Man accused of stalking ex
A HERVEY Bay man accused of stalking the mother of his deceased fiancee will face the Hervey Bay District Court for day two of his trial today.
Anthony Baker, 46, is facing charges of unlawful stalking, two counts of wilful damage, making a bomb hoax, dangerous driving and attempting to enter a dwelling with intent to commit a crime.
The charges stem from a five-month period during which Baker allegedly caused the complainant to fear for her life by writing threatening letters and planting what appeared to be a bomb on her front door step.
The court heard the man began a relationship with the woman's daughter in 2005.
In 2006 the daughter, who was 17 at the time, was diagnosed with leukaemia.
On her 18th birthday the daughter received a car from the defendant and a short time later he gave her an engagement ring.
In September 2008, the daughter relapsed and died later that year.
Crown Prosecutor Caroline Marco said, while the couple had not been in a relationship at the time, Baker was with the family when the daughter died.
She said Baker attended the funeral “holding hands” with another woman and asked the alleged victim whether or not her daughter had written a will.
After finding there was a will, Baker is accused of delivering a series of letters to the woman's home which included “thinly veiled threats” and demands for the return of the engagement ring he had given to her daughter.
Ms Marco said one of the letters included advice to the complainants not to “breed” because “your genetic structure is weak”.
She said Baker had also left explicit messages on the woman's phone and had stood out the front of her home yelling out that she was, among other things, a “f****** liar” and a “f****** thief”.
She also said Baker's home deliveries had included a box with wires attached and a pink urn which appeared to be filled with “blood and bone”.
When called to the witness box the alleged victim appeared dazed and confused and had to compose herself on several occasions.
She said Baker had hand delivered the letters on an almost daily basis during the period and had announced their arrival by standing at the front door, yelling out “mail man”, and leaving the envelopes wedged in the door.
The trial continues today.