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Friendly note from father lured stalker

AN IPSWICH dad became the victim of a sustained stalking attack after he left his contact details on the dashboard of his car.

The 43-year-old, who wished not to be named, had parked his vehicle at a vacant spot in One Mile to go fishing.

The man said he left a note with his phone number on his dashboard in case there were any issues in relation to where he had parked.

It was an act of courtesy he would come to regret after a 19-year-old saw the note and used the phone number to harass the man for five weeks.

At Ipswich District Court this week, the teenager, James Alexander Chaille, pleaded guilty to unlawful stalking with violence.

Crown prosecutor Rachelle Logan said Chaille had targeted the man even though he had never met him before.

The stalking involved Chaille "persistently" phoning the man to threaten and abuse him.

It lasted from April 18 to May 23 last year.

The victim said Chaille had also damaged his car.

Judge Sarah Bradley said Chaille's behaviour had had a "devastating" effect on the victim and his family - both emotionally and psychologically.

She said there was no explanation as to why Chaille had decided to harass the man.

The court was told Chaille's criminal history dated back to when he was 14 years of age and included multiple offences of violence.

The stalking took place less than two months after Chaille had been released on parole for attacking his then partner's ex-boyfriend with a machete in 2013.

As a result of his stalking, Chaille parole's was suspended and he was returned to custody.

Defence barrister Geoff Seaholme said Chaille was apologetic about the stalking and had no intentions of contacting the victim again.

According to an assessment by psychiatrist John Warlow, Chaille had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and Asperger's syndrome.

Dr Warlow noted Chaille continued to suffer long term anger, anxiety, and intellectual and language problems.

Judge Bradley said the protection of the community was a major sentencing factor.

She sentenced Chaille to a year in jail with parole eligibility on June 16.

Topics:  ipswich district court, stalking




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