Torture charge after box found buried in yard

The torture-accused man asked Brisbane Supreme Court to grant him bail.
The torture-accused man asked Brisbane Supreme Court to grant him bail. John Weekes

A MAN accused of torture allegedly kidnapped a woman two months after a metal box with weapons was found buried in his yard.

Kenneth James Whittaker, previously reported to have been a former Bandidos sergeant at arms, faces 17 weapon, drug, and violence-related charges.

In 2013 the Caboolture man appeared in a Sunshine Coast court after allegedly using a tomahawk during a robbery at Duporth Tavern car park.

But the latest charges, including torture and deprivation of liberty, follow alleged incidents in September and November last year.

Whittaker, 43, was accused of tying a woman up with a seatbelt in November, driving her to a remote location and threatening her.

He subsequently faced charges including deprivation of liberty, torture, and threatening violence.

Defence counsel Martin Longhurst said police never got CCTV footage, and there was no "objective” forensic evidence in the case against Whittaker.

But Whittaker's criminal history was an obstacle at his bail application in Brisbane Supreme Court on Wednesday.

Mr Longhurst said although "the allegations are very serious” his client should get bail.

And he said Whittaker denied ownership of the metal box.

That box, found after a search warrant executed on September 28, led to nine charges related to drug possession, and weapons and explosives offences.

The court heard the box included a handgun.

The court was told Whittaker had been living for about a year at the property where the buried box was found.

Justice David Boddice said forensic testing, such as for DNA and fingerprints, had already been asked for.

"The way the system works I wouldn't be surprised if they haven't got the result back yet,” Justice Boddice added.

Prosecutor Victoria Adams said "similar weapons to those located in September” were also found in November when police visited Whittaker's house.

A friend of Whittaker's offered a $25,000 surety and the court heard Whittaker had community ties and would seek work as a painter.

Bail was denied. -NewsRegional

Topics:  bail application forensic evidence justice david boddice kenneth james whittaker maroochydore court martin longhurst sccourt torture allegation victoria adams weapons charges

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