Stalker sent 537 texts, made 75 calls over two week period

A MAN "infatuated" with his ex partner sent her 537 text messages declaring his love for her, Ipswich District Court heard yesterday.

The 44-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful stalking in breach of a domestic violence order after he sent hundreds of messages to the woman within a two-week period.

Crown prosecutor Michael Spencer told the court the man sent the 44-year-old victim 537 text messages and called her more than 75 times in a 16 day period only a matter of weeks after he was listed as a respondent in a domestic violence order with the victim the applicant.

The only condition on the order was the defendant be of good behaviour towards the woman.

"He mustn't have had a job, who would have time to send 537 messages," Judge Greg Koppenol told the court.

"He was infatuated with her obviously - the relationship ended and he couldn't move on."

Mr Spencer said, "it was more described as a love invitation declaring his love for her".

"They were mainly invitations for the complainant to return to a relationship with the defendant," he said.

"Although the period of offending was short, it was intense."

The court heard the man's criminal offending began in 2007 and included two breaches of a domestic violence order.

The fresh offending was in breach of a nine month suspended sentence set down for a previous breach of a domestic violence order.

"Obviously the defendant has no problems with making female acquaintances, but when they go sour he cant accept it," Judge Koppenol said.

"You don't take out your feelings on the other party by bombarding them.

"You wanted her to come back, you wanted your relationship back, you were still in love with her.

"You ignored the domestic violence order made against you and you ignored it very quickly.

"You have to pull yourself together from now on."

The defendant told the court he "learnt the hard way, but it's a lesson learnt".

"I was in love with the lady, I realise my actions were quite immature," the defendant said.

His defence lawyer David Funch said his client was "terrified of being sent back" to prison.

Judge Koppenol sentenced the defendant to 18 months imprisonment, taking into account three months declarable pre-sentence custody, and fully activated the nine month suspended sentence, to be served concurrently.

The man was given a five year restraining order against the woman and immediate parole.

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