Man shows love by threatening ex

A LOVESICK man who threatened to burn his ex-partner to death because she wouldn’t take him back has been sentenced to jail by a District Court judge.

Clinton Rodney Jerome, 34, was charged with stalking, burglary, assault occasioning bodily harm, attempted burglary and 13 breaches of a domestic violence order.

Crown prosecutor Brendan Manttan told the Maryborough District Court that Jerome harassed the woman with phone calls and text messages, repeatedly turned up at her home and followed her around town.

On July 12 he confronted her at her car in a Maryborough shopping centre car park.

Jerome got into the woman’s car before grabbing her around the throat and trying to choke her.

Mr Manttan said the woman had to punch Jerome so he would release his grip.

On July 30 Jerome approached the woman from behind after she had attended the police station to make a complaint against him.

Jerome tried to grab her mobile phone and the woman fell to the ground.

He then told her he had dreamed of killing her.

“I’ll douse you with petrol, light you up and watch you burn,” he told her.

Defence barrister Catherine Morgan said Jerome’s violence stemmed from frustration that his former partner didn’t return his feelings of “undying love”.

Ms Morgan said Jerome grew up in Cherbourg under the care of an aunty and “went off the rails” in 2007 after his mother died.

Judge Julie Ryrie said the facts suggested Jerome wanted to reunite with his ex-partner.

“You can’t speak and behave that way towards her and think she’ll want to take you back with open arms,” Judge Ryrie said.

“In the one breath you’re saying you’re sorry and in the next breath you are making threats of violence.”

Judge Ryrie sentenced Jerome to 17 concurrent jail terms, ranging from six months to two years.

Taking into account the 125 days spent in pre-sentence custody, Judge Ryrie set a parole eligibility date of February 2.

Judge Ryrie also imposed a restraining order against Jerome on behalf of the victim.

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