Brittany Higgins, fiance received death threats; NSW Police charge man

A man has been charged by police after he allegedly made death threats against Brittany Higgins, her fiance and her dog.

David William Wonnocott, 49, was arrested by counter-terrorism detectives from Tweed Heads police station in northern NSW on Wednesday about 10am.

Police said they were already investigating Wonnocott over threats of violence sent to participants of a mass gathering.

Police allege they found 49 messages sent by Wonnocott from multiple social media accounts which were threatening or offensive in nature.

One of the accounts had sent messages to the former Liberal staffer’s fiance David Sharaz, allegedly threatening to kill the pair as well as their pet dog, police say.

Wonnocott was charged with using a carriage service to make a threat to kill and using a carriage service to menace, harass or offend.

While in custody, detectives issued the man with a firearms ban. Searches were also conducted on his vehicle and home at Banora Point.

He was granted strict conditional bail and will appear at Tweed Heads Local Court on May 31.

“There is no current or impending threat to the community as a result of this operational activity,” NSW Police said in a statement.

“Anyone with information about extremist activity or possible threats to the community should come forward, no matter how small or insignificant you may think the information may be.”

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