A Sydney man believed to have made death threats against 2GB radio host Ray Hadley has been arrested and charged.
According to the Daily Telegraph, the man posted a series of threats against Hadley on the 2GB website last month. The man has been released on bail, but has been banned from contacting the radio host or others at the station.
As the Daily Telegraph reports, a series of threats were posted to the 2GB website on October 24 for several hours. In one post, the man allegedly boasted that he had a rifle, while he claimed he lived doors away from the 64-year-old host in another.
A further message said the radio station didn’t have “enough guards to sustain us”, while it is also alleged the man made several references to former Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull in his messages. The posts were made public and police began to investigate as soon as they were made aware of them. The man was eventually arrested on Monday and taken to a nearby police station for questioning. He was held overnight.
“A man has been charged after allegedly sending threatening messages to a Sydney radio announcer,’’ police said in a statement to the Daily Telegraph. “He was charged with send threatening document.’’
The man fronted court and was released on bail. The case was adjourned for mention until next month.
Earlier this year, Hadley was thrown into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons when his police officer son was arrested for possession of cocaine. During an emotional press conference, the presenter explained his 28-year-old son had been suffering from ongoing mental health issues.
“My son, during long conversations during late in the night, early in the morning, revealed he’s been battling mental health issues for quite some time,” the 64-year-old said at the time. “He’s also been away from work for months, having dislocated his knee and waiting for an operation on a hernia.”
Hadley also said he had no idea his respected police officer son was involved in such a matter.
Hadley went on to explain that he’d been the subject of internet trolling and addressed the matter on his popular radio show.
“To the few haters and trolls on social media, you’re being treated with the contempt you deserve,” he said.
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