- 17 November 2020
I am a black man living in Sydney Australia. I was intoxicated and was shouting a lot of incoherent words one night at a hotel. I saw a lady and shouted the words 'Hey Sexy Lady' at her. I also saw two security guards and shouted the words 'Jihad Gun' at them. This is exactly what is stated on the fact sheet. There was absolutely NO direct threat to harm any of them. However, the lady called the police who put me under arrest and charged me with Threatening, Stalking and intimidation with the intention of causing the other person to fear physical or mental harm. As usual, the Legal Aid lawyers encouraged me to plead guilty so that I could get a 15% discount. At court, I pleaded guilty, was convicted and sent to prison for a long time. I am diagnosed with a number of mental health issues including depression, anxiety and psychosis which were presented at court. I would like a sober analysis of this situation from a legal standpoint. Is this how the legal system works in Australia? Does shouting the words 'Hey Sexy Lady' and 'Jihad Gun' amount to a criminal offence? I am missing something?