The trial for a trio involved in the "sadistic" kidnapping and assault of a Canberra father has been aborted, after all three switched their pleas midway through.
Clinton Saki, 27, Mary John Ayuel, 22, and Chol Bol Nyuon, 30, started the week denying accusations they subjected the man to an eight-hour "torture session" at a Moncrieff home.
But on Thursday morning, the attack's "ringleader" Saki admitted he detained the man and occasioned to him grievous bodily harm, while Ayuel pleaded guilty to unlawfully confining the man and choking him.
Nyuon pleaded guilty to one count of common assault later in the day, rendering the trial defunct. A date hasn't been set for Saki's sentencing, but Ayuel will be sentenced on August 6, and Nyuon on Friday morning.
The agreed facts for Saki and Ayuel's cases, tendered on Thursday, said the kidnap and assault began when Saki accused the victim of stealing $450 on October 2, 2019.
The 33-year-old father was stripped naked and Saki tied his hands behind his back, before he beat him with electrical cables and burnt him with a clothing iron.
The court documents said Saki burnt the victim's hair using a lighter, threatened to "call the bikies" and cut off the man's leg and penis because he was a "pussy".
Ayuel strangled the man with an electrical cable. She dragged him into the laundry, jumped up and down on his head and stuck a knife in his mouth while threatening to kill him. Saki retorted, "We're not going to kill him this way, kill him in slow motion".
The court documents said Nyuon punched and kicked the man.
Neighbours could hear the commotion from about 7.30am, and it was still going on by about 3pm. The documents said by about 4.30pm, one of the victim's family members and others had come to collect him from the house.
"I've been burnt from my head to toe," the victim later told police.
"I was so ... scared, shaking, sweating ... I was sweating to death.
"I never thought I was going to leave that day ... I said I can't die over $450."
The documents said the victim had burns to an arm, buttock, leg and chest after the attack, as well as swelling on both hands.
Saki also pleaded guilty to a lesser offence of possessing a prohibited substance. All other charges against the trio are set to be withdrawn by prosecutors.