Good behaviour bond

A MAN avoided conviction over making threats online in relation to the Esso gas plants protests.

The 36-year-old man, a contractor, faced Sale Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday charged with threatening serious injury.

Magistrate Tim Bourke heard a brief summary of the industrial dispute, which has stretched for almost 300 days, as former workers protest a contract change.

The man in question said he and his family had been targeted online, and angrily responded to one message.

He attempted to call another man three times over Facebook Messenger, and left an aggressive voicemail.

His defence lawyer noted there were now injunctions in place over naming workers at the protest and online.

The man was given a 12-month good behaviour bond with no conviction recorded, and was ordered to pay $150 to a community sports club.