Stalking charges on a ‘case-by-case’ basis - police
ROCKHAMPTON police have defended criticism they took a man to court for stalking simply to protect one of their own.
Capricornia District Acting Detective Inspector Paul Elliot said people were charged with stalking all the time, despite a lawyer's claims otherwise.
But he said each charge was decided on a case-by-case basis.
Act Det Insp Elliot said if a matter did not meet the criteria for a criminal charge, there were other avenues to protect themselves.
He gave the example of a good behaviour order, obtainable through courts.
"If it is a criminal matter we investigate, and if it doesn't meet the threshold for criminality we move it to the civil.