A butcher who stalked a woman he met on a dating website previously stalked an ex-partner after they broke up, an Adelaide court has been told.
Duane Edward Cremer, 49, has pleaded guilty to stalking the woman between January 21 and February 2, 2012 with the intention of causing her serious physical or mental harm or of causing her to fear such harm.
The crown has not proceeded with a rape charge against him involving the same woman.
In her victim impact statement read to the South Australian District Court on Friday, the woman said Cremer had "terrorised" her.
"I feared for my and my family's life," she said.
She had changed from being a trusting happy-go-lucky person and now had nightmares and was scared to answer the phone, especially when it was a private number.
Cremer's lawyer, Sophie David, said the basis of his guilty plea was that the stalking involved seven text messages.
They met on a social website and after a "flurry of texts" and communications, Cremer had certain expectations while the woman made it clear she was not interested.
Ms David said Cremer denied making any unwanted physical advances, saying he only gave her one kiss on the cheek.
"There was a conversation, perhaps too forward on his part, in retrospect," the lawyer said.
"The complainant says she was not impressed by the physical side of my client and it was different from her expectation."
He had previously been convicted for unlawful stalking in 2007, after the breakdown of a "quite difficult relationship".
Cremer had a difficult childhood, becoming a ward of the state after his father murdered his mother, Ms David said.
She asked the judge to suspend any sentence, noting the stalking did not involve face-to-face contact but was written.
Cremer will be sentenced on March 4.