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Ex factor nets man suspended jail time

YOU can ask Scott Anthony Judas what happens when you invite your ex-girlfriend to party with your current partner.

He might tell you it could lead to a suspended prison sentence.

Judas pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court last week to two counts of public nuisance after he started shouting a tirade of threats in separate incidents, including one where he threatened to stab his ex-girlfriend.

Prosecutor Clancy Fox said about 1.50am on August 6, police were called to a disturbance at a home in a Rocky suburb.

When they got there, Judas was outside the house yelling at his ex-girlfriend and threatening her with "I'm going to stab you, b****" and "Let's sort this out, b****".

Mr Fox said Judas, a Rockhampton man who has managed to rack up court fines of almost $11,000, did not have a knife or any other weapons in his possession when he made the threats.

The police issued Judas a notice to appear.

About two days later, at 2am, Judas broke into an argument with his brother-in-law outside the Heritage Hotel.

Mr Fox said officers tried to arrest him but he continued to yell at his brother-in-law and resist their efforts to cuff him.

The court heard the argument got so bad the incident spilled onto William St and briefly stopped traffic.

Duty lawyer Brian McGowran said his client had no intention of contacting his brother-in-law any time soon.

He also said it was simply a mistake for his client to have invited his ex-girlfriend over to his house when his current partner was there.

Judas had a five-page 10-year criminal history.

Magistrate Michael O'Driscoll ruled out any chance of Judas being slapped with another fine because his State Penalties Enforcement Registry debt was $10,861. He had not contributed any payments towards his SPER debt.

He sentenced Judas to one month imprisonment suspended for 12 months.

What is SPER?

SPER is a division of the Office of State Revenue, which is part of Queensland Treasury and Trade that collects unpaid infringement notices, court penalties and offender levies.

Topics:  ex-girlfriend jail public nuisance rockhampton magistrates court



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