Appeal launched after hoax bomb threat at Forest Hill Medical Centre

APPEAL: Peter Charles Anton launches an appeal in Wagga District Court.
APPEAL: Peter Charles Anton launches an appeal in Wagga District Court.

A Wagga man who was jailed after phoning police with a hoax bomb threat has launched an appeal against the severity of his sentence. 

Peter Charles Anton, of Ashmont, phoned police and threatened to blow up the Forest Hill Medical Centre after they refused to cash his cheque on January 1 last year. 

“There is going to be a bomb there – they’re going to get blown up, if you want to take 10 to 15 minutes that’s fine,” Anton told police.  

The 51-year-old was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment with a non-parole period of 11 months in November last year. 

Anton pleaded guilty to using a carriage service to make a hoax threat and using a carriage service to menace and harass. 

Crown solicitor Sam Baumgarten told Judge Gordon Lerve there was a miscommunication about whether a police prosecutor or a Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) solicitor was to appear in the case, requesting an adjournment. 

The appeal will return to Wagga District Court on March 1. 

Anton remains in custody at Long Bay Correctional Centre. 

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