Closing time for barmaid stalker



MICHAEL Steele Law was infatuated with a Rockhampton hotel barmaid and stalked her to get sordid details about her sex life.

But yesterday the shoe was on the other foot, as he swore at a Morning Bulletin photographer who followed him from court.

Steele, 22, had pleaded guilty in Rockhampton Magistrates Court to stalking a 21-year-old Raffles Hotel employee.

His infatuation with her started in February and he continued to visit her at the hotel.

On one occasion he asked to meet her boyfriend so he could find out whether he had given her sex on Valentine's Day.

He asked her if she was a virgin and approached her in the carpark after a shift and requested her phone number.

Another time police found him on the footpath outside the hotel, crying and calling out that he loved (her) and wanted her for himself.

Law's solicitor, Doug Winning, said his client had a sexual interest in the part-time barmaid and university student.

Most of the advances were made when he was "very much affected'' by alcohol.

Magistrate Annette Hennessy said elements of the stalking were very concerning.

She put Law on 18 months' probation and issued a restraining order with no contact with the complainant for 12 months.

Law's good record meant no conviction was recorded.



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