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Accused stalker ‘put tracking device on ex-girlfriend’s car’

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An estranged lover who became obsessed with his former partner placed a tracking device on her vehicle and stalked her for two weeks in his car.

Daniel Ryan Andrew Luks, 29, was in a relationship with the victim for a year and five months. After it ended, Luks attached the tracking device in April.

Between April 29 and May 16, Luks allegedly used the device to track the victim’s whereabouts and follow her in his vehicle on multiple occasions.

The GPS tracker was later discovered by the victim’s brother and the sim card found to be registered to Luks.

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Luks pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated stalking and one count unlawful use of a tracking device last month and appeared in Rockingham Magistrates Court on Wednesday, where his lawyer successfully applied to have him assessed for the Family Violence program.

At an earlier court hearing in Mandurah Magistrates Court on Friday, Luks’ lawyer Trent Petherick told the court Luks reacted poorly to the breakup.

Camera IconDaniel Ryan Andrew Luks, 29, was charged with one count of aggravated stalking and one count of unlawful use of a tracking device. Credit: Facebook

“Your honour, it’s clear Mr Luks thought he was in a relationship that was very serious,” he said.

“After things ended, he felt deeply rejected, became obsessed, and lost his way.

“He’s now undergoing counseling to regulate his emotions and realises the impact his actions had on the victim.”

Mr Petherick added that as a low-risk offender, they would be seeking a financial penalty, which Magistrate Leanne Atkins quickly rejected.

“I do not find a financial penalty is sufficient enough for this type of behaviour,” she said.

“I will need a pre-sentence report to learn a little more about Mr Luks before moving forward with a sentence.”

In Rockingham Magistrates Court on Wednesday, Magistrate Richard Huston warned Luks that he must comply with his bail conditions while he was assessed.

“You need to be very, very careful with regards to what happened in the past.”

Luks will appear back before Rockingham Magistrates court on September 14.

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