Children witnessed attack

A MAN who allegedly bashed and threatened to kill his partner while her three children watched was denied bail in Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday.

The 40-year-old Moore Park Beach man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is charged with domestic violence, assault causing bodily harm, wilful damage, deprivation of liberty and breaching bail.

Police Prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens told the court that on March 12, 2010, police were called to a disturbance at a home in Moore Park Beach.

Police spoke to a woman who said she and the defendant had been involved in a verbal altercation that turned physical.

“The defendant started to hit the aggrieved and then picked her up and threw her at a wall approximately 10 times,” Sgt Stevens said.

The court heard the woman fell to the ground and the defendant began kicking her legs. He then got a knife and forced it into the woman's hand with the blade pointed at his own chest saying the woman and her children were “useless” and if he was going to jail, he may as well kill her.

The court heard the man threw an object at one of the children, bruising his forehead.

The aggrieved told her children to run to a neighbour's house and the defendant pursued them but changed his target when he saw the woman had also run. “He dragged the aggrieved back inside by her hair and said he was going to break her neck,” Sgt Stevens said.

Police found the defendant hiding in a back room of the house.

The police prosecutor objected to bail saying: “This is a disgraceful assault on a female in a house with children present.”

Magistrate Jennifer Batts denied the man's bail, saying she had concerns about the defendant's behaviour and history.

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