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Gold Coast tradie is accused of torturing a man with a blow torch

A heavily tattooed tradie has been accused of torturing a man with a blow torch because he tried to hit on his girlfriend.

Bowie Sheng Papa allegedly tortured the man in his Surfers Paradise apartment between March 8-12 this year.

He allegedly held a blow torch to the man's knees, forced him to walk on all fours and held a pillow over his face over the three-day-long ordeal.

Bowie Sheng Papa allegedly tortured the man in his Surfers Paradise unit between March 8-12 this year 

Papa, who allegedly has links to the Finks bikie gang, is also accused of trying to coerce the man into handing over a number of his cars into his name 

Papa, who allegedly has links to the Finks bikie gang, is also accused of trying to coerce the man into handing over a number of his cars into his name.

Defence solicitor Demi Quadrio tried to argue that his client hadn't actually held a blow torch to the alleged victims knees, saying photos of the injuries weren't consistent with the claim.

'I would expect to see significant burns on the knees,' she said, according to the Gold Coast Bulletin. 

Ms Quadrio also claimed the alleged victim made Papa dinner over the three days, pointing to inconsistencies in his statement.  

'It seems baffling to me that the complainant would make my client dinner when it is alleged my client has been assaulting him over a number of days. It seems strange behaviour,' she said.

Magistrate Kerry Magee granted Papa, who had been in custody since March, bail with several conditions.

Ms Magee described the charges as 'extremely serious' and noted that the complainant's initial statement was 'inconsistent with the CCTV footage which resulted in him significantly amending the factual sequence and factual scenario'.

Papa will be required to report to police every single day, as well as abide by a curfew and is forbidden from having any contact with the alleged victim.   

The matter will return to court on June 29.

Papa will be required to report to police every single day, as well as abide by a curfew and is forbidden from having any contact with the alleged victim

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