Christopher Pendlebury was refused bail in Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Friday.
Christopher Pendlebury was refused bail in Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Friday.

‘Violent’ man locked up over alleged threats to kill

A dad with a "disturbing criminal history" will remain behind bars for allegedly holding a knife to a man and threatening to slit his throat.

Christopher Pendlebury, 50, decided it was time to face the music and surrender himself to Queensland police after fleeing to Western Australia.

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Pendlebury pleaded guilty by video link in Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Friday to breaching bail conditions and failing to appear in court.

The court heard Pendlebury moved to Western Australia and was working at a cattle farm, despite having bail reporting conditions in Queensland.

He surrendered himself to Queensland police on Tuesday.

Magistrate Matthew McLaughlin sentenced him four months in jail, wholly suspended for one year.

Pendlebury faces further charges of fraud, disqualified driving and common assault.

He is yet to enter pleas for those charges.

Pendlebury's solicitor Neesha Maidwell said he would be applying for bail.

Police prosecutor Stephen Potter opposed the bail application, taking into account the seriousness of the charges.

The court heard the common assault charge involved Pendlebury and another man known to him getting into an argument.

"The defendant (allegedly) picked up a 10cm long knife from the dining table," Sergeant Potter said.

"The defendant has then (allegedly) got in the victim's face and held the knife against the victim's throat."

The court heard Pendlebury allegedly started yelling at the victim, saying "don't talk behind my f------ back or I'll slit your f------ throat."

The court heard other occupants of the home told him to stop and police were called.

"He stated (to police) he only wanted to scare the victim," Sgt Potter said.

The court heard Pendlebury had also allegedly cashed in two stolen cheques to the value of $500 and $5000.

Sgt Potter told the court Pendlebury made admissions to police that he knew the cheques weren't his to cash in.

The court heard Pendlebury also made agreements with a buyer in Lawnton to buy his car for $7000.

"The defendant asked the victim if he could take the ute for a test drive," Sgt Potter said.

Pendlebury didn't return.

The court heard he was allegedly found by police near Birdsville, driving while disqualified.

Ms Maidwell told the court Pendlebury had full time work and was now on the right path.

"He surrendered voluntarily, he clearly had up a wake-up call," Ms Maidwell said.

The court heard Pendlebury had three children.

Mr McLaughlin said the evidence against Pendlebury for his charges was overwhelming.

"Mr Pendlebury has a very disturbing criminal history, he's a violent, recidivist offender," he said.

"There can be no doubt in my view that if the defendant is convicted of these offences he will be facing a significant term in actual jail.

"Looking at his history, the only argument will be how long will he go to jail for."

Mr McLaughlin said Pendlebury was a very difficult man to get before the court.

He refused the bail application.

The charges were adjourned to November 16.


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