- Father jailed over threats to court
- By Steve Butcher
- The Age
- 05/08/2011 Make a Comment (14)
- Contributed by: MrSquiggle ( 3 articles in 2011 )
A FATHER in a custody case who sent two menacing emails to the Family Court in Melbourne - threatening to murder judges and others - was yesterday jailed for six months.
The man said he would "hunt down" and murder anyone at the Federal Magistrates Court, which shares jurisdiction with the Family Court, who made "dickhead decisions in my absence".
He also threatened to murder two others, including his former wife's solicitor, "slowly, because once I start killing people I will kill you all …"
Melbourne Magistrates Court heard he sent two emails early this year to the Family Court's inquiries email account.
Prosecutor Andrew Sprague said an officer at the court who opened the first email was concerned for the safety of the judiciary and the boy's mother. She referred it to the marshal of the court, who alerted the Australian Federal Police.
After a second email, in which the man said that "come near my son and I'll kill you", he was arrested.
Mr Sprague said the man admitted sending the emails, but claimed the second was wrongly addressed, wrote both in response to threats and was being protective of his son.
Defence lawyer Jeff Tran said his client, unemployed and on a carer's pension, whose son now lived with him, apologised for the emails.
The man was remanded by magistrate Peter Reardon after pleading guilty.
In his sentencing, Mr Reardon said the "disturbing" threats were meant to offend and cause concern and showed a lack of regard for people, the community and courts.
The man was later bailed pending an appeal.