Ipswich woman accused of stabbing man refused bail

A YOUNG woman has been denied bail for allegedly stabbing a man who she told police had raped her.

The 20-year-old woman appeared in the prisoner's dock at Brisbane Supreme Court on Tuesday.

She had a solicitor representing her but at one point she stood up and spoke to Justice James Douglas directly.

"I would just like to say that I would follow all of the conditions that (my lawyer) has outlined and that my mum has put in place for me, and that I would be attending the appointments to try and get my life back on track," she said.

Justice Douglas said the woman was facing extremely serious charges and that she had a history of drug abuse.

The most serious allegation against her was a charge of doing a malicious act with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, Justice Douglas said.

He said this stemmed from an alleged incident from March this year.

Justice Douglas said the woman said the man, who had been her lover at some stage, had sexually assaulted her.

He said the woman arranged to meet the man in a park in the Ipswich area and took a knife from her home and challenged him about the alleged assault. She then allegedly stabbed the man several times, including in the abdomen causing a kidney laceration, the court heard.

Justice Douglas said the woman was on bail when she allegedly committed an indictable offence.

The woman's mother had offered for the woman to be released under her supervision, but Justice Douglas said the mother worked during the day.

Justice Douglas agreed with the Crown's submission that it would be more appropriate for the woman to live at a residential rehabilitation facility, rather than her mother's house. But he said such a facility was not available.

He said it would be inappropriate to release the woman on bail, given the serious allegations against her, strength of the evidence and the woman's previous drug abuse history and he dismissed her application. - ARM NEWSDESK



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