Alleged stalker granted bail
A BUNDABERG man has faced court for allegedly stalking a local auto shop employee.
Frederick John Manning, 44, yesterday appeared in the docks of Bundaberg Magistrates Court charged with one count of stalking the woman between February last year and earlier this year.
Manning, a furniture removalist, applied for bail which police opposed saying the man had a propensity for violence and that the victim was fearful for her safety.
It is alleged Manning harassed the woman over several months, visiting her at work and sending her gifts.
In an objection to bail tendered to the court, police allege Manning began calling the woman, sent her gifts and followed her home.
The report alleges Manning also went to the auto store in April this year and made inappropriate remarks to the woman, and stared at her while breathing heavily.
Manning told the court he had sent letters to the woman's manager claiming that she had made false allegations against him.
The court was told Manning had a history of similar crimes and had been convicted of stalking another person several years ago.
Manning was sentenced to three years jail suspended for five years after serving several months behind bars for using his removal truck to ram into the car of his former girlfriend's alleged lover before ramming two more cars and smashing into the victim's Bourbong St juice business.
Manning, who represented himself in court, said while some of the new police allegations were true, others were not.
Magistrate Deb Vasta allowed the bail application on the conditions Manning report to police once a week and not contact or approach the woman or her workplace.
"I think the conditions will be strong enough to keep you away from this person," Ms Vasta said.
"I am going to grant bail because it's been seven years since the last allegations."
Manning will face court again on June 7.