Charges ridiculous: accused

AN ALLEGED stalking victim was described as wanting to blow the situation out of proportion, a court has heard.

A 42-year-old man has been charged with stalking his ex-partner and breaching intervention orders.

Both were serving police officers at the time of the alleged offences.The man has pleaded not guilty.

Defence barrister Michael Cahill questioned Senior Sergeant Geoff Owen during the hearing on Thursday.

Mr Cahill asked Senior Sergeant Owen if he had once noted that the woman had been “wanting to blow the situation greater than currently presents”.

He replied that he had once had that opinion, but said the alleged victim's position was validated as the weeks unfolded.

Senior Sergeant Owen told the court the woman had received persistent communication from the accused man despite the woman saying the relationship was over and she did not want to be contacted.

Mr Cahill questioned the basis for the stalking charge.

He said the man had “made a mistake” by sending flowers to the woman on Valentines Day last year.

When asked in a police interview if his actions amounted to stalking, the accused said that was “laughable”.

When told he was being charged with additional counts of breaching an intervention order and stalking, the man said “this is ridiculous”.

“If you can sit here today and not consider what I’ve told you, that is extremely unfair,” he said. 

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