A man called his partner 76 times, and was charged 12 months later. Picture: Pixabay
A man called his partner 76 times, and was charged 12 months later. Picture: Pixabay

Man called partner 76 times after DVO issued

AFTER taking out a domestic violence order against her ex, a woman received 76 calls from her former partner who was only charged for the crime 12 months later.

Police prosecutor sergeant Derek Brady told Dalby Magistrates Court the defendant was the respondent in a domestic violence order placed against him in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court in 2018.

Under the DVO, the defendant was barred from making contact with his ex-partner.

About 6pm on December 7, the aggrieved called police saying the defendant had attempted to call the victim 76 times in one day.

At 3pm on December 5, 2019, 12 months later, police arrived at the defendant's address to question him.

The defendant told police he remembered the incident, but said he hadn't made contact with the victim since.

The prosecution could offer no reason why it took police 12 months to charge the defendant.

The defendant pleaded guilty to a breach of a domestic violence order.

Duty lawyer Clare Graham submitted that a "nominal fine" would be enough of a punishment, however magistrate Tracy Mossop chose to convict and not further punish the defendant.

A conviction was not recorded.

*For 24-hour domestic violence support call the national hotline 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or MensLine on 1800 600 636.