More time behind bars before trial

A MAN who allegedly ambushed his former partner as she walked out of a shop, threatened her with a knife and then dragged her across the road by her hair as witnesses looked on will stay behind bars until he faces trial.

Mark Andrew Robinson was charged with common assault, deprivation of liberty and assault occasioning bodily harm after the attack on his ex-partner on September 20.

Robinson allegedly grabbed the woman as she left a Pialba store.

Police say he locked the victim in her car, held a flick-knife to her throat, tried to stab her in the leg and slapped her across her face.

They say she managed to escape the car and make a run for it but Robinson caught up with her and grabbed her by her hair.

He then allegedly dragged the woman across the road and forced her back into the car before she escaped a second time.

Robinson, 43, has been in custody since September 21.

He has also been charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle, speeding and failing to stop a vehicle.

Defence solicitor Kym Robotham applied for bail on behalf of Robinson during his committal in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court this week.

Prosecutor Senior Constable Jeanette Grigoris told the court that violence between the couple had escalated.

“The victim fears she would have to leave Hervey Bay, for her own safety and that of her children, if Robinson is released on bail,” Snr Const. Grigoris told the court.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell said Robinson could expect to spend a lengthy period in prison if he was convicted of the offences.

Mr Tatnell refused Robinson’s bail application and committed him to stand trial during the next sittings of the Hervey Bay District Court.

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