Kidnapped and tasered: Man suffers over two days
KIDNAPPED, tied up, threatened, beaten and tasered - a Cannonvale man suffered over two days for claiming Carl Stephen Smith was a police informant.
The man was held in Carl Smith's Cannonvale home for six hours on March 28, 2016, and attacked at another house the next day.
Carl Smith, 26, pleaded guilty to kidnapping and burglary charges in the District Court in Mackay on Wednesday.
He appeared via video link and was sentenced to five years imprisonment.
Also appearing in the court were Cael Jaymin Delaney Smith, 20, and Paul Joseph Pender, 31, both of Cannonvale.
Cael Smith was sentenced to two years in prison after earlier pleading guilty to kidnapping. Pender, who earlier pleaded guilty to burglary, was given an 18-month jail term.
Judge Deborah Richards told the court the incidents were a form of "vigilante action" because of "provocative" comments about Carl Smith.
She said Carl Smith had invited the man to his house where he had spoken with him outside, pretending to be friendly. Once the man was inside the house, Carl Smith had threatened him, assaulted him, spat on him and taken his electronic tablet.
During the incident, Carl Smith had contacted Cael Smith for assistance and for two hours the young man "enthusiastically helped" and threatened the man.
After six hours the man was released, the court was told. Later that evening he posted a comment on Facebook with the same police informant claim. The court was told Carl Smith knew the man was staying with Pender and offered the 31-year-old drugs in exchange for leaving the house open and unlocking the doors.
Judge Richards told the court Carl Smith and another man had gone to the house armed with a taser, "detained" the man, tied up his feet with zip ties and assaulted him.
While they was occuring, police approached the house to serve papers about an unrelated incident. After police heard the man scream, they arrested Carl Smith and the other person.
The court was told the zip ties on the man's feet were so tight police were unable to cut them off.
Carl Smith also pleaded guilty to possessing a weapon and possessing stolen property. On the first charge he was jailed for 12 months and on the second for three months, to be served concurrently.
He will be eligible for parole on November 30, 2017.
Cael Smith's parole date is October 22, 2017 and Pender's is June 22, 2017.