had only played a minor role in the incident.
“Clearly my client is less involved than the co-offenders,” Mr Maloy said.
Prosecutor Natalie Lima said she was concerned about Peters being granted bail given he would reside with his mother and stepfather at an interstate address in Lithgow, NSW.
“As he is an adult his parents certainly cannot compel him to return to Queensland,” Ms Lima told the court.
In granting bail, Magistrate Paul Johnstone agreed with Mr Maloy’s submissions that Peters faces a lengthy time in custody before the matter goes to trial and that the accused is young with no history of criminal violence.
Peters has strict reporting conditions as part of his bail and a $10,000 surety must be secured to release him from prison.
The three co-accused, aged between 17 and 20, remain in custody with the matter to return to court on May 21.