Community work for 'selfie' sender

SENDING an indecent naked “selfie” photograph to his ex-partner during persistent breaches of an intervention order has led to a Peterborough man being ordered to complete 75 hours of community work.

Michael James Parore, 29, of Peterborough Road, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court late last year to two counts of unlawful assault and single offences of criminal damage and repeated contraventions of an intervention order.

The hearing was adjourned until now so a mental health report could be prepared before sentencing. 

Sentencing was again adjourned early last week so Parore could be assessed for a community corrections order.

Magistrate Peter Mellas said a letter from the defendant’s doctor indicated Parore had long-standing issues that needed to be addressed.

On Thursday the magistrate convicted Parore and placed him on a community corrections order. Conditions of that order included that Parore complete 75 hours of community work and undertake an alcohol program and other programs to reduce the risk of reoffending.

Asked by Mr Mellas what would happen if he failed to complete the program, Parore said he would be sent to jail.

A psychologist reported that Parore functioned at the level of a 10-year-old and had an intellectual disability.

Police allege Parore and a woman were in a three-month relationship before an incident mid last year.

Parore, the victim and her 12-year-old sister were play-fighting when the situation escalated. After that incident an intervention order was put in place but Parore went back and entered the woman’s home.

Just days later he came back drunk early in the morning, knocked on the front door and walked in.

Police also allege that between October 9 and 22 Parore contacted the victim 52 times, sending 49 text messages and three pictures, including a naked image of himself.

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