'Stalker' rapist free on bail

By RAE WILSON

A NAMBOUR man with a history of assaulting women, including nine years in jail for rape, was granted bail yesterday on a stalking charge.

Douglas John Wieland, 35, faced Maroochydore Magistrates Court yesterday accused of stalking a 21-year-old shop assistant around Nambour three times in three months.

The police objection to bail stated that Mr Wieland had a "long history of convictions for assaults against female persons dating back to 1990" and had served the entirety of a jail sentence for raping a woman from 1991 to 2000.

"There are concerns ... that the seriousness of the offences may escalate as is apparent with his history in 1990-1991," it read.

The objection revealed Mr Wieland had most recently assaulted females in 2003 and 2006. He was put on 18 months probation earlier this month for the latter offence.

Police prosecutor Wayne Clarke said police would allege Mr Wieland had initially approached the Nambour woman, stating he knew her.

He said she told him he had made a mistake and walked away. Senior Sergeant Clarke said the woman allegedly saw him the second time waving at her while driving a car behind her.

He said Mr Wieland allegedly followed her to where she was going to park her car, so she drove to a location where there were more people around.

Sen Sgt Clarke said Mr Wieland allegedly followed her again, parked beside her and approached her when she got out of the vehicle to insist he knew her.

He said the woman had told police she then walked to work and the accused man followed her.

Sen Sgt Clarke said on the third occasion, earlier this month, the woman was walking to work from where she had parked her car when she saw a man travelling on Short Street wave at her.

He said she instinctively waved back before allegedly recognising the accused.

"She stated that she immediately became extremely alarmed and scared, so much so that she sought refuge in a nearby open shop," he said.

Lawyer Steve Barclay said Mr Wieland was a long-time Nambour resident who lived with his de facto and two children, aged 12 and two.

He argued the bail concerns could be met with strict conditions.

Mr Wieland must report to police daily, reside at a house in Huntingdale Drive and stay more than 100 metres from the complainant, or away from Nambour areas directed by police.



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