Stalker made victim ‘sick with nerves’
A SOLICITOR who was stalked by her next-door neighbour over almost three years has told of her ongoing fear of him, and of feeling “sick with nerves’’ wondering what he would do next.
In a court victim impact statement, Arna Duetz (pictured) said she felt she could never escape from “bogan’’ builder Steven Tarasiuk, who will spend five months in jail for stalking her.
Mrs Duetz, who sold Tarasiuk a block of land next to her family’s riverside Ivy St, Indooroopilly home, said she feared for her own and her family’s safety.
She said she felt unable to use her outdoor areas when he was around – even to check the letterbox – and believed a CCTV camera on his house had been focused on her bedroom.
“I felt that I could never escape him, even in the privacy of my own home,’’ she said.
The stalking began after she and another neighbour made complaints about his homebuilding project. Eventually, both neighbours felt forced to sell their homes.
Mrs Duetz told Brisbane District Court when she was in her yard he would cough and say “bitch’’ and there was evidence that he called her an “ugly f***ing dog bitch’’.
“Tarasiuk appeared to target me personally with his erratic behaviour,’’ Mrs Duetz said in her victim statement. “He constantly belittled me, frightened me and made me feel very vulnerable.’’ She said she found his presence on his building site after dark particularly frightening, as she was often home alone. “I would feel physically sick with nerves whenever I drove into our street, dreading what he would do next,’’ she said. On Friday, Tarasiuk, who was found guilty of stalking Mrs Duetz but not guilty of stalking his other ex-neighbour, David Coates, was sentenced to 15 months’ jail, suspended after five months. Judge Dearden imposed a 10-year restraining order barring him from contact with Mrs Duetz, Mr Coates and their families.