Three men who abducted a pedestrian in north Belfast before pouring boiling water over him have been described as "psychopathic".
The 30-year-old victim was walking along Denmark Street when a car pulled up beside him at around 1.30am yesterday.
Two passengers then jumped out of the vehicle and assaulted the man before bundling him in and driving to an unknown address.
When they arrived at the nearby property the victim was assaulted again before being driven back and dropped off at Denmark Street.
The man sustained a number of cuts and bruises to his head and body during the serious assault, in addition to burns to his right hand and back after the boiling water was poured over him.
Independent unionist councillor Jolene Bunting condemned what she described as a "disgusting" attack. She said: "What we do know is that it was carried out by psychopaths, because you need to be a psychopath to attack anyone in this way.
"My thoughts are with the victim and their family because I am sure they are going through hell.
"There is no reason to believe it was paramilitary-related, but it wouldn't surprise me, it's definitely an unusual attack.
"There's always that possibility, but I hope and pray it wasn't because it's a scary thought that paramilitaries would start doing this.
"It's not their normal form, so I don't want to jump to conclusions.
"But it's completely wrong, whoever did it."
Police have appealed for anyone with information to contact them on 101.