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Lismore Base Hospital Marc Stapelberg

'I have HIV and I'm going to kill you all'

A WOMAN who allegedly cried out "I have HIV and I'm going to kill you all" before stabbing a Lismore Base Hospital wardsmen with a syringe on Saturday has an "appalling" criminal history including jail terms in three states, a court has heard.

Lismore woman Amber Daldy-Rowe, 39, allegedly entered the Lismore Base Hospital emergency department for treatment on Saturday afternoon but started threatening staff members, before producing a syringe and lunging at a wardsman, cutting his left arm.

On Tuesday the Lismore Local Court heard the alleged victim was "deeply distressed" by the incident and will have to undergo six months of intensive medical tests and monitoring before his condition is known.

Daldy-Rowe is charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent, affray, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, two counts of common assault, using offensive weapon with intent to commit indictable offence, and resisting arrest.

Clad in prison greens with a heavy build and long orange hair she faced Lismore Local Court from the glass-walled dock.

Her solicitor Philip Crick applied for bail by arguing she hadn't offended in three years.

"She does suffer from some mental health issues... (and) it would seem to me that her mental health has deteriorated in the 24 hours since I spoke to her yesterday," he said.

He said the most serious charge of grievous bodily harm could be withdrawn if the alleged victim did not receive an infectious disease from his injury.

He also signalled Daldy-Rowe would most likely plead guilty to the assault.

But police prosecutor Ben Ferreira opposed bail by arguing the charges were "exceedingly grave" and the prosecution case was very strong.

He said Daldy-Rowe had made numerous threats including shouting: "I have HIV and I'm going to kill you all" before she attacked the wardsman.

"There's abundant material, not only in the CCTV, the witness statements, but the admissions of the defendant herself," he said.

He said one of the offences was also allegedly committed in the presence of small children.

He said Daldy-Rowe had an "unrelenting history of criminal offences being committed in this state as well as others" and there had been numerous breaches of bail, with a number of arrest warrants still outstanding from WA.

He said no bail conditions could eliminate the risk.

Magistrate Heilpern agreed that the prosecution case was "overwhelming".

"This is an extraordinary serious matter," he said.

Mr Heilpern said after she inflicted the "deep scratch" on the left arm of the wardsman who had helped restraining her she had allegedly said "I have HIV, I've fucking killed you."

He said her lengthy criminal history including terms of imprisonment in three states, as well as arrest warrants in WA, and a history of non-compliance with court orders.

"She has an appalling record of failing to appear," he noted.

"The offence is indicative of someone who is completely out of control."

He refused bail on the basis that releasing her could put herself and the community at risk and may fail to appear given her prior record.

The matter was adjourned to January 14 to return to Lismore Local Court with a brief of evidence due by January 7.

"I'm not a violent person," Daldy-Rowe cried out, as she was taken away by correctional officers in black protective gloves.

"Let go of my f***ing arm."



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