Man stalks former wife

A LOCAL man with a long criminal history of drug use and violence was sentenced to two and a half years jail in Gladstone District Court yesterday.

Garth John Breslin pleaded guilty to unlawful stalking with violence, two counts of common assault, enter premises and commit common assault and three counts of breaching a domestic violence order.

The stalking was committed from June 2008 to February 2010.

Crown prosecutor Shaun Gordon told the court Breslin sent hundreds of harassing voice and text messages to his ex-wife.

“He told police he didn’t care about any orders and would take his own steps and make his own choices,” Mr Gordon said.

Mr Gordon made a submission for three years’ prison and said these offences breached prior suspended sentences imposed by the court and asked for them to be activated cumulatively.

Defence barrister Paul Bannister agreed with the prosecution’s submissions but asked the jail terms be served concurrently rather than cumulatively.

Mr Bannister said Breslin was a 46-year-old born and raised Gladstone local who had been in a relationship with his wife since 1984.

“The breakdown of their marriage affected my client deeply and it wasn’t until after he had spent three months in custody he finally realised the relationship was over,” Mr Bannister said.

“My client had two very major things happen to him in his childhood that have caused his anger and violence in adult life,” he said.

In sentencing Judge Tutt said Breslin had persistently threatened and harassed his ex-wife over a lengthy period of time, despite court orders.

“You have a contemptuous attitude to court orders and the law in general,” he said.

For the three breaches of the domestic violence order Breslin was sentenced to three months jail each.

For the two common assault charges he was sentenced to three months jail each. For the stalking and entering a premise offences Breslin was sentenced to two and a half years jail each, all concurrent.

As he has already served 200 days in pre-sentence custody his parole release date will be March 10, 2011.



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