Mother shielded baby as 'obsessed' man allegedly stabbed her
A YOUNG Mackay mum shielded her baby as an "obsessed” man allegedly stabbed her in the breast with a butcher's knife.
South Australian businessman Jason Wayne Greatbatch, , who is charged with attempting to murder 21-year-old Teagan Moore and her 19-month-old son Nixon, was bailed on Wednesday.
Mr Greatbatch is also charged with assaulting Ms Moore's partner Jake Burgess, 24, stalking Ms Moore and with breaking into her Kuttabul home in December last year.
Brisbane Supreme Court Justice John Bond gave the 36-year-old baker from Ceduna, South Australia a series of strict bail conditions including not being able to leave his home state unless he is attending court in Queensland.
He will also be monitored by a GPS tracker, report to both SA and Mackay police daily and must not contact anyone involved in the case.
Mr Greatbatch's parents will forfeit their $300,000 surety if he breaches the conditions.
During Wednesday's proceedings, Justice Bond described how the defendant allegedly tracked down his former employee - whom he had known since she was 13 - through Facebook posts.
On December 27, 2015, Mr Greatbatch flew from SA to Mackay, booked into a hotel, hired a car and drove to the young family's remote property.
Mr Burgess was the first to see him arrive.
The court heard Mr Greatbatch allegedly produced a butcher's knife and attacked Mr Burgess.
He then allegedly tried to assault Mr Burgess's mother.
The defendant then went into the house where he allegedly stabbed Ms Moore in the stomach while she was standing holding her 10-month-old child.
Injured and bleeding profusely, Ms Moore dropped the baby, covering his body with her own as Mr Greatbatch allegedly stabbed her in the breast.
Ms Moore lost two-thirds of her blood and the court was told she was lucky to be alive.
Crown Prosecutor Peter O'Connor CORRECT opposed bail, saying Mr Greatbatch's "obsession” with Ms Moore was so great that he was likely to return to Mackay.
Mr O'Connor said even Mr Greatbatch's parents' decision to offer $300,000 as surety was unlikely to keep Mr Greatbatch in SA.
"There are no measures that would be sufficient to deter him from travelling interstate again,” Mr O'Connor.
"He is a risk of intimidating her (Ms Moore) and interfering with her and with other witnesses.
"(He will) be putting his parents' financial security at risk.”
Defence barrister Peter Davis said if Mr Greatbatch was carrying the non-government approved "GPS tracker”, he would be unlikely to stray far from home.
Mr Davis said his client should be bailed because there was a chance his pre-trial jail time would be longer than a potential sentence.
The defendant has already been in prison for nine months.
- ARM NEWSDESK