Threats to kill former landlord lands man in court

A MAN who was evicted before he told his ex-landlord he would kill her appeared in Rockhampton Magistrates Court from behind custody glass last Thursday.

Darryl Roy Bell pleaded guilty to one count of using a carriage service to threaten harm after his friend, who he was renting a room from in Coolangatta, told him he was no longer welcome at the property and to pack his things in January.

Police prosecutor Clancy Fox told the court Bell became abusive after disputes erupted when he did not pay rent.

The court heard he sent his ex-landlord 65 text messages on the same day he was kicked out of the room, threatening he was "going to get her bashed", "knew somebody who could do this" and she was "evil".

Police witnessed a phone call from Bell to the woman threatening to kill her.

Defence lawyer Brian McGowran told the court Bell had known the woman for 10 years.

"He hasn't bothered to catch up with her or do anything," he said.

Bell was sentenced to three months in prison, suspended for one year on a good behaviour bond with $600 recognisance.



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