Facts: man threatens to shut down airport to manipulate futures market
MB rang Channel Seven, a Sydney Television Station, and the call was automatically transferred to reception. MB identified himself by name and stated that he had $50,000 in his bank account which he intended to invest in Future Commodities.
He also stated that if the Police Superintendent did not meet him, he would run onto the tarmac at Sydney Airport, close down the airport and earn $20 million from his futures investment. Police were sent to patrol the vicinity of the suburb of MB’s last known address. About 1.5 hours later, MB was stopped by police and subjected to a roadside breath test which revealed a reading of 0.035. The mobile phone used to make the earlier call was in MB’s possession. MB was taken to the police station and taken into custody.
Outcome: charges withdrawn or no penalty
MB was charged with:
- use carriage service to threaten to kill,
- owner use vehicle on road related area with tax unpaid,
- drive motor vehicle while license suspended,
- use uninsured motor vehicle,
- and falsely represent to police act or event calling for investigation.
O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors successfully acted for MB at the Centre Local Court.
After successfully negotiating with the police, sequences 1 and 3 were withdrawn and dismissed. MB pleaded guilty to sequences 2, 4 and 5. In relation to sequences 2 and 4, MB was convicted but no further penalty was given. Sequence 5 was not resolved but we were able to tender amended facts. The matter was adjourned to Forster Local Court to be dealt with at a later date.
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