A Kambah man accused of repeatedly punching his ex-partner in the head, burning her, and threatening to hang her and "put a bullet" in her children's heads has been refused bail.
The 56-year-old on Monday faced six charges, including two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, two counts of making threats to kill, and one count of unlawfully confining his ex-partner.
The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, did not enter pleas to the charges.
Documents tendered to the court said the man woke his sleeping ex-partner at his Kambah home about 12pm on February 8, 2020, before accusing her of sleeping with her daughter's ex-partner.
Police allege what ensued was a bloodying five-hour ordeal, in which the man punched the woman in the head, back and arms several times, and burnt her with an ice pipe after heating it with a jet lighter.
The documents said the man told his ex-partner he was going to "disfigure" her, "put a bullet" in her children's heads, hang her, and that he ought to get a gun and put her out of her "misery".
The man allegedly told the woman he had a Glock handgun in his back shed.
The woman feared she would not get out of the house alive and resolved to cooperate with her ex-partner so she might get an opportunity to leave, the documents said.
The man allegedly followed the woman around the house, to the toilet, and refused to let her close the door. The documents said he told her, "You won't be leaving the house until you're disfigured".
The man allegedly took the woman's bank card and walked with her to his car, before she ran down the street. The woman spoke to a neighbour, who called a taxi for her.
About 7.30pm the same day, the woman reported the alleged incident to police - the right side of her face was bloody, and she had bruising and abrasions on her face and body, the documents said.
Police arrested her ex-partner about 1.55am on February 9. The man told officers he was "coming down" from using the drug ice, the documents said.
On Monday, the man's defence lawyer told the ACT Magistrates Court he was the carer for his sister, and his daughter would struggle day-to-day if he was refused bail.
The defence lawyer said his client and his alleged victim had broken up late last year but had "unhappy contact" since.
He said it was likely the man's ex-partner burnt herself with the ice pipe on February 8. It had been some 10 years since the man had faced a similar allegation, the defence lawyer said.
Magistrate James Stewart said photos of the man's alleged victim showed she had bruising and abrasions "all over her" after the alleged incident. He refused the man bail on grounds including that he was at risk of endangering his ex-partner, and interfering with evidence.
The man is due to appear in court again in March, 2020.