Man guilty of threatening to blow up Boral Concrete
A YOUNG man frustrated at a missed job opportunity was found guilty of threatening to blow up the workplace that rejected him, Gladstone District Court heard on Thursday.
Brendan James Masters, 22, pleaded guilty to one count of a bomb hoax, dating back to August 19, 2013, when Crown prosecutor Melissa Wilson told the court Masters had emailed a bomb threat to Boral Concrete in Gladstone, after they had refused to reinstate Masters after he had been terminated over a workplace incident.
The court heard the first threat sent by Masters had been treated as not overly serious, however, a second email, less than three hours after the first, sent from Masters again, was taken much more seriously.
The email, in which Masters threatened to blow them to bits, referred to him blowing up the on-site offices at the Boral plant.
An ensuing evacuation of the plant was carried out, as Gladstone police were called in to search the site to ensure there was in fact no explosive device in place, after the threats made by Masters.
Defence barrister Tom Polley told the court his client had described himself as being in the grips of a deeply depressive state at the time of the offence, which was echoed by the character references put forward and a strong family presence in support of Masters.
Masters was convicted, sentenced to 38 days prison with immediate release due to time already served, before being placed on a 12-month probation order and ordered to pay $1000 compensation to Boral for costs incurred.