A Clunes man allegedly held a knife to his ex-partner's throat, saying he would gut her, during a terrifying incident two weeks ago, a court has been told.
Police allege the 29-year-old man stabbed the victim's car tyres to prevent her from leaving her address before making the threats on April 6.
Carl Murray unsuccessfully applied for bail at the Ballarat Magistrates Court on Tuesday, because he failed to show exceptional circumstances.
The court was told Murray attended his former partner's house, outside Ballarat, where he accused her of being unfaithful.
During the altercation, he allegedly lifted the woman off the ground with his hands around her throat, held the knife to her throat saying "I will just gut you", and gestured he would go for her dog.
Police opposed Murray's application for bail because they believed he was an unacceptable risk of re-offending.
They told the court the complainant was terrified for her safety and scared Murray would return to her address if he was released on bail.
Defence lawyer Manny Brennan said his client did not have a history of family violence, the making threats to kill charge was weak, he could provide a surety, he was progressing on a court order and there would be a delay in the case.
But magistrate Barry Schultz said these submissions did not demonstrate exceptional circumstances.
"There is an unacceptable risk the accused will commit further offences and endanger the safety and welfare of any member of the community, particularly the complainant," Mr Schultz said.
He refused bail and remanded Murray in custody until May. He has been charged with making threats to kill.
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