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Supermarket stalker jailed

A HORRIFYING case of stalking, along with a string of drug charges, has landed one Proserpine man with a four-month jail sentence.

Jason Scott Richter, 31, fronted the Proserpine Magistrates Court on Monday faced with four charges including unlawful stalking and possessing drugs.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Manon Barwick said the stalking incident happened on July 19 about 4pm at Proserpine Woolworths.

A 20-year-old woman was walking through the aisles of the store when she noticed Richter "loitering and following her”.

He walked back and past the woman and she later told police it made her feel "uncomfortable”.

When the woman went to the checkout, Richter went to the checkout directly beside her.

Then as she walked outside, Richter was standing beside his vehicle and watching her.

She crossed the main street and then heard a vehicle behind her. She turned around and saw Richter was following her.

At this point she took out her phone and started recording the car and as she walked past the vehicle, Richter said something about her body.

Richer turned into Marathon St and then did a U-turn and drove past her again.

Ms Barwick said at this stage the woman became frightened and decided to go to a friend's house that was closer than her home.

As she crossed the road, he drove past her and made a vulgar sexual remark towards the woman.

"She was terrified,” Ms Barwick said.

At this point she made it to her friend's house and eventually got a lift home and reported the incident to police.

Richter was taken into custody by police and told them that "he thought she was attractive and appeared to be 17 or 18” and that he "couldn't recall what he said”.

Richter was also facing drug charges relating to a search warrant being executed at a Proserpine home about 12.30pm on August 17 where police found one gram of cannabis in a bowl, a used water pipe and electronic scales.

In regards to the stalking, defence solicitor Raymond Taylor said Richter had "little recollection of the events that day”.

Mr Taylor also said Richter had been suffering from drug use.

In committing the offences, Richter also breached a community order.

Magistrate Simon Young labelled the stalking "disgusting and disgraceful”.

"Stalking is a very serious offence,” Mr Young said.

"You have accosted, in the most disgusting of ways, a young lady that you didn't even know.

"I think quite clearly she would feel terrified about your actions.”

For stalking Richter was sentenced to four months imprisonment, and jailed for one month each for his three drug charges, to be served concurrently.

He was given immediate parole release.

He was also re-sentenced on two previous drug charges with one month imprisonment each, also to be served concurrently.

"You have one final opportunity to stay out (of jail),” Mr Young said in handing down his sentence.

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