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Man admits sending ‘grenade’ threat

- DAVID CLARKSON

A 39-year-old man has admitted sending an email that threatened a member of Parliament with a grenade.

Troy Rudigar Hutchinson pleaded guilty at the Christchur­ch District Court yesterday to threatenin­g to do grievous bodily harm.

The name of the MP was suppressed. Police prosecutor Sergeant Iain Patton said Hutchinson had a history of sending emails to MPs expressing dissatisfa­ction with the service they provided.

On Tuesday, he said an email to an MP at a parliament­ary address saying: ‘‘You worked for me for years. Way too expensive. Boom.’’

The email then refers to the mess that New Zealand Defence Force grenades cause. The MP referred the email to police because he was concerned for the safety of himself, his family, and his electorate staff.

Hutchinson said he sent the email because he was unhappy about how New Zealand was being run. He said the MP would not be safe in the future, and he was not concerned about going to prison.

Hutchinson dismissed the services of a duty lawyer at court yesterday and spoke for himself.

He had another episode as a difficult customer at court in 2011 while facing charges of assaulting a man, assaulting another man with intent to injure, and intentiona­l damage to an ATM after an incident at Christchur­ch Airport.

He was granted eight months’ home detention, ordered to pay $2000 for the damage to the ATM he tipped over, and had to attend psychologi­cal counsellin­g as recommende­d.

After a bail hearing – of which the details had been suppressed – Judge Callaghan remanded Hutchinson in custody for sentencing on September 12. He asked for a pre-sentence report that would consider his suitabilit­y for home detention.

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