Warilla mum tried to stab ex-husband: court

A Warilla mother allegedly tried to stab her former husband before she punched a police officer and threw a cup at another, during a violent assault on Thursday night.

Kelli-Rae Nelson is accused of charging at her former partner with a knife and attempting to stab him, even lunging over a male co-accused, who was allegedly holding the man down, to try and attack him.

When police later tried to arrest the pair, a naked Nelson allegedly refused to get dressed and go with the officers, punching one constable in the chest and then throwing a cup at another, Wollongong Local Court was told yesterday.

Police claim Nelson, 42, and the co-accused, who cannot be named, went to the man's home around 7.30pm. It is alleged Nelson immediately raced down the stairs towards her former husband, before she pulled out a knife.

She then charged at the man, wielding the weapon above her head as she tried to stab him, the court heard.

As the man tried to flee, the co-accused allegedly blocked his path, grabbing the man and jumping on top of him. Nelson then lunged over the co-accused as he held the man down, and allegedly tried to stab her former partner.

Another woman heard the commotion but immediately fled to a neighbour's house when Nelson ran towards her, swearing, the court heard.

The man used the opportunity to flee but was soon pursued by a knife-wielding Nelson, who again allegedly lunged at him.

The man managed to push a treadmill into Nelson, enabling him to escape, the court was told.

Police attended Nelson's home several hours later but she allegedly refused to leave with officers, telling them: "I'm f---ing naked, and I ain't getting dressed ... I'm not going anywhere."

She then allegedly punched one officer in the chest and threw a cup at another, as she continued to resist arrest.

She was eventually restrained and charged with assaulting and resisting police and being armed with intent to commit an offence.

Opposing Nelson's bail application, prosecutor Sergeant Pavlin said there were real concerns for the welfare of the alleged victims. Bail was refused.

Defence solicitor Angela Melouney told the court Nelson had no criminal record and would agree to stay away from her former husband. She said her client had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and was taking medication.

Registrar Tina McKenna refused bail and adjourned the matter to January 7.