Bendigo pair to face trial on kidnap, extortion and gun charges

TWO men accused of kidnapping a Kangaroo Flat man after a botched drug deal will face trial next week.

Michael Darmody, 49, and Bradley Roberts, 24, have both been ordered to stand trial in the Bendigo County Court, charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment, extortion with threats to kill and prohibited possession of firearms.

The two men are accused of kidnapping a “small-time ice dealer” on September 19 last year.

Police allege the pair met the man in Long Gully to buy $400 worth of methamphetamine from him.

It’s alleged Darmody and Roberts then took the man to his home in Kangaroo Flat and held a gun to his partner’s head in front of their two-year-old child.

Other charges against the men include aggravated burglary with use of a firearm, making unwarranted demands with menace and intentionally causing injury.

In the Bendigo Magistrates Court yesterday, neither man applied for bail and both were remanded ahead of the trial on February 19. – JOSH FAGAN

Michael Darmody

Michael Darmody