Mango menace has sentence reduced
AN Airlie Beach fruit and vegetable store owner who had a conversation with a stranger about mangoes, later copped threatening demands when she refused to sell his produce.
Raymond Noel Petersen, who has just had a three-year jail sentence cut in half, sent the 77-year-old woman a pallet of produce in 2012 without request.
When she told him it would be difficult for her to sell it, he embarked on a campaign of menacing and threatening phone calls, demanding payment for the produce he had supplied uninvited.
Peterson, 60, also threatened to damage her property if his demands were not met. In other offending, Peterson told a woman, who complained two chickens she bought from him were diseased, that he would slit the birds' throats if she returned them to him.
After a visit from the stock squad, he rang and told her she may have put her life in danger. Petersen also cut down two banana trees in his female neighbour's yard without permission and became verbally abusive when she confronted him.
He faced further charges against other women.
After an appeal last week, Judge Brian Harrison cut Petersen's sentence to 18 months jail and released him immediately on parole.
He said the offences were serious but Petersen effectively had a "crushing" sentence of four years to serve at least 16 months.
Judge Harrison said if all matters had been dealt with together, Petersen would have received a three-year sentence to serve one year so the change took in a totality principle.
"This case highlights why it is inadvisable to sentence people on a piecemeal basis," he said.