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Man charged with making death threats to Premier Burt


Man charged with making death threats to Premier Burt

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HAMILTON, Bermuda − A 28-year-old man has been released on US$5 000 bail after he appeared in a magistrate court accused of making death threats to Premier David Burt.

Jared Gordon was charged Tuesday with threatening Burt, as well as making demands for money. He was not required to enter a plea as the case will be dealt with in Supreme Court next month.

Prosecutors alleged Gordon sent Burt, who is also Finance Minister, a series of messages between October last year and the end of March this year to demand unwarranted items and cash.

Gordon was also charged with two counts of sending threatening messages to Burt.

Prosecutors allege Gordon sent a message on October 12, in which he is claimed to have said: “Ignoring me asking for a budget is driving me to a point of wanting to tell you this to your face . . . I would really put a hole in your head.”

The defendant was also accused of sending a message on March 28 that included a threat of “pulling you out of your house and chopping your head off with a hacksaw”.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo released Gordon on bail on condition that he avoid contact with Burt.

Gordon was also ordered to report to Hamilton Police Station three times a week.

Burt, a father of two, is Bermuda’s youngest ever Premier, having taken office last year at the age of 38. (CMC)