Woman and son endured hours of terror, court told

A MAN threatened to cut his de facto partner's throat and kill her in front of her teenage son, Lismore Local Court heard yesterday.

Phillip Stanley McIntosh, 48, of Tweed Heads, was yesterday denied bail when he appeared in court facing six charges relating to assault and using weapons to detain people against their will.

He has not entered a plea.

Police allege that in June this year McIntosh kept his partner of three years and her son captive in a house for two-and-a-half hours.

McIntosh allegedly threatened to cut his partner's throat, threatening to kill her while attacking her variously with a knife, spanners, an iron bed rail and a tennis racket, while she cowered on a bed trying to protect her son.

During the dispute at her home McIntosh allegedly threw spanners and swung a 30cm knife at the woman, leaving her with cuts and bruises.

The woman and her son escaped out a window and ran to a neighbour's house, where they called 000.

The alleged victim also attended court yesterday in what McIntosh's solicitor described as a show of support for McIntosh.

The defence solicitor said the woman was hopeful McIntosh, who was in court, would be released on bail so he could return home.

However, Magistrate Nick Reimer said McIntosh had a history of violence and he feared the defendant would re-offend.

“These are a frightening set of circumstances,” Mr Reimer said.

“No matter what the victim says about this at the moment, she was in fear for her life at the time and her 15-year-old son was absolutely scared out of his skin. It is a very serious matter.”

The matter was adjourned to Ballina Local Court on November 4.

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