Oil worker sent ‘bul­let’ mes­sage to first min­is­ter

En­gi­neer, 44, emailed late-night ‘threats’ after watch­ing news

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JAMES WYL­LIE

A ME­CHAN­I­CAL en­gi­neer has ad­mit­ted send­ing threat­en­ing e-mails to Ni­cola Stur­geon, say­ing she should

“take a bul­let” over her stance on in­de­pen­dence.

Wil­liam Dall sent the politi­cian an­gry late-night e-mails after be­com­ing “frus­trated” while watch­ing the news.

In one mes­sage, the 44-year-old called Ms Stur­geon a “liar” and told her she was “a li­a­bil­ity that needs get­ting rid of by what­ever means it takes.”

Dall, from Portlethen, ad­mit­ted ut­ter­ing of­fen­sive re­marks and mak­ing a threat at Aberdeen Sher­iff Court yes­ter­day.

De­fence so­lic­i­tor Gra­ham Mor­ri­son said the mes­sages con­tained empty threats.

He added: “He’s send­ing th­ese after a cou­ple of glasses of wine when he had seen some­thing on the news.

“An­other night, an­other news story, an­other few glasses of wine and he gets out the iPad.”

Sher­iff Ian Wal­lace said: “The mat­ter of the threat was clear, whether you in­tended to carry that out or not.”

A north-east oil worker has ad­mit­ted send­ing threats to First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon, say­ing she should “take a bul­let” over her stance on in­de­pen­dence.

In one mes­sage Wil­liam Dall, 44, of Portlethen told Ms Stur­geon she was “a li­a­bil­ity that needs get­ting rid of by what­ever means it takes”.

The me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer was caught when the mes­sages, sent to the politi­cian’s of­fi­cial in­box, were in­ter­cepted by a com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager.

At Aberdeen Sher­iff Court yes­ter­day Dall ad­mit­ted ut­ter­ing of­fen­sive re­marks and mak­ing a threat.

The court heard that after drink­ing “a few” glasses of wine while watch­ing the news, Dale sent the email ref­er­enc­ing a “bul­let” at around 10.30pm on May 27.

Fis­cal de­pute John Richard­son said: “That was ob­vi­ously as­sessed as threat­en­ing.”

And while re­port­ing the email to po­lice the next morn­ing, civil ser­vants found a pre­vi­ous mes­sage from Dall dated April 26 in which he called Ms Stur­geon a liar and a “li­a­bil­ity”.

De­fence so­lic­i­tor Gra­ham Mor­ri­son said: “He was very frus­trated with pol­i­tics and what has been go­ing on over the last few years.”

The court heard Dall claimed he had writ­ten that the first min­is­ter should be “tak­ing a bul­let” by ac­ci­dent.

Mr Mor­ri­son said his client had in­tended to say “tak­ing the bul­let,” which he be­lieved to be a phrase re­lat­ing to fir­ing some­one.

Sher­iff Ian Wal­lace found Dall’s ex­pla­na­tion “dif­fi­cult to ac­cept” and said: “The mat­ter of the threat was clear, whether you in­tended to carry that out or not.”

Dall, of Bish­op­ston Cir­cle, Portlethen, will be sen­tenced next month.

A Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment spokesman said last night: “Threats and in­tim­i­da­tion have ab­so­lutely no place in a demo­cratic so­ci­ety, and no one should be the tar­get of such be­hav­iour, re­gard­less of their po­lit­i­cal views or the of­fice they hold.”

“He was very frus­trated with pol­i­tics and what’s been go­ing on”

OF­FENDER: Wil­liam Dall sent the threats after drink­ing ‘a few’ glasses of wine

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