The wife of the union representative John Setka has revealed the nasty messages she received from her husband about her deceased father and how her husband gave her a & # 39; idiot & # 39; and a & # 39; piece s *** & # 39; called.
On Wednesday, the cornered trade unionist pleaded guilty to bombing a woman with dozens of offensive texts and phone calls and violating a court order.
His wife, Emma Walters, identified herself as that woman outside of the Magistrates Court of Melbourne.
In an interview with the Herald Sun., Mrs. Walters revealed that the worst message she received was about her deceased father.
& # 39; Your father would be so proud of you, you turned into a drunk idiot … your weak piece **, & # 39; said Setka to her.
Emma Walters (photo left), trade union boss John Setka (right) has revealed the nasty messages she received from her husband about her deceased father and how she & # 39; idiot & # 39; and a & # 39; piece s *** & # 39; was named
The court heard that John Setka (right) bombed a woman with dozens of offensive texts and phone calls, which later turned out to be his wife Emma Walters (left)
& # 39; You are a c *** like the rest of your family & # 39 ;, read one of the messages while another said: & # 39; you are a treacherous Aussie *** in c *** & # 39 ;.
Setka also called his wife a & # 39; drunk idiot & # 39 ;, & # 39; c *** & # 39 ;, & # 39; f ** king dog & # 39; and & # 39; weak piece of s *** & # 39 ;.
The union manager called on his wife 25 times and in October last year sent 45 text messages, the court heard.
He also sent a rant of insulting messages during a series of days in December to January 3.
& # 39; Words are incredibly destructive if they stay with you, & # 39; Mrs. Walters told the publication.
The magistrate described Setka & # 39; s texts to his wife as & # 39; unreal & # 39; and & # 39; common & # 39;
Setka also sent his wife's photos of them along with her face darkened with the intention of erasing the complainant from their lives, said prosecutor Senior Constable Paul Brookes.
She filed a complaint with the police on Boxing Day, but the calls and messages continued until the beginning of January.
Mrs. Walters said it was one of the most difficult decisions she had made to leave Setka, but knew that it was unhealthy for herself and her children if she stayed.
& # 39; I drank too much to try to escape. Then I went: & # 39; I can no longer do this & # 39 ;, and I'm not going to go crazy. This is wrong and it must stop, & she said.
Mrs. Walters said she was sometimes afraid of her husband, but that fear has now disappeared.
The Victorian Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy (CFMEU) secretary stood before the Magistrates Court in Melbourne on Wednesday, where he pleaded guilty of breaking a court order and another charge.
Magistrate Belinda Wallington described the texts as & # 39; inactive & # 39; and & # 39; nasty & # 39 ;.
& # 39; It's the language, it's the woman-unfriendly language that worries &, she told the court.
Mrs. Walters supported her husband in the courtroom, but was visibly angry when the messages were read.
Magistrate Wallington told Setka to take responsibility for his actions because he was convicted of using a courier service to taunt and violate a court order and imposed good 12-month behavioral guarantees.
Stelka & # 39; s wife Emma Walters afterwards told reporters that the issue has taken an emotional toll
On Wednesday, the struggling union driver pleaded guilty to bombing a woman with dozens of offensive texts and phone calls and violating a court order
He was also instructed to donate $ 1,000 to an Aboriginal family violence group and to participate in a behavioral change program.
Setka & # 39; s lawyer Marcus Dempsey said that the public profile of the union was important for his work.
& # 39; It is a very published and political world in which he lives. In public, he had to be seen as indestructible, "he said.
Mrs Walters' identity was kept secret as long as the case was in court, but the couple now hopes to leave the recent unrest behind.
& # 39; Despite many rumors and insinuations, no one else is involved except John and myself & # 39 ;, Mrs. Walters told outsiders on Wednesday.
& # 39; The truth of this story is that it's just about my husband and myself bringing our lives back together. I really want you to report this. I have just identified myself and it is time to end the joke. & # 39;
John Setka kisses his wife Emma while the couple leaves the Magistrates Court
She admitted that the issue had put enormous emotional pressure on their marriage.
& # 39; I want to be very clear though, although John and I have sometimes deeply wounded each other, but there has never been physical violence in our marriage or in our home, "said Mrs. Walters.
Setka still refuses repeated calls to resign after reports he has told colleagues. The intercession of anti-family violence activist Rosie Batty had led to men having fewer rights.
He denies making the comments.
Setka told reporters that the couple still love each other.
& # 39; I ruined it. And it's up to me to fix it, & # 39; Setka explained.
& # 39; I have sent messages and used language that I am deeply ashamed of and sorry for.
& # 39; It's not good for us to talk to each other like that. There has never been physical violence in our relationship, but we agree that words can be just as painful. & # 39;
If you or someone you know needs support, call the National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counseling Service at 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732), Lifeline 131 114 or beyondblue 1300 224 636.
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