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Stalker guilty: 748 calls to ex

David Leigh Little has pleaded guilty to stalking a former lover and her partner.
David Leigh Little has pleaded guilty to stalking a former lover and her partner.

KARARA man David Leigh Little has been paroled after pleading guilty to stalking his former lover and her partner over a four-month period.

The 30-year-old grew agitated after an affair with his former boss' partner ended late last year.

Refusing to believe it was over, Little bombarded the woman and her partner with more than 1000 text messages, many of which were threatening and abusive.

In one five-day period, Little called the woman's phone 748 times.

This equates to about six times every hour and almost 150 times each day.

The Warwick Magistrates Court this week heard Little also attended the woman's workplace, despite being prohibited to do so by a court order, and refused to leave when requested by the victim.

During interviews with police, Little admitted to sending the texts to the victim, telling police he did so because he was "angry and pissed off" at the woman.

Little's parents, brother and sister supported him in the court room yesterday, often shaking their heads as the facts were read out.

Defence counsel for the man told the court his client had received the "scare of his life" during his time in custody and was unlikely to reoffend.

He added that his client's judgment became "clouded", as he believed he and the victim could have a long-lasting relationship and he pursued her "far beyond a reasonable point".

The court heard Little had now accepted the relationship was over.

Magistrate Graham Lee scolded the man on his extreme behaviour.

"It is very disturbing that you have pursued this person in this way - you sent many, many text messages," he said.

Mr Lee took the 53 days Little spent in pre-sentence custody into account when sentencing him.

The 30-year-old was sentenced to six months jail, but placed on immediate parole.

Restraining orders on behalf of the victim and her partner were also issued, with a two-year operational period.

Topics:  parole, stalker, warwick magistrates court



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