A community radio enthusiast who confronted a station member because he was not happy with the direction of the organisation has been convicted of intimidation in Orange Local Court.
Tony Edward Briggs, 48, of Algona Crescent, is well known among presenters as an avid listener of the Orange-based community broadcaster 107.5FM The Local Station and often phoned the station to make song requests.
According to a redacted summary that was presented to the court, Briggs came across one of the station's volunteers at Orange City Bowling Club at 10pm on June 1, 2019.
The victim and a witness had been attending a function at the club and the victim was leaving through the main entrance when Briggs confronted her and appeared to be drunk.
The victim recognised him and he complained about changes made to the station and he started swearing.
The witness stepped in between them and was quoted as saying, "that's enough mate, you need to go home, you don't use that sort of language in front of a lady".
Brigg's brother Allan Joseph Briggs, 40, of Algona Crescent then pulled up outside the club.
"Take a photo of my car, 'cause I know where you live, you dirty s***, so look out," Tony Briggs said.
He then got into the car which drove away. The victim reported the matter to police on On June 3, 2019.
Allan Briggs was also charged and pleaded guilty to intimidating the radio station worker and he was convicted and given a 12-month community correction order in November last year. However, Tony Briggs initially pleaded not guilty.
Tony Briggs was scheduled for a hearing on March 24 however, Magistrate David Day said the hearing was abandoned due to coronavirus restrictions. Briggs has since pleaded guilty.
Mr Day fined him $550 and gave him a 12-month community correction order. Mr Day also issued a two-year no-contact apprehended violence order that prohibits Briggs from going within 50 metres of the station.
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