A WARRNAMBOOL man who told his ex-partner he would hunt her down and kill her has been given a suspended sentence.
George Rollings, 53, of Raglan Parade, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court this week to two charges of breaching an intervention order and one charge of using a telecommunications device to harass.
An intervention order was put in place last October but on January 5 between 6pm and 9pm Rollings rang his ex-partner’s mobile phone and contacted her workplace about 50 times.
The phone calls were converted into text messages, in which Rollings said he would hunt the victim down and kill her.
On December 5 last year, he made a “friend” request to the victim on Facebook, which also breached the order.
Defence counsel Matt Senia said Rollings grew up in a dysfunctional and abusive household.
From the age of 16 he had struggled with alcohol and because of his lack of skills had struggled to gain employment.
Mr Senia said the relationship ended in August last year and Rollings had no memory of the phone calls, being “incredibly intoxicated” and on prescription medicine at the time.
He said Rollings had acknowledged it would have been distressing for the victim and that he would never hurt her.
He was convicted and sentenced to 11 days’ jail, which he has already served, on the charge of using a telecommunications device to harass.
On the charges of breaching an intervention order he was sentenced to one month in jail, suspended for 12 months.