Kimberley Hopkins-Slatter pleaded guilty in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court.
Kimberley Hopkins-Slatter pleaded guilty in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court.

‘I’ll come punch you:’ Facebook fight gets heated

A former pool and spa business owner has received a hefty fine after threatening a person during a “heated” Facebook Messenger exchange.

Kimberley David Hopkins-Slatter pleaded guilty in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court on July 9 to using a carriage service to make a threat to cause serious harm.

Police prosecutor Leonie Scott said Hopkins-Slatter had advertised his business – Kim’s Pool and Spa Services – on a Sunshine Coast Facebook group at 4pm on September 30, 2019, when another follower pointed out the group was for job vacancies, not advertising.

“The complainant was scrolling through Facebook and noticed a post on the Sunshine Coast jobs group written by Kim’s Pool and Spa Services,” she said.

“The complainant commented on this post and stated that this particular Facebook group was not for advertising sites or businesses but for job vacancies.”

The court heard the victim then received a message from Facebook Messenger from Hopkins-Slatter saying “I suggest you shut your fat mouth about people trying to get work or I’ll find you and jump all over you m-----.”

“The complainant responded saying by typing ‘hahaha’ and this then started a message exchange between the parties that got very heated,” Sergeant Scott said.

The court heard Hopkins-Slatter then messaged the victim “let’s meet up or I’ll come punch you” and “I’ll find you very easily with a friend in Queensland transport.”

Hopkins-Slatter also messaged the victim saying he “was coming to sort this out in person and we’ll see how you shape up” and “you’ve got big problems.”

The victim then blocked Hopkins-Slatter.

“The complainant was very concerned receiving these threats, particularly that he may have been able to find out his address by the friend at Queensland transport,” Sgt Scott said.

“It caused a lot of fear in the complainant.”

The court heard Hopkins-Slatter threatened with physical violence via text and getting help from bikies in 2015.

“Again that caused great concern to the victim on that occasion,” Sgt Scott said.

The court heard Hopkins-Slatter’s pool and spa repair business failed when he went into custody six months prior to the offence.

It also heard he felt “baited” when the victim commented on the post as he was only trying to get his business back up and running.

The court also heard he was now in full-time employment with another pool and spa company.

Magistrate Rod Madsen fined him $1500 with convictions recorded.



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