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Man Arrested for Threatening Debt Collection Staff

Friday, June 28, 2019 - Posted by Michael McCulloch

A Thirroul man who threatened harm to debt collectors has been put on a 2 year good-behaviour bond and fined $500. The man, who has been identified by the Illawarra Mercury as Daniel Scott, claimed to police that he thought the calls were from scammers however admitted that his response was an overreaction.

Evidence presented to the Court said that Mr Scott threatened a debt collection agency and their employees after they were pursuing Mr Scott for money owing from a motor vehicle accident in 2018. It was alleged that the debt collection agency had been attempting to contact Mr Scott with no success so began utilising an automated dialler system which is designed to regularly dial people who have an outstanding debt.

The Court was told that Mr Scott left an "irate and aggressive" message after receiving a call on 20/02 where he threatened to blow up the debt collection office and harm staff. Another message left by Mr Scott an hour later, where he attempted to disguise his voice, made more specific threats to bombing buildings in Bankstown, Melbourne and Adelaide. The threats were reported to police out of fear for the safety of staff.

Mr Scott was arrested by police in April 2019 with 2 counts of using a carriage service to threaten serious harm to which Mr Scott pleaded guilty. Mr Scott said, "I thought if I pretended to be a crazy person they would take me off the list."

Magistrate Michael Stoddart said in his remarks to Mr Scott, "If there was anything else on your record like this I'd be imposing a jail sentence today."

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