Charges follow threats to ‘kill’ PSO

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AN Aspendale man who allegedly threatened to kill a Protective Services Officer has been remanded in custody.

The 42-year-old has also been charged with stalking, possessing ammunition as well as a dangerous article, breaching bail, and committing an indictable offence while on bail.

The PSOs said they first spoke to the man when they allegedly saw him drinking alcohol at the entrance to Mordialloc railway station, 8pm, Sunday 19 March. They said he was “immediately abusive”, especially to one particular PSO, and threatened “to kill” him.

The PSO, who has had many dealings with the man, told police he believes the man is capable of carrying out his threat.

On Wednesday 5 April, the PSO and a colleague arrested the man over outstanding warrants, when he repeated his threat to kill the same PSO.

Police claim that between 19 March and 5 April the man “on numerous occasions” visited railway stations between Mordialloc and Frankston asking the whereabouts of the PSO.

They say he screamed abuse at PSOs stating he would “get” the PSO he was seeking. Police say it appears the man had been “staking out locations” of the PSO’s whereabouts.

At 7pm, Tuesday 11 April, PSOs arrested the man at Mordialloc station over an outstanding warrant. A search of the man’s clothing allegedly unearthed two rounds of ammunition and an ammunition cartridge. A sharpened centre punch adapted for use as a weapon was found after a remand hearing and extra charges added.

The man will appear at Frankston Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 4 May.

First published in the Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News – 19 April 2017

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