Phone calls from jail leads to lengthy string of charges

A man from Tumut charged with 40 offences relating to intimidation and contravening an apprehended violence order has been sentenced.

Brett Raymond Pearce, 43, was sentenced at Young Local Court last week on 20 intimidation and 20 contravene apprehended violence order charges, and one possess drug charge. The offences were committed through phone calls Pearce made while in Junee Correctional Facility.

All calls in prison are recorded and maybe monitored, facts tendered at court say. The victim contacted police and a search warrant in relation to obtaining the calls was applied for by police and granted.

Police identified 128 calls made between December 4, 2018 and January 28, 2019.

On March 29 this year, while attending the probation and parole office at Tumut, Pearce was arrested and conveyed to Tumut Police Station. He was searched and found with a bag containing .4g of methylamphetamine.

At court, he was sentenced to two years jail with a non-parole period of four months and nine day, backdated to when he was entered into custody.