A third person has been locked up after a man was allegedly kidnapped and tortured for nine hours at a Moncrieff home on Wednesday.
Mary John Ayuel, 21, of Moncrieff pleaded not guilty in the ACT Magistrates Court on Tuesday to one charge over the alleged kidnap, in which a man suffered grievous bodily harm.
Two others, Chol Bol Nyuon, 29, and Clinton Saki, 26, of Moncrieff were also charged over the alleged kidnapping and assault and were denied bail on Monday.
Documents tendered in court allege the attack occurred after Mr Saki accused the alleged victim of stealing $450 from him to send back to his family in Africa.
The alleged victim and Mr Nyuon had visited Ms Ayuel's house on Wednesday morning where they encountered Mr Saki.
It's alleged the men argued over the $450, which the alleged victim denied stealing, before Mr Nyuon, Mr Saki and Ms Ayuel allegedly stripped the man naked and tied his hands behind his back with electronic cables.
The man told police he was assaulted for about nine hours in which time Mr Saki allegedly punched him and kicked him repeatedly.
It's alleged Mr Saki used a cigarette lighter to set fire to the man's hair while demanding the $450.
Mr Saki then allegedly plugged in an iron and applied it to the top of the man's head, left buttock, thigh, shoulder and pectoral.
The man reported falling in and out of consciousness due to the excruciating pain.
In between being allegedly burned with the iron, Mr Nyuon allegedly punched and slapped the man several times.
The man said he contemplated trying to escape or kill himself by throwing himself from the balcony, which was one storey high, or down the stairs, as the pain was unbearable.
It's alleged that Ms Ayuel stuck a knife in the alleged victim's mouth and threatened to cut him.
After allegedly burning him with the iron, Mr Saki allegedly got an electronic cable, similar to an HDMI cable, and whipped the man with it repeatedly.
Mr Saki allegedly used another cable and wrapped it around the man's throat and choked him so he could no longer breathe. The alleged victim reported not being able to eat properly for several days after the incident.
During the alleged nine hour torture, the man said Mr Saki made several alleged threats against him.
These allegedly included, "Do you know who I am? I'm a hustler, you can't hustle a hustler", You must die today, no one's ever stolen s..t from me" and a threat he would hang him upside down in a garage and cut off the man's penis, testicles and leg.
The man said he genuinely believed he was going to be killed.
He told police he falsely admitted to stealing the money and said he would call his family to pay them back.
He was allowed to phone his sister who went to the Moncrieff address and although she could not afford to pay at the time she promised to pay back the $450 if her brother was released.
The man was released and driven home by his sister. He reported being in so much pain he wanted to die.
A medical assessment at Calvary Hospital reported injuries consistent with the alleged assaults and the man will require skin grafts to repair the damage from the burns, the court documents stated.
In court on Tuesday Prosecutor Maclaren Wall described the alleged attack as having a "sadistic level of intensity".
He opposed bail saying if released there was a risk Ms Ayuel would not appear in court, could commit offences or interfere with evidence, namely witnesses.
He said statements from neighbours who had overheard and recorded parts of the alleged assault were crucial to the case.
Ms Ayuel's duty defence lawyer, Erin Priestley, pointed to a different version of events Ms Ayuel had offered police.
Ms Ayuel denied threatening the man with a knife and said she had gone to Coles to purchase strawberries, lollypops and water and when she returned discovered the man had been burned with the iron.
She said she paid Mr Saki $150 to let the man go.
Magistrate Peter Morrison denied bail, saying the allegations were extremely serious.
Mr Saki and Mr Nyuon did not apply for bail on Monday.
Ms Ayuel was remanded in custody to reappear in court in December.