Man admits threat that caused WINZ lockdown

A man who yelled “I will be there soon with my gun” while WINZ staff were on the phone has admitted a charge of threatening to kill and is in custody for sentencing.

The phone threat by Mitchell Shane Moulton, 35, led to WINZ offices being locked down on October 30.

Moulton was jailed in 2016 for making threats and firing a shot outside the Linwood Work and Income offices in Aldwins Road.

The latest incident happened when he phoned WINZ to change the date and time for a phone meeting, but during the call he became abuse towards the call taker.

His mother took the phone off him and continued the call but Moulton could be heard yelling in the background, “No wonder you get shot at, I will be there soon with my gun.”

The lockdown at WINZ sites lasted about two hours, while police found Moulton at his home and searched the address. He told the police that he made the threat as he was ranting and raving.

In the Christchurch District Court today, he also pleaded guilty to possession of a pipe for smoking methamphetamine, possession of a pipe for cannabis, and possession of an offensive weapon – a knuckle duster.

Judge Tom Gilbert refused an electronically monitored bail application and remanded Moulton in custody for sentencing on February 12. He asked for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and told Moulton he may be granted a community based sentence if the report was positive.

In 2016, Moulton had been up all night taking methamphetamine before making threats and firing a shot outside the Linwood WINZ offices. He was jailed for two years and eight months for the armed incident. After his arrest for that incident, he apologised to the Work and Income staff he threatened and the regional manager, during a restorative justice conference.