In the lead up to the 2004 election, Prime Minister John Howard attended a fundraising lunch with Brisbane pornographer Scott Gregory Phillips, who faced charges of torture and grievous bodily harm at the time. Scott who?

This from the Sydney Morning Herald online:

Scott Gregory Phillips, 31, pleaded guilty in the District Court in Brisbane to one count each of torture and robbery of Daryl Jay Irwin, and causing grievous bodily harm to, and entering the dwelling of, Daniel George Atkinson, all on January 21, 2002.

At the time of his arrest Phillips had a million-dollar company, Internet Billing Services, and operated a porn site, pinkbits.com. When Phillips was bailed on a surety of $20,000 in 2002, the man who put up the money was Gregory Shiraz Lasrado, himself a wealthy porn king at the time, but now facing a heroin possession charge.

Prosecutor Todd Fuller told Phillips’s sentencing hearing today that Irwin and Atkinson had broken into Phillips’s Mount Nebo home in late December 2001, and stolen various items including cheque books.

Mr Fuller said Irwin was a friend of a former business associate of Phillips and had committed the burglary to steal property which might or might not have belonged to his friend.

Phillips tracked Irwin down and, armed with a knife, abducted him from his workplace at a Coles supermarket in Sunnybank on Brisbane’s southside. Phillips then took him to his Mount Nebo home, tied him to a chair, with tape, rope and a belt.

“He then placed a plastic shopping bag over his head and held his nose to stop him breathing,” Mr Fuller said.

Phillips also bashed Irwin around the head and knees with a bat and punched and threatened him during an interrogation where he forced him to give details about his family.

Phillips then drove Irwin to his office at Milton and forced him to lure Atkinson there on the phone. He attacked Atkinson with bolt cutters and repeatedly kicked and punched him.

And this from The Courier Mail:

The court was told Atkinson was so badly injured he had to have a titanium plate inserted in his face. Irwin received a broken finger.

Both were bruised from head to toe. Arresting officer Detective Senior Constable Adam Cass, who has toiled for more than four years to bring Phillips to justice, said it was “highly gratifying to finally see him taken into custody”.

Snr Constable Cass describes Phillips as a “highly brazen, violent psychopath”.

He believes Phillips opted to personally deliver justice to Irwin and Atkinson because “he gets off on it”.

He said Phillips had complimented police on their investigation since his arrest and was intrigued by the techniques and methods that led to his capture.

“He rates himself as a stand-over man,” Snr Constable Cass said. “He was very confident during the attack – he assaulted the men in public on some occasions – it was as if he expected to be arrested.”

Peter Fray

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