Wahgunyah man remanded in jail following threats

A WAHGUNYAH man who last week allegedly held a woman at knifepoint and threatened to kill her will remain in custody as police prepare a brief of evidence on a series of charges.

Christopher Wayne Quirk, 37, appeared in Albury Local Court yesterday through a video-link from Junee jail.

He has been charged with taking and detaining a person with intent to obtain advantage, being armed with intent to commit an indictable offence, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and two counts of contravening an apprehended violence order.

Quirk was refused bail last week by a court registrar and there was no bail application on his behalf yesterday.

Magistrate Tony Murray had ordered a police brief be prepared by February 28 with the charges back before the court on March 10.

There are four sets of charges relating to other offences when he last week took a woman captive, assaulted her and later swam to an island in the Murray River attempting to evade arrest.

He had arranged to meet his de facto partner at a Corowa house last Tuesday, but became irrational and produced a pocket knife.

She tried to call police but he switched off her phone and forced her into her car.

Quirk is alleged to have continued to hold the knife to the woman and forced her to drive to an isolated spot in South Corowa, saying: “I’m going to kill you. Today we’re both going to be dead”.

When he got out of the vehicle a short time later, his de facto immediately drove to the police station.