Man threatened to kill police, court hears

A MAN who threatened to kill police officers and rape their wives has been sentenced to two months jail, a court heard on Thursday. 

FILE PIC: Raymond Muir, 38, pleaded guilty to a string of charges, including three counts of making threats to kill in Ballarat Magistrates Court.

FILE PIC: Raymond Muir, 38, pleaded guilty to a string of charges, including three counts of making threats to kill in Ballarat Magistrates Court.

Raymond Muir, 38, pleaded guilty to a string of charges, including three counts of making threats to kill in Ballarat Magistrates Court earlier this week. 

He also pleaded guilty to assaulting police and being drunk in a public place.

A court heard on Tuesday that Muir had been drinking all day at the Tongala Caravan Park, near Echuca, prior to police arriving on scene on January 15, 2012. 

Muir had an aggressive demeanour when police arrived and threatened one officer. 

He later threatened to kill police and their families, as well as rape their wives and daughters en route to Bendigo Police Station.

Defence lawyer Mike Wardell had previously indicated his client had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and had issues with alcoholism. 

Magistrate Cynthia Toose said she considered the seriousness of Muir’s charges when sentencing. 

“He has now had 12 months without drinking and that is very significant,” she said. 

“But he has 12 prior matters relating to assault police and five priors of making threats to police.”

Ms Toose said the incident not only affected police but people staying at the caravan park at the time. 

“It must have been frightening to members of the community,” she said. “I do regard the assault of police as very serious.” 

Ms Toose sentenced Muir to two months imprisonment and was placed on a community corrections order for 12 months.

He is required to serve 100 hours of unpaid community work and was also fined $100.

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