Text message exchange leads to charges

Text message exchange leads to charges

A Cowra man and a woman from Young were both fined $1000 when their cases were heard separately in the Cowra Local Court on November 18.

Jess Butler of Darling Avenue in Cowra and Samantha Martin of Musgrove Street, Young were charged with stalk/intimidate after exchanging a series of text messages.

Neither party was known to each other.

Butler appeared in court to answer the charge while Martin failed to appeared and had her case finalised in her absence.

"The content is almost incoherent," Local Court magistrate Jillian Kiely said after reading the texts which were outlined in police facts presented to the court.

Butler's solicitor, Clive Hill, told the court his client didn't know the person before the text exchange which resulted after Martin drove past his residence and yelled something, believed to be "dog" from the window of a car.

"He realises he needs to keep his thumbs in his pockets in future," Mr Hill said.

Ms Kiely described the events leading to the offences as "quite extraordinary circumstances".

According to police Martin had attended a residence in Darling Street, Cowra on September 2 this year in regards to a completely unrelated matter to do with a motor vehicle.

Police said she had yelled at Butler, who lived some distance away, after leaving the Darling Street property.

Later on the same day the two had been involved in an exchange of text messages which Ms Kiely said were "disturbing" and "incoherent".