Gilmore man accused of stabbing sword at police officers
A Gilmore man who allegedly stabbed a ''King Arthur-style'' sword at police officers and used an arc welder to electrify his screen door during a drunken confrontation has faced charges in the ACT Magistrates Court.
The court heard Michael Raymond John Demetrius' behaviour was ''very bizarre'' and officers had to jump through a window to intervene when he allegedly approached a young woman with a meat cleaver.
The 53-year-old was charged with three counts of common assault, possessing an offensive weapon and damaging property.
He did not enter pleas.
The court heard Demetrius' was extremely drunk on Monday and his partner called police after an argument between the pair that resulted in Demetrius swinging a samurai blade at her and his son.
Constable Darren Fitzroy told the court that when police arrived at the house, Demetrius had locked his partner out of the house.
He allegedly became highly aggressive when officers tried to speak to him and refused to allow anyone into the house.
Constable Fitzroy said he spotted a young woman - the girlfriend of Demetrius' son - in a bedroom and spoke to her through the window, asking her to leave the house for safety's sake.
But the young woman refused to go, saying her two young children were asleep in the house.
When Demetrius entered the room holding a meat cleaver, the officer forced his way in through the window and tried to protect the young woman, yelling at Demetrius to get out.
Constable Fitzroy said Demetrius also used the ''King Arthur'' sword to take a stab at officers through the fly-screen at his front door and produced an arc welder which he attached to the door to electrify it.
The court heard there were fears Demetrius would try to interfere with witnesses if he was released on bail and the man had been brought before NSW courts for stalking and breaching a protection order, though the matters were discharged because of his mental health issues.
Demetrius' lawyer tendered a mental health report to the court and said his client was taking an anti-depressant drug.
His lawyer said Demetrius had no recollection of Monday's sword incident and was very remorseful for it.
The lawyer said Demetrius was the sole carer for his partner, who had health issues, and was willing to abide by strict bail conditions such as an alcohol ban and reporting to police. The man's family had also arranged alternative accommodation for him in Chisholm so he could not interfere with his partner.
Magistrate Maria Doogan said Demetrius' behaviour was very bizarre and it was too soon to grant the man bail without knowing his circumstances.
She said she was concerned about his prior convictions for violence and breaching protection orders.
Ms Doogan remanded Demetrius in custody until October 26.