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A man has been charged with sending homophobic threats to Sydney MP Alex Greenwich.
Police first received reports of a threatening letter being sent to MPs’ offices at NSW Parliament House on Macquarie Street on October 4, 2023.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the letter was addressed to independent MP Alex Greenwich – who is openly gay – and reportedly contained homophobic slurs.
The letter was seized for forensic examination, and an investigation into the incident began.
Police arrested a 70-year-old man at a Penshurst home at around 9am on Friday.
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He was taken to Kogarah Police Station and charged with harassment or intimidation with intent to cause fear and bodily harm and handling identity information to commit an indictable offence.
The man was bailed to appear at Downing Center Local Court on March 27.
Greenwich was the target of homophobic attacks last year after former One Nation MP Mark Latham posted a graphic tweet aimed at him.
Latham was widely criticized for the comments by politicians and members of the media, including One Nation leader Pauline Hanson, who urged her to apologize for the comments.
Instead, he quit the party to sit as an independent.
Greenwich launched a defamation case against Latham in the following days for comments and statements he made to an online radio station.