HAMILTON, Bermuda, Tuesday April 16, 2019 – A 29-year-old man who was charged a year ago with making death threats to Premier David Burt yesterday pleaded guilty.
Jared Gordon admitted in court to sending the country’s leader two threatening emails, one in which he wrote about putting a hole in Burt’s head and another in which he said he would cut off his head.
He had been offered bail since being charged in May 2018 for the October 12, 2017 and March 28, 2018 offences, but was remanded after he was unable to find a guarantee. After Gordon’s guilty plea, Acting Puisne Judge Juan Wolffe extended his bail pending the completion of a psychological assessment and a social inquiry report for sentencing, but she left the need for a guarantee.
If he gets the guarantee to be released on bail, Gordon, who is reported to be homeless, must stay at least 100 yards away from the House of Assembly, the Cabinet Office and the official residence of the Premier, Camden House.
Although he admitted to the death threats, Gordon denied one count of blackmail. The prosecution indicated it would not proceed with that charge.
The first email Gordon sent to Burt stated: “Ignoring me asking for a budget is driving me to a point of wanting to tell you this to your face…I would really put a hole in your head.” It was followed by several images of guns.
A second e-mail stated: “I’m going to end up coming back like a thief in the night, pulling you out of your house and chopping your head off with a hacksaw.”