Stalking ex's lawyer leads to jail

A MAN who threatened to bash his ex-wife's solicitor to “within an inch of his life” has been sent to jail for stalking.

Thomas Phillips, 62, harassed Bundaberg lawyer Kelvin Pearson over a period of more than two years.

Mr Pearson had represented the ex-wife of Phillips during family law proceedings from 2007.

In 2008 Phillips started sending threatening emails and a letter to the solicitor in a bid to induce him to withdraw his representation of the woman.

On one occasion, Phillips attended the Pearson Law business premises and threatened Mr Pearson and other staff.

Another time, he approached Mr Pearson at McDonald's and demanded he withdraw his services.

Mr Pearson's family was with him at the time.

In the most serious incident, Phillips indicated he had associates who would bash Mr Pearson to “within an inch of his life”.

The constant harassment caused such concern to Mr Pearson and his family that he stopped representing his client.

Phillips was arrested on Wednesday and faced Maryborough Magistrates Court yesterday. He pleaded guilty to stalking.

His solicitor, Matthew Messenger, said Phillips had been through a bitter family breakdown.

“This conduct against a solicitor is disturbing, but the emails and letter sent to the solicitor are just words that smack of a frustrated self-litigator,” Mr Messenger said.

“It is conceded that the threats were totally unacceptable ... abhorrent.”

Magistrate John Smith said Phillips had exhibited a complete disregard for the law.

“This type of conduct will not be tolerated.”

Mr Smith sentenced Phillips to nine months in jail and set a parole release date for January 28.

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