Teen Held Hostage For 3 Days South Of Brisbane Before Rescue
A chance police house visit has ended a terrifying three-day ordeal for a 19-year-old woman south of Brisbane.
Police discovered the teenager bound in a bedroom at the suburban home in Waterford West by pure coincidence after executing an arrest warrant at the property on Wednesday night.
It's alleged the woman had been taken to the property on Monday, assaulted and tied up in a bedroom.
Christine Louise Thomson, 40, faced Beenleigh Magistrates Court on Thursday on several charges including kidnapping, torture and deprivation of liberty.
She was denied bail and remanded in custody, with the matter adjourned until January 17.
Thomson's criminal history was mentioned in court, including a 2010 conviction for stabbing a police dog - an incident in which she became the first woman shot by Queensland police.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Wendy Moman told the court the woman's abduction and assault was related to a dispute over a missing car.
"It was a horrendous assault," Sgt Moman said.
"Had it not been for police happening to visit the property by chance the victim may still be in the captivity of the defendant."
Police were hoping to speak to the woman later on Thursday in hospital, where she is recovering from multiple injuries including broken bones and burns.
Detective Inspector Tod Reid told a media conference before Thomson's court appearance the woman's discovery had been a coincidence.
"We came here in relation to another inquiry and at that time we happened to find the female inside the residence," Det Insp Reid said.
"We're very pleased to make sure that she's now safe ... she's obviously very shaken up."
Thomson and the teenager were known to each other, police said.
Several people were inside the home at the time of the alleged offence, including two primary school-aged children.
Det Insp Reid said investigations were ongoing as to whether any other people had been involved in the woman's abduction.
Neighbour Rhonda Peters said it wasn't a surprise to see police at the home, which she described as having a "revolving door" in terms of visitors.