A man has been charged after allegedly sending death threats to Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young.
Police raided the 43-year-old’s home in Narang on the Gold Coast on Wednesday night and arrested him.
He was charged with one count of using a carriage service to make threats to kill and will appear before court on 7 October.
‘Detectives executed a search warrant at a Nerang property last night as a result of investigations into alleged threats made against the Queensland Premier and the Chief Health Officer,’ a police spokesman said.
The Queensland premier and chief health officer have copped heavy criticism for their harsh border closures which have prevented families from visiting dying loved ones.
A man has been charged after allegedly sending death threats to Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (pictured) and Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young
Dr Young (pictured) has been given a permanent police escort after suffering ‘extreme trolling’ online
Last week, Ms Palaszczuk became emotional on television when she said the criticism has taken a toll on her.
The Queensland premier choked back tears as she refuted allegations she was ‘cold-hearted and nasty’ for keeping grieving families apart while letting Hollywood stars and AFL players into the state.
With her voice cracking, the premier said she understands people’s pain because she has lost loved ones during the coronavirus crisis.
‘I’m human just like everyone else. These issues hurt me deeply. They hurt me deeply because during this pandemic I have lost loved ones as well,’ she said.
‘I know exactly what people are going through, OK?’
It came after nurse Sarah Caisip, who lives in coronavirus-free Canberra, was denied permission to attend her father’s funeral.
The 26-year-old applied for an exemption last month to visit her sick father Bernard Prendergast in Brisbane – but it took 20 days to get approved and he died of liver cancer two days before her flight.
The young woman, who is in hotel quarantine in Brisbane, was banned from attending her father’s funeral because officials believed she was a Covid-19 risk even though the ACT has had no cases for 60 days.
Dr Young has been given a permanent police escort after suffering ‘extreme trolling’ online.
Queensland’s borders are closed to the ACT, New South Wales and Victoria.
Sarah Caisip (in yellow) was allowed to have a private viewing of her father’s body, dressed in PPE and with security guards minding her. She was not allowed to greet her family