US President Barack Obama is in Australia for the G20.
US President Barack Obama is in Australia for the G20. AP Photo - Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Rockhampton man apologises for president 'bomb threat'

IT ALL started when Jacob Nicholas pressed his Facebook submit button.

Hours later police were at his door in North Rockhampton investigating an alleged bomb threat he made against US President Barack Obama's vehicle at the G20 in Brisbane.

It's believed the Facebook post the Rockhampton man had submitted contained the threatening material towards the President.

And as those Facebook likes were growing, the police were already coming.

Now, the 21-year-old is regretting the "joke'' that resulted in police tracking him to his Park Avenue home on Thursday night and arresting him.

Ironically Jacob had celebrated his 21st birthday the night before the "bomb threat'' and was congratulated by friends for making it to 21 without being arrested.

A deeply remorseful Jacob provided The Morning Bulletin with an apology yesterday.

"I made an ill-considered comment online that was meant as a light-hearted joke," he said.

"I realise now that such comments are inappropriate. I hold no animosity toward Barack Obama.

"I apologise for any inconvenience or distress caused to any person."

Police interviewed Jacob and found the threats were unsubstantiated, before charging him with using a carrier service to menace or harass.

He was released from custody on Thursday night with conditions and is due to appear in Rockhampton Magistrates Court on December 4.

A few facts about the President's Beast:

It isn't a Cadillac. Unlike any presidential state car before it, The Beast shares little in common with a standard production car. Its chassis, diesel engine and transmission are based on those used in the Chevrolet Kodiak, a rugged commercial vehicle used as everything from a dump truck to a U-Haul truck.

There is probably not a better-armoured vehicle with windows on the planet than The Beast. Its armour plating is said to be 8 inches (20cm) thick and its doors weigh as much as those on a Boeing 757 aircraft. Bulletproof windows (12.5cm thick) contain at least five layers to put a damper on any effort by subversives. And those gigantic Goodyear tires are Kevlar-reinforced run-flats capable of keeping The Beast on the road for quite some distance.



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