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Man made over 70 unwanted calls to ex-partner on NYE

CHRISTMAS Eve saw a spike in domestic violence applications and breaches with two dozen coming before Central Queensland's only rostered-on magistrate Mark Morrow.

The holiday matters were adjourned to their relevant local courts.

In one case before Gladstone Magistrates Court yesterday, a 21-year-old man admitted he made over 70 phone calls to his ex-partner on New Year's Eve.

Mr Morrow told the man it was not the way to behave and he should listen to advice from his mother who was seated in the public gallery.

"Your mother is not very impressed," Mr Morrow said.

The young father of two spent three days in custody after being arrested on New Years Day.

He pleaded guilty to four breaches of bail/Domestic Violence Offence related; and guilty to having property used in a drug offence, a mobile phone.

Police prosecutor Gavin Reece said the man on December 31 breached bail conditions that he must not contact the woman, and also committed breaches on January 1.

He said the man made four phone calls and sent four texts on December 29 and more on December 30.

On December 31 the man made 76 phone calls and sent 21 text messages to the woman.

Mr Morrow asked what the nature of the texts had been or if they had been abusive but Mr Reece police did not have that information before the court.

Mr Reece said one text found by police on the man's mobile phone was drug related stating, 'Hi i'm in... how much for a half bro'.

The reply was '$350'.

Duty lawyer Jun Pepito said there had been a previous verbal argument between the former partners over their children.

Mr Morrow told the man that when he went home he should talk and be guided by his mother about the problems instead of going off and getting into trouble by the inappropriate actions he took.

"There is a way to do things and a way not to," he said.

"You need to think before you do things. I suggest you speak to your mother first instead of firing off."

Mr Morrow sentenced the man to nine months supervised Probation with no conviction recorded.

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