Coast's accused stalker has faced past terrorist charge

A MAN accused of stalking his lover revealed during his trial he had been charged with a terrorism offence in the past.

John Howard Amundsen, 49, who was living on the Sunshine Coast earlier this year, shirked a judge's concerns when the matter came up during cross-examination in Brisbane District Court.

Mr Amundsen, who was representing himself, was questioning police witness Detective Jack Maddock on Wednesday about the three previous times the officer had arrested him.

The court heard officers from the State Crime Operations Command were involved in one of his arrests and Mr Amundsen asked Det Maddock why.

"Could you simply have asked other staff to assist you, why bring in State Crime Operations Command in a stalking charge?" Mr Admundsen asked.

Det Maddock said a red flag had appeared on his name on their computer system.

"You have a warning flag on you on our computer system... it was put on there by special intelligence branch due to past issues. Would you like me to go into those issues?"

Mr Amundsen told the court that in 2006 the State Crime Operations Command charged him with a terrorism offence, which was later dropped.

"Very strange series of arrests over the years..." Mr Amundsen added.

During the cross examination, Mr Amundsen also questioned Det Maddock about another time he was arrested, saying two police officers slammed his head on a desk six times.

Det Maddock said this statement was ridiculous because he did not have any injuries on him when he saw him.

Earlier in the week the jury heard how Mr Amundsen was accused of sending continuous emails to his lover and had sent emails from three different accounts.

The woman went to police when she became concerned about his obsessive behaviour in September, 2011.

- APN NEWSDESK



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