A Griffith man who threatened to kill his own mother after he took offence at something she said has received a good behaviour bond in Griffith Local Court on Wednesday.
The mother was left shaking and in tears following her son’s March phone call, which frightened her to the point where she immediately called police in the aftermath for protection.
She told police who came to her aid it was not the first time her son had threatened her.
The mother had been at her home on the evening of Saturday, March 4 when her son called her.
She said she recognised her son’s number as well as his voice, leaving her with no doubt as to who was contacting her.
“I’m going to choke the life out of you,” her son told her when she answered the phone.
“You’re nothing but a putrid s**t.
“I’ll take your life.”
The woman hung up the phone after her son made the threats.
She later told police his threat to choke her had made her feel concerned not only for her own physical safety but that of her four other children who were at home with her at the time of the phone call.
Police who arrived at her home said the mother was visibly emotional when discussing the incident, telling them she was scared and that her son had treated her in the past.
Police convinced the mother to participate in a video recording to capture her distress.
In searching for a motive for the man’s phone call to his mother police noted in the agreed facts tendered to the court that he had been playing golf with her current partner that same afternoon, indicating to him he was upset with his mother.
During the pair’s conversation the son outlined to his mother’s partner that he had taken offence at something she had previously said in jest to another woman.
It was later that night he made the call to her.
Five days after the mother’s complaint to police her son presented to Griffith Police Station.
Due to the nature and the seriousness of the alleged offence he was to be charged with police arrested him.
Two months later the man’s case was heard in Griffith Local Court.
He pleaded not guilty to the charge, but despite this he received a 16 month good behaviour bond as punishment for his actions.
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