Woman 'stabs man, then eats dinner'

A WOMAN accused of stabbing her estranged partner in the chest allegedly put the knife in the sink and continued to eat her dinner as he bled out onto the street.

The 40-year-old Torquay woman fronted the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court yesterday charged with grievous bodily harm.

Her alleged victim was recovering from heart surgery in a Brisbane hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

The court heard the woman and man had an altercation in her apartment about 7.30pm Sunday.

Police prosecutor Jeanette Grigoris said had it not been for a coincidental patrol of the area which resulted in police finding the wounded man on the side of the road and the prompt arrival of an ambulance, the woman would have “been facing far more serious charges”.

She submitted the woman should be remanded in custody.

Defence lawyer Justin Geldard said the woman and man had a long history of domestic violence against each other.

He said his client told him the man had repeatedly closed the door on her leg before she held a knife out and warned that if he came any closer she would stab him.

He said the woman's version was that the man then lunged forward, resulting in the injury.

He also said the woman had a 16-year-old boy to look after and was not a risk to the general public.

Magistrate Graham Hillan said he was concerned about a number of submissions in the prosecution's objection to bail including the accusation that following the altercation, the woman “placed the knife in the sink and continued to eat your meal”.

He said he was also concerned that the woman had made no apparent attempt to arrange for the complainant to receive medical attention.

But he accepted the woman was unlikely to re-offend and released her on strict bail conditions.

She will re-appear on May 5.

Detective Senior Constable Peter Edwards said the man was “very lucky to be alive”.

He said police were only alerted to the man's injuries when a concerned member of the public told officers in a patrol car they had seen a man stumbling down the street around the corner with blood on his chest.

He said when police found the man he was unconscious and losing blood on the side of the road.

Following conversations with nursing staff in Brisbane Sen Const Edwards understood the knife had pierced a sack protecting the victim's heart.

He said the man had undergone surgery and been placed into an induced coma.

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