IN COURT: The Warwick man claimed being dumped over Christmas sparked his angry outburst. Picture: iStock
IN COURT: The Warwick man claimed being dumped over Christmas sparked his angry outburst. Picture: iStock

Man abuses, threatens ex after being dumped at Christmas

A man who bombarded his ex-girlfriend a string of menacing texts has told a court he was upset at being dumped the day after gifting the woman expensive jewellery. 

Police were called to the woman's Warwick home about 7.45pm on Boxing Day, where the man was standing outside her unit block and refusing to leave.

The Warwick Magistrates Court heard the 22-year-old man, who cannot be named, sent his ex a series of "abusive and threatening" text messages only hours before. He was at the time subject to a domestic violence order that had been issued just one month earlier. 

Police prosecutor Steve de Lissa said the man was apologetic and co-operative when questioned by police.

Defence lawyer Clare Hine said the man's outburst was sparked when the woman ended their 12-month relationship.

Police have since retrieved the jewellery he gifted a day earlier from the woman's house.

Ms Hine told the court her client now regretted his actions, which she said were out of character given his lack of criminal history.

The man pleaded guilty to one count of contravening a domestic violence order.

He was fined $450 and no conviction was recorded.

 

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