Alleged tourist torturer to be sentenced
A man alleged to have lured a holiday-maker from a Coast hotel and tortured him in a five-hour ordeal is due to be sentenced in the coming weeks.
Late last year, Brisbane Supreme Court heard Timothy Andrew Butler and a co-accused woman befriended a Sydney man at Sofitel Noosa before forcing him into their car, torturing him and forcing him to make withdrawals at an ATM on April 14.
Mr Butler is facing serious charges including torture, deprivation of liberty - unlawfully detain/confined and robbery with violence, in relation to the matter.
The 29-year-old was not produced from custody to appear at Noosa Magistrates Court on Tuesday to face seven summary charges.
Lawyer Bernard Bradley asked for the summary charges to be adjourned until Mr Butler had been sentenced for the indictable charges in district court.
Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist asked what Mr Butler was to be sentenced for.
"Where do you start - abduction, torture …" Mr Bradley replied.
"These are about to be listed for sentence in, or about, three weeks time."
He said it was likely the summary charges, including common assault and wilful damage, would be dealt with under Section 651 of the Criminal Code which allows a district court to hear and decide on summary offences.
"I've got 'guilty everything' signatures everywhere," Mr Bradley said.
He said Mr Butler was expected to be sentenced in the district court in the week commencing September 14, pending counsel availability.
Mr Stjernqvist adjourned the summary offences to September 29.