Man threatens to kill ex

A MAN desperate to retrieve his mother’s ashes from a former lover placed a Triple-0 call threatening to kill the woman, Gladstone Magistrates Court heard yesterday.

Shawn Colin Crawford pleaded guilty to using a carriage to make a threat and breaching a domestic violence order.

The defendant was incarcerated in March for assault occasioning bodily harm against his ex-girlfriend.

Kenny and Partners defence solicitor Jun Pepito told the court his client’s anger was due to his ex-partner’s refusal to return his mother’s ashes, and the situation eventually snowballed into the incident which saw the man jailed.

Police Prosecutor Constable Sean Franklin told the court on July 28, 2009, a Triple-0 call was placed at 3.36am and the defendant gave his name to the operator and threatened to dispose of his former girlfriend

“He said ‘I’m going to kill my ex-partner, she’s (expletive) me around’,” Const Franklin told the court.

The phone number was traced to the marina, where the defendant was living on a trawler.

When interviewed by the police, the defendant said he had acted in a roundabout way to protect his former sweetheart.

“The defendant told police he was angry at his ex-partner and wanted the operator and police to believe he would kill her, so he would be arrested,” Const Franklin said.

Magistrate Damian Carroll said the man’s actions appeared to be “a cry for help”.

A sentence of one month was handed down to be served concurrently and the domestic violence order was extended.

It is unknown if Mr Crawford now has his mother’s remains.

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