A HOLIDAYING painter who sent unwelcome sexual text messages and a graphic picture of himself to a worker on a Warrnambool building site has been convicted and fined $1500.
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Milorad Novakovic, 42, of Disraeli Street, St Albans, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court to using a telecommunications device to harass.

At 1.30pm on February 10 last year, Novakovic was in Warrnambool on holidays at a motel that overlooked a building site.

One of the building workers had his ute parked at the front of the work site.

Because it was for sale his mobile telephone number was displayed on the vehicle.

The worker received a number of explicit and suggestive text messages that he thought were from a woman or fellow worker trying to set him up.

He then received an intimate picture of Novakovic and from the text message the worker became aware whoever was sending the text messages could see him.

He saw a man at a motel window. He tried to approach the man, then went to the motel manager and the police were called.

Police took Novakovic into custody and during a break in an interview the accused man sent another highly suggestive text message to the victim.

Defence counsel Jonathan Makary said Novakovic had previously been married and he saw his daughter every day.

Mr Makary said Novakovic was highly intoxicated when he sent the text messages.

It happened after he had been released from prison and he was embarrassed by his behaviour, Mr Makary said.

Magistrate Ian Von Einem said Novakovic had serious prior convictions but nothing of a sexual nature.

He said that he did not want to sweep the matter under the carpet and it was alarming that Novakovic continued his conduct while being interviewed by police officers.

The magistrate said if the behaviour was repeated Novakovic could expect to be jailed.

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