Journalist Planned to Lure Christians to Home, Behead Them Over Christchurch Shooting

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A former journalist for The Queanbeyan Age in Australia is finding himself facing charges after planning to lure Christians to his home and kill them in retaliation for the Christchurch shooting.


According to the Daily Wire, James Michael Waugh stood in court on Tuesday after having been arrested for sending death threats to local churches on Facebook, and revealed that he was planning to lure them to his home to kill them with a scimitar:

James Michael Waugh was arrested in early April after sending threats on social media to local churches claiming he had bought a scimitar and would “kill every single one of you dog polytheist c***s,” the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported. Appearing in court last Tuesday, prosecutor Rae-ann Khazma told the court that Waugh had spoken to a doctor after being arrested and said he was intent on “luring in potential victims to his house” as retaliation for the massacre of the Christchurch Mosque in New Zealand.

Waugh was charged with “threatening to act with intent to cause public harm, using a carriage service to menace others and possessing a weapon to be used to kill,” according to reports.

Oddly enough, the doctors who examined Waugh after his arrest said they could find no signs of mental illness that would cause him to issue these threats, or give out his name and address upon attempting to rile people up.

Despite his lack of diagnosis, Waugh said other bizarre things. For instance, he said he did not recognize the Australian Government and that Australian laws did not apply to him.


“If you know someone with balls send them along. I’ve bought a scimitar and intend to cut their heads off in my front yard as a reprisal,” said Waugh.

Waugh was denied bail twice, which his attorneys fought back on. However, the judge is denying him the opportunity:

In court in early April, Waugh’s bail was denied and he was deemed a threat to the community. His bail was denied again on April 30 after prosecutors discovered previous searches on his computer related to his threats. Khazma said Waugh planned to prepare for his “day of judgement” in Queensland with his brother. Prior to his threats, he searched the area on the Internet.

Waugh’s attorney, Helen Hayunga, claimed there was no evidence the former journalist would act on this threats and insisted he be granted bail. Magistrate Peter Morrison interrupted her to remind the court that Waugh had purchased a weapon.

His attorney responded by saying there was no evidence that he had acted on his threats and said police had seized his phone and computer.



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