Alleged stalker seeks bail

A 21-YEAR-OLD woman allegedly stalked an elderly man, following him in a car as he rode his bike home and pursuing him into bushes as he tried to hide from her, a court was told.

Simmone Eileen Norgrove, of Bundaberg, is charged with three offences, including breaching bail and unlawful stalking, and applied for bail for a second time yesterday in Bundaberg Magistrates Court.

But police prosecutor Sergeant Robyn Shapcott opposed bail, saying the defendant may pose a risk to her alleged victims and the community if released from custody.

“In just over a year, she has amassed 12 offences of that (stalking) nature,” Sgt Shapcott said.

Police allege that about 5pm on October 2, a 70-year-old man rode his bike from his Walker Street home to a chemist in the CBD.

Upon leaving the shop, he allegedly found Norgrove holding his bicycle.

She then told him: “You don’t care about me. You only care about yourself.”

The man left the scene on his bike and Norgrove allegedly followed him in her Ford Laser, driving past, then slowing down and tailing him.

Sgt Shapcott said the man hid in some bushes to escape Norgrove, who found him there and urged him not to contact the police as he tried to radio his wife.

When the man tried to ride away, Norgrove allegedly grabbed his shirt and then the back of the bike to stop him from leaving.

Once he escaped, she allegedly followed him home.

Sgt Shapcott said the man’s family was involved in two previous stalking offences at the hands of Norgrove.

“It is a concern that her behaviour is ever increasing,” the prosecutor said.

“She was given bail for two stalking offences in September and five days later this happened.”

Defence lawyer Thomas Bray said Norgrove’s circumstances had changed since her last application for bail.

Mr Bray said the woman had already spent three weeks in custody and now had family support, which she did not previously have.

The bail hearing will continue today after a short overnight adjournment to try to get a basic mental health assessment of the defendant.

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