Teen slashes knife at partner

ARMED with a 30cm knife, Phillip Brian Gulf allegedly dragged his partner into the laundry area of the family home and started slashing wildly at her.

The 17-year-old woman suffered two wounds, including a 6cm gash to her left elbow that cut so deep it exposed the bone.

Gulf, 18, was yesterday refused bail in the Rockhampton Magistrate's Court.

He faces five charges, including attempted murder, wounding and assault, in relation to a series of events that occurred from late Sunday to early Monday.

Police prosecutor Constable Paige Barrow said Gulf became enraged with jealously after his partner left the family's Berserker home to pick up her uncle.

Constable Barrow said when she returned, the couple, who had been together five years, started arguing and Gulf threatened to slit her throat.

She said the arguing continued as family members tried to calm Gulf down.

Police arrived about 11pm.

Constable Barrow said Gulf was observed to be heavily intoxicated and he was uncooperative.

She said he was taken to the Rockhampton watchhouse, before being released about 3am.

Constable Barrow said Gulf returned to the Berserker home, gaining entry through a window.

She said when his partner refused to leave with him, he got the knife and attacked her in the laundry.

The court heard that he later told people he wanted to kill her.

Gulf had a history of offences against his partner.

Defence solicitor Anthony Defraine argued the more serious attempted murder charge emerged out of the police interview with Gulf.

Mr Defraine raised issues with this interview, saying police had failed to meet specific safeguard legal requirements to contact all relevant parties.

He also questioned what Gulf's level of intoxication was when he was interviewed.

Constable Barrow countered that police had acted appropriately.

At this stage of proceedings, Magistrate Cameron Press said it was not for him to determine whether the police interview met the legal requirements.

Mr Press said even if it didn't he would have refused bail.

He accepted prosecution concerns that Gulf would commit further offences, in particular endangering the welfare of the alleged victim.

The matter has been adjourned to April 18 for a committal mention.



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