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WA parly clerk lashes out at stalker

AAP logoAAP 6/10/2016

The West Australian parliamentary clerk, who was stalked by his former deputy, has lashed out at his ex-colleague on social media, labelling Nigel Lake's apology "too late".

Lake was on Tuesday fined $2300 but granted a spent conviction for carrying a bat while wearing a disguise near his boss Nigel Pratt's home in February last year.

Lake had also attached a tracking device to Mr Pratt's car in the deluded belief he was releasing confidential information.

After Lake wrote a statement apologising to Mr Pratt and his family, the Legislative Council clerk posted his reaction on Twitter.

"20 months too late. This man has done everything possible to avoid taking responsibility for his actions," one post on Wednesday night read.

Another post was a photo of a USA-made baseball bat known as the "Louisville Slugger".

On Thursday, Mr Pratt tweeted: "Let's avoid the 'spin' and stick to the facts. Mr Lake made two attempts this year to have these serious charges dropped".

The president of the Legislative Council, Barry House, said it was time to move on.

"It wouldn't be wise for any of us to pursue the matter further," Mr House told the ABC.

"The justice system has dealt with it. Let's get on with it."

The leader of the government in the Legislative Council, Peter Collier, said Mr Pratt's tweets were inappropriate.

"Having said that, I'm sure he's under enormous stress and pressure at the moment," Mr Collier told reporters.

The posts didn't require any formal action to be taken, he added.

The leader of the opposition in the Legislative Council, Sue Ellery, said she also didn't support any formal action as Mr Pratt and his family had been put in an extraordinary position.

"I probably wouldn't have tweeted the tweets myself but ... the kind of stress it has caused him and his family, I think we probably can't understand that kind of pressure," Ms Ellery said.

"We all respond to stress in different ways."

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