Stalking charges adjourned in Queensland court
By HELEN JACK email@example.com FORMER deputy vice-chancellor of Lismore-based Southern Cross University, Professor Ardon ‘Harry’ Hyland, faced Townsville Magistrates Court yesterday charged with three counts of unlawful stalking.
Prof Hyland, 68, left SCU in 2000 to take up a position as deputy vice-chancellor at James Cook University (JCU) in Townsville.
Police allege he stalked three female students aged in their late teens and early 20s while employed at JCU.
The women allege he stalked them in their workplaces and at student functions, even though they told him repeatedly to leave them alone.
Police arrested Prof Hyland on January 24 and took him to the Townsville police station, where DNA samples were collected.
Soon afterwards he was released on bail. In the week prior to his arrest police confiscated Prof Hyland’s laptop computer.
Prof Hyland is a distinguished academic and leading Australian astronomer who helped pioneer infrared telescope technology. He is an honorary life fellow of the Astronomical Society of Australia.
He was deputy vice-chancellor at SCU in Lismore from 1995 to August, 2000, and was made an emeritus professor in 2001.
Prof Hyland retired from JCU on %January 18 this year, one week before he was arrested and charged with stalking. The news of his arrest has shocked the academic community Prof Hyland’s case was adjourned yesterday and he is expected to appear again at Townsville Magistrates Court on March 25.