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Former Federal Labor MP Craig Thomson been arrested hours after pleading guilty to using a carriage service to menace, harass and offend and three counts of contravening an apprehended violence order. 

Thomson was arrested outside a daycare centre about 2.40pm on Tuesday for allegedly breaching an apprehended violence order and is in custody at Gosford Police Station on the NSW Central Coast.

It is understood he engaged with his former partner Zoe Arnold, allegedly in breach of a final apprehended violence order made in court on Tuesday morning.

The final apprehended violence order, which was made for two years, banned Thomson from going within 50m of Ms Arnold’s residence and workplace, and from assaulting, threatening, stalking, harassing or intimidating her or anyone with whom she had a domestic relationship.

He is not allowed to contact or approach her in any way unless via court-approved counselling or mediation, or through a lawyer.

Court documents obtained by The Australian reveal how Thomson sent in excess of 140 emails to Ms Arnold after they separated last year after police raided the Terrigal home they shared.

In one email, Mr Thomson wrote he felt at times he wanted to “completely destroy” his former partner and mother of his three children, and another said he was “out having sex with a hot Brazilian model”.

The documents also state in December last year Thomson planned to “expose” personal details about Ms Arnold, and made “several references to the victim’s sex life” and referenced her employment.Appearing before Magistrate Michael Antrum at Gosford Local Court on Tuesday morning, Thomson was convicted and sentenced to a Conditional Release Order for a period of 18 months for the using a carriage service to menace, harass and offend charge.

He was found guilty, but not convicted, of three counts of contravening an apprehended violence order.

The court documents state Thomson used his personal email address from October last year to send the emails, with Ms Arnold asking him to cease contact. Ms Arnold’s lawyer also requested all communications go through her lawyer’s office.

Ms Arnold went to police in December after receiving the emails, in which she said she felt “intimidated, harassed and anxious” and fearful that Thomson’s behaviour would escalate.

“There are times when I just have wanted to completely destroy you and take away everything you have … And I could still try and indeed get some satisfaction from that,” an agreed fact sheet details one email as saying.

“This will surprise you but as well as absolutely hating you as much as I have … I do still love you.”

It was also revealed Thomson threatened to withhold their children from Ms Arnold on several occasions.

Magistrate Antrum said two emails Thomson sent were a “blatant and calculated use of technology meant to intimidate and harass the victim”.

“People are entitled to be free of that tech interference,” he said. “Hopefully the children were shielded from such disgraceful behaviour.”

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