Charges withdrawn over Facebook threats to CSG staff

John Jenkyn (fourth from the right) had charges against him withdrawn at Chinchilla Magistrates Court on Wednesday, much to the delight of his supporters.
John Jenkyn (fourth from the right) had charges against him withdrawn at Chinchilla Magistrates Court on Wednesday, much to the delight of his supporters. Hayden Smith

UPDATE: A TARA man who fronted court over an anti-CSG Facebook post says "common sense prevailed" after his charge of "using a carriage to menace" was withdrawn.

John Jenkyn was discharged by Magistrate Kay Ryan, with the prosecution offering no further evidence to support the charge when the hearing resumed at midday.

The hearing came after coal seam gas giant QGC filed an official complaint against Mr Jenkyn last November, after he took to social media to "vent frustration" about his dealings with the company.

Chinchilla Magistrates Court was full yesterday, as up to 30 people gathered to show support for Mr Jenkyn.

"A lot of people here have been friends with John for a long time," Chinchilla resident Karen Auty said.

"He moved here for peace and quiet, but the (CSG) business came in and made his life hell."

Among the witnesses to take the stand in the morning were Chinchilla Police officer-in-charge Sergeant Gerard Brady and a number of QGC representatives.

"I recall I was forwarded an email from our legal team calling attention over a Facebook post," QGC security advisor Duncan Price said.

"I walked to the Adelaide Street police station and made a formal complaint."

But Mr Jenkyn's lawyer, Cameron Bell, submitted that his client "had no case to answer".

"We don't have a threat per se from Mr Jenkyn at all," Mr Bell told the court.

"Nothing on the record supports that he had any intention to threaten.... it was clearly a post made out of frustration."

Mr Jenkyn was emotional as he embraced family and friends outside the courthouse following the news that charges had been withdrawn.

"The post was never meant to be menacing... this is a great win for me," he said.

EARLIER: A Darling Downs man who allegedly threatened on his Facebook page to shoot coal seam gas workers will face court today.

Chinchilla's John Jenkyn will appear in Chinchilla Magistrates Court charged with using a carriage service to threaten or intimidate.

He allegedly posted messages on his Facebook page threatening to use firearms against QGC employees.

QGC filed a complaint about the message on November 12 last year. Mr Jenkyn gave a statement at the Chinchilla police station the next day.

RELATED: Man charged for Facebook threat to shoot CSG workers

The Queensland Greens released a statement today saying that they would support Mr Jenkyn.



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