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