Three men have been arrested and charged with kidnapping over the alleged abduction of a Chinese man who was then tortured for three days at a Caversham property, near Midland, last week.
Police say the man’s family were contacted by the kidnappers who demanded money for his release.
The man was rescued on Tuesday by police who raided the Caversham property, arresting the men and then taking the Chinese national to hospital for treatment of his injuries.
Police believe the man was lured to Australia under false pretences, arriving in Perth via Melbourne from China on Sunday where he met with a 29-year-old man regarding a business deal.
“On arrival in Perth they were conveyed by an associate of the 29-year-old man to a residence in Caversham, where a third man was waiting,” police said.
“It will be alleged the 68-year-old man was subsequently held against his will and assaulted a number of times. It will be further alleged members of his family were also contacted, requesting sums of money for his release.”
One of the accused men involved is believed to be from the eastern states, while the second and third men are from Bull Creek and Eglinton.
Te Putu Tonga Patara Te Tuhi Hawkings, 31, appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Saturday. He was remanded in custody and his matter was adjourned to next week.
The two other men, a 29-year-old and a 37-year-old have each been charged with kidnapping and demanding property by written threats. They will appear in Midland Magistrates Court next month.
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