Guilty plea over Barnaby Joyce bullet

February 12, 2018

A 74-year-old man has admitted sending a bullet to Barnaby Joyce's Tamworth office (file).

An elderly man has pleaded guilty to sending a bullet to Barnaby Joyce's electorate office during the New England by-election.

Neville Newman, 74, entered the plea in Armidale Local Court on Monday after he was charged with one count of using a carriage service to menace, harass and/or offend and one count of stalking/intimidation.

The bullet was sent in an envelope which was opened by a staff member in the Tamworth electorate office in early November last year, NSW police have previously said.

Mr Joyce at the time said he was disappointed his six-week re-election campaign had been dogged by stalkers and threats.

"We're now starting to see in Australia rather serious threats and not just pretend threats - and that's just an incredible disappointment for all of us," he said.

"It's not something I thought we'd ever have to deal with in our nation."

Newman is expected to be sentenced at the same court on April 23.

The 74-year-old will remain on bail on the condition he does not contact any state or federal MPs or their associates.

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