Nicholas Del Vecchio: Stalker’s chilling letter to home of detective who arrested him

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A creep who made false bomb threats to a government building stalked the detective who arrested him, sending a chilling letter to her home address before leaking it to an outlaw bikie gang.

Nicholas Del Vecchio’s reign of terror against the cop and two other women was revealed in court on Wednesday as he pleaded guilty to multiple charges of unlawful stalking in addition to making a bomb hoax, forgery and unlawful possession of weapons.

Two of his victims tearfully revealed how the former disability support worker caused them to feel terrified in their own homes because of his actions.

The detective he stalked required medication for sleep deprivation and installed CCTV and security screens at her home.

Del Vecchio’s bomb threats involved addressing two letters to a government department at 1 William St in Brisbane in August 2022, warning them two devices would detonate in the afternoon.

Brisbane District Court was told police found several canisters of pepper spray when they searched Del Vecchio’s home in response, charging him and giving him bail.

Crown prosecutor Melissa Wilson said Del Vecchio stalked the detective who arrested him while he was on bail, going to major lengths to get her personal home address through Google searches.

The detective received a letter written by him, but signed as “Mitch”, on November 4 that same year that read: “I’m writing to inform you that I know your address, your full name and address have been given out to some people you have given away.”

It continued: “More people will be given your address very soon. Your days are now numbered. I suggest you enjoy your time on this earth, you don’t know which people you put away have your address. Who will be leaked your information next?”

In another letter to an outlaw bikie gang’s clubhouse, Del Vecchio – this time purporting to be “Chris, former QPS Taskforce Maxima officer” – falsely claimed the detective would be leading a raid against them and supplied her address.

It also contained a copy of the search warrant police used to search Del Vecchio’s property, only with the address forged to the location of the clubhouse.

Ms Wilson said that letter was intercepted by Australia Post due to an error in the delivery details, where it was then redirected to the detective’s work station.

The court was told Del Vecchio stalked two other women he had previously met through the fetish community across Brisbane and surrounds.

His actions included making a fake forum profile of one of the women using pictures from their original social media account and her private Facebook account.

Del Vecchio also messaged the woman suggesting he would see her at her local shopping centre, Ms Wilson said.

“This caused her a lot of stress and anxiety,” Ms Wilson said.

Another message was also sent to another women with a list of the addresses of her relatives.

“An analysis of his phone implicated him in the offending against her … it caused her significant emotional distress,” Ms Wilson said.

Reading from her victim impact statement, the woman said she still worried about every unknown phone call she received as a result of Del Vecchio’s actions.

“I still wonder if people know what has been revealed about me,” the woman said.

“Still sometimes I think I hear my real name in the distance, which throws me from living in the moment and overcomes me with sadness and paranoia.”

The second woman’s business was subjected to multiple false complaints to the local council and health and government authorities by Del Vecchio.

She also received a fake letter authored by Del Vecchio that accused her of doxxing.

“Even now, I still find myself often waking up multiple times per night wondering, ‘What next’?” the woman read from her statement.
Del Vecchio received a head sentence of four years’ jail with immediate parole eligibility.

The court was told he had demonstrated little remorse, instead focusing on self-preservation when the charges were laid.

While in custody, he had encouraged his mother to research symptoms of psychosis so he could tell a forensic psychiatrist “the right things” and be declared unfit to stand trial.

Del Vecchio also bragged of doing a “good deed” by doxxing the detective and said things like empathy and remorse were “rubbish”.

He told his mother he would only see a psychologist or counsellor while in custody to “get a better outcome” with the courts but turned on her when she did not research symptoms of psychosis in time.

Del Vecchio’s defence barrister said none of the stalking offences involved circumstances of violence or property damage.

His barrister said Del Vecchio began experiencing a generalised anger, which led to him doing “substances”.

“It’s manifestly clear he will benefit from receiving a long period of guidance from someone who can develop and sustain a therapeutic relationship with him to get to the bottom of this (offending),” his barrister said.

The court was told Del Vecchio also had no criminal history and he planned to “find stability” with work when released from custody.