Man threatens to shut down airport to manipulate futures market
MB rang Channel Seven, a Sydney Television Station. The call 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 went to patrol the vicinity of the suburb of MB’s last known address. About 1.5 hours later, police stopped MB and subjected him to a roadside breath test which revealed a reading of 0.035. This reading is below that level which is an offence for most drivers. The mobile phone used to make the earlier call was in MB’s possession. Police then took MB to the police station and into custody.
Outcome: charges withdrawn or no penalty
Police charged MB 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 Central Local Court in Sydney’s CBD.
After successfully negotiating with the police, they withdrew sequences 1 and 3 and the charges were 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 on the North Coast of NSW for dealing with at a later date.
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