A man followed his former partner after seeing her with another man, allegedly punched her to the head and rammed the back of their car, causing it to flip and hit a tree, a court has heard.
Police understand the woman remains in hospital with serious injuries and is facing months of rehabilitation ahead to regain her ability to walk.
Accused man Connan Ladigers made a self-represented application for bail at the Ballarat Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.
The police informant said the alleged incident happened on December 17, 2020 about 1.30am when Ladigers followed his former partner, who he had been in an on and off relationship with for several months, after seeing her with another man.
The court heard Ladigers followed the pair in their car to a petrol station in Golden Point, pulled up beside them and allegedly punched the woman to the side of the head through an open window.
The police informant said the woman became incoherent, was shocked and dazed and was unable to put her seatbelt on.
She and the man she was with saw Ladigers pull what looked like a machete out and allegedly throw it at the car, causing sparks when it hit the car and the ground.
The police informant said the male victim was in fear of further assault so drove at Ladigers' vehicle attempting to disable it.
The court heard Ladigers drove after the victims at high speed and allegedly hit the back of their car two times.
The police informant said the second nudge caused the victims' car to hit a gutter, flip, become airborne and hit a tree.
The court heard the woman did not have her seatbelt on at the time.
Ladigers allegedly fled the scene and did not call triple zero, leaving them trapped inside the car.
The woman suffered seven fractures to her pelvis, a punctured lung and fractured ribs and the male victim suffered minor injuries.
Police attended Ladigers' home that evening and he violently resisted arrest. He was released without charge as statements from the victims had not yet been taken.
Statements were later taken and CCTV footage obtained and Ladigers surrendered himself to the police station on Monday.
The court heard Ladigers was on bail at the time of the alleged offending and police were concerned he would seriously harm or kill the victims if he was released on bail.
The police informant said it was concerning Ladigers had put other road users at risk with his reckless behaviour.
The court heard Ladigers had been previously convicted for stalking a different victim.
Representing himself, Ladigers said he worked as a furniture removalist, required treatment for anxiety and depression and would live with his boss if he was granted bail.
Magistrate Letizia Torres said she considered the alleged offending was extremely serious and had caused the female victim to suffer injury.
She said she took into account the strong prosecution case, the relevant criminal history, the fact he was on bail at the time and that she was told by the police informant both victims were terrified.
Ms Torres refused bail and said she was not satisfied compelling reasons had been shown.
Ladigers will return to court later in January.
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