No bail for man accused of stabbing ex-wife
A TOOWOOMBA man accused of stabbing his ex-wife in the chest will remain behind bars until the conclusion of his trial for attempted murder.
Darren Lee Williams, 37, had his bid for freedom heard and rejected on Thursday in the Brisbane Supreme Court.
Crown Prosecutor Ben Jackson told the court Williams was facing serious charges stemming from events that occurred on November 14, 2012, at Meringandan near Toowoomba.
He said the application was opposed due to the serious nature of the offence and the risk of reoffending.
"The events that day were a culmination of two things," he said.
"Williams had been rejected by his wife after they had separated.
"She had moved on from the relationship and was, in fact, in a relationship with another man."
Mr Jackson told the court about the events leading up to the woman waking up in bed with a knife embedded in her chest.
"Williams allegedly drove to her house, entered through an unlocked laundry door and stabbed his ex-wife in the chest while she was sleeping," he said.
"To make matters worse their daughter was asleep next to her at the time.
"Without immediate medical intervention she could have died."
Mr Jackson said Williams went to great lengths to distance himself from the alleged offence when police later confronted him.
"He went as far as to drive around Toowoomba with police showing them where he had been when the attack occurred," he said.
"It was not until much later he gave them a formal statement."
Williams, who represented himself in court, said he would be defending the charges in the Toowoomba Supreme Court where the trial is listed to start on August 4 before Justice Peter Applegarth.
He told the court if he was granted bail he would have lived with his parents in Toowoomba and would have not interfered with anyone involved in the case, despite committing the alleged offence while the subject of a domestic violent order.
"I am now divorced form her. I received the notice while in prison," he said.
"I do not want anything further to do with her.
"I cannot believe what I did and it was definitely out of character."
Justice Peter Flanagan said with the trial date looming he was not persuaded to grant Williams bail.
"The applicant is only two weeks away from trial and faces a significant sentence if found guilty," he said.
"I believe the risk of reoffending in this case is very real."