A Binnu farmer pointed a shotgun at his then partner’s face, told her he had dug her grave in a paddock and bashed and strangled her repeatedly over six years, the Geraldton Magistrate’s Court has heard.
- The Binnu farmer is charged with 42 offences against former partner
- A magistrate has heard of “serious and prolonged” violence
- The allegations include a threat with a shotgun and an electric drill
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Bjorn Andrew Wilson, 45, has been in custody since he was charged by Geraldton detectives on Monday with 42 offences, including endangering life, making threats to kill, impeding breathing and engaging in persistent family violence.
A long statement of material facts handed to Magistrate Christian Miocevich and seen, with the court’s permission, by the ABC, included an allegation Mr Wilson held a knife against the woman’s back in late 2017.
“You will do as I say or you will be homeless,” he allegedly told her.
“I will bury you in the back paddock if you want. No-one will f***ing find you or your f***ing kids ever.”
In another incident he allegedly held a drill against the woman’s back and turned it on.
“The drill spindle made contact with the complainant’s upper back and he held it there for a few seconds,” the statement read.
In 2019, police allege, the woman “hid in a paddock in fear” after an incident .
Shotgun threat alleged
Last year, police say, the woman was in a bedroom preparing to leave when the accused “had taken possession of a shotgun”.
“The complainant, hearing the cocking of the gun, stood up and turned around and saw that the accused was pointing a shotgun at her face,” the statement said.
Police say the woman’s daughter entered the room and, when she left, Mr Wilson told the complainant: “I was going to shoot you, I did not know (she) was in the house.”
Mr Wilson’s lawyer George Giudice made an application for bail on Tuesday.
He said his client was about $1 million in debt and needed to spray and fertilise his crop.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Beau Jones opposed bail and told Mr Miocevich due to the risk that “significant harm would come to (the woman)”.
Magistrate concerned about bail
Mr Miocevich said he was balancing the presumption of innocence and the fact the case could take two years to get to trial with the seriousness of the allegations.
He said they related to “serious, prolonged domestic violence” and the Bail Act had provisions to refuse bail for offences of “such a serious nature”.
“I do have concerns in relation to the complainant,” Mr Miocevich said.
He said he had to consider if “this is one of those cases where you just go ‘no’.”
The magistrate remanded Mr Wilson’s until next week so a report could be prepared on his suitability for home detention.Mr Wilson, has not been required to enter pleas to the charges.