Qld flatmate torture accused granted bail

Ed Jackson

A Queensland magistrate has labelled accusations of torture and extortion against a Korean man towards his flatmate as "quite bizarre".

Sangmin Jeong, 25, was granted bail in Southport Magistrates Court on Monday after being charged with torture and two counts of extortion.

It's alleged Jeong repeatedly assaulted his flatmate over a 10-month period before the complainant moved out of their Gold Coast home in September last year.

On one occasion Jeong is accused of hitting the alleged victim multiple times with a cricket bat.

He's also accused of two incidents of extorting $5500 from the man.

Jeong's lawyer Ashkan Tai told the court the extortion charges were actually related to payments made to his client by the man for car repairs.

Magistrate Chris Callaghan granted bail, labelling the allegations "quite bizarre" and saying further incarceration for Jeong would not be justified.

He also questioned the length of time between the alleged incidents and when they were formally reported to police as an issue which may undermine them.

The matter has been adjourned until February 7.