A person has been charged with threatening an Australian Federal Police officer throughout a tense roadside confrontation involving Nationals chief Barnaby Joyce.
A person has been charged with threatening an Australian Federal Police officer throughout a tense roadside confrontation involving Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce.
Shocking footage captured the irate voter hurling abuse and profanities on the facet of the New England Highway, between Armidale and Tamworth, on Friday.
An AFP spokesman confirmed the person, 52, had been charged with threatening to trigger hurt to a Commonwealth public official and failure to adjust to bail circumstances.
He was arrested at his New South Wales house on Sunday by officers from the specialised investigative Taskforce Operation Wilmot – a unit set as much as shield the safety of high-office holders and parliamentarians in the course of the Federal Election.
Police will allege the person verbally threatened an AFP officer and adopted a preventing stance in the course of the incident.
The man was refused police bail and made a quick look at Tamworth Local Court on Monday.
“The AFP supports political expression and freedom of speech, however, when it leads to disruption, harassment, intimidation, threatening behaviour and damage to property, it can reach the threshold of a criminal offence,” AFP Detective Acting Superintendent Jeremy Staunton stated.
“Politicians, candidates and the people who work with them should be able to do their jobs safely and we will not tolerate criminal behaviour.”
Originally revealed as Man filmed hurling abuse at Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce charged with threatening AFP cop