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Woman tied to car, dragged, court told
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A Mt Barker man allegedly subjected his partner to a terrifying ordeal, tying her by the neck to his car and driving around their property - in front of their teenage son - in the days before he was accused of ramming her car off a busy Albany road.

Details of allegations that Mark Frederick Burt pursued his partner's vehicle at speed before ramming it off the highway and causing it to roll twice emerged during a bail application for the 45-year-old in the Albany Magistrate's Court yesterday.

Mr Burt, who appeared via video link from Albany Regional Prison, is facing charges including three counts of breaching a violence restraining order, driving without a licence, reckless driving, unlawful assault and four counts of intent to harm his partner of 28 years.

The court was told that over four consecutive days from June 6, Mr Burt carried out acts endangering the life and safety of his partner, including a threat to hang her from a tree.

Police prosecutor Sgt Nicole Mizen said the alleged victim was forced into Mr Burt's car on the night of June 6 and driven to a spot about 20km east of Rocky Gully, where he allegedly tied a noose around her neck, threw the rope slack across a tree branch and tied the end to his bull bar.

It is alleged he then continually reversed the car, causing the victim to be lifted to the tips of her toes. The court was told that on June 9 Mr Burt's partner was again tied to his car by the neck with a length of rope as he drove around their Mt Barker property at "jogging pace" while allegedly shouting "don't stop or I'll go faster".

A statement from the couple's 18-year-old son, was read to the court by Magistrate Tanya Watt.

The statement said the teenager saw his father dragging his mother behind a Holden Commodore ute. "I thought Dad was going to kill Mum, I left a note and said I'm leaving," it said.

Mr Burt's behaviour allegedly escalated on June 16. He is accused of when seeing his partner driving a small car on Albany Highway in Orana, pursuing her and ramming the car.

Mr Burt applied for bail on the grounds he had to clean up a property which had recently been sold, but the application was denied by Ms Watt.

Mr Burt will reappear in court on October 2.

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