From The Canberra Times comes this story out of Australia.
An alleged kidnapper says he was collecting a debt owed for vehicles and drugs when he entered a top-floor apartment and terrorised two men hiding in a cupboard.
Ngata told the jury yesterday that he was collecting a debt when he arrived at a top-floor apartment at the Bentley Suites complex in Forrest on April 13.
But Ngata said he’d never seen the man he was accused of kicking in the head, so hard the victim defecated, before the man gave evidence in court.
The accused man said a friend of his owed money to Ngata for the sale of a couple of dirt bikes and a car, and the friend in turn was owed money by one of the alleged victims.
Ngata agreed to go and collect $40,000, stemming from the sale of a bike, a car and an ounce of the drug ice, from the complainant.
He said he drove to the unit with Massey and found the debtor and another man hiding in a wardrobe “hugging each other on their knees”.
Ngata told the jury he agreed to give the man three weeks to pay provided he hand over a bike and car garaged at the man’s Narrabundah home as a “down payment”.
It is alleged they drove to several locations in Canberra, ultimately coercing the debtor into signing over a receipt for a motorbike to Massey.
Ngata said it was agreed the bike would be Massey’s “cut” for helping collect the debt.
But he denied the assaults, robberies, kidnappings and forced confinement ever occured.