Bail denied for stabbed Berkeley man

A Berkeley man was stabbed in the shoulder after trying to choke his ex-partner and sexually assault her, a court has heard.

Michael Honan, 24, is alleged to have pushed the woman into a cupboard in her Koonawarra home on the evening of July 30 this year before grabbing her around the neck and trying to choke her.

The woman told police Honan then put his hand down her pants and sexually assaulted her.

It is alleged he called her a "dirty whore" and threatened to kill her, prompting the woman to reach for a mobile phone to call police.

However, Honan allegedly jumped back on top of her and wrestled the phone off her.

The woman grabbed a knife from a nearby bag and stabbed Honan in the right shoulder, police documents before Wollongong Local Court said.

Honan then left the premises.

Emergency services arrived at the home a short time later, however, it was unclear from the police documents who had called triple-0.

Honan was found nearby and taken to hospital for treatment while the woman was seen to by paramedics at the scene.

Honan was arrested following his release from hospital a month later and appeared in court charged with attempted choking, aggravated sexual assault, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and contravening an apprehended violence order.

Seeking bail yesterday, Honan strongly denied the accusation against him, claiming the woman "stitched me up".

His lawyer, Gary Leo, described the situation as "very peculiar", saying Honan claimed it was he who was the victim of assault that evening.

He said Honan would agree to strict conditions if released on bail, including reporting to police daily, abiding by a curfew and keeping away from the woman and the Koonawarra area.

He also said he had a job to go to if released and could live with his parents, who had agreed to put up a $5000 bond to ensure he complied with his bail and turned up at court in the future.

However, magistrate Michael Stoddart said he was concerned that Honan's criminal record, although not overly lengthy, included previous convictions for violence, including incidents relating to the same woman.

He noted Honan was currently on four good behaviour bonds for similar offences.

Magistrate Stoddart remanded Honan in custody, saying ultimately, the court had to look out for the welfare and protection of the alleged victim and the community.

The matter will return to court on October 16.

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