Samurai threat

A 27-YEAR-OLD man who allegedly threatened a police officer with a samurai sword following a domestic disturbance has been refused bail in Bundaberg Magistrates Court.

The man has been charged with six offences, including assault causing bodily harm and a serious assault of a police officer, after the incident which happened in the early hours of last Friday.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts heard police were called to a Wallaville address after 4am, following reports of a "fight so violent" neighbours could hear the sounds of punches striking a person.

Bundaberg Police Prosecutor Sergeant Jason Todman said once police arrived, the woman told them the man had "attempted to kill her".

"(She) stated they had been in a de facto relationship since May and that the domestic violence was getting progressively worse," he said.

Sgt Todman said the man suddenly ran from the attending senior constable "with the intention to self harm".

He said the man then raced inside the home to the bedroom where a police constable was with the woman, and jumped on to the bed and armed himself with the Japanese-style sword.

"(He) then raised the sword above his head in a threatening manner," Sgt Todman said.

The court was told the police constable had no time to react before the defendant "sharply brought the sword towards her".

"She put her forearms up over her face to protect herself, but although the defendant was very close, he did not carry the strike through to actually make contact with the constable," Sgt Todman said.

The prosecutor said the man then raised the sword to his throat and yelled: "Come on!"

The senior constable deployed his taser and the defendant was contained.

Defence lawyer Craig Ryan said his client was in a "relatively unstable situation, mentally".

"It may be a manifesting psychosis from drug use - that's the concern that I have," he said.

Ms Batts opposed the man's bail application, and requested his mental health be fully assessed.

He has been remanded in custody, to reappear at a later date.



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