A STAWELL man who threatened to rape and kill a western Victorian woman will not serve any further jail time for his actions.
Jayden Evan, 29, appeared in person at Horsham Magistrates’ Court on Monday. He pleaded guilty to four charges, including making threats to kill.
He had served 25 days in jail between his arrest and his bail being granted.
The court heard that the accused was in a de facto relationship with a woman for eight years, and the relationship broke down in June.
It also heard the victim took measures to move away from the accused, however, he had visited the property numerous times without her permission.
Horsham Police prosecutor Senior Constable Michelle Wentworth said the accused sent more than 130 text messages to the victim between October 20 and November 15, 2018.
The court heard the text messages were mostly of a threatening nature. They included: ‘I’m going to f**king shoot you c**t’, ‘Hope yr at yours, coz I know someone who will throw a brick through your window’, ‘I will deadset kill you c**t’, and ‘I’ll rape and kill you w***e’.
“Although not all the messages were of this nature, they did show a pattern of ongoing abuse and harassment,” Senior Constable Wentworth said.
The court heard that in the evening of November 19, 2018 the victim’s brother checked around the premises of the victim’s house because the woman was scared for her safety.
At 11.30pm, the victim opened her front door and saw the accused standing on the verandah.
“The accused became aggressive and stormed around the house. The victim asked him to leave and said she would call the police,” Senior Constable Wentworth said.
“He replied, ‘Don’you f**king dare’. The accused kicked the door until the lock broke and entered the house. He attempted to take the dog. The victim slapped him and the accused forcefully pushed her onto a bed.
“The victim’s brother later reported to police that he had received a phone call from victim during this incident and could hear the accused yelling in the background.”
Police attended the address and took the accused to Stawell Police Station.
“The accused made no comment regarding the allegations, however said the last text message he had sent to the accused was two weeks prior to the incident,” Senior Constable Wentworth said.
The court heard the accused had limited prior history, but had one prior family violence offence from 2011.
The accused pleaded guilty to the charges in November and was granted bail. He served 25 days in remand before his bail was granted.
Magistrate Ronald Saines said the accused’s offending was a serious example of family violence.
“When you arrived at the victim’s residence, which is very isolated, she was entitled to feel like her safety and life were on the line,” he said.
“These were vile and serious threats made by you. The question is whether the 25 days you have already served is sufficient enough punishment. Your prior history is minimal and it is indicated that you have taken steps to deal with this out of control behaviour.”
Mr Saines ordered the accused be placed on a Community Corrections Order. He also ordered the accused remain under police supervision for six months.
“You now have a sentence and imprisonment for family violence. If you commit any future offences, it will be a very different sentencing environment,” Mr Saines said.
- If you or someone who know has experienced sexual, domestic or family violence, contact 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732.