Man who threatened MP to be supervised

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A man whose crimes included threatening a NSW MP by writing " you will be hung until you are dead" is to be subject of a second terrorist-related interim supervision order.

Two envelopes were stuffed under the front door of state Labor MP Jodie Harrison's Charlestown office in March 2017.

They were addressed "To the Minister, You are in TREASON, you will be hung [sic] until you are dead, No Mercy, No Prisoners, You are scum".

The enclosed material included writings to the effect that the Commonwealth of Australia is a corporation, controlled by foreign corporations, a doctrine consistent with the beliefs of the Sovereign Citizen Movement.

In the NSW Supreme Court on Friday, Justice Ian Harrison granted an application by the State of NSW for Christopher Bruce Hardy to be subject to a 28-days interim supervision order.

The now 48-year-old served jail time for offences related to the threatening letter and to possessing prohibited weapons - including nun-chucks, decorative knives and a replica pistol, found at his business premises.

While he pleaded guilty to the offences, he later denied responsibility for sending the letter, a denial that he maintains.

Hardy is currently serving an 18 month community sentence for possessing 411 digital blueprints for the 3D printing and manufacture of 12 firearms and replica firearms.

Another judge granted an extended supervision order in April 2019 finding Hardy was an "eligible offender" under the Terrorism (High Risk) Offenders Act on the basis of the threatening envelopes.

Justice Harrison said Hardy had complied with the conditions of that order.

"Also, favourably to him, Mr Hardy has not displayed any overt behaviours consistent with his previous anti-authority and violent extremist thinking during his extended supervision," he said

"However, he appears on one view to have maintained - and routinely voiced to those supervising him - strong beliefs of victimisation, persecution and individual personal grievance towards government authority, consistent with his previous thinking."

Justice Harrison imposed a number of conditions on Hardy, but rejected the State's submission he should continue to wear electronic monitoring equipment.

"In my opinion, it is oppressive, invasive and disproportionate to the concerns expressed about Mr Hardy's current risks," he said.

He directed Hardy to be examined by a psychiatrist and psychologist to enable reports to be provided at the upcoming hearing for an extended supervision order.