Stalker made life hell

AN obsessed stalker has continued to make a woman’s life hell, even after he was given a prison sentence for his relentless behaviour, a court has heard. 

Brian Quarrell, 46, was yesterday sentenced to 18 months’ prison, with a non parole period of 12 months, when he faced Mildura Magistrates’ Court on new stalking charges and breaching an intervention order.

It came after he was sentenced to six months’ prison in June 2015 for stalking the woman, who he knew through his son, after she made it clear his advances were not wanted. 

But Quarrell was undeterred by his prison experience on his release, breaching an intervention order on a number of occasions last year and continuing to stalk her, penning a 16-page letter. 

Police prosecutor Alexandra West yesterday told the court on one occasion at a school function last year, the victim saw him point at her and say “that’s her, she’s the one that put me away”.

In December, he sent a hand-written letter to her home address in which he described his sexual fantasies and hoped she would drop the intervention order.

Quarrell was interviewed by police and made full admissions to writing the letter, saying he just couldn’t get over her. 

“(She’s) all I can think of, just miss her,” he said.

“I sent it in hope she might change her views.”

In a victim impact statement read to the court, the victim said she was terrified of his behaviour, which had come to totally control her life.

She said she had never given him any reason to believe she had feelings for him and was scared he would assault her. 

“The idea he would carry on and continue with this behaviour to make my life hell is incredibly demoralising,” she said. 

“I feel harassed and intimidated constantly.

“I don’t trust anyone, I’m afraid of even being nice or smiling at someone in case it is taken the wrong way.”

The victim said she was so scared to be at home after he sent the letter, she went to Melbourne to be with her parents.

Defence counsel Bert Hilton-Wood conceded Quarrell would be facing a prison sentence.

“He developed an infatuation with her and that would be an understatement,” he said. 

Mr Hilton-Wood said Quarrell had shown some remorse through his early guilty plea and police interview.

Magistrate Nunzio La Rosa said it was clear the distress he had inflicted on the victim. 

“No one in our community should feel that degree of insecurity and risk,” he said.

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