‘Creep’ says mum told him he had cancer as a child
A "CREEP" who became obsessed with a Mackay swimwear model he only met once claims his mother lied to him about having leukaemia as a child to get money.
For four years, the man sent dozens of Facebook messages to Anna Malahoff, pretended to be her boyfriend on Snapchat and requested photos of her in her wedding dress.
He even told her he knew where her mother lived.
Adam Christopher Woods claimed his obsessive behaviour came from an "inability" to navigate his feelings.
When the 35-year-old Mackay stalker realised this woman was going to marry another man and did not want anything to do with him, he just did not cope, barrister Matt Heelan told Mackay Magistrates Court.
"I have been given some rather unusual instructions about Wood's life, which involves a severely abnormal childhood that has affected how he views relationships in adult life," he said.
Mr Heelan said his client's mother made him believe he had cancer as a boy and they couch surfed throughout his childhood.
He said Woods, who this week pleaded guilty to stalking, had a damaged relationship with his father after his parents separated when he was age 12 and his mother often did not allow his father to see him.
"His mother was a nurse and came up with a story when Woods was very young that he had leukaemia, to get money out of his father and other family members," Mr Heelan said.
"His mother would frequently pull him out of school for doctor appointments, but instead would take him to the shop next to the doctor's office and buy her son a toy.
"This went on for years and years; he barely went to school and to this day struggles to read and write.
"It was only when he went to the emergency room for an X-ray at 20 years old, that Woods was told by doctors he had never had leukaemia.
"He has never confronted his mother about that lie."
Magistrate Damien Dwyer noted Woods's attempts at rehabilitation through counselling sessions.
But he said the man needed a severe deterrent for his "downright creepy" behaviour.
"It would have been traumatic for that lady," Dwyer said.
"I do need to make it clear to the community that the court denounces this sort of conduct."
Woods was sentenced to six months imprisonment, wholly suspended for two years, and a five-year restraining order.
He is prohibited from going within 200m of the woman's house until January 2025.