Probation for stalker on run
FOUR years after being charged with stalking a family of eight, the law has finally caught up with Kayd Craig Thorp.
After being on the run interstate and wanted on more than a dozen charges, the 24-year-old former Killarney man appeared in the Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday morning where he pleaded guilty to all his outstanding offences.
The court heard Thorp – who last made headlines when he backed his car into the Condamine River in May 2006 – had terrorised a neighbouring family who lived across a driveway from him in a Killarney unit complex.
The family with six children endured two months of repeated attacks by Thorp in mid-2006 while he was armed with a shanghai or slingshot he used to shoot marbles which smashed the windows of their residence and vehicle.
Magistrate Anne Thacker yesterday told Thorp his vindictive behaviour could have caused serious injury or death.
The court was told Thorp also damaged the rear window of the family’s Toyota Prado with his shanghai while it was parked in Rose City Shoppingworld.
On one occasion he ripped the fuse box from the wall of the property to cut off the family’s electricity and destroyed their TV antenna, as well as removing bulbs from security lights.
The family became so concerned at Thorp’s behaviour they concealed a video camera outside their home to film his acts, but he discovered and stole the camera while they were out.
In all he caused nearly $3000 damage to their home, vehicle and property.
During search warrants conducted by police in 2006 on the neighbouring residence which Thorp shared with his partner and their own children, police discovered cannabis-smoking utensils and damage to the ceilings of the rented property.
The court heard Thorp’s children were later taken into care by authorities and he fled interstate, failing to appear in court.
He lived on the run across Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia where he accumulated other criminal history, before returning to Queensland earlier this year to live with his mother on Brisbane’s bayside.
Thorp’s luck ran out when he was pulled over for a routine vehicle check at Wynnum on April 9, with officers discovering outstanding warrants for his arrest.
But he tried one last burst for freedom, leading police on a wild foot chase which ended in his apprehension and Thorp suffering a back injury as a result of his attempt to avoid capture.
He appeared in court yesterday in a wheelchair, with his lawyer telling the court he was due for surgery on a slipped disc.
Magistrate Thacker told Thorp he had caused the family he stalked untold distress and had “compromised their security” through his torment of them.
She sentenced Thorp to 18 months probation, fined him $500 for disobeying police directions and ordered him to pay $500 in compensation to the family he stalked, with the majority of the damage fortunately covered by the family’s insurance.
The case has highlighted what appears to be a lack of co-ordination between crime agencies across state borders, with police unclear as to the full extent of Thorp’s criminal activity in other Australian states.