A NAMBOUR man laughed as he tortured a man and held him captive during a 59km drive to an isolated rural location.
Wayne David Miller, 50, put his foot on the victim to keep him lying face down during the journey.
When the victim asked for a breath of air, Miller pressed down harder with his foot.
Award-winning former cameraman Michael Norman Tregaskis had picked up the man from his Cooroibah home about 11pm on February 28 under the guise of a social outing.
But he then pulled over at a bus stop and forced the man into Leon Charles Cooper's car over a drug debt.
Cooper drove while Miller sat in the backseat and inflicted most of the violence.
In the car, Miller choked the man, pulled his pants down and burnt him with either a cigarette or a lighter. He passed in and out of consciousness and heard Miller laughing.
Miller was sentenced to five and a half years in jail after pleading guilty in Brisbane District Court to torture, deprivation of liberty and stealing.
His co-offenders Tregaskis and Cooper were sentenced in October in Maroochydore, but Miller had failed to appear in court for the sentence.
Crown prosecutor Greg Cummings told the Brisbane court the car travelled for about an hour before stopping. The victim was taken out of the car and kicked and punched.
He said the violence stopped when Tregaskis said he had had enough.
The victim was left at the deserted roadside location in a "state of terror" with a fractured nose, a burn on his back and bruising to his body, scalp and neck.
Mr Cummings said the victim "considered himself broken" since the incident, experiencing nightmares and panic attacks.
Miller's defence barrister said his client began using amphetamines aged 19 and started using the drug ice intravenously four years ago.
He was in a long-term relationship, the father of three children and had bipolar disorder.
Miller had had a stint in custody and ended up living on the streets, then moved to a home in Nambour just before being taken into custody a second time, the court heard.
Judge Brian Devereaux said there had been a "continuation of violence" and when the victim had pleaded for mercy, Miller was "merciless".
Miller has already served 350 days. He will be eligible to apply for parole on September 10, 2017.
In October, Cooper was given a five and a half-year sentence and Tregaskis received a four and a half-year sentence.