Woman's knifepoint terror

A MAN desperate for information about his ex-partner threatened to kill her friend while pressing a knife into the skin of her stomach, a court was told.

The 30-year-old Svensson Heights man was yesterday denied bail in Bundaberg Magistrates Court on a total of 12 charges, including common assault, deprivation of liberty, going armed to cause fear, and stalking using violence or threats.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens said the man pulled up in a van behind his ex-partner’s friend about 10pm on October 4 as she parked her car outside the Friendly Society Private Hospital.

Sgt Stevens said the woman recognised the man as her friend’s ex-boyfriend.

The man then allegedly approached her with a 7cm to 10cm knife.

“He said, ‘where is she, just tell me where she is’,” Sgt Stevens said.

He then held the knife against her stomach and applied so much pressure it caused a red mark on her skin.

Sgt Stevens said the man continued to threaten the woman, yelling, “tell me where she is or I’ll f***ing kill you”.

The court was told a passing car distracted the man and the woman fled into the hospital’s foyer.

Sgt Stevens said that about 2.30pm the next day, the man went to the TAFE campus and went searching for another friend of his ex-partner.

It was also alleged the man emailed his ex-partner six times between September 29 and October 1, in breach of an existing domestic violence order.

Sgt Stevens said the man had a relatively short criminal history, which included domestic violence matters involving a previous partner.

Defence lawyer Simon Burgess said the emails from the man had not been threatening.

“The emails were pledging love and affection to his ex-girlfriend with statements such as, ‘I want to grow old with you’,” he said.

Mr Burgess said on the night of the alleged knifepoint threat, the man had been drinking at a friend’s place and could provide witness statements from people there.

He said the man did not own a van and his car had been destroyed in an accident in Gympie the previous week.

Mr Burgess also said the man had gone to TAFE to have some documents witnessed by a Justice of the Peace.

He was not required to enter a plea.

Magistrate Neil Lavaring refused bail to the man, who will reappear in court in November.



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