Warwick Magistrates Court has heard a man plead guilty to trespass after sneaking into his ex-girlfriend's house while she slept. FILE PHOTO
Warwick Magistrates Court has heard a man plead guilty to trespass after sneaking into his ex-girlfriend's house while she slept. FILE PHOTO Ivan Obolensky/Pexels

Sleep creeper caught sitting on ex's bed watching her snooze

A WOMAN was forced to message a friend for help after she woke in the middle of the night to find her ex-boyfriend sitting on her bed, watching her sleep.

At Warwick Magistrates Court this week, it was heard Malcolm Stephen Globio Calnan climbed in through her kitchen window before she discovered him in her room about 2.30am on July 7.

Police prosecutor Ken Wiggan said the relationship between the two had ended but Calnan appeared to be struggling to come to terms with the break-up.

"She spoke to the defendant for a number of hours and asked him to leave," Sgt Wiggan said.

"The victim managed to text her friend while she was talking to him."

Sgt Wiggan said police attended the house and found Calnan inside, he told them he got into the house through the kitchen.

"He admitted to opening the closed window and propping it up with a kitchen utensil," Sgt Wiggan said.

"The outcome could have been a lot worse for the complainant if it had have gone wrong."

At his appearance in court on Wednesday Calnan, 24, pleaded guilty to one count of trespass.

Magistrate Bevan Manthey said Calnan's crime was too serious for a fine and instead ordered him to serve 12 months' probation.

"He's got no history at all but there are some disturbing circumstances to this offence that put it out of the ordinary," Mr Manthey said.

Mr Manthey also noted Calnan had pleaded guilty early and avoided putting the victim through a trial, so ordered no conviction be recorded.

"If he breaks the probation order, it's an automatic conviction recorded," Mr Manthey said.

"Should you breach the order, you do face the risk of being resentenced."



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