judge rejects terrorist threat from misogynist | Review of northern beaches

A vocal, paranoid misogynist with a history of posting violent threats and “bad ideas” online will not be closely watched under terrorism laws.

NSW had claimed that the man’s series of personal grievances had developed into a “global sense of grievance” colored by male supremacist material.

Male supremacy denotes the belief that men are superior to women.

The escalation, which was reportedly shown in both online and offline comments, made him an unacceptable risk of committing a serious terrorist offense, the state said.

But there is no evidence that the man ever came close to committing an act of terrorism or an act of violent extremism, NSW Supreme Court Justice Peter Hamill has said.

The threat of man committing a serious terrorist offense was “remote, if not infinitesimal” – well below the “unacceptable” risk required to impose a surveillance order controlling his movements and interactions.

However, the judge rejected a suggestion that NSW had attempted to use intrusive terrorism-related legislation to “needlessly control a person who has made offensive statements to the police.”

The man from West New South Wales, who cannot be named, is awaiting trial after allegedly intimidating a policewoman in October 2020 as he began a one-year prison sentence for threatening to detonate a police station.

In a Facebook post in March 2020, he explained how he was “fed up with this (…) feminist health department feminist police department feminist mental health department”.

He said he would mix various ingredients to make bombs so that the next Women’s Day march “can be done with a real bang.”

Other evidence showed the man posted a list of women he wanted to kill on Facebook, threatened St Vincent’s Darlinghurst “feminist” hospital and used grievances against local police to threaten officers, including a woman. specifically.

A psychologist assigned him a “medium-high risk of violent extremism, politically motivated violence or terrorism”.

This was based on the suggestion that the man’s belief system was on the periphery of the incel, alt-right and other movements that justify violence against women.

But a political scientist has found links to more extreme and dangerous groups such as the incels were inconclusive.

Justice Hamill admitted that many of the accused’s threats were directed at women or motivated by underlying misogyny.

His online comment “also betrays a right-wing political bias and a misguided, paranoid and misogynistic state of mind.”

But animosity and threats of retaliation and violence were not directed exclusively at women or women’s groups, the judge said.

“He expresses bad ideas. He posts stupid things on Facebook. He appears to be a misogynist and resents the police, mental health workers and correctional officers for doing their jobs when it interferes with his freedom,” he said. said Judge Hamill.

“He harbors disproportionate grievances and lashes out verbally and lyrically in response. His mental health issues are fueled by the material he accesses on the Internet.”

The judge said the psychologist’s point of view was difficult to reconcile with the accused’s actual lack of violent offense.

The man remains in detention, awaiting trial.

Associated Australian Press

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