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Pair face attempted murder charge

A MAN and woman fled to Tweed Heads and Byron Bay after allegedly trying to murder a man in Brisbane, a court has heard.

Neil Alan Simpson and Toni Maree Prestidge are accused of bashing Patrick Francis Fein in a Stafford apartment, fracturing his face with a baton, cutting his throat and stabbing him four times.

They are facing a trial in Brisbane Supreme Court after pleading not guilty to attempting to murder the man or, in the alternative, doing acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm.

Crown prosecutor Todd Fuller told the jury he aimed to prove Prestidge, 48, lured Fein to her apartment with the promise of drugs and sex but had plans to harm him on January 18 last year.

He said Fein and Prestidge had been a couple previously but their relationship ended suddenly after an argument.

Mr Fuller said Prestidge sent a series of text messages to Fein telling him how much she needed him, that Simpson was holding her hostage and she wanted him to fulfil her fantasies, including offering a threesome.

He said Fein had managed to escape, with blood spurting from him, to find traffic controllers who called authorities.

Mr Fuller said Simpson and Prestidge had caught a taxi to get away from the bloody scene they had caused and then fled to Tweed Heads.

He said they then moved to Kingscliff, Pottsville and Byron Bay, buying camping gear to survive while on the run with Prestidge's young son.

Simpson, who was arrested in a Byron Bay sandwich shop on January 25, denied he was at the apartment during the assault.

He claims he returned to the unit, saw the mess and left again, later running into Prestidge at Toombul when they decided to go to NSW.

Prestidge, who turned herself into Tweed Heads police station the next day, claimed Simpson was "a hitman that had been brought in to kill her and her child".

The trial continues.

Topics:  attempted murder, court



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