Pregnant woman threatened in Unanderra home invasion: court

A knife-wielding woman tried to break into a wheelchair-bound man's Unanderra home on Tuesday night before threatening his heavily pregnant daughter, Wollongong Local Court has heard.

Unanderra woman Melissa Jackson is accused of attempting to enter the man's Graham Street home while armed with a knife, forcing him to call his 31-week-pregnant daughter for help.

Police claim the 29-year-old jumped up on garbage bins outside the man's home just after 9pm, holding a knife, and started bashing his front window with the knife handle.

When she couldn't smash the window, Jackson jumped off the bins and headed towards the front door, allegedly yelling: "I'm going to get you f---ing dogs, let me in."

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The man wheeled himself to the front door and managed to lock it, watching as Jackson ran off.

He then rang his daughter and asked her to come over.

When she arrived, she allegedly saw Jackson walking towards her with the knife, yelling "it's f---ing on, you're a f---ing dog".

Terrified, the pregnant woman started to run towards her father's yard, grabbing a pole to protect herself.

She rang triple-0 while Jackson headed towards the house, wielding the knife and yelling: "let me the f--- in."

When the police arrived a short time later, they allegedly found Jackson hiding under the house.

She was arrested and charged with two counts of stalking and one count each of aggravated breaking and entering with a dangerous weapon and damaging property.

While in custody, Jackson allegedly told officers she had been drinking Jim Beam and Ouzo since lunchtime.

Opposing Jackson's application for bail on Wednesday, prosecutor Sergeant Seleena Gillmore cited the need to protect the alleged victims, Jackson's lack of community ties and the strength of the Crown case.

Defence solicitor Sian Aldis told the court her client suffered from hepatitis C, making her vulnerable in custody.

Ms Aldis said Jackson admitted she need counselling and rehabilitation for her alcohol issues and was willing to live with her partner, offer a surety and not approach any witnesses in the case.

Magistrate Mark Douglass refused Jackson's bail and adjourned the matter to April 23.

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