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Solicitor sentenced to community service after bombarding law student with ‘creepy’ messages

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He reportedly threatened to block her from practising law

A solicitor practising in Queensland, Australia, has been spared jail after sending a law student he dated for two weeks “hundreds of creepy messages and emails”, it’s been reported.

Solicitor Adrian Praljak’s LinkedIn page states that he’s worked at a range of firms since his admission in 2010, and studied at Bond University and the Australian National University. He is “always interested in networking” and has experience in corporate and criminal law.

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More recently, however, Praljak experienced a new side of the criminal justice process after he pleaded guilty to bombarding a law student he briefly dated with messages that reportedly included a threat to block her admission to practise law. According to Gold Coast Bulletin, other messages read: “I can never be with you because you have slept with many men” and “how are you even a lawyer?”

Adrian Praljak

He has been sentenced to 18 months probation and 180 hours of community service. Praljak told us he dated the law student on-off for years, not for two weeks, and that the texts were “just communications between us throughout 2015/2016/2017… So in summary these were texts throughout our on and off relationship that’s all”.

As for the impact on Praljak’s professional career, Gold Coast Bulletin says the convicted solicitor has taken up a new role at “upmarket” firm James McConvill & Associates, but that his new employer “only learnt of his court case when the Bulletin asked for comment”. The firm tells us Praljak is not currently providing legal services until he can organise a new practising certificate.

It’s reported that the Queensland Law Society is investigating. Legal Cheek has reached out to Queensland Law Society for comment.

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25 Comments

Anonymous

He did this to someone he dated for two weeks?

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Anonymous

What has he done wrong?

Anonymous

It doesn’t work after Legal Cheek changes the Jones Day Partner to Anonymous.

Spoilsports.

Anonymous

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Commentator

What evidence is relied on to assert the creepiness of the messages, as the headline claims?

Can cherry-picking individual messages without context help us judge for ourselves?

Queeg 500

His Guilty plea to the offence perhaps?

Commentator

That does not prove the nature or content of the messages.

We do not know what offence he pleaded guilty too.

We do not even have a reference for the quote at paragraph one.

Free Speech

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Jones Day Nubian

Which outfit do you want me to wear to work today, boss?

Nurse?
Cheerleader?
Schoolgirl?

Here to learn

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

Oddly enuf, this is also the implication for Alex whenever he presents his plump yet obscene rump in public

Anonymous

Was he accused of sending ‘hundreds’ of texts and messages over 2 weeks?

Anonymous

Is their a transcript of the messages sent and received?

Anonymous

Walk to see if ROF reports the answer and LC will let you know 5 mins later

Anonymous

Don’t be silly, Alex is too busy day drinking in his childhood bedroom to copy-paste from rof that quickly

Anonymous

Man convicted of criminal offence for texting his girlfriend.

Trumpenkrieg

Got done for TWB mate

Texting While Beta

Anonymous

“This post has been removed because it breached Legal Cheek’s comments policy.”

what a load of fucking bollocks. This isn’t USSR or 1984. Just leave the fucking comments be. Why the fuck provide a comments section if you’re going to censor half the comments

Anonymous

You must be new here, this is the first taste of power the LC staff have had since being milk monitor at their catholic pre-prep schools

Trumpenkrieg

Haaaaa ha! Stinging.

Anonymous

Agree. LC is getting daft. I used to visit and post loads. Now I rarely bother.

Anonymous

Many of the comments are not just censored, but removed altogether so the true scale of the censorship can’t be seen.

Often legitimate debate points are censored in case they offend anyone.

I suspect there have been emails threatening legal action that have resulted in this sort of crackdown.

There’s a risk that the comments section will become a bland echo chamber of snowflakes and virtue-signallers before long.

Anonymous

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Anonymous

Case in point ^

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