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‘Evil’ man jailed for cruel threats

Anthony John Wright faced Tweed Heads Local Court.
Anthony John Wright faced Tweed Heads Local Court.

"You have no idea how evil I am."

This was just one of many abusive statements read out in court on Tuesday December 9 before Anthony Rowntree, 31, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for two counts of stalking or intimidation with intent to cause fear.

After a failed attempt to get him help for a suspected substance addiction, Rowntree told his estranged girlfriend: "There's nothing stopping me from reaching into your face and tearing it in half."

Before an apprehended domestic violence order was filed, Rowntree also threatened to hang the woman from her hair for her children to find.

Rowntree, who is on unemployment benefits and has been "couch surfing" for some time, faced Tweed Heads Local Court after a string of frightening incidents.

On Monday night, Rowntree forced entry into his parents' home in Banora Point, demanded to see his children and assaulted his father, the court heard.

This incident breached an apprehended domestic violence order put in place months before.

While in custody, Rowntree abused an on-duty police officer with profanities.

Magistrate Jeff Linden described Rowntree's comments to the officer as "disgusting".

Topics:  crime tweed heads tweed heads local court



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