Leigh Sales troll who threatened to follow the ABC 7.30 host was once charged with murder
One of two ‘random’ men hit with a restraining order to protect ABC journalist Leigh Sales was once charged with murdering a homeless person.
The other also has a separate warrant to prevent him from approaching good friend of 7:30 a.m. host and fellow ABC host Annabel Crabb.
Sales used a magazine interview last weekend to describe the magnitude of online trolling she experienced in her role as the frontman of the national broadcaster’s nightly current affairs program.
She also said the vitriol aimed at her “takes a really heavy toll on people who were close to me because I think they feel like they can’t protect me from it.”
One of two “random” men who have a restraining order against them to protect ABC journalist Leigh Sales was once charged with murdering a homeless person. Sales, who will leave her 7.30am host role at the end of this month, will remain with the national broadcaster
Police have issued arrest warrants against two men over the past eight months to protect Sales (left). One of those men was also considered a threat to her friend and fellow ABC presenter Annabel Crabb (right)
Sales, who announced in early February that she would be leaving at 7:30 a.m. after the federal election, said Saturday that she tried to ignore constant abuse on social media.
“The problem is that this kind of ripping people online can translate into real violence,” she said Zodiac sign† “I have received two protective warrants from random people who have threatened me.
“There have been others where the police have looked at them and recommended certain measures.”
Daily Mail Australia can reveal details of the two men police recently took to court to obtain arrested warrants for the protection of Sales and Crabb, who are both 49.
One of the men, against whom a murder charge had been dropped three years ago, sent an email to the ABC threatening to follow Sales.
I have received two protective warrants from random people who have threatened me
“Thank you for making it easy to follow…” he wrote, according to a court statement.
The man sent other emails attacking Sales, 7.30 and the ABC in an increasingly strange series of feedback messages to the national broadcaster’s website.
“You cemented the reason why you should be abolished… your entire office and show. 7.30 should be an unbiased, audience-oriented current affairs program,” he wrote.
“But it’s clear it’s politically driven. You’ve stuffed yourself enough with public money. To you this is just an opinion and I welcome that.’
Sales said the online vitriol targeted at her “takes a really heavy toll on people close to me because I think they feel like they can’t protect me from it.” She has often spoken out about the abuse that prominent women endure. The sale is in the picture at the Logies on Sunday evening
A man who dropped a murder charge against him three years ago sent an email to the ABC threatening to follow Sales
The emails sent ‘randomly’ about Leigh Sales
June 10, 2021, 7:51 PM: “You cemented the reason why you should be abolished… your entire office and show. 7.30 should be an unbiased, audience-oriented current affairs program. However, it is clear that it is politically driven. You’ve stuffed yourself enough with public money. To you this is just an opinion and I welcome that.’
October 12, 2021, 7:39 PM: ‘You like to promote the use of solar panels, but what happens to the panels when they have worn out their use? Solar panels buried in our one sites. Let me make this clear… You are an extension of ABC policy and you run a credit risk because of your behavior. Over time, your behavior has clear purchasing power and poses a major risk to Australia’s sovereign existence. Have Australia ask for Leigh Sales if they can’t pay their mortgages because of her and her colleagues. But I trust your hubris… it will gladly serve me. Thank you Leigh and the ABC.’
October 12, 2021, 8:12 PM: “I’m glad you guys are taking my e-mail with persistence… and irrelevant. Thank you for making my job easy.”
October 12, 2021, 8.44 pm: ‘Thank you for making it easy to follow you… Thanks again :-)’
Police have issued arrest warrants against two men for the past eight months to protect Sales. One of those men was also considered a threat to Crabb.
Earlier this year, a 52-year-old unemployed man living in a social housing development in southern Sydney pleaded guilty in Downing Center local court to using a carriage to threaten/intimidate/insult Sales.
On October 12 last year, during a 7:30 p.m. episode, he emailed the ABC with a bizarre diatribe about solar panels describing Sales as “an extension of ABC policy.”
“Over time, your behavior has a clear purchasing power (bias) and poses a great risk to Australia’s sovereign existence,” he wrote.
“Have Australia ask for Leigh Sales if they can’t pay their mortgage because of her and her colleagues. But I trust your hubris… it will gladly serve me. Thank you Leigh and the ABC.’
Later that evening, after 7:30 p.m., he wrote, “I’m glad you’re all taking my email with sustain… and irrelevant. Thank you for making my job easy.”
The last email the man sent that night had a more menacing tone.
“Thanks for making it easy to follow you…” he wrote. ‘Thanks again. †
The next day, at 7:30 a.m., producer Clay Hichens told Sales about the email saying she might be followed.
“When he learned that the suspect had made a threat … the victim immediately felt alarmed, agitated and very afraid of the suspect,” the statement said. “The victim was afraid for her own physical safety.”
Police were notified of the threat and executed a search warrant at the man’s home, where he was arrested on October 19.
The man lives alone in a one-bedroom NSW Housing flat and gets $456 every two weeks in government benefits.
He complied with an order to reveal his passwords so that police could access his electronic devices. He also confirmed that he had previously watched 7.30.
In January, the man, unknown to Sales, was released on the condition that he provide $250 security and be well behaved for 12 months.
On the same day, the man was the subject of a two-year arrest for assault in the same court to protect Sales.
The troll, who unsuccessfully appealed the conviction in court this month, was charged six years ago with the murder of a homeless man in Woolloomooloo.
According to the police, in April 2016 he had pushed a 50-year-old man onto Tom Urenplein, causing him to fall backwards and land his head on the sidewalk. The man later died.
Before the man died, his alleged attacker told a court he was “extremely remorseful for his actions” and “wasn’t one to want to harm anyone.”
The court learned that the accused man had been near Tom Urenplein for a “peculiar” reason: to “home-own” the underprivileged in his community.
A murder charge was dropped in March 2019 and two months later he was found not guilty of manslaughter. There was another not guilty verdict on an alternate charge of reckless inflicting grievous bodily harm.
In October last year, a then 49-year-old man from south-east Sydney was listed to appear in Newtown Court, where police were seeking separate AVOs to protect Sales and Crabb.
Orders were issued for two years to prevent the man from being within 2 km of where Sales of Crabb lives or works, including ABC headquarters in Harris Street, Ultimo.
Sales were asked for comment via an ABC spokesperson.
Sales, who has been presenting 7.30 for nearly 12 years and will continue to serve at the ABC in another role, told Stellar why she quit Twitter in April.
Sales, who announced in early February that she would be leaving at 7:30 a.m. after the federal election, said Saturday that she tried to ignore constant abuse on social media. She is pictured at the Logies 2019
“People have reported that I left because there was an interview with Scott Morrison and then I was assaulted,” she said. “But I was being mistreated all the time, so it really had nothing to do with it.”
“I just decided to jump off it before the election because I thought the level of trolling would go up straight away… Whether you do it or not, there’s a rabid bunch of bullies out there who will just use any excuse to go on like this. †
In the past, Sales has said she has repeatedly been the victim of online bullying when she interviewed former Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
After a 7:30 performance with Morrison in 2020, Sales shared an example of the sexualized hate she received, including messages that she was “sitting on his lap.”
Sarah Ferguson, a former ABC employee, will replace Sales as the 7:30 a.m. host starting July.