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Alleged stalker 'made threat to kill mayor'

Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor Steve Jones.
Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor Steve Jones.
IN COURT: Rodney Stanley Welk is charged with stalking Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor Steve Jones.
IN COURT: Rodney Stanley Welk is charged with stalking Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor Steve Jones.

AN ALLEGED stalker threatened to kill Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor Steve Jones during a campaign he led against the council, a court has heard.

Rodney Stanley Welk's long-running battle with the council over drainage issues at his Laidley property deteriorated to the point of telling one of Cr Jones's colleagues he wanted to "top him", it was alleged yesterday at Ipswich District Court.

The alleged threats forced Cr Jones to upgrade security at the council chambers, have security staff watch his home and ensure his wife was never left alone.

Welk is also alleged to have printed the private details of councillors on leaflets and posted them around Gatton and Grantham, referring to councillors as "germs" and urging the public to harass them.

Welk is accused of one count of unlawful stalking between February 21 and March 7, 2012, and one count of using a carriage service to menace.

He pleaded guilty to two other charges of using a carriage service to menace, one of which involved a phone call to the law firm representing LVRC on March 5, in which he told the receptionist anyone who entered his property to serve him with legal documents would "be leaving in body bags".

The court heard Welk formed the Lockyer Vigilante Group.

His campaign against the council came to a head at a public meeting on February 22, 2012, to address flooding concerns from the previous year. In the years prior to the meeting, Welk came to an agreement with council in which he was given $75,000 to construct a water easement to help address drainage issues.

But he remained outspoken about the council's work and was ejected from the meeting by Cr Jones after continually interjecting with foul language. As he left, Welk allegedly made threats against Mayor Jones to former LVRC councillor Dave Neuendorf, saying "I'm going to get the fat c**t" and adding that he wanted to "top him".

The next morning Mr Neuendorf, current council CEO Ian Flint and a third man all called Cr Jones after hearing the alleged threats.

Cr Jones told the court Welk had a long history with council and he found the alleged threats disturbing.

"I thought there could be actions taken that would be physically bad for me and my family," he said.

The trial continues today.

Topics:  ipswich district court lockyer valley regional council mayor steve jones



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