Chef sentenced over messages

18:48, Jan 16 2013

A 30-year-old Queenstown chef who sent more than 1000 texts including threatening and offensive messages to his former partner was sentenced in the Queenstown District Court this week.

Brett Jon Seipolt was ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within nine months by Judge Kevin Philips after he admitted using a telephone device to send threatening language with the intent to offend between September 3 and January 6.

Lawyer Mike Newell said Seipolt had become "angry and hotheaded" when his relationship ended after his partner left him for another man in September.

He sent an average of 20 to 30 messages a day and texts started to become threatening in nature in November.

However, some of the texts related to custody of their daughter, Mr Newell said.

Seipolt was remorseful and acknowledged responsibility for the offending.

The judge said he was prepared to accept the bulk of the offending was when Seipolt was having difficulty coming to terms with his relationship ending and his former partner moving on.

However, the offending had caused "extreme difficulties" for the victim, he said.

He told Seipolt not to repeat any form of similar offending as the charge would remain hanging over his head for nine months.


The Southland Times