Ballarat group charged with kidnapping

FOUR BALLARAT people have appeared in a court charged with a kidnapping in which the victim was seriously injured. 

Margaret Grech, 47, Benjamin Grech, 36, Alexander Muscat, 27 and Daniel Taggart, 20, all of Ballarat, appeared briefly in Ballarat Magistrates Court this morning for a filing hearing.  

The group were charged with kidnapping, intentionally causing serious injury and intentionally causing injury yesterday. 

They have been bailed to re-appear in Ballarat Magistrates Court on July 3 for a committal mention hearing. 

Magistrate Ian Von Einem asked the group if they understood what was happening and if they wanted to say anything. 

They all replied "no".

Mr Von Einem ordered a brief of evidence be served on the accuseds' lawyer, David Tamanika, by May 23.