Man fined over offensive notices

A MAN who posted hundreds of notices on power poles and online claiming another man was a “high risk sex offender” has been warned he risks jail if he does it again.

Rodney Diaper pleaded guilty to a count of stalking yesterday when he faced the Mildura Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard Diaper had made 600 copies of a poster claiming another man was a sex offender.

The posters were then dropped in letter boxes and stuck up on power poles, including in the victim’s street.

Diaper also used his own Facebook account, under the name “Rod James”, to claim in a Buy, Swap, Sell Without Rules group with more than 40,000 members that the victim was a “high risk sex offender”.

The victim, who has a young daughter, found out about the post after he began receiving messages from people he did not know.

Some of the messages had threatening undertones, with one person warning: “I know who you are, I know where you live. Wait until I see you walking down the street.”

The Facebook group’s administrators took Diaper’s post down and he was arrested at his home two days after making the post.

In an interview with police, Diaper said he would “do it again” and that he hoped the victim was “hiding in his home”.

Yesterday, Magistrate Michael King said Diaper’s actions “go to the integrity of the justice system”.

Prosecutors said Diaper’s behaviour had an impact on the victim’s child and urged Dr King to send a message of general deterrence to the community.

Diaper was convicted and fined $3000.

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