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Man, 21, admits sending menacing e-mails to officers

The door at the Hamilton Police Station which was damaged by Elon Wainwright (Photograph Supplied)

A 21-year-old man e-mailed police threatening to “blow up” Hamilton Police Station just days before he shattered one of the building’s glass doors, a court heard.

Elon Wainwright admitted damaging the door, as well as sending several “menacing” and “obscene” e-mails to police when he appeared in Magistrates’ Court this week.

The court heard that Wainwright, from St George’s, e-mailed the Commissioner of Police, Darrin Simons, on April 28 and 30.

In one message, Wainwright threatened to injure police and claimed to have “gotten away” with shoplifting from several businesses.

In a message sent to the Bermuda Police Service’s Public Access To Information address, also on April 30, Wainwright wrote that the service “is gonna learn a lesson soon” and boasted about being “one of the best shoplifters in this country”.

Before threatening to “blow up” the Hamilton Police Station in a message to Detective Inspector Sherwin Joseph in June, video showed Wainwright running along Victoria Street after breaking one of the facility’s doors ― causing almost $2,900 in damage ― on May 27.

All messages were sent from an anonymous e-mail, but officers tracked down the IP address and arrested Wainwright for the offences in July.

He told police he did not think he would get caught for sending the messages.

Wainwright also pleaded guilty to trespassing on Digicel’s Cedar Avenue office and falsely getting goods from the company.

The court heard that on December 21, a janitor found Wainwright asleep in a closet after the business had closed for the day. Wainwright told the janitor he worked at the store.

Senior magistrate Maxanne Anderson ordered a social inquiry and mental health report be written for Wainwright, adjourned the case to November 8 for sentencing and remanded him into custody until that time.

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