Woman charged with attempted murder of ex-lover
A woman who allegedly shot her former lover in the toilet of a McKellar home, before telling him she was going to kill him, will face a charge of attempted murder.
Louise Bai, 56, is accused of shooting her ex-partner in the shoulder with a bolt action .22 rifle, that she had stolen from a friend and stashed in a closet in the granny flat of her Tipping Place property.
Police allege the victim was on the toilet just before the shooting, and the pair were chatting about going to lunch.
He told police that when he opened the toilet door, he found Bai standing with the rifle tucked under her armpit.
He was shot in the right shoulder, and he told police that Bai began working the rifle’s bolt action, saying ‘‘I’m going to kill you and I want to die too’’.
The pair then wrestled over the rifle, police allege, before Bai hit him over the head with a large crystal ash tray.
Bai appeared in the ACT Magistrates Court on Thursday, and prosecutors charged her with the fresh offence of attempted murder.
She entered pleas of not guilty for two charges, including the attempted murder charge, but entered no plea for a third charge related to the possession of the weapon.
She will make a bid to be released from jail in two weeks, with a bail application set down for March 14.
Bai and her alleged victim had known each other for 11 years, but had separated several years ago, according to court documents.
The victim had travelled from China to help Bai renovate a property she was renting out while she lived in the United States.
Bai offered a different version of events to police, according to court documents.
She said she fired the weapon accidentally, and had no intention to shoot or injure her ex-partner.
She told police she had intended to go shooting with the man after lunch.
The court had previously heard that Bai was at risk of interfering with witnesses or fleeing the country if she was released on bail.
It heard the victim was vulnerable, speaking almost no English, arriving in the country just days before the alleged shooting, and having no friends or relatives in the ACT.
Police believe there were no witnesses, according to court documents.
Defence lawyers have previously told the court the case was likely to be ‘‘word on word’’.