Mildura man’s attitude to women ‘inexcusable’

A MILDURA man who became infatuated with a woman following an on-again, off-again 12-month relationship has been warned he will be sent to jail unless he changes his “inexcusable” and “disrespectful” attitude towards females.

The Mildura Magistrates’ Court was this week told the 40-year-old man repeatedly breached an intervention order taken out by the woman in February this year which prohibited him from contacting her.

The man sent her repeated text messages including calling her a “cold-hearted skank” and requesting daily sex.

He said if the couple were not having sex “we ain’t got nothing”, the court was told.

However, the man also told the victim that he loved her, would be loyal to her and would bring her breakfast in bed and a cup of tea each morning.

Prosecutor Sergeant Alex West said that in June this year the man went to the victim’s house “angry and worked up” demanding that she let him in.

When she threatened to call police, the man told her she would need to contact the riot squad.

Sgt West said the woman was scared to say “no” to the man who later made full admissions to the offending including multiple breaches of the intervention order “regardless”.

The man’s defence counsel Peter Delorenzo said his client suffered mental health issues and would benefit from stable support services.

Mr Delorenzo said although the offending was serious, sentence did fall within the realms of attending support services through Corrections Victoria.

Magistrate Michael Coghlan said it was unfortunate that the man was one of many who suffered serious mental health issues although his conduct towards the victim was both “inexcusable” and “disrespectful”.

Mr Coghlan said unless the man made some changes in his attitude towards women, his health issues would not stop a lengthy term of imprisonment being imposed for further offending.

The accused was ordered to be assessed for alcohol and mental health programs in order to reduce the risk of reoffending.

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