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Man jailed for triple 000 call threatening to blow up circus

Derek Mark Oliver, 40, (centre) pleaded guilty in Ipswich Magistrates Court to making a call to triple 000 threatening to blow up  the Moscow Circus at Redbank.
Derek Mark Oliver, 40, (centre) pleaded guilty in Ipswich Magistrates Court to making a call to triple 000 threatening to blow up the Moscow Circus at Redbank.

A RACEVIEW man who called triple 000 and threatened to blow up the Moscow Circus being staged at Redbank has narrowly escaped spending more time behind bars.

Derek Mark Oliver, 40, pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Ipswich Magistrates Court to using a carriage service for a hoax threat.

Sergeant Brad Dick told the court Oliver made the threat on February 7 at about 10.56pm from a pay phone outside the Commercial Hotel at Redbank.

He said numerous police resources were deployed to the area given the current climate surrounding bomb threats being made across the nation.

"Police arrived and secured the phone booth ahead of the dog squad arriving," he said.

"The dogs tracked a person to a nearby railway station where Oliver was located on the platform.

"CCTV footage also observed Oliver leave the phone booth and he was tracked via cameras to Redbank station.

"Oliver was arrested but refused to take part in a formal interview back at the police station.

"But he told officers he had just broken up with his partner and was angry."

Legal Aid solicitor Leah Scott told the court Oliver had no recollection of making the bomb threat.

She said he had consumed about 20 beers and eight rum and cokes at the pub during the afternoon.

"He is separated from his partner of 16 years and has eight biological children," she said.

"He is extremely remorseful for his actions and had he been sober he certainly would not have acted in this way.

"There is no allegation the circus had to be evacuated and given the time of night the call was made it is likely the circus was closed."

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess was scathing in her assessment of Oliver's actions at the weekend.

She said the offence was extremely serious which also carried serious consequences and penalties.

"Why you decided to make this threat in the current climate given what is happening at high schools around the nation is beyond me," she said.

"I have been given no plausible reason as to why you made this hoax.

"Having a lot of alcohol under you belt is in no way an excuse."

Magistrate Sturgess sentenced Oliver to three months behind bars but ordered he be released on immediate parole after taking into account the two days he had served in the watchhouse.

She also placed Oliver on a $3000 good behaviour bond for an operational period of three years.
 

Topics:  bomb threat, court, crime, ipswich, moscow circus



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