Stalker condemned for remarks about his victim and police

A STALKER who hired a private investigator to follow his former partner told a judge he had suffered more than the woman.

John Howard Amundsen, who was living on the Sunshine Coast, painted himself as the victim of police harassment and someone who made "rotten" decisions when fearful.

When Crown prosecutor Sal Vasta requested a restraining order against Amundsen for the woman and her two daughters, Amundsen said she had nothing to fear.

"I don't respect her, I don't trust her, I don't want to have anything to do with her," he told Judge Nicholas Samios.

"Whilst she's worrying unnecessarily, the emotional torment on my mother and I has been far more."

Amundsen said he and his ill 87-year-old mother, who he cares for, were worried every knock on the door was a police officer who had come to arrest him.

The 49-year-old said his criminal history, including possessing explosives, forgery, perjury, and using a carriage service to threaten to kill, stemmed from one incident.

He said years ago he went to police to report his girlfriend's father for raping her, a different partner, but the police officer said he would not investigate it because the man was his friend.

Amundsen claimed in court the officer was now high up in the service and since then police had been set against him.

A jury found Amundsen guilty of unlawful stalking after a 13-day trial in September.

He called, emailed and asked the woman to be friends on social media while pretending to be someone else.

Amundsen also got his mother to phone her and her friends.

He repeatedly interjected while Judge Samios was sentencing him in the Brisbane District Court on Monday.

Amundsen said he was concerned his mother would die while he was in prison and she would have no more money after December 15, as that was when his accumulated pay would run out and he would be bankrupt.

Judge Samios condemned him for denigrating the woman he stalked and casting aspersions on police during the sentencing.

"You always have some excuse for some offence you've committed, rather than accept that you've committed the offence," he said.

"You have no remorse for the current offence. You want everyone to do what you want."

Amundsen was sentenced to three-and-a-half years jail time, but taking into account time already served, Judge Samios set a parole eligibility date of March 1, 2015.

Judge Samios handed down a five-year restraining order against Amundsen for the woman and her daughters.


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