Police seek third over kidnap

TWEED police are continuing their investigation into the identity of a third man believed to have been involved in a violent kidnapping in Tweed Heads South on Sunday.

Two men have already appeared in court this week after a brutal attack on 26-year-old Dylan Seabrook who was tied to a chair and repeatedly hit with a hammer for two hours.

The court heard Mr Seabrook had visited Simon Robert Payne, 56, in Altair St about 6pm on Sunday to retrieve his girlfriend's phone and keys.

Mr Seabrook got into an argument with Payne and a neighbour Ricky Jason Bridger, 38, before the third unidentified man arrived at the unit.

It is alleged the three men tied Mr Seabrook to a chair in the kitchen with cable ties before Payne began hitting Seabrook all over his head and body with a hammer, while Bridger and the third man hit him and kicked him around his face and head.

It is believed the attack continued for two hours and Mr Seabrook was taken to the bathroom at least twice with his hands still tied to have the blood washed off him.

Police reports state Mr Seabrook was also threatened with a knife and told if he revealed the identity of his attackers to anyone his family would be physically harmed and he would be killed.

The court heard just after 8pm one of the men left the unit and the victim was able to escape by climbing out the bathroom window.

He will remain in hospital for several days.

When police attended the address they arrested Payne, noticing that someone had attempted to clean up a large amount of blood.

Crime scene investigation revealed blood splatters around the entire unit, a hammer in the bedroom and blood-soaked rope, tissues and other items in a garbage bin.

Both Payne and Bridger have been granted strict conditional bail and must find an acceptable person to put up $10,000 in surety, report to police every day, continue to reside in Altair St and not approach or speak to each other or the victim.

The third man is yet to be identified.

If you have any information that could assist police in identifying and locating the man phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Payne and Bridger are due to appear in Lismore Court on June 5.

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