Manawatu Standard

Man charged for threat to kill Ardern


A Christchur­ch man has been charged after he allegedly threatened to kill Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. The 35-year-old man was granted a registrar’s remand at the Christchur­ch District Court yesterday. He has been granted interim name suppressio­n until his next appearance. According to court documents the alleged offence dates back to March 11, 2019, when the accused was in Australia. The maximum penalty for a charge of threatenin­g to kill is seven years’ imprisonme­nt. This is not the first time threats have been made against Ardern. Last month a 34-year-old man appeared in the Wellington District Court after he allegedly threatened to kill the New Zealand prime minister. In 2020, a man pleaded not guilty to a charge of sending threatenin­g emails to Ardern between October 2019 and January 2020. Also in 2020, an Australian man was jailed for making threats against Ardern, Muslims and mosques.

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