Elias in jail over alleged threats to high- profile bookie
RUGBY league identity John Elias spent last night in jail a f t e r a l l e g e d l y s e n d i n g threatening messages to TAB Sportsbet media manager Glenn Munsie.
In a dramatic twist to the NRL betting sting investig a t i o n , p o l i c e y e s t e r d a y charged Elias for allegedly sending messages to Munsie.
It is unclear if the alleged messages came from Elias’s phone. He was refused bail and will appear at Bankstown Local Court today where he is expected to deny the latest charges.
Munsie allegedly told police a message had labelled him ‘‘ a maggot’’ and claimed he had ‘‘ lived off people’s misery all your life’’.
When contacted yesterday, a clearly agitated Munsie said: ‘‘ Absolutely no comment . . . absolutely no comment.’’
TAB Sportsbet managing di- rector Craig Nugent also refused to elaborate on the allegations. ‘‘ We will not be offering a comment on the matter, it is with the police,’’ Nugent said.
When asked if he could confirm that the alleged threats were made against Munsie, Nugent added: ‘ ‘ No comment.’’
Police arrested Elias yesterday just after 2pm at Bankstown Police Station, where he was charged with breach of bail relating to contact made with a witness in the investigation.
Elias was refused bail and spent the night locked up but is scheduled to appear at B a n k s t o w n L o c a l C o u r t today.
A former rugby league first g r a d e r , E l i a s w a s a l s o charged yesterday with two counts of ‘‘ use carriage service to menace, harass or c a u s e o f f e n c e ’ ’ . H e w a s granted conditional bail to appear at the Downing Centre Local Court on April 7.
Ye s t e r d a y ’ s a r r e s t c o n - tinues the ongoing investigations by Strike Force Suburb detectives.
The Strike Force was established last year to investigate alleged illegal betting activity surrounding the round 24 NRL match between the Bulldogs and the Cowboys.