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Court hears man set up dates for his unsuspecting ex

AN ISIS man who stalked his former partner, creating an online dating profile in her name and ordering adult diapers to her home, has been fined $2000.

Stephen Roy Pickersgill, 25, of Childers, stalked his ex-fiancée for almost three months because he was angry about the separation, the Childers Magistrates Court heard.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Hayley Glover told the court Pickersgill admitted to creating a fake profile under his former fiancée's name on a dating website, Plenty of Fish, and set up dates between the 23-year-old victim and a number of men.

Snr Const Glover said the victim received messages on her mobile phone from more than 26 men responding to dating requests and that "men she did not know kept turning up at her home and work address to take her out on dates", which had been arranged by Pickersgill through the website.

She said Pickersgill, a mill employee, had registered the victim's details on a number of companies' websites and requested that sample products be sent to her address, including sanitary pads and adult diapers.

The court heard Pickersgill admitted to creating a Facebook page under the victim's name and invited guests to a birthday party at her friend's address, as well as applying for a job on the victim's behalf without her knowledge.

Snr Const Glover said the victim stated "strange things kept happening at her house, such as the hot water system being turned off and her clothing being taken from the clothes line".

"This behaviour had caused her serious anguish and upset her greatly," the prosecutor said.

"She was also concerned about going about her everyday life and going to work because she didn't know what might happen next."

Pickersgill, who represented himself, pleaded guilty to stalking and told the court he had "a small case of depression".

He told court he had relocated to Childers from Toowoomba to distance himself from his former partner.

In sentencing Pickersgill, Magistrate Gary Finger told the 25-year-old his actions were "atrocious".

"You should be ashamed of yourself," he told Pickersgill.

"Your behaviour and what you inflicted on the poor woman was atrocious. You keep talking about your mental state but I can guarantee you her mental state would be immeasurably more than yours.

"She won't tolerate it, the court won't tolerate it and the community won't tolerate it."

Magistrate Finger advised Pickersgill that it was "time to move on".

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