Conditional bail has been set at just $10,000 each for two Tweed Heads men accused of assaulting another man in a grisly two-hour attack on Sunday that included his being tied to a chair and hit in the face with a hammer.
Magistrate Michael Dakin of Tweed Heads Local Court allowed the bail on the grounds that 56-year-old Simon Robert Payne and 38-year-old Ricky Jason Bridger had no previous convictions for violence. It must be posted by ‘an acceptable person’ and the two must report to police every day, continue to reside at their current addresses and not speak to the victim or each other.
The court heard that Jason Seabrook, 26, went to Payne’s Altair Street unit at about 6pm on Sunday to pick up his girlfriend’s keys and phone.
An argument broke out between Seabrook and Payne, with Payne supported by his neighbour Bridger.
When a third man arrived at the unit, the three allegedly tied Seabrook to a chair and began assaulting him. The identity of the third man has yet to be discovered.
The court heard Payne then attacked Seabrook with a hammer, hitting him over the head and face and causing so much bleeding that he had to be taken to the bathroom several times.
Seabrook escaped during one of the bathroom trips and ran to the nearby bowling club, where Bridger attempted to follow him.
Payne and Bridger will face court again in June.