Alleged stalker plants bomb

A 42-year-old man continued to stalk and threaten a woman while in prison after he was arrested for planting a homemade bomb at her residence at The Olive Estate, north of Rockhampton.

Wayne James Reynolds appeared in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court for a committal hearing yesterday morning but after negotiations between his lawyer and police, seven charges were dismissed and he pleaded guilty to the 14 remaining counts.

These included manufacturing an explosive device on August 19, 2010, and unlawfully stalking a woman between August 3 and 20.

The explosives charge related to the evacuation of five homes on Maddison Ave at The Olive Estate after police had declared an emergency and established a cordon north and south of the danger area.

The Morning Bulletin had reported a bomb squad had detonated the shrapnel-filled device and the explosion had spread over 50 metres.

Reynolds also pleaded guilty to two stalking charges while at the Capricornia Correctional Centre at Etna Creek between August 26 and December 8 as well as threatening to kill the woman while at the prison.

Prosecuting Sergeant Kevin Ongheen handed over 40 witness statements to the court and more than 20 exhibits.

Acting Magistrate Mark Morrow committed Reynolds to be sentenced in the district court at a date to be fixed and remanded him in custody.



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