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