A Mount Warrigal man accused of stabbing his partner in the leg on Saturday night was on parole after time in prison for domestic violence, a court has heard.
Police allege Sylvan Rose-Rankin lashed out at the woman in a fit of rage following a heated argument between the pair that was overheard by several witnesses.
Police documents tendered to Wollongong Local Court yesterday as part of Rose-Rankin’s bail application claim the pair were walking along Corrimal Street, near Swan Street, about 7pm when they began to attract attention.
Witnesses described the pair as arguing, with the woman ‘‘screaming loudly and incoherently’’, the police documents said.
At one stage, Rose-Rankin was seen to feign hitting the woman, causing her to continue yelling.
A few moments later, Rose-Rankin allegedly lunged towards the woman and stabbed her with what police described as ‘‘an unknown object, possibly a screwdriver’’.
He then fled the scene, leaving the woman standing in the street ‘‘bleeding profusely’’.
Several passers-by came to the woman’s aid and she was taken to Wollongong Hospital for treatment to a 10centimetre cut on her leg.
She required eight stitches, the court heard.
Meantime, a witness in a vehicle followed Rose-Rankin and
allegedly saw him enter a property on Glebe Street.
He left moments later on a black pushbike, prompting the witness to again followed him.
Moments later, Rose-Rankin realised he was being followed and turned to face the vehicle. It is alleged he then rode towards it, spitting on the windscreen as he rode past the car and out of sight.
Police arrived moments later and organised for a sniffer dog to track Rose-Rankin.
His scent was allegedly traced to a property in Church Street but police did not find him at the scene when they arrived.
He was arrested by officers at 7o’clock on Sunday night at his Freeman Parade residence.
Seeking bail yesterday, Rose-Rankin was supported in court by the alleged victim, who told the magistrate, Michael Stoddart, she was not fearful of her partner.
She asked him to remove one of the conditions in the current AVO that prevented the couple from having contact, saying she needed the change for unrelated legal reasons.
Mr Stoddart agreed to alter the AVO but refused to release Rose-Rankin on the basis that he was on parole for similar matters at the time of the alleged offence.
He agreed with police submissions that there appeared to be a strong prosecution case that would likely result in jail for Rose-Rankin if he was eventually convicted.