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Abuser who stalked woman was found hiding under bed

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WHEN she wanted him to leave her, he stalked her and stole her underwear.

When she wouldn't let him use her phone, he grabbed her hair and kidnapped her.

Rory Nigel King ripped her clothes off, told her she was a slut, said he would slit her dog's throat.

Brisbane District Court on Friday heard the details of King's offences, carried out at places including Gympie and Fortitude Valley.

Crown prosecutor Joshua Hanna said the woman was still terrified of King, who is 29.

But King will serve no more time behind bars, leaving the dock on Friday with a suspended sentence.

King had already spent 632 days in custody and had pleaded guilty to charges including torture, assault, and unlawful stalking.

He was arrested when police found him hiding under a bed.

The woman was a teenager when the verbally and physically abusive relationship with King started.

After the phone dispute, King grabbed the woman "and started throwing her around," Mr Hanna said.

Then he punched her in the ribs.

"While he was punching her he told her to have sex with him and called her a slut," Mr Hanna said.

"He stripped her naked and ripped her pants and underwear off."

Mr Hanna said King demanded $5000 from a trust fund and threatened to kill the woman's dog.

After a domestic violence order was taken out, King stalked her, stealing her underwear.

Drug abuse played a role in King's offending and the defence provided certificates from an anti-ice campaign and peace education program.

Defence counsel Simone Bain said prison chaplains had worked with King, who had taken "the initiative" with his rehabilitation.

"One must take his current assertions with some reluctance, but I'm prepared to give him an allowance," Judge Michael Shanahan said.

King once taped the woman to a vehicle's seat for five minutes, as well as threatening her family and pet.

"You in fact took the dog [twice] in an effort to get her to come and talk to you," Judge Shanahan said.

The judge said King was a domestic violence victim as a child which was an "explanation" but not an excuse for the offending.

Judge Shanahan said King had purportedly realised he needed to turn his life around.

He was sentenced on the most serious charge of torture to five years jail, wholly suspended.

*For 24-hour domestic violence support phone the national hotline 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732. -NewsRegional

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