Stalking incidents with colleagues rare

Bryce Soraru has won his way to Gallipoli for Anzac Day.
Bryce Soraru has won his way to Gallipoli for Anzac Day.

Detective Steve Newing from the Armadale Detectives Office recently investigated a case where a young man who was employed in an electronics store stalked several former colleagues after he was sacked.

He was charged with stalking and breaching a restraining order.

A Canning Times journalist went along to the court case to find out why.

‘It was a very stupid decision, made in the heat of the moment. I did not intend to cause this trouble,’ Joshua Thomas Moss told magistrate Peter Malone in the Armadale Magistrates Court on Tuesday, April 2

‘However, I’ve done this and I intend to own up to it.’

The court was told Moss stalked a former colleague, who he worked with at JB Hi-Fi in Armadale, and then breached a restraining order by texting a third person.

Moss explained to the magistrate that during the time of the incident he was going through a painful chapter in his life involving a loved one and her family.

‘You got the sack because you looked like you were cooking a bomb,’ Mr Malone told Moss.

‘I was having constant disagreements with two people at the store and I had not taken my medication on the day,’ Moss replied.

Moss was fined $1500 for stalking and $500 for breaching a Victim Restraining Order plus $68 in fines.

Outside the court, Detective Newing claimed Moss had written a list of ingredients used for making a bomb while working at JB Hi-Fi.

‘Police want to reassure the public that this was an isolated incident and there is no need for the community to be alarmed,’ Det Newing said.

‘I am not sure if he had any real technical expertise to make a bomb, they were mainly words’