An East Maitland man has been ordered to perform576 hours of community service for using a mobile phone service to harass and intimidate a femaleofficial of a Maitland area junior sporting team.
The man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons,was convicted and sentenced to an 18-month intensive correction order in Maitland Local Court on Monday.
An intensive correction order is a form of imprisonment that requiresan offender to serve a minimum of 32 hours of community service for each month of the sentence.
He previouslypleaded guilty to14 counts of using a carriage service to menace or harass.
He was also convicted andfined $400 forhaving a knife in a public place, to which he also pleaded guilty to having in his possession.
According to police documents tendered to Maitland Local Court, the man had become convinced the junior sporting team official thought his son was “too overweight” to play on the team.
The court heard that he became “fixated” on the victim and told police he wanted to scare that person.
The various phone calls made to the victim were messages of a sexual nature, the court was told.
The man was a carer to his grandmother and his father had died when he was a teenager, police papers tendered to the court said.
He was unemployed and said the use of amphetamines had been an influencing factor on his behaviour at the time of the offence.
The man said he agreed withthe police papers and admitted thathe had felt anger towards the victim at the time of the harassment.
He admitted the calls he had made were aggressive and threatening.
The court heard he was presently receiving treatmentfordepression and anxiety.
He had used cannabis and amphetamines since he was 16. He estimated hehad been spending $100 a day on drugs at the height of his addiction.
An intensive correction order is an order of imprisonment of not more than two years which is served under strict supervision of the Department of Corrective Services.