Gold Coast man granted bail over "quite bizarre" housemate torture claims

Case adjourned until February

Gold Coast man granted bail over "quite bizarre" housemate torture claims

The alleged torture and extortion by a Korean man against his Southport housemate has been described as "quite bizarre" by a Gold Coast magistrate.

25-year-old Sangmin Jeong is aacused of repeatedly torturing, assaulting and extorting his housemate over a 10-month period, before the alleged victim finally moved out of the pair's shared Southport home last September.

His alleged crimes include repeatedly attacking his roommate with a cricket bat, and two instances in which he is accused of extorting more than $5000 from him.

Mr Jeong's lawyer claims the extortion claims were related to outstanding debts for car repairs.

Magistrate Chris Callaghan granted Mr Jeong bail, describing the allegations has "quite bizarre".

Mr Jeong was required to surrender his Korean passport.

The case has been adjourned until February 7.

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