Kerri Moore

Three give evidence against alleged stalker

A PRIVATE investigator, an early-morning "texter" and a police computer analyst have given evidence in a case against alleged stalker John Howard Amundsen.

Amundsen, who was living on the Sunshine Coast this year, chose to represent himself against accusations of stalking his former lover and hacking her email account.

A police computer forensics expert said attempts were made from Amundsen's Toshiba laptop to change the password to the alleged victim's email account.

However, he could not determine the date or time of the actions nor whether the attempts were successful.

Private detective Jeremy Paul Walsh said "Mr Thomas" employed him to follow the alleged victim around Brisbane in January, 2012.

"I travel to the job, sit in my vehicle waiting for the other vehicle to depart and then I see what people do, take footage and then follow them back home," he explained.

On the day in question, he kept surveillance of the woman carrying out seemingly-menial tasks until he was spotted.

He called his mystery employer, who told him to stand down.

Amundsen argued there was no evidence linking him to the "Mr Thomas" who ordered the surveillance.

Phone records showing a string of late-night text messages between Amundsen's former lover and a male friend were tendered in court.

Amundsen asked the man to concede their frequency and hours were "a little bit suspicious", having previously argued the late-night message-sender was the real culprit in the stalking case.

Judge Nicholas Samios put it more bluntly.

"Were you having an affair?" he asked.

The man replied: "No. (She) was the friend of a girl I went out with."

He said both he and Amundsen's former partner were having relationship problems and were "helping each other out" with the healing process.

"You text when you text," he said of the odd hours.

The trial will continue today.

- APN NEWSDESK



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