A Gold Coast dentist allegedly choked a man with a dog collar until his neck bled during a Grindr hook-up gone wrong.
Dentist Hilary Leonard Knight, 68, and co-accused Braddon Ian Carter have pleaded not guilty to charges including deprivation of liberty and assault occasioning bodily harm over the late-night attack in July 2018.
Knight put the metal dog chain over the victim’s head, pulling it so tight the victim feared he would die, a committal hearing in Southport Magistrates Court was told on Friday.
The injured man, Brendan Jeffrey Tierney, told the court he met a man named "Bigtop" on Grindr and agreed to meet at a unit in the Q1 building in Surfers Paradise.
When Mr Tierney arrived for the hook-up, he discovered "Bigtop" was Carter, and not alone.
Mr Tierney said as he walked into the room the door slammed behind him and he was ambushed by Knight, Carter and two women.
His attackers claimed he owed them money and had stolen a Culture King bag containing a pair of undies.
One of the women searched his bag, snapped his glasses in half and punched him in the face as Knight looked on, he says.
Mr Tierney said he was forced to sit on a couch where he was punched a number of times. Then Knight approached holding a metal dog chain.
"He put the dog chain around my neck and began pulling on it tightly and choking me ... tighter until I almost could not breathe," Mr Tierney said.
"I was in fear for my life and I thought I was going to die. I was nearly asphyxiated, choked, killed by the choker chain around my neck."
Mr Tierney said Knight used the chain to hold him in place while Carter repeatedly punched him in the face.
It is alleged that during the assault, every time Mr Tierney tried to move away, Knight tightened the chain and the rough metal tore his skin.
After a minute of choking, Mr Tierney was released.
He says he tried to escape to another room but was forced out to an ATM to withdraw money.
Mr Tierney denied withdrawing money to buy drugs. But he admitted smoking ice with his attackers when they returned to the unit.
Knight and Carter were committed to stand trial at a date to be set.
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