Di McDonald lives on high alert. Her stalker, Max Gardiner, gets out of jail on Sunday and she fears he will come looking for her.Key points:Ms McDonald wants Gardiner to wear an electronic ankle bracelet to monitor his movementsMP Tania Maxwell says stalking is not taken seriously enoughThe State Government says Ms McDonald can make an application to vary Gardiner’s Community Corrections OrderEarlier this week, she rang her local police station and was given the same advice that she was given five years ago when the stalking started.”I was told that I should leave my home if I feel like I am in danger, that I needed to go to Safe Steps [Family Violence Response Centre] or a women’s refuge. Same old BS.””I asked if I call triple O that someone will actually attend if Max is here. He told me to go into the station and make a report if Max turns up and they will look into it.”Nothing changes. No help from police again.”Ms McDonald is so worried he will continue to stalk her that she wants Gardiner to wear an electronic ankle bracelet to monitor his movements.”He would be in full rage. How dare I do this to him. I know he will be here, I just don’t know when.”Stalker jailed five years after first complaint Max Gardiner pleaded guilty to stalking.(ABC News)Gardiner was charged with stalking in 2019, four years after Ms McDonald first went to police.He eventually pleaded guilty to stalking her for a three-year period between 2015 and 2018. He was sentenced in February 2020 to eight months in prison and a two-year community corrections order on his release. It means he will go back to jail if he reoffends. Gardiner lost an appeal against his sentence in June 2020 and has been in jail since then.Gardiner had also breached intervention orders taken out by Ms McDonald and other women. The court was told his first breach was in 1989.Ms McDonald has PTSD, anxiety and depression after years of being stalked by him. Max Gardiner denied to police that he had put up the posters.(Australian Story)CCTV tendered to the Melbourne Magistrates Court showed Gardiner disguised himself with a balaclava and left offensive posters about Ms McDonald at bars she went to.He was questioned by police on three occasions about many incidents and continually denied he was involved.Ms McDonald says she has been dreading Gardiner’s release and an order for him to wear an ankle bracelet would give her piece of mind.”An ankle bracelet would at least leave an electronic footprint and may actually discourage him.”‘It just gets pushed under the carpet’Derryn Hinch Justice Party MP Tania Maxwell has asked the Victorian Government to make Gardiner wear an ankle bracelet when he is released on Sunday. MP Tania Maxwell wants to find out why stalking isn’t taken seriously.(Supplied)Ms Maxwell has written to Police Minister Lisa Neville and Corrections Minister Natalie Hutchins.”I can’t help thinking of Di. What must she be thinking? She would be terrified,” she said.Ms Maxwell says stalking is not taken seriously enough and police need better training to investigate and prosecute stalking”I think in many cases stalking reports are made and we’re not seeing charges for whatever reason,” she said.”Is it lack of evidence or is it that stalking charges aren’t taken seriously?”I’m not being disrespectful to police, but I have been inundated with emails in regarded to stalking. It just gets pushed under the carpet. We must find out why.”Stalking a ‘complex issue’The Victorian Law Reform Commission is conducting a review into the state’s response to stalking.Associate professor of forensic clinical psychology Troy McEwan says the idea of electronically monitoring convicted stalkers should be considered by the review. Troy McEwan says stalking is a complex issue.(Supplied)”In a broader sense, the idea of electronically monitoring serious stalking or family violence offenders has some validity.”But it is a complex issue and shouldn’t be a kneejerk reaction. It needs to be considered in a legal framework.”Ms McEwan says there are ways to assess the risk of a stalker reoffending.”We have that science in the area of stalking if the law set up parameters for judges, like sex offender registration or post-sentence detention.”She says stalking is misunderstood and that nonviolent, cumulative behaviour can cause serious psychological harm to a victim in a similar way to violent offending.In a statement, a spokesperson for the Victorian Government said Ms McDonald can make an application to the courts to vary Gardiner’s Community Corrections Order to include electronic monitoring.To Catch a StalkerDi spotted a man in a balaclava outside her house. She knew who it was, but proving it was nearly impossibleRead more”We understand the distress Ms McDonald must be feeling at this time, but the conditions placed on a Community Corrections order are determined by the sentencing court.””Before a prisoner is released on a CCO they are assessed by qualified staff to manage any risk factors which could lead to reoffending.”Gardiner was sentenced in February 2020, before powers were introduced in April 2020 to allow Victorian magistrates to impose electronic monitoring.At last, some support from police Ms McDonald did receive some good news late this week when she spoke to a sympathetic sergeant at the Broadmeadows Family Violence Investigation Unit.”I contacted the sergeant and received overwhelming support,” she said. “He gave me his number and said I could ring him direct. He has also put my address on the list of must-attend calls. He told me police would pay Max a visit when he’s released.”She said the police had since visited Gardiner in custody to remind him of the conditions attached to his Community Correction Order.