Death threat stalker jailed
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