- in court - 12th July 2006
The Courier Mail)
The former lover of wannabe television
host Charles Gant will today give evidence at
his trial, in which he is accused of calling in
a bomb hoax.
hoax was allegedly made to stop Gant's then girlfriend
from taking an overseas modelling job. Gant is
on summary trial in the Brisbane Magistrate's
Court facing six charges of using a carriage service
to menace or harass.
Federal Police agents charged the aspiring television
host after phone calls were received by media
and government agencies in September 2004.
were made to the offices of Sky News, Channel
10, The Age newspaper in Melbourne, Media Monitors,
Parliament House in Canberra and the Australian
High Commission in Singapore.
faces up to 12 months in jail if convicted.
43-year-old, who created the troubled reality
TV concept Fantasy Island, has pleaded not guilty
to all charges.
said the phone calls referred to terrorist bombings,
and claimed Gant made them to prevent his then
girlfriend, Jaime Wright, from embarking on a
modelling assignment in Singapore.
allege Gant tried to talk his lover out of travelling,
then made the hoax calls so that she would think
it was too dangerous.
they have since parted ways, the couple will come
face to face when she gives evidence today.
26-year-old Sydney-based model, shoe designer
and aspiring television presenter has travelled
to Brisbane for the case.
witness Christina Quirk told how she had been
working at the Australian High Commission in Singapore
on September 15, 2004, when she received a threatening
said the caller had referred to terrorist attacks
in Singapore and Malaysia before she asked him
to identify himself.
bin Laden that's enough," he said
before hanging up.
Quirk said the caller sounded aggressive and she
reported it to the deputy high commissioner. In
the weeks leading up to the call, there had been
a bombing at the Australian High Commission in
Quirk said she did not really believe it was bin
Laden on the phone, but was concerned because
of recent events.
were all a bit shaken because we hadn't had a
terrorist call before," she said.