A South Albury man has been convicted and fined over an incident where he turned up unannounced at his brother's home only to begin abusing the man's wife.
Jayantha Kumara Desilva, Albury Local Court heard on Tuesday, had been suffering with mental health issues for some time.
Magistrate Richard Funston said placing Desilva on a court order requiring supervision would only set him up to fail.
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It was better that Desilva continue to receive the support from the St Vincent de Paul Society.
He then fined Desilva $300 on charges of stalking or intimidation and destroy or damage property after the 62-year-old pleaded guilty.
Desilva has required an interpreter on at least one other occasion when in court on unrelated matters.
"It seems that the best track for Mr Desilva is to continue with the support St Vincent de Paul is giving him," Mr Funston said.
Police said Desilva had a "lengthy" recent criminal history for matters including destroying property, contravention of an apprehended violence order and exceeding the prescribed concentration of alcohol.
Desilva went to his brother's Lavington home on March 6 about 8am.
Police said he immediately began "ranting and raving" and calling his sister-in-law "derogatory names".
"The accused stated he would come back later in the evening and burn the house down using petrol."
Desilva did return, about 11.15pm, and smashed four living room windows.
The victim looked outside and saw Desilva in the driveway.
He was arrested the following evening.
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