'Frightening' stalker's ‘inappropriate signs of love’
AUTHORITIES could deport a New Zealand citizen who relentlessly stalked his ex over three months and even resorted to hanging a sign for her from a bridge on the motorway.
The 38-year-old Gold Coast man used his car to barricade the road to speak to his ex-partner, damaged the woman's car, texted and phoned her repeatedly and was seen wandering around her home.
His barrister Nick McGhee told Southport District Court the construction and mining worker, who cannot legally be named, was blocked from seeing his children and desperate to rekindle the relationship.
But the man has a history of violence offending, including grabbing another woman "by the mouth and pulling her hair".
He faced the court on Thursday, pleading guilty to unlawful stalking at Merrimac between October 21, 2018 and January 21, while on parole.
The man also pleaded guilty to wilful damage, five counts of contravening a domestic violence order and two counts of driving while his licence was disqualified by court order.
Crown prosecutor Emily Coley said the man and his partner had been in a relationship for five years and had a number of children.
She said the offending after the couple split in early October, 2018 "would have been frightening experiences."
"He left a sign up on her usual drive and alerted her to the fact that there would be a sign there. He also left a sign outside of her work for her to see," Ms Coley said.
On one occasion, the man spotted a car outside his ex's home, referred to the registration number and "called her derogatory names", threatening her "for what you did to me".
Ms Coley said the man had already spent 256 days behind bars.
Mr McGhee told the court his client was "leaving signs of love at her workplace and on the freeway" and was "desperately trying, although inappropriately, to rekindle the relationship".
He was instructed there was a "severing of contact" from the man and his children.
Mr McGhee said his client suffered a major depressive disorder at the time of offending after spending "eight months on Christmas Island", where he "saw things that stay with him, traumatising things".
He said the man had suffered from pleurisy, unexplained headaches and other health concerns, contributing to his mental state.
Mr McGhee pushed for a sentence allowing the man to avoid deportation and told the court he arrived in Australia as a child after suffering "brutal violence" at the hands of his father.
He said the man's offending was "concerning, serious, protracted and ongoing" - but "low-level".
The man was said to be remorseful and planned to engage in counselling.
Judge Suzanne Sheridan adjourned her decision to Friday.