Torture charge for alleged Swansea car thief

A Swansea man has been arrested in Queensland and charged with torturing and assaulting a 19-year-old Belmont woman.

The 28-year-old man allegedly stole a Ford XR6 from a service station at Williamtown about 7am yesterday after the owner left the keys in the ignition while he went to pay for fuel.

Police on the mid-north coast saw the vehicle heading north on the Pacific Highway a few hours later and engaged in a high-speed pursuit, but the chase had to be terminated.

A male and female were seen in the vehicle during the pursuit.

Sunshine Coast detectives saw the car outside a motel at Buderim about 2.30pm and after receiving information about it being stolen, raided a unit inside the complex.

Police arrested the 28-year-old man and found a 19-year-old woman in the bathroom.

The woman allegedly had her hands and legs bound, a gag in her mouth and a pillow case over her head. 

An amount of property, including jewellery, was seized by police.

The woman was not located with any physical injuries.

The male and female are believed to be known to each other.

The 28-year-old appeared in Maroochydore Magistrates Court today charged with torture, deprivation of liberty, common assault, unlawful possession of a motor vehicle and bringing stolen goods into Queensland.

He was refused bail to appear in court in November.

Investigations are continuing. 

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