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7 March, 2021

Man fakes woman’s abduction during months of abuse

USING the complainant’s phone, Brendle Rodney Martin, 38, texted his ex’s new partner to tell him, falsely, she had been abducted.


USING the complainant’s phone, Brendle Rodney Martin, 38, texted his ex’s new partner to tell him, falsely, she had been abducted. PHOTO: supplied

USING the complainant’s phone, Brendle Rodney Martin, 38, texted his ex’s new partner to tell him, falsely, she had been abducted.  

This, and other abusive behaviours toward the couple, landed the gentleman in the Biloela Magistrates Court on Wednesday, February 10.  

Brendle Rodney Martin, 38, pleaded guilty before Magistrate Philippa Beckinsale and police prosecutor Helen Lane to public nuisance. 

Ms Lane read the facts of the case to the court and Ms Beckinsale. 

The charge was downgraded from threatening violence to public nuisance in what Magistrate Beckinsale called “lucky”. 

Martin was a former partner of the complainant.  

When the complainant’s current partner received the messages, he subsequently contacted the police.  

The police let Martin off with a warning and a police protection notice. 

Detectives investigated the case shortly after Martin was ordered to keep away from his former partner.  

It was not long until the middle-aged man was found at the woman’s address hurling abuses.  

When police arrived at the scene, Martin had already fled.   

Martin denied the event when found by police, but eyewitnesses confirmed the complainant’s version of events and suspected he had been drinking at the time.  

Martin has a mental health plan which is likely to keep him from further trouble.  

He was fined $800. 


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