A man accused of threatening to kill a kidnap victim and scorching him with a blowtorch during a "brutal" attack over a $2000 debt has been refused bail.
Melbourne Magistrate's Court has heard the victim was bound and gagged with duct tape by three men and then burned with the implement over the money owed to one of them.
During the ordeal, which began in Diamond Creek on November 27, the man was abducted, bundled into a car boot and driven to another location.
There, they stole his iPhone and cards, assaulted him and shut him back inside before abandoning the vehicle. He was eventually helped out by passersby.
One of the accused, Philip Satatas, 27, appeared in court on Wednesday seeking bail.
The prosecution argued it should be refused because Satatas' involvement was "fairly spectacular" considering he didn't even know the victim.
Satatas' barrister Hayley Bate said her client had no history of violence and had completed a favourable Court Integrated Services Program assessment.
She said Satatas' maintained regular contact with his five-year-old son who he was financially supporting and had the availability of stable accommodation with his family in Rye.
Magistrate Graeme Keil refused bail, saying the alleged crimes were "brutal".
"It is incomprehensible it's over a $2000 debt," Mr Keil said.
Satatas was remanded in custody to reappear on April 11 for a committal mention.