Warwick Magistrates Court.
Warwick Magistrates Court. Emma Channon

Stabbed while driving with child

MILLMERRAN'S Matthew Keith Cullen was "remarkably intoxicated" when he allegedly stabbed his girlfriend while she was driving with their child in the car along the Cunningham Hwy at the weekend.

The 30-year-old appeared in handcuffs and a sleeveless shirt at Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday.

He faced three charges, including assault occasioning bodily harm, possession of a knife in a public place and unlawfully wounding, following the alleged attack near Wheatvale.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Ken Wiggan told the court the accused stabbed his partner in the thigh in an unprovoked assault on Sunday while their child was in the vehicle.

She was believed to have run from the car screaming, and police intercepted Cullen in the vehicle not long after.

"She has a bandage on her leg, which is swollen and she is in quite a lot of pain," Sgt Wiggan said.

"She's terrified of him." The partner required hospital treatment for her injuries.

Defence lawyer Dan Habermann said Cullen was "feeling remarkable remorse and sorrow" for his actions.

"He has been coming up with stories about how it happened, and said it was an accident," he said.

"He was also remarkably intoxicated at the time - he had been on the wagon but had fallen off and was drinking a huge quantity of beer and other things."

Mr Habermann said the "main issue" was where he was going to live but understood that the complainant "wouldn't want any contact considering what happened (Sunday)".

Cullen applied for bail with "extra stringent" conditions, including no contact with the complainant.

Magistrate Graham Lee said stabbing his girlfriend while she was driving was an "extremely serious" action.

"The fact she was driving could have caused harm to not just her, but yourself and to others," he said.

Cullen was refused bail and will re-appear in Warwick Magistrates Court April 10.


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