Prisoner on trial over stalking
A PRISONER serving time for breaching a domestic violence order appeared in the Maryborough Magistrates Court this week on a stalking charge – but only after insisting on a different prosecutor.
Calvin John Brewster, 45, had a few problems with Sergeant Michael Quirk.
He became so agitated about facing the sergeant that police officers refused to bring Brewster into the courtroom.
Sgt Quirk was happy to hand over the case to his colleague, Sergeant Craig Ryan, and Brewster was led into the courtroom in handcuffs.
But he had only been in the room for a few minutes before he was taken out again.
His alleged victim was declared a “special witness” and Brewster was excluded from the court while she gave evidence against him.
“This matter arose on the very day he was sentenced to a period of imprisonment for breaching a domestic violence order,” Sgt Ryan told the court.
“He made threats to her in the courtroom during those proceedings.”
The woman told the court Brewster called her on her mobile phone during a break in his court proceedings on June 2.
“In the courtroom he constantly eyeballed me,” she said.
“During the recess he threatened both a constable and myself.
“Then when I left court and was driving out of town my phone rang. I pulled the car over and answered the phone and it was him again.”
The woman said Brewster called numerous other times that day but she did not answer his calls.
At the time of the alleged offence there was a domestic violence order in place prohibiting Brewster from contacting the woman.
She told the court his constant calls and threats had her “petrified” and in fear for the safety of herself and her child.
Phone records were tendered to the court which indicated Brewster had made several calls to the woman on the day he faced court for breaching the domestic violence order.
Brewster was released on parole on June 2 but was arrested less than 24 hours later after the woman made a complaint to police.
He has been in custody since that date and has been represented by nearly every law firm on the Fraser Coast.
Brewster was represented this week by lawyer Jim Fairlie.
A plea was not entered to the stalking charge but Brewster admitted to the magistrate that he had called the woman.
“I made the call, yeah, it was a mistake,” he said.
The case was set for trial in the Maryborough District Court and Brewster was remanded in custody until his trial date.