Stalk­ing part­ner dealt a $2k fine

Court hears man set up dates for ex with­out her knowl­edge

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AN ISIS man who stalked his for­mer part­ner, cre­at­ing an on­line dat­ing pro­file in her name and or­der­ing adult di­a­pers to her home, has been fined $2000.

Stephen Roy Pick­ers­gill, 25, of Childers, stalked his ex-fi­ancée for al­most three months be­cause he was an­gry about the sep­a­ra­tion, the Childers Mag­is­trates Court heard.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Se­nior Con­sta­ble Hay­ley Glover told the court Pick­ers­gill ad­mit­ted to cre­at­ing a fake pro­file un­der his for­mer fi­ancée’s name on a dat­ing web­site, Plenty of Fish, and set up dates between the 23-year-old vic­tim and a num­ber of men.

Snr Const Glover said the vic­tim re­ceived mes­sages on her mo­bile phone from more than 26 men re­spond­ing to dat­ing re­quests and that “men she did not know kept turn­ing up at her home and work ad­dress to take her out on dates”, which had been ar­ranged by Pick­ers­gill through the web­site.

She said Pick­ers­gill, a mill em­ployee, had reg­is­tered the vic­tim’s de­tails on a num­ber of com­pa­nies’ web­sites and re­quested that sam­ple prod­ucts be sent to her ad­dress, in­clud­ing san­i­tary pads and adult di­a­pers.

The court heard Pick­ers­gill ad­mit­ted to cre­at­ing a Face­book page un­der the vic­tim’s name and in­vited guests to a birth­day party at her friend’s ad­dress, as well as ap­ply­ing for a job on the vic­tim’s be­half with­out her knowl­edge.

Snr Const Glover said the vic­tim stated “strange things kept hap­pen­ing at

Mag­is­trate Gary Fin­ger What you in­flicted on the poor woman was atro­cious.

her house, such as the hot wa­ter sys­tem be­ing turned off and her cloth­ing be­ing taken from the clothes line”.

“This behaviour had caused her se­ri­ous an­guish and up­set her greatly,” the pros­e­cu­tor said.

“She was also con­cerned about go­ing about her ev­ery­day life and go­ing to work be­cause she didn’t know what might hap­pen next.”

Pick­ers­gill, who rep­re­sented him­self, pleaded guilty to stalk­ing and told the court he had “a small case of de­pres­sion”.

He told court he had re­lo­cated to Childers from Toowoomba to dis­tance him­self from his for­mer part­ner.

In sen­tenc­ing Pick­ers­gill, Mag­is­trate Gary Fin­ger told the 25-year-old his ac­tions were “atro­cious”.

“You should be ashamed of your­self,” he told Pick­ers­gill.

“Your behaviour and what you in­flicted on the poor woman was atro­cious. You keep talk­ing about your men­tal state but I can guar­an­tee you her men­tal state would be im­mea­sur­ably more than yours.

“She won’t tol­er­ate it, the court won’t tol­er­ate it and the com­mu­nity won’t tol­er­ate it.”

Mag­is­trate Fin­ger ad­vised Pick­ers­gill that it was “time to move on”.

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