Stalker made up stories to gain sympathy

A GRACEMERE truck driver yesterday pleaded guilty to stalking a former girlfriend.

In an effort to be reunited with his ex-girlfriend, Brian W. Masonwells, 51, invented "elaborate schemes'' to obtain her sympathy between March and June, 2004, the Rockhampton District Court heard yesterday.

The prosecution said Masonwells started a relationship with a woman who lived in his street and eventually moved in with her.

After it became apparent to the woman that Masonwells did not contribute to the housework to her level of satisfaction she asked him to leave on Valentine's Day, and then finally kicked him out.

In an effort to rekindle sympathy and start a line of communication, Masonwells repeatedly text messaged the woman and invented schemes, such as someone wanting to hang his dog and an offer to admit to an offence she was to be charged with but did not commit.

The prosecution handed to Judge Grant Britton a list of misinformation, including forged documents such as a letter written on a solicitor's letterhead which had been sent to the complainant.

While the prosecution requested that Masonwells receive a prison sentence, Judge Britton said he was satisfied he would not re-offend and fined him $5000 and recorded a conviction.



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