No Fine... But He Will Need To Chat With A Counselor
Anthony Donohue is in
big trouble. He was in a Queensland, Australia, courtroom on
Wednesday, charged with making threats against an aircraft.
Donohue lives with his parents in the Australian town of
Sorrento. He was none too pleased when a survey helicopter started
flying by his house on a regular basis last November.
Okay, "none-too-pleased" may be a little mild under the
"I have had a gutful," he said in calls to local police, the
airport and Air Services Australia, according to Aussie media
Authorities say the enterprising Donohue also threatened to
shoot the helicopter out of the sky with either a homemade bazooka,
or a spud gun that he planned to load with tomatoes.
These days, you make a threat like that, expect the boys in blue
to show up on your doorstep -- and indeed, that's what happened.
Donohue was arrested, and tried on charges related to
Prosecutors wanted Magistrate Alex Chilcotte to throw the book
at him, including a $5,000 fine.
Donohue's lawyer, Bill Potts, maintained his client had just
gone through a break-up with his girl, he's having difficulties
finding a job, and is still suffering the after-effects of a recent
"My client did not even have a bazooka or a spud gun that could
shoot tomatoes so clearly he made a threat he couldn't carry out,"
Mr Potts said. "It was a spur of the moment act of stupidity in
circumstances where he was clearly distressed."
The judge eventually let Donohue off with probation. But in
closing the case, he told Donohue, "You have to admit it was pretty
Under the terms of the agreement, Donohue will also have to
undergo a little psychiatric counseling. Surprised?