Apple iCloud to ‘blame’ for breaching DVO

A ROMA man who blamed the Apple software iCloud for the reason he "accidentally" called his former partner has pleaded guilty to breaching his domestic violence order.

The man, who cannot be identified to protect the victim, represented himself in the Roma Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Police prosecutor Sgt Shannon Bryce told the court after the defendant was placed on a DVO to not contact his victim; he rang "the aggrieved using his personal phone".

His former partner reported the incident to police, and when he was confronted by officers he said his phone had been reset and he wasn't sure who he'd called.

In his defence, the defendant told the court he had previously deleted the victim's number from his phone, but when he synced it with the iCloud at his friend's house, it brought the number back but not with the name.

The man said he was only trying to find out who the number belonged to.

Magistrate Hasted rejected the defence, saying the defendant would've dialled the aggrieved's phone number on many occasions and enough to recognise it.

In sentencing, the court fined the defendant $600 for breaching his DVO.

"Whilst no physical or verbal assault occurred, there has nonetheless been a breach of the order," Magistrate Hasted said.

Magistrate Hasted ordered that a conviction be recorded against the man.


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