Violent stalker jailed

A MAN who bashed his elderly parents and stalked his ex-partner for a year has been sentenced to four years prison.

The 37-year-old, who cannot be named to protect the victims' identities, was staying at his parents' home in Ipswich between August 2010 and July 2011.

The man pushed his 72-year-old mother into a wall and when she fell to the ground he threw a dining room table at her.

He then punched his 62-year-old stepfather in the head and face nine times.

From October 2010 until July 2011 he stalked his ex-partner, who had a domestic violence order against him. He abused and threatened her during 84 phone calls and 152 text messages.

He was at her house when she came home from work and refused to leave - to the point where she locked herself inside her car.

Crown prosecutor Kris Ashen said the mother and stepfather had been left so traumatised by the assault they couldn't bear to think about it.

"She said even though he was her son, and she had to walk away from him, she couldn't sleep properly at night - the attack made her sick and gave her flashbacks," Mr Ashen said.

The man alleged his stepfather had sexually abused him years before, which was why he bashed him.

When police charged the man in July last year and he was released on bail, he continued to harass the victim for 10 days until he was arrested.

The court also heard the man was staying with a good Samaritan in February last year, when he stole money, alcohol and their car.

He pleaded guilty on Thursday to two counts each of stalking and serious assault on a person over 60 years of age, burglary, wilful damage, stealing and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

He was sentenced to four years prison, with 262 days of custody already served taken into account.

The term of prison will be suspended after 15 months.

He was also issued a 10-year restraining order against his ex-partner, which will expire on April 12, 2022.

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