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Man threatens to kill and rape, orders $1000 of pizzas

COURT: A man made fake pizza orders to be delivered to a house.
COURT: A man made fake pizza orders to be delivered to a house. Mike Knott

A MAN ordered more than $1000 of pizzas to be delivered to a couple he was angry with and made a series of abusive and threatening phone calls to them, the Bundaberg Magistrates Court has been told.

Haydn Benjamin Shorten, 23, pleaded guilty to 10 attempted fraud charges, five fraud charges, two stalking charges, wilful damage, three charges of breaching bail, obstructing a police officer and committing a public nuisance.

Prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens told the court Shorten and some friends were on the balcony of a house in Burnett St shooting projectiles around the neighbourhood from a slingshot on December 26 last year.

One projectile went through the window of a house across the street.

The next day Shorten was back in Burnett St shouting abuse at the people who lived in the house, and made such a noise a police officer nearby went to investigate.

When he refused to calm down he was arrested and taken to the police station, where he refused to co-operate with police.

After he was released he began a series of threatening and abusive phone calls to the complainants, during which he threatened to rape and kill them.

He also ordered more than $1000 worth of pizzas to be delivered to their house.

Magistrate Deb Vasta told Shorten the couple had never done anything to him.

"You said some really scary and nasty things over the phone," she said.

On the stalking charge she sentenced him to the 54 days he had already served in jail.

On the other charges she sentenced him to probation for 12 months and 80 hours of community service and ordered he pay restitution.

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