A 22-year-old West Launceston man was tied up, bashed with a hammer to the head, injected with saliva, doused in petrol and had a shotgun put to his head, a Launceston jury has been told.
Nathan Henry Riley, known as Red, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of assault in the Launceston Supreme Court.
In his opening statement today crown prosecutor John Ransom said Mr Riley carried out the "vicious and continued'' assault on Timothy Saggers first in a caravan and then a shed in Ravenswood in April 2012.
The alleged victim suffered a collapsed lung, fractures to his ribs, sinuses and nose and later developed an abscess where he was injected, Mr Ransom said.
Mr Riley's defence counsel Adrian Hall told the jury that the alleged victim had no credibility and his client wasn't present at the time of the attack.
Mr Hall said none of the items including the hammer and a metal pole used in the attack that were taken from the scene by police matched Mr Riley's DNA.
``He simply wasn't there,'' he said.
The trial continues.