Jason Wayne Greatbatch, 36 from South Australia (Ceduna) is facing attempted murder charges after allegedly stabbing a Kuttabul mum holding her baby in 2015.
Jason Wayne Greatbatch, 36 from South Australia (Ceduna) is facing attempted murder charges after allegedly stabbing a Kuttabul mum holding her baby in 2015. Lee Constable

Mum stabbed while holding baby won't be grilled on events

A KUTTABUL woman who was stabbed while holding her baby won't face a grilling at her accused attackers' upcoming court hearing.

South Australian man Jason Wayne Greatbatch, 36, has been charged with two counts of attempted murder over the attack on December 28, 2015.

Police allege Mr Greatbatch flew from South Australia to find young mother Teagan Moore, stabbing her multiple times at a Kuttabul property early in the morning.

Mr Greatbatch has also been charged with stalking, attempting to maim or disfigure Ms Moore's fiance Jake Burgess and assaulting a woman at the Kuttabul home on the night.

Additionally, Mr Greatbatch has been charged with entering a dwelling with intent to commit an offence.

No pleas have been entered on the charges.

In Mackay Magistrates Court on Thursday, Crown prosecutor James Grehan and defence barrister Joseph Crowley debated what evidence could be heard and what witnesses could be called at a committal for cross-examination.

Mr Greatbatch appeared via videolink from prison.

Mr Crowley submitted Ms Moore and Mr Greatbatch had a intimate relationship before the alleged attack and cross-examination of Ms Moore was necessary.

Mr Grehan argued that cross examining certain police and civilian witnesses was not in the interest of justice.

Magistrate Nerida Wilson refused cross-examination of Ms Moore.

"Specifically, Mr Crowley seeks to cross-examine (Ms Moore) in the following areas: Identification (of her attacker), the use of drugs, any association with bikies, her association with the defendant, including that of a sexual and financial nature and evidence that she may be able to give of the view she formed in relation to allegations that the defendant attempted to murder her infant child ... ," she said.

" ... it would not be unfair to leave those questions for a trial before a jury.

"It is my view that Mr Greatbatch, the defendant before the court, would by now based on the statement of Teagan Moore have a sufficient understanding of the case against him."

Ms Wilson also refused cross examination of Thomas Burgess and victim Jake Burgess, but several police officers will undergo cross examination.

The magistrate said they'll speak about weather conditions and lighting at the Kuttabul property on the morning of December 28, 2015, alternative suspects and considerations which formed the basis for the attempted murder charges.

Ms Wilson set a date of December 11 for a committal for cross examination and called for Mr Greatbatch to appear in person.



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