Sorry state of affairs

“HELL hath no fury like a woman scorned,” Magistrate Maxine Baldwin said when confronted with the task of judging the level of harassment a 39-year-old woman inflicted on an ex-lover.

The woman, who cannot be named to protect the identity of her victim, appeared in Gympie Magistrates Court yesterday on a charge of stalking.

It was alleged the man and woman were having an affair for a number of years. He believed it was a casual fling; she thought he was going to leave his wife and marry her.

When the affair ended in February this year, she took it pretty badly and made several attempts to try and make contact with the estranged.

The court heard the woman went to the man's home on one occasion and knocked on windows when only his wife was at home.

Police Prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Manns said after that incident the complainant rang police and asked for advice on how to deal with the situation.

On March 31, police officers warned the woman to back off, however, the court heard she left notes on the man's windscreen, threatening to get him sacked from his job, and followed him in her car, beeping the horn and flashing the lights to try and get him to stop.

The most serious incident was an altercation in a car park on June 16, when she forced him out of his car and punched him in the face. The court heard they struggled and fell to the ground.

Defence solicitor Tony Doolan tendered a letter from a psychologist that said depression lead the woman to act emotionally. He said she acted irrationally because she sought answers.

Mrs Baldwin said no doubt the affair ended in a way never envisaged by both parties and placed the 38-year-old on probation for six months with the condition she attend recommended counselling.

Gympie Times

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