A WOMAN who sent threatening text messages about her former housemate has been given a 12-month good behaviour bond.
Madeline Holland, 24, pleaded guilty in Echuca Magistrates Court on Tuesday to using a carriage service to menace.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Rachael Hitchens told the court Holland had been living with the victim and her husband.
‘‘In October 2017, tensions were high and the accused left the premises,’’ she said.
‘‘The accused was speaking to a mutual friend of her and the victim when she showed her a photo of the victim giving oral sex.
‘‘The victim in no way gave permission for her to share the image.’’
Defence lawyer Brooke Dedini said the image had been sent to a group message by the victim.
Snr Constable Hitchens said Holland then sent text messages to the mutual friend, threatening the victim.
The court heard she threatened to have the victim ‘‘black and blue or in a body bag’’ if she hurt her pet birds.
‘‘The accused was interviewed by police and said she was angry in that moment,’’ Snr Constable Hitchens said.
A victim impact statement was handed to magistrate Sarah Leighfield but was not read aloud in court.
Ms Dedini said her client was worried about her birds, which she breeds, after she left the shared house.
‘‘She deeply regrets her actions and said she was just venting to the mutual friend,’’ she said.
‘‘There was history behind it and that gave rise to the threats.’’
Ms Leighfield said Holland’s actions were out of line, despite some issues surrounding the incident.
‘‘The way she acted was over and beyond,’’ she said.
‘‘There are other ways to deal with situations like this.’’
No conviction was recorded.