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'Domino effect' lands man in court

"SLEEP with one eye open you fat f*** cause I am coming around tonight."

This was just one of the threatening texts Southside man Craig Anthony McLean sent to the man who owed him money for work he had done.

"This is a (expletive) promise if you give anyone my pay I will burn your (expletive) house down and I don't give a (expletive) whose (sic) inside you fat (expletive)", was another one.

McLean pleaded guilty in Gympie Magistrates Court this week to sending the menacing and threatening texts from his mobile phone some time between April 17 and April 20, this year.

The court heard McLean was owed money by the victim because of an "outstanding" amount of work he had done.

Magistrate Maxine Baldwin asked if it concerned the Northumberland, and was told it related to the "second part of it".

"(This matter) almost seems to be insolvable," she said. This was what happened when "big guys go bankrupt", there was a "domino effect" down the line.

"Tempting as it is, you cannot take matters into your own hands," she said. "It's horrendous I have no doubt."

"You were the victim because you missed out on your money, but you are the one who ended up in court."

McLean, 22, of Lily St, was placed on a good behaviour bond for one year on a recognisance of $500.

"Hopefully you will put this behind you and move on with your life," Mr Baldwin said.

Topics:  gympie magistrates court

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