A Rutherford woman accused of attempting to slit her neighbour’s throat was refused bail in Newcastle District Court.
Christine Reed, 61, appeared in court on Thursday where she was refused bail and taken into custody.
The court heard that Reed was living in a Justine Parade duplex for several years where it is alleged she was abusive toward her 63-year-old neighbour.
Police said on March 8, Reed told her neighbour “You’ll be dead” as she was leaving her home.
When she returned, Reed hit the neighbour in the head with a brick and lunged at her stomach with a large knife, the court heard.
The woman allegedly struggled to grab the knife from Reed, causing
damage to the tendons in her fingers.
During the struggle Reed is accused of attempting stab her neighbour a second time, holding back her hair and slashing at her throat.
A third person arrived at the scene and took the knife from Reed, who told police her neighbour was the aggressor.
Reed pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
She was excused from appearing in court on April 19 when a date is
expected to be set down for trial.