Choked, bitten to the bone: Woman recalls ordeal
THE white bandage on her arm hides a bite so deep and savage it hit bone.
Her left index fingernail was torn off after her estranged husband viciously attacked her with a tomahawk.
A swollen lip, bruising around her neck and other injuries are the physical reminders of the assault, but are surpassed by her steely determination to escape from harm.
When her alleged attacker was refused bail, the Gatton woman, 34, sighed in relief.
"I am not afraid of being killed," the woman said outside the Toowoomba Magistrates Court this morning.
"I will fight for my life."
The woman survived a harrowing series of alleged events which unfolded just as she was leaving work late on Thursday night.
Driving a white ute on Freemans Rd, the woman had been heading home when a hatchback she didn't recognise slammed into her car in what was called in court a deliberate attack.
"I saw this person come out of the car and I realised that's my husband," she said.
Armed with what she would later learn was a tomahawk, the woman tried desperately to lock her car and block her attacker.
But it would be pointless - the man waving the weapon allegedly smashed his way inside, forcing the woman to defend herself from the confines of the driver's seat.
"I was fighting for maybe five minutes and when he realised he can't hit me as hard as he can, he sat on me and tried to drive away," she said.
Fearing an alleged earlier threat - that he would murder her - would be realised, the woman tried to take back control of her vehicle.
She wanted to go towards Gatton, where she knew she could find help.
"I tried to scream for someone to help me, but I couldn't find anyone," she said.
"I was holding the metal thing in my left hand and he bit me."
She would later receive treatment for the bite which police said was so deep it hit bone.
Gatton police investigating earlier reports of a gun shot in the area saw the vehicle driving erratically on the rural road and quickly intercepted.
The man was arrested and taken into custody where he was kept overnight before an appearance in Toowoomba Magistrates Court this morning.
"I'm so lucky the police were there," she said.
"If he attempted to kill me he would (have) because he said it to me several times," the woman said.
The man appeared in court in custody this morning barefoot and wearing denim jeans and a watch house issue jumper, when he applied for bail.
Solicitor Basil Karsas, of Southport practice Karsas Tai Lawyers, said his client "heavily contested" the charges relating to the alleged incident. His client had found a place to live outside the Gatton area and away from the home he once shared with his wife.
Mr Karsas said his client had no criminal history and argued the custodial period before trial, if it eventuated, would surpass any sentence that would be imposed if found guilty by a jury.
The man faces six charges including one count each of choking suffocation, assault occasioning bodily harm and deprivation of liberty, and two counts of dangerous operation of a vehicle.
But Magistrate Graham Lee, after considering a lengthy affidavit by the arresting Gatton officer, remanded the man in custody to reappear on December 5 this year.
He said the evidence presented in court by the police was "strong".