Death threat stalker jailed

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - LUCY SMITH

A MAN who stalked his ex­part­ner and her new boyfriend and threat­ened to kill them will spend three months in jail.

The man, 28, pleaded guilty in Townsville Mag­is­trates Court to 14 of­fences in­clud­ing two counts of stalk­ing, three of wil­ful dam­age, break­ing into a home and us­ing a car­riage ser­vice to make a threat to kill.

On April 12, the man, who can­not by named for le­gal rea­sons, went to his ex- part­ner’s Bur­dell home and dam­aged their jointly- owned car with a crow­bar, dam­aged win­dow panes and broke into the house and stole doc­u­ments.

Mag­is­trate Peter Smid said the man on the fol­low­ing day threat­ened to kill the woman and her new part­ner. “They were not to know that you weren’t go­ing to carry out those threats. They would have been in great fear,” he said.

On June 3, the man breached bail and a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence or­der by mak­ing con­tact with his former part­ner, the mother of his five- year- old child.

De­fence so­lic­i­tor Tris­tan Car­los said the re­la­tion­ship broke down af­ter the still­birth of the cou­ple’s sec­ond child last year. “Fol­low­ing that, ( the man) had de­pres­sion, he had turned to drink­ing heav­ily over the pe­riod,” he said.

Mr Car­los said on the night of April 12, the man and his ex­part­ner had spo­ken about re­sum­ing their re­la­tion­ship.

“He has ini­tially gone around to the house to talk with her, to see if it could go any fur­ther,” he said. “That’s when he has seen the sec­ond ve­hi­cle in the drive­way.”

Mr Car­los said there was no vi­o­lence in­volved, and the stalk­ing was not pro­longed.

“This is cer­tainly out char­ac­ter for him,” he said.

Mr Smid said it was “quite un­der­stand­able” that the man had felt jeal­ous or angry.

“That sort of jeal­ousy is quite preva­lent, par­tic­u­larly I would sug­gest among men, but most of the men who are found in that po­si­tion con­tain that of anger or at least limit greater ex­tent than been able to,” he said.

“This would have put great fear in the minds of those two peo­ple who were, from where I’m sit­ting, in­no­cent vic­tims.”

Mr Smid on Wed­nes­day sen­tenced the man to 12 months in jail, sus­pended af­ter three months. He was fined $ 1000 for pos­sess­ing mar­i­juana and driv­ing dis­qual­i­fied. it to a you’ve

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