Man avoids jail after harrassment
TERRENCE WHITE'S green-eyed jealousy monster caused him to bombard his girlfriend with a stream of angry text messages and phone calls, a bunch of them sent while she was in Lismore police station making a formal complaint about his bad behaviour.
White, 29, of Lismore, pleaded guilty in the Lismore Local Court to two offences: using a telephone service to menace and harass; and stalking/harassing to cause fear on April 16.
Despite being seriouslyreprimanded for his behaviour by Magistrate Robyn Denes, White escaped jail time after receiving a 18-month suspended sentence.
Because of new legislation introduced this month, White narrowly avoided being ord-ered to spend his weekends in custody.
During sentencing, Ms Denes said a custodial sentence should be imposed on him, but periodic detention (weekends in the Grafton detention centre) was no longer a sentencing option available to the courts.
Ms Denes said a new sentencing option that began on October 1, known as Intensive Correction Orders, are not yet available in Lismore.
She said until it was available it would be unfair toimpose a full-time custodial sentence on White.
Instead she would impose a jail sentence that was immediately suspended and White would be supervised by Probation Services.
Police facts stated White was jealous of his girlfriend spending time with friends and she attempted to end the relationship several times, but he made threats to her. She told police she resumed the relationship because she was fearful of him
White left many phone messages, including telling her to ‘answer the ........ phone or I will come and find you sometime so suck it up, face the music'. In other phone calls he verbally abused her, accused her of seeing a body builder, or left abusive text messages.
She also detailed an incident in which White during an argument ‘suddenly pulled on the handbrake' of the car she was driving at 100km/h, causing her to fear the car would crash.
The woman received and rejected 10 phone calls from White and 13 text messages in the short time she was at the police station.
Defence lawyer Paul Smart said his client was a well-respected worker who was stressed after his brother was killed in a machete attack during a home invasion at their parents' property in Sydney.