Student walks free after emailing threats to kill lecturer

"Don't worry about fearing for your life, you won't have one soon enough."

Kodi John Wolfenden wrote this in one of two threatening emails he sent to an associate lecturer at CQUniversity.

The 25-year-old West Mackay man had initially emailed a staff member of the associate lecturer in November 2014, "criticising the course and her capabilities", prosecutor James Grehan said.

The lecturer then emailed Wolfenden that his "email was hurtful" and offered advice on study support options. However, Wolfenden failed to comply with course requirements so the lecturer emailed him to say he would be withdrawn from the course.

On June 3, 2015 at 7.21am Wolfenden emailed the lecturer saying, "I'm going to say this as nicely as I possibly can. You have until Friday to put me back into the course or I'm going to teach you what having an antisocial disorder can make you do to people and since you obviously don't (expletive) know an antisocial disorder doesn't mean you're not social it means you have no care for society or the people in it. The other name for what I have is sociopath. Have fun with that information and I hope you make the right decision."

He sent another email on June 24 saying, "Don't worry about fearing for your life, you won't have one soon enough. I would say you should of listened when I said I wasn't learning anything from your stupid course, but you won't be alive long enough to learn from that lesson."

Wolfenden pleaded guilty in the Mackay Magistrates Court to using a carriage service to menace harass or cause offence.

He'd become desensitised to that type of language because he'd spent a lot of time on the internet, duty solicitor Chelsea Cross said.

He hadn't considered the lecturer's feelings.

There was no intention to cause actual harm.

With only one previous criminal entry, Magistrate Tina Previtera did not record a conviction and he was placed on 12 months probation.


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