Police allege a Golden Square man sculled a bottle of wine and sharpened a large kitchen knife before taking the blade to his former partner’s house and threatening to kill her and her four young daughters with it.
The man, 44, allegedly kicked the oldest girl, 12, in the stomach when she tried to shield her mother from the attack.
He was arrested immediately after the incident, in the early hours of August 30, and was originally charged with false imprisonment and aggravated burglary.
Since then police have laid several more charges including multiple counts of unlawful assault and making threats to kill.
The man appeared in the Magistrates Court yesterday, successfully applying for bail. Police opposed the application on the ground he was at high risk of re-offending.
Detective Fisher said the man had told police he was “power drinking” beer and a bottle of wine before he left with the knife.
The man’s defence lawyer Linda White said her client was prepared to stick to bail conditions if released.
She said her client would be contesting at least some of the charges and would face a long wait for a trial date in custody. Magistrate Richard Wright accepted this argument.
The man was bailed with several conditions including regular reporting to police.
A committal mention was listed for November 28.