NEIGHBOURS used wheelie bins to push a man who was armed with a machete away from a woman after he began attacking her with the blade, a Brisbane court has been told.
The man pleaded not guilty to the attempted murder of a woman at Wacol on September 10, 2015, when his trial began in the Brisbane Supreme Court today. But he pleaded guilty to other charges including dangerous operation of a vehicle, going armed so as to cause fear, and unlawful wounding.
The woman was left with a 6cm gash down to her skull.
In her opening address, the crown prosecutor said the woman had dropped her adult children at the train station and was driving back home when she spotted a silver car cross to her side of the road.
She tried to manoeuvre her car, however he steered to remain in front before she ultimately stopped and he collided head-on, the court heard.
The woman then jumped out of the car and ran barefoot towards nearby houses, screaming for help, the court was told.
The trial heard neighbours saw the man go to the boot of his own vehicle, grab a machete and set off after her.
The woman recalled being struck in the back of the head, the shoulder and falling to the ground, the court was told.
"The defendant's attack on [her] ended with the intervention of a number of neighbours who threw items at him … and ultimately used their wheelie bins to push him away from [her]," the crown prosecutor said, holding up a machete for the jury.
"They then took her away to keep her safe before the arrival of police and ambulance."
The defence barrister told the jury it was a "very difficult case".
"He has pleaded guilty to every physical act he did," he said.
"The case is about whether [when] he struck her, he intended she would die … or suffer [grievous bodily harm]."
The trial continues.
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