Ipswich mum threatened by ex via text
A KOORALBYN man harassed his former partner with a torrent of abusive texts and voicemail messages after she refused to speak with him.
Wesley John Appoo bombarded his ex with threats for three days before the victim notified police out of fear.
At Ipswich Magistrates Court this week, Appoo pleaded guilty to using a carriage service to threaten to cause serious harm. Police prosecutor Sergeant Brad Dick said Appoo and the Ipswich victim had been in a relationship for about two years and had a child together.
Sgt Dick said the "intimidating" messages were sent between October 17 to 20, last year - "some time" after the pair had separated.
During the sentencing, Magistrate Roger Stark took a moment to read the messages and described them as "simply awful".
"Your conduct and your communication with your former partner was threatening, abusive and derogatory," he told Appoo. "It does you no credit".
Defence lawyer Trevor Hoskin said Appoo had wanted to speak with his former partner and became frustrated when she wouldn't pick up.
Mr Hoskin said his client had now moved on and was in a new relationship. He said Appoo's current partner was pregnant with the couple's first child.
Mr Hoskin said Appoo had a good employment history and that his client's offending was "out of character".
Appoo was convicted and fined $500. He was also charged with two counts of breach of bail for which he was additionally fined $400.