A man has gone on trial in Adelaide’s District Court accused of cutting the brake line on his ex-girlfriend’s car more than a year after she ended the relationship because he was too “clingy”.
- Adelaide man Paul Sharer, 28, was involved in a five-month relationship in 2016
- He is accused of tampering with the brakes on his ex-girlfriend’s car after their relationship ended
- He has denied the allegation, with his defence lawyer telling the court he is not guilty
Paul Sharer, 28, pleaded not guilty to one count of endangering the life of his ex-girlfriend — who the ABC has chosen not to name — in November 2017.
The court heard this week that Mr Sharer met his girlfriend, who was 24 years old at the time, on the dating app Tinder in June 2016.
In her opening address, prosecutor Julie-Anne Lake said the relationship ended about five months later.
“Basically, she wasn’t quite as keen as Mr Sharer seemed to be,” Ms Lake said.
“They, however, maintained a friendship via text message and caught up for coffee on occasion.”
In her evidence to the court, the woman said she broke up with Mr Sharer because he became too “clingy”.
“He was being a bit, like, clingy — in a way to try and meet up with me most of the time,” she said.
Ms Lake told the jury that, in November 2017, the woman’s housemate was taking the garbage out about 11:00pm when she saw Mr Sharer underneath his ex-girlfriend’s car, which was parked in their driveway.
“[She] noticed a shadow on the ground alongside the driver’s side of the car … she quickly recognised it to be the accused,” she said.
‘This was no accident’, prosecution says
Ms Lake said that the accused told the housemate he was there because he had been driving past the street and saw someone walking from near his ex-girlfriend’s car to another car parked out the front of the house.
“It is the prosecution’s case that the brake line to the right front wheel assembly of [her] vehicle was cut,” she said.
“The accused Mr Sharer was caught in the act of cutting the brake line.
“There was no other person — this was no accident.”
Mr Sharer allegedly met the woman in June 2016, about 18 months before the alleged crime. (ABC News)
The court heard when the woman went to leave for work at about 4:30am the next morning she noticed a puddle of fluid on the ground near the driver’s side wheel.
“She had a quick look at her car, couldn’t see anything of note and then reversed down the driveway and quickly noticed the brakes weren’t working,” Ms Lake said.
The woman reported the allegations to police the next day.
Defence lawyer Scott Henchliffe QC told the court his client did not cut the brake line.
“The issue that is disputed by Mr Sharer is that he cut the brake hose,” Mr Henchcliffe said.
“His defence is that he did not and therefore, if that is right, he’s obviously not guilty of the offence.”
The trial continues.