Queensland torturer loses sentence appeal

Christine Flatley

A jealous Queensland man who tortured his girlfriend for hours by burning her with a heated garden trowel and knife has failed in his bid to have his sentence cut.

Mitchel Wayne Ellis was sentenced to six and a half years' jail in 2017 for the four-hour attack on his girlfriend on the day after they broke up.

The 39-year-old was also declared a serious violent offender after the court heard he went to her Cairns home in September 2016 and used heated implements to burn her flesh, leaving scarring.

He also beat her, forced her into a small cupboard, ripped out an earring, rubbed chilli into her wounds, and threatened to burn out her eyes.

The attack, which was sparked by Ellis's belief she was seeing other men, ended when the woman's screams attracted the attention of neighbours who called police.

He took his case to the Court of Appeal in March, arguing that the sentence was manifestly excessive.

However the court on Tuesday dismissed the appeal, finding it was within range for the "callous and brutal" attack.

"The violence was inflicted in the complainant's house where she was entitled to be safe and protected and in the context of the applicant's irrational jealousy after the complainant ended their relationship," the judgment read.