AN ALBURY woman awoke early yesterday with a man leaning over her, one of his hands over her mouth and the other holding a long kitchen knife pointed at her face.
It is alleged Luke Anthony Terrill then ran the blade across her cheek.
The woman and her boyfriend, who had both been asleep in bed, got into a struggle with Terrill before he resumed control over them with the short, sharp command: “F... ing let me go. I’m gonna stab ya”.
Terrill faced Albury Court yesterday, less than 12 hours after the alleged Resolution Street break-in.
He unsuccessfully applied for bail with his solicitor, Jason Hanke, arguing Terrill had strong community ties and was willing to live in Wodonga with his sister to avoid going near his alleged victims in Albury.
But police “strongly opposed” bail, fearing Terrill, 20, of Wantigong Street, could strike again.
Prosecutor Sgt Tanya Eade said Terrill was under a two-year intensive corrections order and was already on Supreme Court bail for similar offences committed in January.
“If convicted the defendant could be looking at a long term of imprisonment,” she said.
Magistrate Megan Greenwood agreed, telling Terrill that “for community protection, bail is refused”.
“It’s my view there is a likelihood of further serious offending if I was to grant bail,” she said.
Police facts tendered to the court told how the woman and her boyfriend had gone to bed on Tuesday about midnight.
The woman woke about 4.30am to find Terrill leaning over her with his hand over her mouth, pointing the knife at her.
The woman’s boyfriend then woke and grabbed Terrill, throwing him down towards the bed in order to get him away from her.
The woman then began kicking out at Terrill to try to push him away.
After his alleged threat against the pair, it was claimed Terrill made the woman lie on the bed.
“He then ran the knife over her torso,” police said.
Terrill demanded the woman tie-up her partner, but she hit him in the groin, escaped through a window and ran to get help.
The male victim and Terrill then wrestled, during which the man suffered a small graze to his forehead from the knife and defensive wounds to his hands.
Terrill allegedly told the man during the struggle: “I’m going to kill you”.
The woman had phoned triple-0 and then returned to the house with some friends. There was another “verbal altercation” before Terrill fled.
Police said Terrill was followed by the victims and their friends before police arrived.
When police told him to drop the knife, it is claimed he held it to his neck and threatened self-harm. Police were then forced to use a stun gun to subdue Terrill.
Terrill — who had been friends with the other man for seven years until they fell out last year — denied forcing entry to the house.
Terrill did not enter a plea to charges of aggravated break and enter, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, using a weapon to avoid apprehension, breaching bail and two counts of detaining for advantage.
He was remanded in custody to appear in Albury Local Court on Monday, this time via an audio-visual link.