Peter Carruthers

Cricketer abuses woman on phone

A FORMER professional cricketer was given a three-month jail sentence for leaving offensive messages on a woman's mobile phone.

John Lachlan Aumann, 30, was charged with two counts of using a carriage service to make a threat to cause serious harm and one count of using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence.

The court heard how Aumann, who played professional cricket in Victoria and the UK, made several calls between July 31, 2014, and September 11, 2015, to a former friend, including threatening to harm another person known to the woman, which she feared would be carried out.

"The victim barred her number but the defendant managed to get it and on August 28 he called her," police prosecutor Elizabeth Smith said.

"He said he was coming to Melbourne and wanted to meet up with her, and also called her an offensive name.

"On September 8, he left a message calling her a dirty s*** and shortly after that, another call was made when he said he was going to "gut her like the f***ing pig she was".

"On September 10 he said he was going to take down her mother and family and hurt them, and also that he was going to kill the victim's dog.

"The victim felt threatened, intimidated and afraid, and fearful to go anywhere."

Defence solicitor Antoinette Morton said Aumann, who works in the travel industry, had never met the woman because the relationship had been on the internet.

"She gave him the (phone) number on social media and he accepts that he made statements that would have caused her concern and he regrets that," she said.

Magistrate Simon Young said the threats Aumann made were "clear and unambiguous".

"They were disgraceful," he said.

"The penalty I impose must serve as a personal deterrence to you but also show the community at large that this kind of offending will not be tolerated."

He sentenced Aumann to three months in prison, with immediate release, for each of the three offences, with a $500 recognisance for each charge to be paid if he commits another offence.

He was also placed on a restraining order.


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