Ex-partner 'stabbed windscreen'

A MAN allegedly smashed a windscreen with a kitchen knife after barging into a Millbank unit looking for his ex-partner, a court was told yesterday.

Stephen Robert Wood appeared in custody at Bundaberg Magistrates Court on charges of wilful damage and entering a dwelling to commit an indictable offence.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Robyn Shapcott said that after the breakdown of Wood’s relationship, his former partner went to stay with friends in Millbank.

She said the complainant, who lived at the unit, was in his kitchen about 6.40pm on Sunday when he heard a loud bang at the door.

“The defendant pushed through the door, yelling ‘where is she?’, and looking for his partner,” Sgt Shapcott said.

She said Wood then pushed the man into a sink and grabbed a 25cm kitchen knife.

The man ran from the kitchen and through the carport, pursued by Wood, who allegedly plunged the knife into the windscreen of a parked car twice, causing it to shatter.

“The defendant chased the complainant through the street until he managed to hide in a neighbouring street,” Sgt Shapcott said.

She said police took a number of triple-0 calls about the alleged disturbance.

“This was an offence of an extremely serious nature, a home invasion, where there were children in the unit within earshot,” she said.

Wood’s former partner was not at the unit when the alleged attack occurred.

However, defence lawyer Matt Messenger questioned the strength of the police case, saying Wood had only gone to the unit to retrieve his wallet, which his former partner had allegedly taken when she left.

“It seems very unlikely that trying to smash a windscreen with the pointed end of a kitchen knife would lead it to shatter – it is much more likely that it would glance off,” Mr Messenger said.

He told the court Wood believed the car was a wreck that was being repaired, and the windscreen was already smashed when he arrived.

Magistrate Neil Lavaring remanded Wood to custody until Thursday, when the bail application will be continued.

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