A man who wrote four letters to a former lover from within police custody has earned more time behind bars.
A man who wrote four letters to a former lover from within police custody has earned more time behind bars. GuidoVrola

Stalker earns more jail time with handwritten letters

FOUR "threatening" handwritten letters penned from within a correction centre have seen a convicted stalker have his time behind bars extended.

At Warwick Magistrates Court it was heard the 23-year-old man, who can not be named for legal reasons, wrote the letters between May and June last year in contravention of a domestic violence order.

Police Prosecutor Ken Wiggan told the Warwick court that among the notes were comments the man made saying he would "destroy any c- that takes you away from me" and "God help any f- who talks s- about me or takes you away from me".

Sgt Wiggan said the man was sending the letters to his former partner, who he referred to as "angel", without her consent.

The Eagleby man, who appeared in court via video link holding his head in his hands, pleaded guilty to one count each of stalking and failing to reasonable care of a syringe as well as four counts of contravening a domestic violence order.

Lawyer Sarah Campbell said the man suffered abuse as a child, which impacted his behaviour as an adult.

"He did not develop any skills or mechanisms to deal with conflict or relationships and that has led to this offending we see before the court now."

Mrs Campbell said during his time in jail, the man had been a "model prisoner" and completed courses.

"He's in the middle of completing a further course," she said.

Mrs Campbell said the 23-year-old man was sentenced to time behind bars for other charges in late June, just after the latest offences were committed.

But the man was not charged with the latest offences of breaching his domestic violence order or stalking until March of this year.

Given that, Mrs Campbell suggested Magistrate Roger Stark take the man's previous sentence into account and set a new parole eligibility date.

Acting Magistrate Stark noted that if the man had been sentenced for all the charges together he would have received greater punishment.

"Stalking is a serious offence and serious conduct, repeated on four separate occasions (you) sent letters and contained threatening language," Mr Stark said.

The man was sentenced to nine months' jail with a parole eligibility date of October 9 this year.

"Whether parole is granted or not is a matter for the board," Mr Stark said.