A Queensland man who abducted and threatened to burn his former partner alive could walk free from prison in March.
Dean Thomas Murray, 36, admitted he was high on amphetamines when he abducted the 41-year-old woman just after midnight on May 12, 2019, Brisbane's District Court was told on Thursday.
Murray wept as he pleaded guilty to a string of charges including deprivation of liberty, assault causing bodily harm and trying to strangle his ex-partner.
He also admitted trying to pervert the course of justice, bombarding the woman with almost 1200 calls from behind bars to force her to drop the charges.
Hours before the 2019 abduction, Murray sent her images of himself armed with a knife, threatening to "cut her up" before raping and torturing her housemates if she did not pick him up from his home, south of Brisbane.
When she arrived, Murray verbally abused and repeatedly slapped her across the face as they drove away.
Murray also slammed her head into the window, grabbed her by the hair and forced her head into his lap.
When she begged him to set her free, Murray taunted her, saying he had "not even closed his fist yet", crown prosecutor Russell Hood told the court.
"She asked him to let her go, telling him she would not tell anyone he had hurt her. He laughed and refused to let her go," he said.
"He threatened to torture her for three days before he killed her. He said he wanted her to feel his pain and took pictures of her on his mobile phone as she tried to cower away from him."
Murray also threatened to kill her if she tried to escape, before beating her with a wine bottle.
"He repeatedly hit her with the glass bottle and continued to verbally abuse her, telling her he was not going to kill her quick," Mr Hood said.
"He said he would torture her for days, and she did not deserve a quick death."
Murray messaged several people that he hated his former partner and had to "finish them both" by killing her and himself.
"I'm sorry for everything, except for what I do to her of course... I am going to burn me and her alive, she has ruined my life," he wrote.
Police were called, and Murray was arrested after police tracked mobile phone data to their location.
Judge Jennifer Rosengren said Murray had terrorised his victim during the prolonged attack.
"When police arrived she was scared. She was disorientated. She had scratches to her face and neck, and blood coming from her mouth," Judge Rosengren said.
"This would have been nothing short of terrifying."
Murray was sentenced to a four-and-a-half years' imprisonment with a cumulative 12-months in custody for attempting to pervert the course of justice.
With time served, Judge Rosengren ordered Murray be eligible for parole in March.
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