Ipswich Magistrates Court
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Woman in court for stalking child abuse 'suspect'

A WOMAN who called and texted a man more than 50 times in 21 minutes accusing him of child abuse and being a pedophile has been placed on probation.

Kylie Maree Pennell, 29, pleaded guilty at the Ipswich Magistrates Court to unlawful stalking.

On October 24 last year in Wulkuraka a man Pennell knew through his wife turned his phone off when he went to sleep.

When he turned his phone on in the morning he had received 26 text messages and 26 phone calls from Pennell.

The majority of the messages were insulting him and accusing him of being a pedophile and a child abuser. He contacted the police who arrested Pennell.

She admitted to sending the messages and said they were sent to annoy the man who she had a long-running dispute with.

The court heard there had been no communication between the two since the night and Pennell had no criminal history.

Defence lawyer Richard Zande said Pennell was embarrassed by her actions.

"She's very sorry for what was said," he said.

Mr Zande said while the offences were serious they were at the lower end of the charge.

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess said Pennell's behaviour had been "unacceptable."

She said accusing someone of being a pedophile was "a pretty horrible thing to say to anyone".

Magistrate Sturgess said name calling wasn't the proper avenue if she thought the man was actually committing offences.

"If you genuinely think someone is involved in criminal conduct you tell the police about it," she said.

Magistrate Sturgess placed Pennell on a 12-month probation order for supervision.

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