'I'm going to kill you. I'm going to kill your kids'
"I'M going to kill you. I'm going to kill your kids. I will send a car around to shoot you."
These are the chilling words a mother endured from her partner while he was in prison.
The 37-year-old inmate pleaded guilty to making 59 calls or attempted calls, all on June 13, to his girlfriend from Maryborough Correctional Centre.
During some calls, he threatened to kill her and her children.
The Tin Can Bay man was in custody after he was charged with a domestic violence offence in Gympie in May this year.
According to police prosecutor Sergeant Kathryn Stagoll, part of his custody conditions forbade him from contacting his partner.
"His girlfriend would hang up but became fearful and concerned with his behaviour," Sgt Stagoll said.
Maryborough Magistrate's Court heard the man had a challenging upbringing, with a violent stepfather, and was involved with drugs from his teens.
Lawyer Michael Riedel said his client said things before he thought about them and did not intend to carry out the threats.
"He has four children from his former partner and has a pretty good relationship with her," Mr Riedel said.
"He is jealous and admits he needs help.
"He is currently attending AA meetings while in custody."
According to Mr Riedel, since the threatening phone calls, his client's partner had expressed her love and support for her abuser.
Magistrate Terry Duroux described the man's actions as "outrageous".
"This is outrageous. He threatened to kill someone," Mr Duroux said.
"The words you used are appalling and that you used these horrendous words and messages while in prison concerns me."
Mr Duroux stressed that the charge was an aggravated offence and usually carried a sentence of five years imprisonment.
The magistrate said the father-of-four "was no stranger to the court system."
"I have considered you acknowledged your anger and drug issues," Mr Duroux said.
"You have apologised and said you had no intentions of carrying out the threats.
"Domestic violence is an insidious crime in our society."
He added he felt imprisonment was justified as this was a domestic violence charge with an aggravating factor.
"While there was no physical harm, this is on the high end of the scale and is a significant crime," he said.
Mr Duroux sentenced the man to 12 months in prison, eligible for parole on January 4 next year.