Women sends threatening texts in anger
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.