A MAN has been fined after he started breaching a family violence intervention order a week after it was introduced.
The 37-year-old appeared in the Bendigo Magistrates' Court last week where he pleaded guilty to three charges including persistently breaching a family violence intervention order.
The court heard the order was issued on January 22 this year, with the man's partner and young child listed as the protected persons.
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Under the order, the man was not allowed to contact or communicate with the woman, except for messages in relation to their child's welfare.
The man was also not allowed to be within five metres of his former partner or within 200 metres of her house or the child's school or childcare.
The court heard a week after the order was issued, the man sent the woman three text messages in breach of the order.
Between January 31 and March 2, the man sent the woman 32 text messages, 13 Facebook messages, and 13 emails.
In a number of the messages, the man told the woman he "still cared", he missed her, and that he would "do anything for her to stop hurting him".
On one occasion, the man also called the woman "rude and immature", and asked her not to go "all Tina Turner on him".
The court heard between April 3 and April 27, the man sent the woman another 11 text messages and tried to call her.
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The woman went to the Bendigo Police Station on April 27 and made a statement to police.
The man handed himself into police on April 30 where he was arrested and questioned.
He made some admissions but denied the texts. He was bailed from the station.
The man, who represented himself in court, told the magistrate his prior family violence convictions related to a different former partner.
The man said he now understood the current intervention order and would abide by it.
Magistrate Rodney Huggins told the court while it was "not the worst case of family violence", the offending would have been "annoying" for the victim.
"Hopefully you go about it the right way now," Mr Higgins said.
The man was convicted and fined $500.
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