Man to face court after 000 phone call

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Noel Thomp­son noel.thomp­

A 22-YEAR-OLD man will face court on Fe­bru­ary 26 after he al­legedly threat­ened po­lice of­fi­cers in a 000 phone call last week.

The man was charged with us­ing a telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions de­vice to men­ace, threaten, ha­rass or in­tim­i­date.

Mun­dub­bera’s Sergeant Shaughan Lan­ham said the man al­legedly threat­ened to stab po­lice at Mun­dub­bera on Satur­day night.

He was also charged with as­sault­ing po­lice when the of­fi­cers at­tended the ad­dress.

“The oc­cur­rence of cy­ber­crime is cer­tainly on the in­crease with re­ports and com­plaints over the last three months get­ting out of hand,” Sgt Lan­ham said.

“Peo­ple are threat­en­ing and abus­ing each other on Face­book, and Twit­ter, they are at­tack­ing each other with text mes­sages and by email.

“This is a crim­i­nal act and any­one who is guilty of this will be charged and there is al­ways plenty of ev­i­dence.”

Sgt Lan­ham said peo­ple in gen­eral may not know it was a crime to as­sault or threaten some­one when on a phone or com­puter.

So­cial me­dia com­pa­nies can also be fined $17,000 a day un­der pro­posed leg­is­la­tion, as the Ab­bott Gov­ern­ment at­tempts to pro­tect Aus­tralian chil­dren from cy­ber bul­ly­ing.

In the lat­est ef­fort to tackle abuse di­rected at chil­dren, the bill pro­poses the in­tro­duc­tion of a Chil­dren’s E-Safety Com­mis­sioner to po­lice cy­ber bul­ly­ing.

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