Scott Peter Jones leaves court on a suspended jail sentence in 2013 for sending more than 20,000 text messages to a former girlfriend, also in the police force.
Scott Peter Jones leaves court on a suspended jail sentence in 2013 for sending more than 20,000 text messages to a former girlfriend, also in the police force. Rae Wilson

Former detective jailed for stalking, again

A FORMER Toowoomba police detective has now been jailed twice for stalking different former girlfriends.

Scott Peter Jones, 42, had just been released from prison in 2013, and was on probation attending court-ordered relationship counselling, when he began stalking another woman.

Between May 31 and August 5, not long after the love-sick Jones and the woman had broken up, he bombarded her with text messages.

He sent about 300 messages over 13 days, and 600 in total over the two months, threatening to reveal intimate photos of her, to kill himself, questioning her fidelity and blaming her because he could not get a job.

Jones also tried to call her 100 times.

He turned up at her house on June 13, but left when she asked him to and apologised for going there.

When Jones saw the woman in a Toowoomba shopping centre in August he followed her and urged her to get in his car.

But she refused and when she drove away he pulled in front of her as she was driving home.

The woman was so frightened she spent the night at her daughter's home.

Judge Julie Ryrie sentenced Jones to 35 months, with an immediate parole release date considering the 14-and-a-half months he has spent in jail for stalking another woman.

He and his family, in the Brisbane District Court to support him, broke down in tears when Judge Ryrie told him he would be released on Thursday.

She said he was fortunate none of his texts were violent messages.

Jones was placed on a two-year restraining order.

He will not return to Toowoomba, but will move to the north coast to live with family.

- APN NEWSDESK

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