Women sends threat­en­ing texts in anger

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A WOMAN has told a court she was pro­voked into send­ing threat­en­ing text mes­sages to a for­mer part­ner about his new girl­friend.

On April 19, San­dra Jane Neill sent text mes­sages threat­en­ing to set the woman’s home on fire with a molo­tov cock­tail and kill her.

The mes­sages were sent to the for­mer part­ner, who felt con­cerned and re­ported them to po­lice on April 21.

On Mon­day, Neill ap­peared in the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court where she pleaded guilty to the charge of us­ing a car­riage ser­vice to make a threat to cause se­ri­ous harm.

Duty solic­i­tor Sher­rie Meade said the 39-year-old never had any in­ten­tion of car­ry­ing out the threats.

Ms Meade said Neill and the for­mer part­ner had once owned a ve­hi­cle to­gether, which was in her name.

Ms Meade told the court there had been a dis­agree­ment about the car and Neill had ac­tu­ally meant to text that it was this she had set on fire.

“She was pushed to the limit,” Ms Meade said.

“(But) she ac­cepts the fact that she sent the text mes­sages.”

Mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist con­ceded there was an el­e­ment of provo­ca­tion, but said it did not jus­tify the of­fend­ing.

He said in this in­stance Neill’s of­fend­ing could pos­si­bly be cat­e­gorised as be­ing of a “triv­ial na­ture”.

Of­fend­ing of this na­ture was not usu­ally con­sid­ered as triv­ial, the court was told.

She was placed on a $1500 12-month good be­hav­iour bond and no con­vic­tion was recorded.

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