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Man sentenced over Facebook threat to Queensland Premier Campbell Newman

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Natalie Bochenski

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman.

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman. Photo: Glenn Hunt

A New Zealander who made an online threat to slit Premier Campbell Newman's throat has escaped a conviction.

Reece Kyle Casey appeared in Caboolture Magistrates Court on Tuesday and pleaded guilty to using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence.

He admitted to using a fake Facebook account to post a message on the Premier’s Facebook page in January.

It included the phrase “slit their throats”, and warned Mr Newman to protect his loved ones.

The message was taken as a threat to the Premier, his wife Lisa and two daughters, and the Premier’s security was beefed up.

Casey was arrested on January 29 and released on bail.

The maximum sentence for the commonwealth charge is three years jail, but on Tuesday Casey was given a section 19B good behaviour bond with an 18-month probation period.

No conviction was recorded.

An order was also made to return the computer to its “rightful owner”.

The laptop was seized by police even though it didn’t belong to Casey.

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