A MAN allegedly bashed, burnt and branded with a horseshoe by his longtime mate and landlord told detectives he could hear his skin "sizzle" and smell his burning flesh during the attack.
Scott Clayton Parry, 44, of Blue Gum Close, Stockrington, appeared in Newcastle Local Court on Wednesday via audio visual link from Long Bay Correctional Centre.
Mr Parry pleaded not guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm in company, reckless wounding in company and kidnapping on Wednesday, after the Director of Public Prosecutions withdrew a charge of reckless grievous bodily harm in company.
Mr Parry's partner and co-accused, Melanie Christine Buchanan, also pleaded not guilty.
The pair were then committed to face a trial in Newcastle District Court.
They are accused of calling the alleged victim, who was renting a caravan on Mr Parry’s property, into a shed about 1.30am on October 21 last year.
Mr Parry then allegedly “king-hit” the victim to the ground.
Mr Parry and Ms Buchanan are then alleged to have kicked the man, before Mr Parry allegedly took a baseball bat to his lower back and legs.
He is then alleged to have handed the bat to Ms Buchanan.
He told her to “cave his head in” if the alleged victim moved, before pouring diesel onto the man, it is alleged.
Mr Parry is then alleged to have used a propane torch to heat a large steel horseshoe for about half an hour.
That horseshoe was then used to “brand” the alleged victim’s back and his fingers were burned with the torch.
“He put the horseshoe in the middle of my back and I heard my skin sizzle,” the alleged victim told detectives.
“The pain was so bad my whole body jumped forward.
“I could smell my skin had been burnt and I could feel it.”
Mr Parry and Ms Buchanan will face trial in the District Court.