LISTEN: Knife man caught 'hiding' under leaves

AN ACCUSED stalker armed with a long-bladed knife was arrested by police in his ex-girlfriend's backyard as he tried to hide under a pile of leaves.

Quick thinking neighbours called Gladstone police when they saw an intruder lurking in the woman's yard.

Verdun Ling, 43, is accused of being in her yard on January 18 and has been refused bail by Gladstone magistrate Penelope Hay.

The court heard Ling was known to police after being involved in a police siege at Bundaberg in September 2013.

Ling was arrested on Monday afternoon and charged with the burglary of $4000 from a safe; unlawful stalking; possession of a knife in public; serious assault/obstruction of a police officer; and wilful damage.

Prosecutor Sgt Barry Stevens said police opposed bail because Ling was a risk and had been involved in a 2 ½ hour stand-off with Bundaberg police in an incident that also involved knives.

LISTEN: Court reporter Ross Irby explains the case


He said Ling was convicted of obstructing police.

Police allege Ling had now stalked a woman in Gladstone who he dated for a few weeks.

Sgt Stevens alleges Ling left envelopes with notes "threatening suicide" at the woman's house between January 8 and 19, and continued harassing her by leaving voice mails and going to her house.

As Ling sat quietly in the dock looking older than his 43 years, Sgt Stevens questioned his "mindset" by thinking he could hide in leaves.

He said Ling also struck out at officers.

"He was armed with a knife and police allege he broke into the house on January 9 and stole $4000 cash from a safe by using an angle grinder," Sgt Stevens said.

"It shows planning execution and he got away with it despite it being noisy.

"He damaged a screen when he stabbed it and damaged a lap top."

Sgt Stevens said police also opposed bail because Ling was staying in a motel and known to have a drug habit.

"There is no doubt this is a very concerning case. It would be very hard to structure bail conditions that would give peace of mind to the victim," he said.

"He is at risk of committing offences and shows a long pattern of stalking and is capable of being dangerous.

"It was fortunate that police attended when he was found hiding in leaves with a knife."

Duty lawyer Jun Pepito said Ling earns $2000 a week as a rigger and had seen the woman for over three months before they broke up.

He said Lin if bailed would receive medical assistance with his mental health and abide by bail conditions.

Ms Hay said the blade of the knife was 20cm long.

She said Ling received a jail term with immediate parole for the siege in Bundaberg.

She stated that no granting of bail was ever risk-free and she would refuse his bail application.

"So I'm not allowed out your honour," was the only comment Ling made.

His case was adjourned to March.



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