A WOMAN who used Facebook to send abusive and threatening messages to her brother’s partner has been fined $750.
Kimberly Louise Jones pleaded guilty to making threats to injure, endanger or harm a person when she appeared at Rockingham Magistrates Court on October 13.
The police prosecutor said the victim received a long message on Facebook that read: “You are a dirty homewrecking sad little girl, you show your ugly disrespectful face at any funeral, you are not welcome in our family you shameful adulteress whore – I’ll gut you if you turn up to any funeral.”
Jones’s lawyer said there had been strained family tensions where she thought the victim and her estranged brother had shown disrespect to Jones’s father who was very ill.
He said she felt deeply embarrassed about the message hearing the threats read out in the court.
He asked for a spent conviction.
Magistrate Richard Huston said they were clearly threats.
“It shows how careful people have to be when using Facebook,” he said.
“Clearly she accepts they were threats by pleading guilty.
“There needs to be both personal and general deterrence for this.
“You need to be careful when communicating with other people and your conduct on the day was inappropriate.
“You let things get the better of you and you must not do that again; it’s not ok.”
He granted her a spent conviction and fined her $750.