Drunk tex­ting is the cow­ard’s way, our mag­is­trate warns

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

PROSER­PINE Mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist told a man who sent of­fen­sive mes­sages on a mo­bile phone that this was the “cow­ard’s way”.

Ja­cob James Dun­ford was placed on a $1500 good be­hav­iour bond for two years and a pro­ba­tion or­der for 15 months af­ter plead­ing guilty to the Com­mon­wealth of­fence.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Smith said at 8.19pm on May 4, Dun­ford sent mes­sages via phone, one of which threat­ened a per­son’s fam­ily.

She said when po­lice caught up with him Dun­ford agreed they were “over the top” and shouldn’t have been sent.

Duty lawyer Cleo Re­wald said the 25-year-old had been “drunk tex­ting” and knew it would be hurt­ful but never in­tended to carry out the threats.

“This of­fence is un­fortu- nately be­com­ing very preva­lent be­cause it’s the cow­ard’s way,” Mr St­jern­qvist mused.

“It’s easy for you to just tap it out on the phone (but) you wouldn’t do it if you were stand­ing face to face with th­ese peo­ple – you wouldn’t have said it,” he said.

Mr St­jern­qvist noted Dun­ford had pre­vi­ously ap­peared in the South­port court and he warned him “you won’t get that le­niency up here”.

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