UPDATED, Thursday 11am: A 50-year-old Terang man who sent unsolicited nude photos to a woman will spend a few more days in jail.
The man was remanded in custody last week and as at Thursday had spent nine days on remand.
Terang lawyer Ian Pugh said the man had served some of that time at Melbourne Assessment Prison, a maximum security facility, and in a cell with "quite a serious offender".
He said that experience had been a "big wake up call" to his client, who persistently breached a family violence intervention order by harassing his ex-partner and sending her unsolicited photos of his genitals.
Mr Pugh said his client now understood he "did the wrong thing" but mental health treatment was necessary to understand why the man committed such acts.
The man sent the victim 158 messages and called her 44 times between September 16 and 21. He also sent the photos which a prosecutor referred to as "distasteful".
Magistrate Nunzio La Rosa said the offending occurred not long after the man had been convicted of similar crimes and therefore the eight days on remand wasn't quite enough.
The man was jailed for 14 days and will be released on a 15-month community correction order with 100 hours of unpaid work.
He will also be required to undergo treatment for mental health.
If not for his guilty plea he would have been jailed for up to six months.
The man's mobile phone was forfeited to police.
Earlier, Monday: A prosecutor says a Terang man who sent "distasteful" images to a woman in breach of an intervention order should be sentenced to more time in prison.
The 50-year-old man, who cannot be named because that could identify the victim, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court on Monday to the persistent breach of an intervention order and associated offences.
A single charge of stalking was withdrawn.
The court heard the man and the victim met in December 2021 and were in an on-and-off again relationship until earlier this year.
Then on February 25 an intervention order was issued to protect the victim after the man sent threatening text messages.
The man then sent the woman offensive photographs of his genitals on September 13.
The following day he attended her home, knocked on her bedroom window and asked to speak to her.
The victim did not respond and the court heard the offending made her feel intimidated and harassed.
The intervention order prohibits the man from contacting the woman or attending her home.
Then on September 19 the man called the woman 27 times and sent a number of lengthy text messages.
He also made threats to expose her personal business if she didn't talk to him or re-commence the relationship.
The man was arrested at Warrnambool police station by appointment on September 21.
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A search of his mobile phone showed he sent the victim 158 messages and called her 44 times between September 16 and 21.
He also searched her name online 34 times in one day.
At the time of the offending the man was serving a community correction order for similar crimes.
Terang lawyer Ian Pugh said the man suffered from ill mental health, problems with gambling and had spent about five days in custody on remand.
He urged the court to consider a further correction order with more therapeutic conditions.
But police prosecutor Senior Constable Bec Clark said a further term of imprisonment was needed.
She said the man had again committed family violence offending where he clearly wouldn't take no for an answer.
She said the images sent to the victim were harassing and distasteful.
Magistrate Nunzio La Rosa said it was concerning the man had committed the very behaviour that saw him placed on the correction order.
He said he was contemplating Mr Pugh's submission for a further order but the man would stay in custody while he was assessed.
The man will be sentenced on September 29.
If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000.
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