Man wanted to blow up ACC

Last updated 14:48 03/12/2012

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A 42-year-old man who on September 11 threatened to fill his car with urea bombs and diesel and drive it into the Invercargill ACC building in an attempt to blow it up was last week told by a judge his comments were frightening and alarming.

Sean Jason Muir, of Mataura, was sentenced in Invercargill District Court yesterday before Judge Kevin Phillips for intending to cause a significant disruption to civil administration in New Zealand by threatening to fill a vehicle with urea bombs and diesel and drive into the building, which would likely cause major property damage, namely destruction of that building, on September 11.

Muir was sentenced to seven months' home detention.

The police summary of facts says he had an ongoing historic claim with ACC and on September 11 he was told a planned compensation payout was not going to take place. He became angry with the case manager and said he would make a statement and appear on the six o'clock news. He said he was not afraid to die.

Another case manager called him to confirm how he was and he again said he would make a statement, but was adamant he did not want to hurt anybody but himself, the summary says.

The ACC branch manager called him and asked him about his intentions. He said he would fill his vehicle with urea bombs and drive it into the Invercargill ACC building in an attempt to blow it up, the summary says.

Police were notified and found him at his home. He said he had a problem with ACC and the way they treated people, it says. He was taken into custody to prevent self-harm and during transit he again said he planned to fill his vehicle with urea bombs as well as diesel and drive into the ACC building with the intention of destroying the building to make a statement.

When he was interviewed by mental health services he said if he was going to be charged with making threats he may as well go ahead and do it, it says.

Muir's lawyer Hannah Cuthill said he had accepted the offending was serious. Judge Phillips said people were only doing their job and did not deserve to be treated in this way.

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- The Southland Times

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