Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Stalker to Appeal Jail Sentence

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Stalker to Appeal Jail Sentence

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Byline: Bruce Mckean Bruce.Mckean@dailymercury.com.au

ANTHONY Nelson-Burns has been granted leave to appeal his five-year jail sentence for a wild 24-hour crime spree in which he stalked his former partner, cut up her clothes, tried to run down two of her friends in his car, and then set fire to her residence.

The arson attack on his former partner's Broadsound Rd unit caused $25,000 in damage.

Nelson-Burns, 22, pleaded guilty in the District Court in Mackay last year to arson, burglary with violence while armed, stalking with violence, and dangerous driving, all of which occurred on February 9 and 10 last year.

He has appealed his five-year jail sentence claiming it was manifestly excessive.

His on-again, off-again partner of about six years broke up with him and police served him with a Domestic Violence Act protection order, the District Court heard last year.

He went back to the unit, broke in, demanded money of her so he could leave Queensland, fought with her and sat on her chest. …

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