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Accused stalker 'guilted' devout woman

AAP logoAAP 20/09/2016 Alexandra Patrikios

A man accused of stalking a devout woman tried to emotionally blackmail her by suggesting she was a bad Christian for not returning his attentions, a Queensland court has heard.

Gregory Alan Hynds pleaded not guilty to a charge of unlawful stalking contravening a court order in the Brisbane District Court on Tuesday.

In his opening, crown prosecutor Peter O'Connor said the complainant was an Ethiopian woman who met Hynds when they both lived in the same Yeronga unit block in 2015.

He said Hynds' behaviour escalated to the point where he was calling and messaging her with "increasing and alarming regularity".

The 36-year-old woman was also a devout Christian, which was relevant given Hynds' attempts to "manipulate her", he said.

"It got to a point where he tried to guilt her by effectively telling her what a bad Christian she was being by not extending him the love dictated by the Bible," he said.

The court heard that Hynds at one point followed the woman onto a train and then a bus as she made her way to work.

He then handed her a letter containing scripture passages, in what the Crown alleges was a form of "attempted emotional blackmail".

Mr O'Connor said the trial would hear evidence about Hynds' whereabouts based on an ankle bracelet monitoring system that showed he attended the train station without travelling on only a few occasions, conceding this differed from the complainant's recollection.

The court heard a key issue would be determining if Hynds' alleged behaviour amounted to the criminal charge or if he was a socially awkward man who may have inadvertently overstepped social boundaries.

But defence barrister Ben Power said the woman hadn't initially made a complaint about Hynds, instead nominating him alongside others when prompted by officers.

The trial continues before Judge Ian Dearden.

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