Stalker ar­rested in undies

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRISTIE AN­DER­SON

A MAN was found asleep in his un­der­wear in the bed of a woman he was in­fat­u­ated with, a court has heard.

Michael John Blanch, 54, was fined $ 500 for un­law­ful stalk­ing in Townsville Mag­is­trates Court yesterday.

Po­lice Pros­e­cu­tor Se­nior Con­sta­ble Rachel Wa­ters said the woman found Blanch asleep in her bed at her Ju­lia Creek home on June 3.

“The com­plainant has gone into the bed­room and found the per­son sleep­ing in her room,” she said.

“When po­lice ar­rived she was stand­ing out­side and vis­i­bly dis­tressed.”

Po­lice re­moved the blan­ket from the man and dis­cov­ered he was only wear­ing his un­der­wear.

The court heard it fol­lowed an ear­lier in­ci­dent on June 1 when Blanch June 2.

She had as­sumed he must have had car trou­bles and was seek­ing help un­til he told her he was just say­ing hello.

The pair were ac­quain­tances and had mu­tual friends but the woman told po­lice she didn’t know the man well.

De­fence so­lic­i­tor Trevor Bal­dock said his client had no crim­i­nal history and had de­vel­oped an in­fat­u­a­tion with the woman.

He said Blanch had now re­lo­cated to Townsville and was plan­ning on see­ing a psy­chi­a­trist as he was suf­fer­ing from black­outs.

Mag­is­trate Peter Smid said the stalk­ing was “sad” and “pa­thetic”.

He also im­posed a two- year re­strain­ing or­der ban­ning Blanch from hav­ing any con­tact with the woman. the woman found in­side her home on

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