Stalker's bomb threats to Gillard and Newman
AN IPSWICH stalker sent the Prime Minister and State Premier letters claiming he had planted bombs at military bases and shopping centres - while posing as his former girlfriend.
Ipswich Magistrates Court was told the 29-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reason, began acting "bizarrely" after he broke up with his partner earlier this year.
Between June and July the man forged letters in the woman's name and sent threats to both Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Premier Campbell Newman, claiming there were bombs planted underneath the Riverlink shopping centre, the Centrelink office at Booval Fair, Bunnings Booval and Redbank Plaza.
His letters also warned that "all tall buildings" in Brisbane and Ipswich would be bombed if they didn't meet ransom demands of between $10 million and $4.5 billion.
He said authorities should deposit the cash via Centrelink because "they have my bank account details".
Police went to his ex-girlfriend's house to question her about making the threats and she immediately suggested the letters could have been sent from her ex.
The man's fingerprints were then found on the paper he used to send the letters and he was charged.
He pleaded guilty to unlawful stalking and using a postal service to menace, harass or cause offence.
Prosecutor Senior Constable Adam McDonald said when balancing rehabilitation and punishment, the man clearly needed supervision and support. He was put on two years probation.
Defence lawyer Matthew Fairclough said his client's relationship had been problematic and he hadn't coped well with the break-up. Mr Fairclough noted the man had no criminal history and the support of his family.
Magistrate Michael Quinn said the case was "nothing short of bizarre".
Mr Quinn said the man's conduct was calculated, with intent to cause the woman as much trauma and embarrassment as possible.
"It was fortunate no-one was injured, but one can only imagine the great distress you caused," Mr Quinn said.