2 Jun 2010

Farmer not surprised to be arrested over threats

12:59 pm on 2 June 2010

A police detective has told the Christchurch District Court an Oxford farmer charged with threatening to kill the Prime Minister, was not surprised to be arrested.

Mark Feary, 53, has pleaded not guilty to 12 charges of sending faxes or letters to politicians and Government officials threatening to cause grievous bodily harm and two charges of threatening to kill the Prime Minister.

The Crown says the threats were made in letters and faxes sent from his home in February 2009.

Detective Dion Murray told the jury Mr Feary appeared agitated but not angry when he was arrested.

He said Mr Feary told him he had expected the arrest, but not until the following week.