'Snitches sleep in ditches' death threat claim

AN alleged threat of “snitches sleep in ditches” to a crown prosecution witness in the Wentworth Golf Club robbery court case has landed Adam Troy Miller, 30, in jail for Christmas.

Miller faced Orange Local Court yesterday after police arrested him for breaching his bail, intimidating a witness and using a carriage service to threaten and harass Jessica Jones, who is also facing court on unrelated drug charges.

Miller was on bail after being charged by police on July 22 for possessing an unregistered firearm, possessing ammunition and receiving goods suspected of being stolen.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Andy Bobin, who yesterday represented the Director of Public Prosecutions, told Magistrate Terry Lucas he did not want Miller released on bail.

“This is a DPP matter, the Wentworth Golf Club robbery, and he is a threat to the victim and her family,” Sergeant Bobin said.

“He agreed in a recorded interview he used the words ‘snitches sleep in ditches’ to the victim and he said he didn’t believe that was a threatening action, and he admits he used those words.”

Sergeant Bobin said the accused’s history of violence, the seriousness of the latest charges, the other firearms charges and breach of bail were sufficient grounds for the court to refuse bail.

Solicitor Philip Boncardo, who represented Miller, said it was not his client who took the lead in the exchange between Ms Jones and Miller on Facebook.

“She initiated it and he responded and there was toing-and-froing on both sides,” he said.

“She (Ms Jones) sent him provocative, aggressive and threatening messages.”

He went on to say his client was not a threat to Miss Jones as she was holidaying in the United Kingdom.

Mr Boncardo told Mr Lucas his client’s family was prepared to lodge a financial surety and adhere to bail conditions if the court granted bail.

Handing down his decision, Mr Lucas said he could not get past the words “snitches sleep in ditches” and saw it as a threat to the victim, with bail refused.

Miller will remain in custody until he is back before the court on February 16.

The Director of Public Prosecutions case against the accused in the Wentworth Golf Club robbery and Miss Jones and her co-accused on drug matters, will continue in Orange Local Court in February.

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