‘Give me another chance:’ Alleged stalker refused bail
A man who was unable to accept that his relationship with his partner had ended by allegedly sending her more than 100 emails has been refused bail.
Arlo Hugh Hay faced Maroochydore Magistrates Court on July 8 by video link, charged with unlawful stalking – domestic violence offence.
Duty lawyer Jason Todman told the court that the grounds for Hay’s bail application was that the communication between Hay and his former partner was mutual.
“He has a stable job within the community, he’s a construction work manager,” he said.
“He’s also in a shared care relationship with a child.”
Mr Todman admitted Hay’s history was “not great” but because the charge would need to be taken to District Court, he would be held in custody for a long time if not released on bail.
Police prosecutor Lee Allan opposed his bail application, stating that the allegations were serious in nature and Hay was likely to reoffend if released.
“The defendant believes the contact was wanted but my estimation is that there were 126 emails alone that had been sent by the defendant to the victim,” he said.
“This contact was certainly not encouraged or wanted. The defendant has sent flowers to the address which has been left on the driveway, as well as handwritten notes.
“That’s caused the victim to be considerably fearful, knowing that the defendant knows where she was.”
The court also heard Hay had allegedly asked the victim’s friends for her number and was waiting for the victim to arrive to her child custody handover, causing her significant anxiety.
“He also stated that he was seeing the victim’s uncle by the name of Baz where that uncle has been missing for 15 years,” Sen Constable Allan said.
The court heard on June 25, Hay allegedly attended the address of the victim’s new partner, and told him he was there to “sort something out” before eventually leaving.
“The defendant has a very, very serious DV history, there are a number of breaches within the past five years,” Sen Constable Allan said.
“The behaviour identifies him as an extreme, high risk DV perpetrator. The behaviours are fixated, causing the aggrieved genuine concern for her safety.”
“Please your Honour, give me another chance. I’ve gotten my life sorted out now,” Hay begged, with his hands fixed in a praying position.
“My Hay, you need to stop talking,” said Magistrate Rod Madsen.
Mr Madsen said the case made against him that there would be a significant risk of contacting the victim again was strong.
He refused his bail application.
“You’re an unacceptable risk of committing further offences,” he said.
Hay’s charges will be mentioned again on September 4.
“Please give me bail,” Hay pleaded as the video link shut off.