Three men have fronted court charged with detaining and threatening a 28-year-old woman because two of them were having extramarital affairs with her and became worried she had spilled their secret.
Joshua White, 25, Andrew Jason Nicholls, 35, and Andrew Rutherford, 33, allegedly held the woman captive at an auto shop in Unanderra on the NSW South Coast at 11.20pm on Friday, the court heard.
The court was told White and Nicholls allegedly had affairs with the woman, according to the Illawarra Star.
Police documents tended to Wollongong Local Court allege Nicholls used Snapchat to lure the woman to his auto shop and when she arrived she found the trio drinking inside.
Andrew Jason Nicholls, 35, (pictured) Joshua White, 25, and Andrew Rutherford, 33, allegedly held the woman captive at an auto shop in Unanderra on the NSW South Coast at 11.20pm on Friday, according to court documents
Court documents claim when the roller door opened White told the woman ‘loose lips sink ships’.
The woman was confused by the statement and asked what White meant and he alleged he knew she had told someone about the affairs.
The woman denied the claims.
White allegedly began to yell at her and Nicholls got in the woman’s face and yelled ‘get the rope’.
The three men then allegedly worked together to tie the woman up.
The woman then allegedly began to scream and cry in fear of her life and tried to leave.
Nicholls allegedly grabbed her by the throat and forced her back into the chair.
This allegedly caused her to hit her head on a window behind her with enough force to shatter it.
Rutherford allegedly had a knife during the incident and told the woman ‘I’ll f***ing stick you with this’, according to court documents reported in the Illawarra Mercury.
The documents allege the woman tried to escape once again and was able to walk out the door.
Court documents claim when the roller door opened White (pictured) told the woman ‘loose lips sink ships’
Nicholls allegedly told the woman: ‘You’re lucky you’re leaving, next time you won’t be and neither will [your dad].’
The woman reported the alleged 40-minute incident to police the next day.
She allegedly had rope burns on her wrists and the marks were photographed by police.
CCTV caught audio of the alleged incident in which a male voice could allegedly be heard making death threats, which was found in a search of the auto shop the following day.
Nicholls denied ever being in a sexual relationship with the woman when questioned by police.
He denied being the father of the woman’s unborn child, which the pair allegedly terminated last year.
Police claim he admitted inviting her to the store but denied allegations they threatened her or held her hostage, the court heard.
CCTV caught audio of the alleged incident in which a male voice could allegedly be heard making death threats, which was found in a search of the auto shop the following day. Pictured: front of the complex where the auto shop is located
White and Rutherford also denied the claims.
Stuart Holt, the trio’s defence lawyer, argued for the accused to be released on bail if they agreed to not contact each other or the woman.
Magistrate Roger Clisdell granted bail.
The conditions include only being allowed to leave the house for work or in the company of their wives.
A curfew has also been imposed on the trio.
None of the accused are allowed to go within 200 metres of the woman’s home or any international airport.
Magistrate Clisdell said while the alleged offending was serious the behaviour was unlikely to be repeated due to the loss of liberties.
White and Nicholls’ partners were both in court during the hearing.
The matter returns to court in August.