Alleged stalker in court

A LAIDLEY man has been banned from going within 500m of Lockyer mayor Steve Jones after he faced court on Monday charged with stalking.

The man, 67, appeared in the Gatton Magistrates Court charged with unlawful stalking and three counts of using a carriage service to menace or harass.

The court heard he allegedly threatened to kill Cr Jones and his wife.

Police have obtained security footage at a service station in Withcott that was related to the stalking.

The man told the court the charges were "an attempt to gag me".

As part of his bail conditions, the man is not allowed to go within 500m of all six Lockyer Valley Regional Council councillors and the chief executive officer.

His is also not allowed to have contact with them. The case was adjourned to the Ipswich Magistrates Court on May 16.

A council spokesman yesterday issued a brief statement.

"Council confirms that Mayor Steve Jones and certain council officers may be called to be witnesses in criminal proceedings presently before the Gatton Magistrates Court in a matter involving a Laidley resident," the statement read.

"As the matter is presently before the courts, it is inappropriate to comment on the matter further."

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