Poison pen dodges jail over threats to Nick D'Arcy

Nick D'Arcy... target of threatening letters
Nick D'Arcy... target of threatening letters Getty Images Sport - Clive Rose

A POISON pen writer who threatened to murder former Olympic swimmer Nick D'Arcy in a four-year hate letter campaign has dodged jail but been banned from contacting the D'Arcy family for five years.

Gold Coast retiree Philip Stevenson admitted in Southport District Court that he became obsessed with D'Arcy after the swimmer gained notoriety for assaulting fellow swimmer Simon Cowley in 2008.

Fuelled by rage, shiraz and cannabis, the aspiring historical fiction writer sent regular derogatory letters to D'Arcy and his parents between 2008 and 2012, the Gold Coast Bulletin reported.

His letters became more violent and threatening after D'Arcy's decision in 2011 to declare bankruptcy after he was ordered to pay Cowley $180,000 in damages.

Envelopes marked "Confidential medical report'' were sent to his father Justin D'Arcy's medical clinic but the typewritten letters inside blasted Mr D'Arcy for being "a millionaire with a spoiled punk son''.

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