The qualified private pilot and businessman was granted bail.
The qualified private pilot and businessman was granted bail. John Weekes

Pilot accused of 'quite extreme' violence on woman

A CHINCHILLA businessman allegedly flew some 250km to stake out a woman's home before threatening her with a knife, according to court documents.

Benjamin Mark George Boodle, a qualified pilot, allegedly donned gloves before holding a knife to the woman's throat in her Goondiwindi home. 

The woman, known to Mr Boodle, was watching TV last October when she saw "a hand reach over her shoulder from behind", according to documents lodged in Brisbane Supreme Court for the man's bail application.

"She complains that this hand aggressively grabbed her around the chest and at that time she felt something against her throat," a police court brief stated. 

The person then said "c---" and the woman realised it was Mr Boodle, the court file added. 

"I started to scream hysterically," the woman said in a court document. 

She alleged Mr Boodle replied "Stop screaming or I will cut you" as he held a knife to her throat. 

"He was wearing some type of glasses, maybe safety glasses, on his face," she added. 

Mr Boodle, 36, said in a bail application he planned to contest the charges and the alleged circumstances.

Police alleged CCTV showed Mr Boodle waiting in his vehicle outside the woman's house, then jumping a fence to get access to the back of the home. 

He allegedly demanded the woman hand over her iPhone, which was later found with damage police claimed was consistent with a vehicle driving over it. 

Mr Boodle was arrested at Chinchilla, sought legal advice and declined to be interviewed.

Mr Boodle was charged with intentionally entering a dwelling while armed and using actual violence, unlawful wounding, and robbery while armed and using personal violence.

An orthopedic surgeon said the woman's injuries included tendon lacerations. 

The allegations if true would mean "quite extreme domestic violence", Justice Peter Davis said in a bail hearing late last year. 

At a later hearing, on January 15, Justice Glenn Martin agreed to vary bail conditions. 

Mr Boodle was ordered to report to police once a week, down from three times a week. 

A court heard qualified private pilot Mr Boodle ran a Chinchilla firm employing 36 people and argued that if he was not given bail these jobs could be at risk.

According to court documents, his company had a hangar and "business presence" in Goondiwindi.

Mr Boodle is next due in Dalby Magistrates Court on February 27. -NewsRegional


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