Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Two Jailed over Bash Nightmare; Port Arthur Massacre Link Used in Man's Defence

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Two Jailed over Bash Nightmare; Port Arthur Massacre Link Used in Man's Defence

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Byline: Peter Hardwick @thechronicle.com.au

THREE men had bound, gagged and held a housemate captive in their East Toowoomba home while repeatedly beating and threatening him, the city's District Court heard yesterday.

Brian Fisher, then 24, had only moved in days before with Mark John Williams, 31, Damian Michael Anderton, 30, and Morgan Scott Thies, 29.

Fisher had returned to the house about 5.30am, April 13, 2008, after a night on the town to find the trio at home.

Castigated for changing the music the three were listening to, Fisher went outside followed by Williams.

After a brief discussion, Williams punched him in the head, kicked him in the stomach when he fell to the ground then dragged him back inside, Crown prosecutor Noel Needham told the court.

Over the ensuing three hours, Fisher had been punched and kicked at different times by the trio and on occasions faded in and out of consciousness.

Dragged to a bedroom, Fisher was tied up with his hands behind his back and gagged with a sock.

When his pants were torn off, he had feared the worst and had repeatedly yelled to the trio "Please don't rape me, don't rape mea, Mr Needham said.

Left for a while in a bedroom, Fisher had momentarily broken free and thrown a television set at the window in an attempt to escape.

However, the television broke, but the window did not. The beating resumed, the court heard.

Eventually, he was bundled into a car and driven away from the house before being dropped off near a friend's home.

Fisher went to police later that day although he was warned the trio would slit his throat and hang him from a tree, as well as harm his pregnant girlfriend if he did so.

The trio pleaded guilty last November to assault occasioning bodily harm in company and deprivation of liberty.

However, sentencing was adjourned for a psychiatric report on Anderton. …

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