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Dad ‘bombarded ex-girlfriend with 1,000 calls and 500 abusive messages’

Dad ‘bombarded his ex-girlfriend with 1,000 calls and 500 abusive messages’ after allegedly tearing up a police order barring him from contacting her

  • Father Michael Lee Cornelius Arkeveld ‘tore up a police order in front of officers’
  • The 20-year-old breached bail conditions by contacting his ex-girlfriend 
  • He allegedly contacted ex-partner with 1,050 calls and 500 ‘vile text messages’
  • Arkeveld appeared in Bunbury Magistrates Court on Friday and was refused bail 

A father allegedly inundated his ex-girlfriend with more than 1,000 calls and 500 abusive texts over two weeks while a police order was in place to stop him from contacting her.

Perth father Michael Lee Cornelius Arkeveld, 20, breached bail conditions by contacting the victim, who is the mother of his one-year-old child.

He was issued a 72-hour police order on June 16 but chose to tear it up in front of police and breach it by calling the victim 11 times that day, Bunbury Magistrate’s Court heard on Friday.

Perth father Michael Lee Cornelius Arkeveld, 20, breached bail conditions by contacting the victim, who is the mother of his one-year-old child

He was issued a 72-hour police order on June 16 but chose to tear it up in front of police and breach it by calling the victim 11 times that day, Bunbury Magistrate's Court heard (pictured)

He was issued a 72-hour police order on June 16 but chose to tear it up in front of police and breach it by calling the victim 11 times that day, Bunbury Magistrate’s Court heard (pictured)

Arkeveld allegedly sent 500 messages and called his ex-girlfriend 1,050 times in the early hours of the morning and late at night, The West Australian reported.

In some instances he called from a blocked number so she could not screen the calls.

Prosecuting sergeant Darren Grigson said Arkeveld send an ‘extreme number of calls and messages’ and described it as being ‘over the top’. 

Arveheld claimed he was trying to make contact in relation to his daughter.

But police claim the text messages were ‘vile and derogatory’ and called the victim demeaning terms and allegedly threatened to kill her ex-partners.

A restraining order was issued on June 30 leading the 20-year-old to cut off all contact with the victim.

Mr Arkeveld’s defence lawyer Fiona Walsh pushed for him to be released on bail.

‘He failed to take the police order seriously because he didn’t understand it at first,’ she said.

Arkeveld allegedly sent 500 messages and called his ex-girlfriend 1,050 times in the early hours of the morning and late at night

Arkeveld allegedly sent 500 messages and called his ex-girlfriend 1,050 times in the early hours of the morning and late at night

‘It is clear that when there is a blanket exception he stops all communication and recognises the severity of the issue now.’

Magistrate Robert Young was not satisfied and refused the request for bail, leaving Arkeveld remanded in custody.

‘These are not voice messages in an unguarded moment, he is sitting down and taking the time to type these out and a lot of them are largely unrelated to child contact,’ Magistrate Young said. 

The young father did not enter a plea but will reappear in court this month to face four charges of breach of police order and eight charges of breach of protective bail conditions. 

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