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Man allegedly zip-tied to tree before murdered

Police and SES at the scene where human remains have been found in a Tin Can Bay pine forest.
Police and SES at the scene where human remains have been found in a Tin Can Bay pine forest. Renee Pilcher

SHOCKING details have been revealed how a man was allegedly kidnapped, put into an Esky, tortured, then zip-tied to a tree and had honey smeared over his genitals to attract ants before eventually being murdered.  

His body was then allegedly burnt before being dumped in bushland near Tin Can Bay where forestry workers discovered it earlier this year.  

Cooloola Cove man Matthew Leslie Armitage, 22, has been charged with the murder, torture and deprivation of liberty of Gold Coast father Shaun Barker, 33, in December last year.  

He is one of three people, including his father Stephen John Armitage, 45, and William Francis Dean, 37, who have been charged over Mr Barker's murder.  

Crown Prosecutor Jennifer O'Brien told the court during Matthew Armitage's bail application on Thursday in the Brisbane Supreme Court that Mr Barker had endured days of torture before his eventual death.  

Justice David Boddice agreed Armitage posed too much of a flight risk and rejected the application.  

He said there was ample evidence against Armitage which when viewed overall could lead to a murder conviction. "A person convicted of murder faces a mandatory life sentence," he said.  

"Therefore there is a strong incentive for someone to flee the jurisdiction so as not to face those charges."  

Topics:  forestry gympie murder tin can bay

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