Stalker gets jail sentence

A MAN who breached his probation by stalking an ex-girlfriend was sentenced to jail by a Bundaberg magistrate yesterday.

The 39-year-old Walkervale man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to one charge of unlawful stalking, which occurred over a one-year period.

The court heard the defendant began offending on August 5, 2009, when he went to the home of his former partner of five years and began “yelling and screaming” at the woman to let him inside.

Police Prosecutor Senior Constable Fiona Ward said the man almost ripped the locked metal door from the hinges before police arrived.

On February 23, the man spent about two hours banging on the windows and doors of the same home while yelling abuse at the woman.

On March 9, about 5.45pm, the woman arrived home to find items including pot plants, an outdoor setting, a lawnmower and rocks, taken from her backyard and placed on her front porch along with a red rose jammed into the door.

The man made further threats and attended the house about eight more times between August 5, 2009 and July 15, 2010, when he was arrested. He has been held in custody since.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts sentenced him to two months' jail with 30 months probation, declaring 26 days of imprisonment already served, for the stalking charge. He was also given one month concurrent jail time for breaching probation.



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