Pa­role for ex-lover Dig­i­tal hate flood leads of­fences in long crime spree

The Cairns Post - - NEWS - AN­DREA FALVO an­drea.falvo@news.com.au

A MAN who stalked his for­mer part­ner by send­ing him hun­dreds of “vul­gar and hate­ful” emails and text mes­sages dur­ing a three-year crime spree has been re­leased on pa­role.

Plead­ing guilty in the Cairns District Court yes­ter­day, Rod­ney James Jones was granted im­me­di­ate pa­role af­ter spend­ing more than 16 months in pre-sen­tence cus­tody and placed on three months’ pro­ba­tion.

The 43-year-old’s of­fend­ing started in April 2014 with fraud. He ob­tained a loan and bought a car worth more than $46,000 un­der the com­plainant’s iden­tity.

He also ap­plied for a credit card, a $1000 loan and bought two mo­bile phones us­ing the same com­plainant’s name.

Jones moved to Cairns from the Gold Coast in 2015. His of­fend­ing con­tin­ued and fea­tured un­law­ful stalk­ing of his for­mer part­ner Ian McGoul­rick, com­mon as­sault, steal­ing, pos­ses­sion of dan­ger­ous drugs and pipes or uten­sils, and fail­ure to ap­pear.

Crown Prose­cu­tor Nigel Rees said the most se­ri­ous of the of­fend­ing was the stalk­ing of­fences ... which was “pro­tracted and re­lent­less”.

So­lic­i­tor Roger Grif­fith said Jones’ “ma­jor aban­don­ment is­sues” stemmed from com­ing out as gay to his par­ents – who were strict mem­bers of the Mor­mon church – at the age of 19. He said a large por­tion of his of­fend­ing oc­curred af­ter re­la­tion­ships broke down.

The court heard that Jones had emailed and sent text mes­sages to McGoul­rick hun­dreds of times “us­ing hate­ful state­ments ... wish­ing him dead ... haunt­ing his ex­is­tence”.

In one three-day pe­riod he sent more than 200 texts, in­clud­ing 122 in just one day.

“He’s sin­gle and in­tends to re­main that way be­cause in his own words ‘his life is just less com­pli­cated’,” Mr Grif­fith said.

Judge Dean Mor­zone said Jones’ risk of re­of­fend­ing would re­main moder­ate to high un­til he could iden­tify and ad­dress the causes.

“The com­bi­na­tion of your threats and ha­rass­ing emails and texts and your pres­ence from time to time ... had a de­bil­i­tat­ing af­fect on the com­plainant,” he said.

Judge Mor­zone also ex­tended Jones’ do­mes­tic vi­o­lence or­der for five years.

HE’S SIN­GLE AND IN­TENDS TO RE­MAIN THAT WAY BE­CAUSE IN HIS OWN WORDS ‘HIS LIFE IS JUST LESS COM­PLI­CATED’

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