Fraudulent Facebook accounts, threats to kill an unborn baby and revenge attacks were some of the allegations made by feuding cousins in court on Thursday.
The two teenagers, who had refused mediation, represented themselves in Maitland Local Court on Thursday during an apprehended violence order hearing.
One of the cousins, a 19-year-old Maitland man was seeking an AVO for the protection of him and his pregnant girlfriend, but his female cousin refused to consent to the orders.
The man alleged that his cousin posted threats to kill the couple’s unborn child on Facebook.
The magistrate Darryl Pearce read out some of the threats: “I wanna kill you and the baby whether it’s alive or not you’ll be giving birth to a dead baby.”
The woman denied posting the comments and said at the time there were three fraudulent Facebook accounts in her name that she had since reported.
The man said in addition to threats online his cousin had verbally abused his girlfriend, allegedly calling her a “s—-” and goading her to fight.
He said on one occasion his cousin parked outside his family home and yelled: “Come out s—- let me knock you out”.
“Unless an order is made someone is going to get hurt,” the man said. During her evidence, the woman said her cousin had recently been convicted of egging her car.
“I was trying to seek revenge, everything was happening,” the man said.
The court heard the cousins had been referred to mediation but the man failed to attend because of work commitments.
Mr Pearce said the woman had made sufficient threats to warrant an order.
“There is a clear impression that both sides are in part involved in abusive language and threats to each other,” he said.
A 12 month AVO against the female cousin was granted.
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