A Warrawong man's night out drinking and playing poker machines ended in a terrifying kidnap ordeal in which he was tied up and burned with a blowtorch, a court has heard.
Police allege Adrian Jovanovski and a co-accused spent the night of June 30 this year boozing, gambling and smoking ice with their victim before turning on him early the next morning.
Despite the serious allegations he faced, Jovanovski was released on conditional bail in Wollongong Local Court yesterday.
Police documents tendered to the court during the bail application said the plaintiff met up with Jovanovski's co-accused, an acquaintance, at the Cringila Hotel, before heading to the Wests Leagues Club at Unanderra (where Jovanovski joined them) and then the Illawarra Steelers Club in Wollongong.
At 6am the next day, the trio made their way to the Steelworks Hotel at Port Kembla, but when they arrived, Jovanovski's co-accused allegedly demanded the man drive them to Campbelltown.
He refused but offered to drop the pair at a home in Cordeaux Heights.
The trio stopped on the way to smoke some ice, after which Jovanovski and the co-accused became agitated and started to demand money.
Both men allegedly threatened the third man and made him take off his clothes so they could search them for cash.
"The [victim], fearing for his safety, convinces [the accused] that he will drive them home to Cordeaux Heights and subsequently does so," documents before the court said.
However, when the trio arrived, Jovanovski and his co-accused allegedly tied up their victim in the garage and used a blowtorch to burn his left bicep.
He was released after approximately three hours, police said.
The plaintiff told police that Jovanovski and the co-accused came to his house the next night and demanded that he pay them $1000.
He handed over the cash out of fear for his safety, however refused a demand for another $3000, saying he didn't have that amount of money.
That reply resulted in Jovanovski attacking the man by punching him in the head before he and the co-accused fled the scene, the documents said.
The man's elderly father was also hit during the assault.
Jovanovski was arrested at Airds two days later.
The case will return to court on September 18.