Man attacked pregnant ex, sent her 569 texts

A MAN who sent his former partner 569 texts and called her 72 times within three months will serve time behind bars.

The 29-year-old Rockhampton man's actions were in breach of a domestic violence order, taken out by the mother of his three-year-old child in February this year.

The court heard the man was taken into police custody on Friday, August 12 after police attended the victim's home at 4.15pm and found his phone and wallet at his former partner's address.

The Rockhampton Magistrates Court heard the victim told police the defendant had left the phone there two days earlier, but police soon found him hiding under a pile of laundry.

The court heard two days earlier on August 10, 2016 the man had arrived at the victim's home while she was sleeping.

When she awoke, a verbal argument broke out before he grabbed the woman, who is seven-months-pregnant, by the arm and pushed her "down into a seated position".

While the man's defence lawyer told the court the bodily harm was at the "low end of the scale" as he hasn't "punched, kicked or struck her in any way", the woman sustained cramps during the incident.

The court heard the man had also sent the victim 569 messages and called her 72 times between May 18 and August 13 this year.

Magistrate Press read the man's criminal history which revealed he had faced court numerous times since 2009 to present for similar behaviour and for assault for which he had been fined and served time in prison.

Magistrate Press said it was clear the man gave "scant regard" for protection orders.

"In April 2016 you were placed on probation, given an opportunity there perhaps to start to learn the importance of complying with a protection order," he said.

Magistrate Press then went on to say it was clear he just "does what he likes".

The man was sentenced to three months each imprisonment for breaking his contravention order, and six months for assault with a parole date of October 14, 2016.



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