Kidnap, stabbing accused named

A MAN accused of kidnapping and repeatedly stabbing his former girlfriend has been named as Benjamin Scott Art, 31, of East Albury.

Police allege Art, in a psychosis from ice and the prescription drug Xanax, forced his way into a Lawrence Street house, assaulting a woman, 20, then bound her hands and feet with wire and dragged her to his car.

She was stabbed five times in her legs with a 20-centimetre kitchen knife as they drove along the Murray Valley Highway towards Tallangatta.

It will be alleged Art held one knife to her throat and had another in his other hand as he drove.

Near the Koetong Hotel, he lost control on a bend and the car rolled down a 30-metre embankment near a stream.

The woman fractured her neck and lost consciousness, stumbling into the pub almost 12 hours later.

Police have charged Art with aggravated burglary, false imprisonment, intentionally cause serious injury, threats to kill, conduct likely to cause death or serious injury and other assault offences.

He will face Wodonga Magistrate’s Court on January 8.

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