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20 February, 2021

COURT: Man fakes woman’s abduction during months of abuse

A man found himself in court last Wednesday after faking his ex-girlfriend's abduction.

By Michael R Williams

The defendant was found yelling obscenities outside of the complainant's home. PHOTO: bloomsberries

USING the complainant’s phone, Brendle Rodney Martin texted the current partner of his former lover to tell him, falsely, he had abducted her.
This, and other abusive behaviours toward the couple, landed the gentleman in court Wednesday, February 10. 
The charge was downgraded from threatening violence to public nuisance in a ruling Magistrate Phillipa Beckinsale called “lucky”.
The unnamed man received the messages from Mr Martin and subsequently contacted the police. 
Police had then let Martin off with a warning and a police protection notice ordering him to keep away from his former partner.
Detectives investigated the case shortly after.
The middle-aged man soon was found at the woman’s address hurling abuses. 
Martin had fled the scene when police arrived.   
Martin denied the event when later found by police, but eyewitnesses confirmed the complainant’s version of events and suspected Martin had been drinking at the time. 
Martin now has a mental health plan which is designed to keep him from further trouble. 
He was found guilty and fined $800 for public nuisance. 
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