A man accused of threatening to kill a child and stabbing a woman's dogs in an unprovoked neighbourhood attack was refused bail in the ACT Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
Mark Anthony Davis, 45, had pleaded not guilty to nine charges after the incident on July 3, in which police allege Mr Davis threatened to kill a child playing in a Charnwood cul-de-sac, before storming into a woman's home, choking her and stabbing her two dogs which had chased Mr Davis from the house.
Police documents tendered in court said Mr Davis approached three children playing on the street, and asked why they were hanging around "the junkies' place".
One of the children told Mr Davis to leave the group alone before Mr Davis pulled out a knife and said, "I'm going to stab you, I'm going to kill you, I've had issues with you" and "why are you still here?", the police documents alleged.
The woman, who lived next door to the children, heard Mr Davis, who she had known for more than a decade, yelling at the children on the street, the documents said.
Police alleged Mr Davis then ran towards the woman, yelling "I'll kill you junkie bitch" while holding a flick knife. After forcing his way into the woman's house, Mr Davis was attacked by the woman's medium-sized dogs, court documents said.
Police alleged Mr Davis punched the woman multiple times before dragging her from her front porch. Then, in a struggle, Mr Davis is alleged by police to have stabbed the woman's dogs before the woman used Mr Davis' knife to stab him in the legs and free herself.
The documents said the woman's dogs required emergency veterinary care.
Mr Davis was arrested after contacting the ACT Ambulance Service to report he had been bitten by a dog, documents tendered in court said.
Mr Davis' defence lawyer, Paul Edmonds, said Mr Davis denied having a knife and mobile phone footage relied on by the prosecution neither showed a knife nor the full incident.
Mr Edmonds, in making an application for bail, said the allegations were very serious and inexplicable but Mr Davis had not made any attempt to contact the woman or children and the prosecution case relied solely on uncorroborated testimony.
Magistrate Glenn Theakston refused bail and said it was inexplicable why the attack occurred and he could not be sure Mr Davis did not pose a risk to the wider community.
"It's not clear whether the risk is just to the complainant or whether it extends to the community at large," Mr Theakston said.
Mr Davis will next appear in court in September.