Former lover in text tirade

A MAROOCHYDORE man sent more than 500 voice and text messages to his former de facto during a two-year campaign of fear and harassment.

During the text tirade, the man vowed to get the woman even if he went to jail and to take her out into the bush, shut her up and rape her.

Maroochydore District Court heard yesterday that one of the messages the man sent indicated that he was following her when she was at a pub.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Melissa Campbell said the man also created a Facebook account under a bogus name to befriend the woman.

The stalking began after the breakdown of the couple's six-year relationship.

The man's behaviour twice breached domestic violence orders.

Snr Const Campbell said it would have been "quite terrifying for the victim to think he's out there behaving that way towards her".

The man, 46, was sentenced to a year's jail yesterday for stalking the woman but will be due for release in a month's time thanks to parole and 89 days already spent in custody.

He pleaded guilty to a total of seven charges, including unlawful use of a motor vehicle after a strange incident at a shopping centre in which he moved a woman's car with her teenager daughter inside after a collision at a carpark.

The defendant's solicitor, Mark McAuley, had sought the man's immediate release, saying there seemed little point in sending him to jail for a few more weeks.

Mr McAuley said that although the man's behaviour was disturbing, there was no evidence of any physical violence towards his former partner.

But Magistrate John Hodgins said he saw no reason why the man should be released on parole before having served the standard one-third of his sentence.

Mr Hodgins said the man had intimidated and terrified the woman.

"You've probably achieved your purpose if it's going to have a lasting effect on her life,'' he said.


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