Man accused of threatening to behead woman, child with sword in Canberra

A MAN has allegedly threatened to behead a woman and a child with a sword during a terrifying domestic violence-related siege at a house in Canberra.

Police were called to the house in the Tuggeranong suburb of Wanniassa around 1.30am on Saturday after the 28-year-old man allegedly flew into a fit of rage and threatened to behead his partner and her five-year-old daughter.

According to the ABC, the man allegedly swung the weapon at the pair but instead struck the kitchen bench.


The hostile man allegedly confronted police when they arrived before barricading himself inside and refusing to surrender. It’s alleged the man further threatened to burn down the house.

Officers kicked down the door after hearing a woman and young children inside the house, screaming for help.

Once inside, officers found the woman, her five-year-old daughter and the man’s two daughters, aged three and seven, in a “terrified state”, the ABC reported.

Police later found the man hiding under a bed. He was tasered and pepper sprayed after allegedly lashing out at officers as they dragged him from the house and into a police van.

The 28-year-old man appeared in the ACT Magistrates Court on Saturday morning where he was refused bail.

The court heard the man had been in a relationship with the woman for a month and the pair only moved in together two weeks ago.

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