Man pleads guilty to calling NSW MP’s mum a prostitute
A self-confessed "political junkie" said he was "a bit emotional" when he threatened a NSW minister because of his stance on abortion laws.
Simon Squires, 58, called the Gladesville office of Lane Cove MP Anthony Roberts after midday on August 12 and fired a volley of comments down the phone.
"Tell Anthony to keep looking over his shoulder," he told the office worker who had picked up the phone at the Counter Terrorism and Corrections Minister's office according to court documents.
"You don't know who will be there or what they will be carrying."
Squires rambled that Mr Roberts' mother was a prostitute in the 63-second call, the documents say.
Police were notified and Ryde detectives quickly traced the call to Squires' mobile.
They arrested him two days later at his Hornsby home.
He told officers he "just got worked up" when he made the calls.
Squires fronted Burwood Local Court on Monday where he pleaded guilty to one count of using a carriage service to menace, harass or offend.
He said he made the call because he was upset about the way some conservative politicians were challenging proposed abortion legislation.
"I was a bit emotional to see a number of Coalition MPs, Anthony Roberts among them, plotting against Premier Gladys Berejiklian while she was overseas," he told the Telegraph outside Burwood Local Court on Monday.
"I rang up to put my two-bob in and maybe I got a bit emotional and used the wrong terminology."
Squires told Magistrate Alison Viney his words were intended to be "robust political discussion" and were "misinterpreted".
"Maybe it would be better if I used the language of Alan Jones, he doesn't get charged," Squires said.
Magistrate Viney responded that there were plenty of ways to express political opinions in Australia - but Squires' phone call had been "childish" and a cause for "significant concern".
Squires was ordered to be of good behaviour for 12 months or he would forfeit $500 and could face further penalties.
He was not given a conviction.
Squires was one of two men arrested last month for separate alleged threats against NSW politicians as the bill to decriminalise abortion passed the lower house.
Police allege Wayne Pound, a 47-year-old man from Kemps Creek, left a threatening voicemail for Mulgoa MP Tanya Davies.
"Listen here you dumb sl*t," Pound allegedly said.
"A girl can do whatever she f****** wants with her f****** body.
"You can f*** off. Ring this number again and I'll slit your throat."
Pound was arrested and charged on August 14 and remains before the courts.
Squires described himself as a "political junkie" and said he frequently wrote letters to newspapers.
One such letter, published online in November last year, said the Liberal Party should become more conservative so it could become the "irrelevant far-right fringe party that it so deserves to be".
Squires also consented, on Monday, to an apprehended violence order which will prevent him from harassing the minister.