Gladstone man chased boy, 11, with knife: po­lice

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A PO­LICE prose­cu­tor warned a mag­is­trate re­leas­ing a Gladstone man on bail could re­sult in his part­ner’s death.

The man who can­not be named ap­peared in Gladstone Mag­is­trates Court charged with sev­eral of­fences fol­low­ing a vi­o­lent in­ci­dent at a Gladstone home in­volv­ing his part­ner and her 11-year-old son.

He ap­plied for bail on one count each of as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing bod­ily harm, chok­ing, com­mon as­sault and obstruct po­lice.

Po­lice Prose­cu­tor Se­nior Con­sta­ble Balan Sel­vadu­rai said po­lice were op­pos­ing the bail ap­pli­ca­tion.

The court was told the man, his part­ner and her son ar­rived at home but only the man and the boy went in­side.

The woman was out­side when the boy came run­ning back, chased by the man who was hold­ing a hunt­ing knife, the court was told.

It’s al­leged the man grabbed the woman’s hair, dragged her in­side and called her a pig.

In­side he told the woman the only way she was go­ing back out­side was if he was to bury her, the court was told.

It’s al­leged the man told the woman to bite the cof­fee ta­ble and tried to kick her in the head sev­eral times.

The woman ran to­wards the boy who was hid­ing in the bed­room at the time, fol­lowed by the man, the court was told.

When the boy tried to leave the room, it’s al­leged the man threw him back in­side,

The boy es­caped and ran to a neigh­bour’s house where triple zero was called, the court was told.

Be­fore po­lice ar­rived the man al­legedly choked the woman for up to a minute. The court was he put his hands around her neck 15 times.

When po­lice ar­rived, the man was ag­gres­sive to­wards of­fi­cers and the woman was in an “ex­treme state of panic”.

Of­fi­cers saw scratches, red­ness and swelling on the woman, who was taken to hos­pi­tal.

De­fence lawyer Rio Ramos said her client was dis­put­ing the charges.

Sen-Con­sta­ble Sel­vadu­rai said re­leas­ing the man on bail would put his part­ner and child at risk of en­dan­ger­ment.

“If he is re­leased on bail, he will go and kill the ag­grieved,” he said.

“Both the ag­grieved and the child are fear­ful of this de­fen­dant.”

Mag­is­trate Clare Kelly de­nied the 34-year-old man bail and re­manded him in cus­tody un­til Jan­uary 29.

SARAH BARN­HAM Sarah.Barn­[email protected]­sto­neob­server.com.au

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