Horror dispute over neighboring countries in Brisbane makes the family feel unsafe at home after death threats
A family has revealed the horrific campaign of intimidation they endured at the hands of a neighbor, including creating fake ads featuring sexual favors that lead strangers to show up at their homes.
A Telstra employee from Queensland shared the family’s contact details online after an argument over palm trees on their property got out of hand.
The pair were soon inundated with graphic sexual messages, as well as death threats targeting their children and explicit lyrics.
He spread their personal information online, causing strangers to show up at their homes hoping to receive sexual favors and massages.
The family, who wants to remain anonymous, explains A current affair they had been left unbelievably sad after the campaign of violence, which lasted more than six years.
‘Our neighbors are absolutely wonderful, everyone gets along and this person has plunged into it like a cancerous tumor and eroded my pleasure and my ability to feel safe in my own home,’ said the mother of two.
In 2014, the woman first faced strange incidents when she tried to send and receive text messages.
What she assumed was an outage turned even more sinister when an Apple employee called a number related to the incidents, and a Telstra employee replied.
She later received a call from then Telstra CEO David Thoday explaining that the outage would be investigated.
As the strange telephone incidents ended, the woman later recognized the number involved when the neighbor started a case with the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal to try to force his neighbors to cut down their palm trees.
He claimed that the trees interrupted his view of the city of Brisbane, and was desperate for removal.
It was much more serious than I first thought
The couple said several trees had been ‘poisoned’ and ‘maimed’ before they received the complaint.
The neighbor had to send a letter to formally notify them of the case, and the victim immediately recognized the phone number in the letterhead.
‘As soon as I saw it, I said to my husband’ that’s the phone number ‘and then I realized this was much more serious than I initially thought,’ the victim said.
The woman called to discuss the matter with Telstra, but officials said there was no way to prove phone hacking had taken place.
But it wasn’t until the man’s QCAT trial failed that insulting took an even more sinister turn.
A Telstra employee from Queensland (pictured) sent graphic messages, death threats and explicit texts before posting his neighbor’s contact information online
The man posted an ad on Gumtree offering sexual services at his neighbor’s house on the same day she tried to book a cleaning lady through the same website.
The victim explained that she was later contacted by a man named ‘Kevin’ who explained that he was calling about the online ad.
When she asked what experience he had for the job, ‘he went on to provide’ [her] with a litany of his sexual prowess’.
The woman suggested he called the wrong number, but he repeated it to her, saying he found the ad on Gumtree.
“I said” what did it say? ” and he told me it was titled “sensual massage with a twist,” so I hung up on Kevin pretty quickly, “she said.
The panicked mother looked at the website and started searching until she came across the explicit ad – offering massage “and a lot more.”
The ad also featured the couple’s full names, address, unlisted home phone number, and cell phone numbers.
She called her husband to explain the ad and the phone call.
The family is too traumatized to reveal their names in public after all they’ve endured – including men showing up at their homes
‘I was really scared because I didn’t know what was going to happen … I was really upset. I had two kids at home and he said ‘don’t panic,’ ”she recalled.
But a moment later “there was a first knock on the door” and a man waited.
The woman had to explain that the ad was in fact a sick joke, and asked him to leave.
As soon as he returned home, her husband started working on getting the ad removed.
But everyone he successfully deleted would have another in its place, again with all their personal data.
Shortly afterwards, the couple both started receiving erotic and nude photo messages on their phones.
“It rattled psychologically because we didn’t know when they were coming,” the father of two explained.
“We tried to stop those who were hanged and because we thought we had stopped them, another one would be posted on a different website.”
At this point, the couple was desperate and tried to report the matter to the police.
They allege that the police appeared disinterested in their allegations and were told to ‘put a sign on their gate’ to explain that the ad was false.
What kind of person would go after a child? His children are the same age as mine.
It wasn’t until the couple received a death threat via email – also targeting their young children – that the police were able to arrest the neighbor.
The email stated ‘though your ending isn’t far off’ and then included the initials of the couple’s kids’ names.
“What kind of person would go after a child?” the woman asked A Current Affair. “I will never understand that, his children are the same age as my children, I will never understand what he was thinking.”
The 48-year-old was charged with stalking, threats of violence and computer hacking.
Three years later, he finally faced a Queensland court last week, pleading guilty to two charges of violent stalking.
The hacking attack has been withdrawn.
He finally faced a Queensland court last week, pleading guilty to two charges of violent stalking. The hacking attack has been withdrawn
Judge Julie Dick noted that the man’s insult was particularly “disturbing” and “determined” as he was sentenced to 18 months in prison, according to A Current Affair.
The sentence is suspended after only four months of imprisonment.
While the couple and their children will now try to get past the six-year ordeal, they say Telstra has not been held responsible for “ not stopping. ”
A spokesman for the telecommunications company argued that the couple’s concerns were taken seriously and investigated.
‘We found no evidence in our investigation [he] had abused his access as an employee to Telstra’s network or customer systems, ”said a spokesman.
‘We have identified that [he] had behaved in the workplace in a manner that violated our company policy and this led to his dismissal from his position at Telstra. ‘
Timeline of abuse against the family of four
– In 2014, the woman’s cell phone starts to falter for the first time, especially when she tries to send and receive messages. She repeatedly receives messages from one number in particular, which she does not recognize.
– She takes it to the Apple Store, which calls the number. A Telstra employee answers the phone.
– The woman receives a call from the then CEO of Telstra, who says the matter will be investigated. The strange disturbance stops.
– The family notices that palm trees appear to be ‘poisoned’ near their house. They then receive a message from her neighbor stating that he will take the case to the tribunal to have the trees removed because he is ruining his view.
– The mother of two recognizes the number on the letterhead as the number related to her phone outages. She suspects there is more to it and reports the matter to Telstra, who promises to investigate further.
– Telstra officials say there is no evidence of tampering and the case is being dismissed.
– Two years later, the woman places an advertisement for a cleaning lady on Gumtree and begins to receive calls from men seeking her sexual services. She discovers that ads have been posted with her personal information.
– A man comes to her house looking for a sexual massage ‘and more’ after her address is posted online.
– Her husband is working to remove the ads, but continues to show up more consistently.
– The family calls the police to report the crime, but claims there was nothing the police could do to help them.
– The family receives a death threat via email, where the police believe they have sufficient evidence to make an arrest.
– In 2018, the neighbor was finally charged with stalking, threats of violence and computer hacking.
– Three years later, he finally came to a Queensland court last week, pleading guilty to two charges of stalking with violence. The hacking attack has been withdrawn.
Judge Julie Dick noted that the crime was particularly “disturbing” and “determined” as he was sentenced to 18 months in prison. The sentence is suspended after only four months of imprisonment.