Elias in jail over al­leged threats to high- pro­file bookie

Townsville Bulletin - - Rugby league -

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.

John Elias

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