Man bailed on domestic assault, knife charges

A man charged after allegedly wielding a knife during a domestic dispute has been released on bail.

Gregory Davidson, 47, of Balmoral Road, Warrnambool, made a successful bail application in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court last week. 

He was bailed to January 13 on the conditions he live in Murray Street, Colac, and report to Colac police on Mondays and Thursdays.

Police told the court that Mr Davidson and a Warrnambool woman had been in a relationship for two months after knowing each other about two years.

It is alleged the victim went for a walk with a friend about 9pm and when she returned home was grabbed around the throat by Mr Davidson, thrown on to a couch and punched to the mouth. 

He then allegedly pushed the woman and punched a hole in a wall.

Police said that when the woman’s son approached Mr Davidson carrying a saucepan he pulled out a large kitchen knife and told the teenager he was dead.

The woman stepped in and Mr Davidson allegedly stabbed a wall with the knife several times. He is then alleged to have sliced his own arm three or four times before being encouraged to go outside.

He was locked out but smashed a window and punched the broken glass in an attempt to get back in. 

He also kicked the front door.

The victim got him a towel due to the large amount of blood and offered to drive Mr Davidson to hospital.

Police said the woman and her family were extremely fearful of being attacked further.

Damage to the house was put at $1500.

Mr Davidson has nine pages of prior convictions including eight counts of  failing to answer bail. 

Solicitor Amanda Chambers said he client did not accept all the charges.

She said he admitted to causing the damage caused but denied there was a physical assault or threats made.

Ms Chambers said an argument had taken place and then one of the woman’s sons approached her client while wielding a saucepan.

She said Mr Davidson denied injuring himself with a knife, although his injuries were consistent with breaking a window.

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