Ex sent abusive texts, stalked mother of his child

A SCORNED ex-boyfriend, who sent the mother of his child dozens of abusive texts and stalked her, has narrowly avoided jail.

The man - who cannot be identified for legal reasons - sent more than 50 abusive and threatening texts to the woman during a three-week period between February and March.

The Warwick Magistrates Court this week heard the man also repeatedly rode past the woman's home, parked outside and would sometimes rev the engine of his bike while watching her house.

This was despite a domestic violence order preventing the man going within 50m of her home or workplace.

During the same period, the man made dozens of phone calls to the woman and also called her workplace on a number of occasions.

When the woman's colleagues refused to allow the man to speak to her, he because abusive and aggressive.

The man's solicitor told the court his client suffered from mental health issues and suicide ideation.

Although he admitted his client had battled a previous drug problem, the solicitor said the man was no longer taking illegal drugs and had relocated.

The former Warwick man pleaded guilty to stalking, two breaches of a domestic violence order and two charges of using a phone to menace or harass.

Magistrate Graham Lee this week sentenced him to nine months jail but placed him on court-ordered parole immediately.



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