Nthn NSW man threatens to kill Q&A staff over LGBT support


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A northern NSW man faced court today over threats to members of the ABC’s Q&A staff. The man threatened to kill Q&A staff over the show’s support and the ABC’s coverage of the LGBT community.

David William Wonnocott pleaded guilty to making the threats in Tweed Heads Local Court.

Magistrate Geoff Dunlevy said Wonnocott, 47, of Banora Point, threatened the Q&A staff via a public forum. He specifically singled out staff of the panel show in his threats.

“QnA should be shut down, you c__ts. Keep supporting the LGBT community and I will kill you all.”

According to the magistrate, Wonnocott told police, “I don’t agree with the LGBT community.”

He also said he wanted the ABC to stop talking about the LGBT communities.

“I want them to stop spruiking this f__king community, the LGBT whatever f__king they are.

“I wanted to scare them.”

Against religious beliefs

Wonnocott’s lawyer said in a submission to the court that the LGBT community went against his religious beliefs. However, Magistrate Dunlevy dismissed the defendant’s religious beliefs as irrelevant to the case.

He said most members of the community supported the LGBT community and found homophobia and transphobia offensive.

The magistrate also noted Wonnocott’s history of intimidation and using a carriage service to menace or harass people.

Magistrate Dunlevy sentenced Wonnocott to nine months imprisonment with three months non-parole. Bail was granted for an appeal conditional on Wonnocott obtaining a mental health plan and not accessing social media.

Conservative media and religious figures often deride the ABC as the GayBC and complain of a perceived bias towards the LGBT communities. Until recently, the openly gay Hamish Macdonald hosted Q&A. He said after leaving the role that he never copped so much abuse as during his time with the ABC. He also cited that abuse as a main reason for leaving the show.

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Destiny Rogers

Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at destinyr@qnews.com.au.

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1 Comment

  1. Peter Turner
    21 October 2021
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    I’m glad the Magistrate disregarded his religion as an excuse for his threats. I know of NO religion that supports this kind of hate speech and intimidation. The man obviously has a history of this kind of behaviour which can so easily escalate into actual violence. I only hope his appeal is dismissed and he gets to think about his actions in jail.

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