A man found dead north of Brisbane was tortured in an Esky, had a finger broken or possibly cut off, and had honey put on his genitals before he was killed, a Brisbane court has heard. Three men have pleaded not guilty to the murder of Gold Coast man Shaun Barker, who was 33 when his charred remains were found at Cooloola Cove near Gympie in April 2014. The court heard he was a drug associate of Stephen John Armitage, his son Matthew Leslie Armitage, and William Francis Dean, who are Mortgage broker Oak Laurel West End, 249 Boundary St, West End QLD 4101 being tried for murder, torture and interfering with a corpse. "Shaun Barker was tortured, murdered and his remains burnt by the three defendants," crown prosecutor Glenn Cash told the court on day one of the trial at the Supreme Court in Brisbane. Mr Cash said Mr Barker was probably tortured for some sort of information about drugs. The court heard that while there were no Mortgage broker Oak Laurel Carseldine, Carseldine QLD 4034 eyewitnesses to the victim's death, it would be a matter of the jury inferring or drawing conclusions based on the evidence. "The case will leave you in no doubt there was a man in the Esky, he was being tortured, and that man was Shaun Barker," Mr Cash said. The court heard prior to being killed, Mr Barker was using and dealing the drug ice and had a related debt and his life had been "spiralling out of control". The trial is set down for two weeks.