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Rockhampton police officer ‘stalked’ on social media

BERSERKER man Karl Nathan Porteous claimed he had a "darn good reason" for stalking a Rockhampton police officer for more than two weeks.

Outside the Rockhampton courthouse yesterday, Porteous claimed the traffic branch officer had been "tormenting" him and his family "for more than four years".

Porteous, 30, yesterday pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court to one charge of unlawfully stalking a traffic branch policeman and then posting images of the officer to Facebook.

The court heard that between June 22 and July 5 of this year, Porteous obtained the police officer's address and posted memes on Facebook with clear photographs of the officer in uniform.

Acting Senior Constable Manon Barwick said Porteous posted two memes of the traffic officer: saying "I'm not gay, but $20 is $20" and "my mummy gave me this haircut".

Images of the officer's street and home were also posted on the social media site.

Acting Snr Const Barwick told the court the officer's safety had been put in jeopardy.

Porteous claimed his reason for his actions was because the officer often ticketed him and other family members "for no particular reason".

He also claimed the officer had a vendetta against him and his brother.

In one instance, Porteous claimed he was sitting on his veranda eating dinner when the officer parked on the street near his house.

"When I told him to go away, he put a spotlight on me and said, 'I can do what I want'," Porteous said.

Acting Superintendent David Peff said police took Porteous's form of criminal activity seriously.

He advised residents to make formal complaints to the Crime and Misconduct Commission if they had any concerns with an officer's performance of duties.

Magistrate Bronwyn Springer told Porteous his actions were a form of cyber bullying.

"Young people, in particular, take their lives because of the abuse they get on Facebook," she said.

Porteous was sentenced to 12 months probation.

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