Jail for guilty SMS abuser

 MILDURA man has been sentenced to three months’ jail after taunting his partner about her traumatic past and sending a series of derogatory messages.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Raef Oliver yesterday described the man’s interaction with the victim as “psychological abuse”, telling the Mildura Magistrates’ Court the escalation in family violence behaviour was concerning.

The 25-year-old pleaded guilty to three charges on Tuesday including breaching a court order by posting about the victim on Facebook.

The offences dated back to October last year when the man went to the victim’s home and verbally taunted her while holding their daughter.

Sen-Constable Oliver said the comments made about the victim’s traumatic past were “extremely upsetting” to her.

In November, a series of derogatory messages sent to the woman made her self-conscious to the point that she was showering three times a day, the court was told.

In one instance, the victim returned from dropping their son at school only to be again taunted by the man, which resulted in her slapping him on the shoulder in an attempt to get him to stop.

In retaliation, the man punched her in the shoulder, after which he was arrested, interviewed and released on bail.

He was again arrested on February 26 after breaching bail conditions by posting about the victim on social media.

A victim impact statement tendered to the court stated that as a result of the offending, the woman was scared to be home by herself and had considered moving away from Mildura so she could feel safe.

The man’s defence counsel said it was his first time on remand and asked Magistrate Nunzio La Rosa to consider a combination sentence of jail time served and a community corrections order.

Mr La Rosa sentenced the accused to three months’ jail, with seven weeks already served, and upon his release he will be placed on a 12-month community corrections order with a component that he complete necessary programs to address his behaviour.

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