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Threatening texts earn man $1,000 fine

A 33-year-old Pembroke man was fined $1,000 for threatening his ex girlfriend.

Jamil Simmons pleaded guilty yesterday in Magistrates' Court to threatening his ex girlfriend, Talitha Simons.

Simmons used text messaging to send threats to his ex girlfriend of over two years.

Crown counsel Garrett Byrne told the court the incident occurred between June 29 and July 19.

The court heard Simmons had trouble coming to terms with the termination of his relationship in February, which affected his relationship with his 15-month-old son.

In a police interview, Simmons admitted to sending the threatening text messages which include: “F***k you! Watch what happens next,” and “You have no morals. You're going to get what you deserve,” and “You think you're protected from the police? You're going to get f****d up.”

Simmons also called her a “whore.”

Simmons apologised: “I'm sorry to the court. I'm upset at myself for letting her get underneath my skin.

“The reason she did get under my skin was mainly for my child.”

“I work seven days a week and every holiday, so I don't' see my son as much as I'd like to,” he said. “Her boyfriend threatened me initially, so I just said I don't want the guy around my son.

“She stopped bringing my son to see me in January. My son's birthday is in April, and we had a christening for him.

“This guy comes to the christening, and that's disrespect. So yes, I did say things I shouldn't have said, but that hurt my feelings.

“On Father's Day, I got a call that he is up in the church with my son and taking Father's Day pictures. My emotions got the best of me and that's all.”

Magistrate Nicole Stoneham told Simmons: “With every goodbye, you must learn to rise. The words you have directed to this woman lack any respect for her, let alone lack respect as the mother of your son.

“You must set the appropriate example for your son,” she said. “Do you wish your son to be a man that disrespects women, as you have in your text messages, or do you wish your son to rise and walk with kings?

“And in so doing, respect women in every way and walk of his life. It's called respect.”

Ms Stoneham handed Simmons a $1,000 fine.

The maximum penalty Simmons could have faced was six months in jail or a fine of $2,880.

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Published August 03, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated August 03, 2013 at 1:12 am)

Threatening texts earn man $1,000 fine

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