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Dad allegedly threatened to 'slit the throat' of ex-partner

THE family of a Susan River father accused of trying to kill his ex-partner and another man, has posted a $50,000 bail surety to secure his release for Christmas.

Robert Laurance Bettles, 30, was charged with two counts of attempted murder, the night he was allegedly found by police with a bloody knife at an Urraween home.

The Hervey Bay Magistrates Court heard there had been a long history of bitterness between Bettles and the mother of his four children, beginning in New South Wales and peaking with the alleged stabbing of the woman and another man in October.

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A bail application was part heard last month but adjourned until Thursday to give Magistrate Graeme Tatnell the chance to wade through dozens of documents.

Defence lawyer Erin Ahearn insisted her client posed no danger to the general community, had the support of his family and suggested that once the "evidence was tested" the prosecution may prefer a lesser charge.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Kathryn Stagoll strongly objected to bail on the grounds the case was not about how serious the injuries were - the court heard the alleged victims were released from hospital hours after admission - but the alleged intention of Bettles, who she said, only dropped the knife when police intervened.

She described witness accounts as being consistent with reference to Bettles threatening to "slit the throat" of his alleged victims.

Sgt Stagoll also argued the history between Bettles and his ex-partner proved that no matter how well-intentioned his family may be, no one had been able to influence him not to contact her in the past and "hostilities between the two will certainly prevail".

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell said "as is always the case, no application for bail is foolproof" but as he could not "look into a crystal ball" and Bettles had no history of violence, he was allowed bail on strict conditions.

He warned Bettles that if he breached bail he would "be returned to custody quicker than you know".

Bettles is expected to be released on Friday.

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