Camper facing torture charge

A MAN has appeared in court accused of torturing a friend during a camping trip near Ipswich.

Ipswich Magistrates Court heard John Henry Kershaw, 25, allegedly carried out a sustained and bizarre assault on an 18-year-old friend while at Goodna.

A juvenile, who cannot be named, has also been charged in connection with the incident.

The court was told the trio were camping on July 27 when the 18-year-old man was allegedly punched and kicked in a “continued attack” before being tied to a tree.

He was also allegedly threatened with a knife and urinated on before he was untied and all three friends went to sleep.

It is alleged Kershaw called an ambulance the next morning after seeing the extent of his friend’s injuries.

Prosecutor Senior Constable Adam McDonald said the alleged victim was taken to hospital suffering from throat and facial swelling, bruising and a brain hematoma, but doctors have not yet been able to determine if he had facial fractures.

Kershaw and the juvenile face charges of assault occasioning bodily harm while armed and in company, grievous bodily harm, deprivation of liberty and torture.

Defence lawyer Matthew Fairclough said his client participated in an interview with police but indicated the incident may have been “consensual”.

“There were some comments made in the interview about self-defence – there were some comments made to consent and drunk people mucking around,” Mr Fairclough said.

Mr Fairclough said Kershaw had lived an “itinerant existence” and was unemployed but could live with a friend at Inala.

Kershaw was granted bail on the conditions he reports to police daily, has no contact with crown witnesses and adheres to a midnight to 6am curfew.

The juvenile co-accused appeared in court on Saturday and was denied bail.

Kershaw is next expected to appear in court on September 22.

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