Horror ambush: Pliers, blow torch used to get $300 drug debt
Two men have faced court over a terrifying kidnapping where a man was threatened for three hours with a blow torch and pliers over a $300 drug debt.
Bobby John Condie, 31, and Ryan James Ironmonger, 28, lured Corey Proctor to a Morayfield house on September 1 last year with the promise of drugs, the Brisbane District Court was told.
But when he arrived, the 26-year-old saw a dining room chair in the middle of the garage with a clear plastic sheet on the ground.
Prosecutor Judy Geary said Condie lunged at Proctor with a blow torch, then forced a large pair of pliers into Proctor's mouth telling him "one of his favourite things was to remove teeth and fingernails".
Over the next three hours, Proctor was repeatedly forced to call his family members and told that if he did not pay back the money for the 1.75g of ice Ironmonger had sold him, he and his family would be killed.
Later that afternoon Condie called Kyle Jordan Ellis, 23, and asked him to pick them up.
During an 80-minute car ride, Proctor was continually threatened and at one point called his sister screaming as a knife was "dragged" across his hand.
His terrified family was told that if they did not meet them with $1600 at an ATM in Strathpine, Proctor would be killed.
His sister called Queensland Police who were waiting for the trio when they arrived with a "visibly shaken" Proctor at the drop point.
Condie and Ironmonger were charged and pleaded guilty to extortion.
Ironmonger also pleaded guilty to supplying methylamphetamine.
Ellis, of Morayfield, faced court last month and was sentenced to three years' jail after pleading guilty to kidnapping for ransom.
He was given immediate parole because he had played no part in the violence and was operating under Condie's orders.
Ironmonger and Condie's lawyers told the court that the pair were in the depths of a drug addiction when they ambushed Proctor.
Barrister Robert Glenday said Ironmonger, who had been a school captain and a promising sports player, was now "in the best place he had been" and undertaken significant rehabilitation which would be lost if he was returned to prison.
Judge Jeffrey Clarke said it was "egregious behaviour".
"You and Mr Condie acted like thugs in my view," Judge Clarke said.
"Mr Proctor and his family would have been petrified that serious harm was to be done to him and for what? $300 worth of speed. It's simply outrageous behaviour."
Condie was sentenced to five years' jail and will be eligible for parole in March next year.
Ironmonger was sentenced to four years' jail, suspended immediately after he had served a bit more than two months behind bars.
He was also sentenced to two years' probation.
Originally published as Horror ambush: Pliers, blow torch used to get $300 drug debt