A couple bashed a man with a tyre iron, shocked him with a cattle prod and shot him in the testicles with a gel blaster because he owed them money.
Mark Donald McDonald, 40, and Helene Irene Wigfull, 37, abducted the man and tortured him at their home in Darra, in Brisbane‘s south-west last July.
The pair were found guilty over a slew of offences after appearing at the Brisbane District Court on Friday.
The court found the ‘harrowing cruelty’ inflicted on the 26-year-old victim was sparked by a ‘perceived’ debt, and was an act of revenge and vigilantism.
A couple abducted and tortured a man with a tyre iron, cattle prod and gel blaster inside their Brisbane home (stock image)
McDonald abducted the victim on July 31 last year as he was leaving a mate’s house.
He was forced into a car driven by Wigfull with the doors locked to stop any attempt to escape.
McDonald then hit the victim in the head and legs with the tyre iron before taking him to the couple’s home.
He was then assaulted and interrogated over several hours in a ‘persistent and cruel’ attack.
The victim was beaten, shot in the chest and testicles with a gel plaster, and shocked with a cattle prod.
While the court found McDonald was the main offender, Wigfull was found to have actively encouraged the assault.
Mark Donald McDonald, 40, and Helene Irene Wigfull, 37, abducted the man and tortured him at their home in Darra, (pictured, stock image) in Brisbane’s south-west last July
The man was assaulted and interrogated over several hours in a ‘persistent and cruel’ attack (stock image)
During the assault, the victim was asked if he had any family members who would ‘pay to keep him safe’.
The pair then took a photo of the man lying naked on the floor and sent it to his father along with a demand of $5,000 cash.
When police arrived they found the man wearing just his underpants under a pile of pillows the next morning.
They also found the weapons and 25g of the date rape drug Gamma Butyrolactone (GBL).
They also found the weapons including the cattle prod (pictured, stock image) and 25g of the date rape drug Gamma Butyrolactone (GBL)
The pair initially denied the assault and tried to minimise their roles when interviewed by police.
Judge Gary Long described the attack as serious offending, particularly in its ‘persistence and cruelty’.
‘The protracted nature of your offending and obviously harrowing cruelty directed at the victim and the fact that it extended to extortion directed to his wider family must be reflected in the sentence,’ Judge Long said.
‘There is an element of retribution or what is often referred to as vigilantism involved.’
Wigfull’s defence barrister, Kate Juhasz, argued her client was not the main perpetrator of the attack, reported news.com.au.
‘She didn’t actually subject the complainant herself to any violence,’ Ms Juhasz said.
‘Immediately after she observed the assault to the complainant’s head by her husband, she provided first aid.
Mark Donald McDonald, 40, and Helene Irene Wigfull, 37, were found guilty of a string of offences after appearing at the Brisbane District Court (pictured)
‘She was not present for the more abhorrent offending with the gel blaster, nor the cattle prod.’
Wigfull was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment but granted immediate parole.
McDonald, who was on bail at the time for drug offences, was sentenced to a three-and-a-half-years jail.
He is already to serving a four-year-and-six-month sentence for the drug offences.