A man accused of making death threats on social media against former political staffer Brittany Higgins and her fiancé has appeared in court.
David William and Knockott are facing charges after police received information about alleged threats of violence via a social media platform.
Woncott appeared in Northern New South Wales Magistrates Court on Wednesday in relation to the charges against him. He was arrested in April.
According to court documents, one of the conditions of Woncott’s bail was that he not be with Higgins or her fiancé, David Sharaz, or have contact with them, except through a lawyer.
He was charged with one count of using the transportation service to make death threats on April 11 last year and one count of using the transportation service to threaten, harass or abuse between July 2022 and February of this year.
According to court documents, the Banora Point man is accused of using social media, such as Facebook and Instagram, “in a manner that reasonable persons would view as threatening, harassing, or offensive.”
Judge Geoff Dunleavy said the cases against Wooncott would continue to be charged with the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions disagreeing with summary jurisdiction.
He was ordered to present a brief of evidence by 12 July and refer it to the same court on 24 July.
Wonkoot shall be excused from appearing in court on that day if he is legally represented by him.
In 2021, former Liberal Party staffer Bruce Lerman was accused of sexually assaulting Higgins and pleaded not guilty.
A trial in the ACT Supreme Court was derailed last October by jury misconduct.
The charges against him were later dropped due to concerns about the impact of a second trial on Higgins’ mental health.
Lerman denies the claim that he raped Higgins.
Wonkut was also in court on a separate charge of using the shuttle service to threaten, harass, or abuse Jan. 9. The court heard a guilty plea in relation to the charge involving New South Wales MP Alex Greenwich.
The terms of his bail in connection with this charge stated that he could only be with or have contact with Greenwich through a lawyer.
Another condition barred the 49-year-old from attending Mardi Gras Sydney or being in the Sydney CBD on February 25 and requiring him to comply with a curfew between 4pm and 11:30pm on Mardi Gras day.
Court documents indicate that Wonokot’s criminal history primarily related to intimidation and threats against members of minorities using social media.