Topics:  assault, bail breach, ipswich magistrates court, remanded in custody

Knife to throat and a punch in the face in Maccas car park

POLICE say a man held a knife to his ex-partner's throat and bashed her in the McDonald's Goodna car park after she questioned him about drug dealing.

Ipswich Magistrates Court heard the 23-year-old, who cannot be named, had been bailed on other charges when he went to his ex's house and called her.

The court heard that the man said he was inside her house, and when she returned she discovered he had climbed in through an open window.

Police will allege he bundled her into a stolen car, driven by an associate, and repeatedly slapped her and then spat in her face.

Police said the woman started to question the man about his alleged drug dealing and the man became enraged.

When they arrived at McDonald's, the victim said she was going to call police so the man got out of the car, opened the passenger door and threatened the woman with a knife to her throat, the court heard.

He said "I'll slice you if you scream", police said.

He then threw the woman's phone away and grabbed her around the throat and punched her in the face.

When the accused and his associate drove the woman back to her home, she stayed in the car, and soon afterwards they left.

When the car broke down, the woman escaped and called police from a payphone. The man was arrested and applied for bail at court on Thursday, but because he was already on bail for dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and unlawful use, bail was refused.

On December 17, the court allowed the man bail after he was allegedly seen driving on the wrong side of the road while fleeing an unmarked police car.

Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist said because the accused had only recently been bailed on other counts, and the prosecution evidence was strong, he couldn't allow bail.

The man was remanded in custody and will face court again on January 10.



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