Comey threat penalty


A Rotorua man who made death threats against former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey has been sentenced to supervision and community work.
Frank Stewart McLean, who claimed he had planted a bomb in the United States embassy and posted threats against Mr Comey when he was in New Zealand in April, was sentenced in the Rotorua District Court yesterday.
Judge Kim Saunders told McLean, 32, the messages he had posted on Facebook were appalling and crossed the boundaries of freedom of speech.
She sentenced him to 12 months’ supervision, ordering him to attend drug and alcohol programmes and undertake any directed counselling. He was also sentenced to 180 hours’ community work, 140 of them for the charge of making a false statement which McLean had earlier admitted and another 40 in lieu of $4844 in outstanding fines remitted by the judge. NZN

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