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A woman alleged to have been brutally bashed by her former bikie partner on the Gold Coast on Tuesday is not expected to live, police have said.
Tara Brown's estranged partner, former Bandido Lionel Patea, also 24, was charged with her attempted murder on Wednesday, a day after he allegedly ran the mother of his young daughter off the road in suburban Molendinar and bashed her with a metal object while she was trapped in the car.
Lionel Patea and Tara Brown in 2013. Photo: Facebook
The incident came less than a week after the young mother sought a domestic violence order against him, following a volatile, on and off relationship.
Gold Coast Criminal Investigation Branch Detective Inspector Brian Swan said Mr Patea was charged at a bedside hearing at the Gold Coast University Hospital, where he was admitted on Tuesday with stab wounds believed to have been self-inflicted.
He has been remanded in custody.
Former Bandidos member Lionel Patea. Photo: Facebook
Inspector Swan said Ms Brown's chances of surviving were grim.
"The condition of the victim is unchanged, she is still in a critical condition, however, the advice we have been given by medical staff is they don't expect her to survive her injuries," Inspector Swan said.
He said the charge of attempted murder would likely be upgraded to murder in the event of the mother-of-one's death.
Inspector Swan said Ms Brown had dropped her young daughter at a Nerang child care facility about 8.30am Tuesday, when she found Patea waiting for her in the car park.
He said there was believed to have been another violent incident between the pair at a set of traffic lights between Nerang and Molendinar prior to Mr Patea allegedly running Ms Brown's black Mazda 2 off the road in Macquarie Avenue, Molendinar.
He is then alleged to have repeatedly bashed her with a metal object when she was trapped in her overturned vehicle.
Inspector Swan said she had not regained consciousness and urged anyone in Nerang or Molendinar who may have seen the pair on Tuesday morning to contact police or CrimeStoppers.
He said Mr Patea was driving a black Jeep.
"We haven't been able to speak with Tara, we can only surmise she was trying to get away from him," he said.
"We are treating it as domestic related ... My understanding is the relationship had been on and off for some time before yesterday.
"There was a temporary protection order in place, issued last week."
Inspector Swan said police will allege in court that Mr Patea fled the scene in a stolen ute, believed to belong to Gold Coast City Council.
He is then alleged to have stabbed himself multiple times in the chest and stomach before driving himself to Coomera police station where he turned himself in.
A knife was found in the ute, Inspector Swan said.
Mr Patea was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital where he is expected to remain for some days.
In addition to attempted murder, Mr Patea faces three further driving charges, including unlawful use of a car, attempted unlawful use of a car and dangerous driving.
The 24-year-old is a former sergeant-at-arms with the Bandidos criminal motorcycle gang.
Speaking before charges were laid, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said domestic violence shattered lives and families.
"I think everybody is completely shocked and appalled at that happening to anyone in our community," she said.
"I think it highlights domestic violence is real, it's happening out there, and it can lead to tragic circumstances."
Ms Palaszczuk said a specialist court recommended by the domestic violence taskforce was already operating on the Gold Coast, with two more to follow.
But she said she wouldn't play politics with the issue in regards to the alleged links with an outlaw bikie gang.
"This is a tragic domestic violence incident, my understanding is the young woman is fighting for her life at the moment," she said.
"All of those matters will be fully investigated... I'm sure the man involved will face the full consequences of the law."