Hervey Bay no exception to rise in magistrate death threats

A HERVEY Bay magistrates is among the rising number of judicial officers who have received threats, including death threats, in Queensland over the past 12 months.

Peter James Connor was charged on April 7 with retaliation or intimidation against a judicial officer.

Connor has already appeared in Maryborough Magistrates Court for a mention on April 28 for making threats towards Hervey Bay Magistrate Graeme Tatnell.

A hearing is scheduled to take place on August 18.

But the alleged threat is not uncommon for magistrates across the state, with instances of intimidation on the rise.

"Magistrates over many years have been subject to threats from time to time," Chief Magistrate Judge Ray Rinaudo said

"But it has been noted threat levels in Queensland have increased in the past 12 months."

Mr Rinaudo said security was being monitored and Queensland magistrates had been cautioned to be more aware of their personal security.

"CCTV, duress alarms and card-access security devices have been installed in court buildings," he said.

These security provisions are also in place at the Maryborough and Hervey Bay court houses.

"Vigilance is being maintained at security counters of court rooms and secure perimeters are being maintained around court houses," Mr Rinaudo said.

Security guards are often in visible locations in the Hervey Bay court precinct, which is located next to the Hervey Bay police station.

 


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