Man claims threatening text a case of mistaken identity

WARREN Moses, the man released from jail a month ago after serving time over animal cruelty charges on a district property, was re-arrested and appeared in Orange Local Court on Thursday for breaching his parole over stalking and intimidate charges laid by police.

Moses was arrested by police over an incident where he allegedly threatened another man via a text message and went to his house looking for money he was allegedly owed.

Moses pleaded not guilty to the latest charges.

His solicitor Philip Boncardo asked for Moses to be bailed, saying the text message was a case of mistaken identity with the alleged victim’s phone number mistaken for the victim’s brother who was a friend of Moses.

“My client in his record of interview said the text was not for the alleged victim and he was provided with the wrong number [phone],” Mr Boncardo said.

Mr Boncardo told the court Moses and the man for whom the message was intended “trash talked” to each other in the style in which the text was sent and it was not intended as a threat to the victim when sent by mistake.

He told the court his client doesn’t want to remain in custody as he wants to spend more time with his 13-week-old baby daughter who he cares for three days a week.

Mr Boncardo also said his client was to start a new job on the same day he appeared in court last Thursday.

Part of Mr Boncardo’s bail application also included evidence of strong support in the community and that his client was not a flight risk.

He also said a friend of Moses was prepared to put up $1000 surety.

However, police prosecutor Sergeant Andy Bobin opposed bail, saying Moses was on two section nine bonds.

“He was only released [from jail] one month ago and the victim is shaken up,” Sergeant. Bobin said.

“This is a strong case.”

Moses was granted bail and will reappear in Orange Local Court in April.

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