An argument about a washing machine has landed a Goulburn man in court.
Thomas Huber, 33, of Park Road was convicted of stalk/intimidate intend fear physical harm and two counts of prohibited drug possession.
Goulburn Local Court heard on September 9 that Huber had visited a family member to use their washing machine on August 18, 2020. The court heard another relative had a load of washing on when Huber arrived, and he was told he would have to wait. This was when an argument broke out.
The court heard Huber removed the victim's washing from the machine, and said "I'm gonna stab you". Huber then left the premises.
Evidence presented in court included a message Huber sent to the victim after they reported the incident to police.
The message said: "You are dead to me now."
Solicitor Tim McGrath said his client battled with drug addiction, in particular methamphetamine.
The solicitor said Huber admitted he had "carried on too much" and "said the first things that came to mind".
The court heard that in addition to the stalk/intimidate charge NSW Police caught Huber with methamphetamine on July 18 and August 26, 2020
Mr McGrath said his client had been using the drug for three years and had moved to Victoria last year to "allow him to go cold turkey" and beat his addiction.
It was presented to the court that Huber had moved back to Goulburn after a self-harm attempt required hospitalisation. Huber was then prescribed anti-depressants which he stopped taking at the start of 2020 when his father suddenly died.
The solicitor said Huber had "always been gainfully employed" and had three months left to complete a cabinet making apprenticeship.
Mr McGrath asked the magistrate to accept Huber had "taken some steps to correct issues".
Magistrate Geraldine Beattie said Huber's actions were "childish".
"You need to give some serious thought to managing your issues better," she said.
Magistrate Beattie encouraged Huber to get a Mental Health Care Plan and address his drug addiction.
Huber received a nine-month Community Corrections Order, as well as a $600 and $450 fine.