A 55-year-old man who threatened to “exterminate” a staff member at a call centre has been convicted and discharged at the Christchurch District Court.
Brendon Richard Arnold pleaded guilty to a charge of offensive or disturbing use of a telephone.
The incident took place over a bill that Arnold said he did not owe.
Police prosecutor David Rusbatch said the incident took place over a few minutes on November 29, when Arnold phoned the call centre.
He abused the call-taker and threatened to come into the workplace and “get” him. The call-taker tried to calm him before hanging up as the abuse continued.
Two minutes later, Arnold called again and another call-taker took the call. He demanded the full name and address of the call-taker in a threatening manner, before call-taker ended the call.
He called one minute later and spoke to a third call-taker, and repeatedly asked for the address of the business.
Mr Rusbatch said Arnold swore and threatened to “exterminate” the call-taker, who tried to calm him down and then ended the call.
Arnold told the police he was “uncontrollably angry about being harassed and he did not owe a debt”.
Judge Jane Farish granted the conviction and discharge.