Woman sends 13,000 texts, makes 20 calls a day to ex

A WOMAN has faced the Bundaberg Magistrates Court after breaking a police protection order by sending over 13,000 texts to her former partner.

In May last year the protection order stated the defendant was forbidden to contact or attempt to contact the aggrieved by any means whatsoever, with exceptions to arranging contact with their children.

Over an 11-month period 13,405 text messages had been exchanged between the former couple, with almost all of the messages coming from the defendant having little or no relation to child custody.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Grant Klaassen said the woman had also made some 500 phone calls to her ex, in some circumstances up to 20 times a day.

"The text messages consisted of the defendant calling the aggrieved names, harassing him, asking him to take her back and also asking him to have sex with her," Snr Const Klaassen said.

"Some examples were texts such as, 'f--k off ya dumb c--t I'll get my son when I'm ready'... and then one where she expresses her love for him saying that she'll love him always, 'you will always be my world', 'being with you was all I ever wanted'."

Defence lawyer Gavin James said his 33-year-old client had since engaged with a counsellor in an attempt to work through the issues surrounding the relationship breakdown.

Mr James said frustrations had risen for the defendant after continually having to drive her children to their father's place of residence, first in Gladstone and then in the south-east corner, because he didn't have a licence.

"She said a lot of those text messages derived from some frustration in regard to dealing with the children drop-off points, the breakdown of the relationship and she's now confirmed to herself that that relationship has ended," Mr James said.

Magistrate Belinda Merrin said despite appearing before the court twice last year for similar offences, the defendant still had not coped or dealt with the end of the relationship.

"You just continue the same sort of offending over an extensive period of time," Ms Merrin said.

"I do think, because of the persistence in your offending, fines are not appropriate and a probation order is necessary."

Ms Merrin placed the offender on a 12-month period of probation and a conviction was recorded.