Irymple man on knife threat charges

AN Irymple man who admitted he was in a “volatile relationship” spent his weekend in custody.

The man successfully applied for bail before the Mildura Magistrates’ Court on Monday as he waits to face charges including making threats to kill.

Police opposed bail, telling the court he was an unacceptable risk of committing further offences against the victim and putting the community at risk.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Raef Oliver said on August 6, the accused is alleged to have kicked his partner of two years following a verbal argument in their lounge room.

The court was told the alleged victim then took the pair’s 18-month-old son to McDonalds, before contacting the man for help when her car broke down. A further argument broke out while all three were in his car, and she was hit in the head multiple times.

Sen-Constable Oliver said it is unknown whether the victim was then pushed or fell out of the parked car, but she landed on the ground, grabbing her son before the accused drove off. An unknown woman helped the victim, waiting with her until a taxi arrived.

The following day the man is alleged to have smashed a vacuum cleaner on the ground before ripping a metal gate off its hinges following a verbal argument between the pair. 

It’s alleged he then picked up a knife and said he would “skin her” and “give her child something to see” if she called police.

After the victim was placed in emergency accommodation, the accused tried to call her about 30 times in an hour, the court was told.

Sen-Constable Oliver said in an outstanding matter from June, it is also alleged the man hit her with a metal tape measure before pushing her to the ground and telling her she would end up in a hole, in front of her three children, leading the victim to believe he may try to kill her.

In a police interview he denied the assaults, damaging the items and threatening her with a knife, saying the pair had a “volatile relationship”.

He claimed the pair got into a verbal argument and he locked himself in the garage.

His defence counsel said the man did not have any criminal history and had the support of his father, who gave evidence in court that his son had steady employment, and two accommodation options if released on bail.

He said his son had a toxic relationship with the victim and had tried to talk sense into him numerous times.

Magistrate Dr Michael King said while he had no criminal history, he had started off with some very serious allegations against him.

“Your dad has had to come all the way from Broken Hill because you stuffed up big time...it must break your dad’s heart seeing his son in the dock,” he said. 

The accused was released on bail to reside with a friend in Mildura, with a condition he engage in treatment as recommended by a medical practitioner.

He will next appear before the court on September 4.

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