Accused used phone to issue threats

THE manager of a large building supply company has been ordered to perform 250 hours of community service for contravening an apprehended violence order and using a mobile phone to menace, harass and offend.

Kristian O'Sullivan, 29, was taken into custody after sending offensive text messages following the breakdown of a relationship.

He was later granted bail with $6000 surety.

The text messages breached Commonwealth telecommunication laws and apprehended violence orders previously imposed by Dubbo Local Court.

Magistrate Andrew Eckhold was told O'Sullivan was on a good behaviour bond when the text messages were sent.

The bond had been imposed for assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Magistrate Eckhold said the text messages lacked perspective.

"This is the mother of your child,'' the magistrate said.

"You are committing offences and putting everything at risk.

O'Sullivan was contrite when he appeared before Magistrate Eckhold for sentencing.

A solicitor said O'Sullivan was still highly regarded by his employer and the community.

"He wants to improve himself and not give in to his emotions,'' the solicitor said.

Magistrate Eckhold said a positive pre-sentence report indicated O'Sullivan was a good worker with tremendous support in the Dubbo area.

"It would seem you are a good fellow who has problems with violence,'' the solicitor said.

"This has to be a wake-up call.

"Nothing positive can come from the things you wrote in the text messages.

"It was just venting anger.

"I am confident you will complete community service.

"Stay out of trouble.

"If you come back to court you are likely to go to jail.''