It was just the drink texting
ANAKIE police are warning alcohol, anger and texting are a lethal combination after a Gemfields man was charged this week.
Sergeant Brad Cowell said the middle-aged man was charged under the Commonwealth Criminal Code Act as a result of an offending text sent on the spur of the moment.
"The message is alcohol and text messaging don't mix," Sgt Cowell said.
"Police want to warn that text messages sent in the heat of the moment or under the effects of alcohol can be very dangerous and result in a day in court in front of a magistrate explaining why they were sent.
"It is becoming a growing thing and text messages can be misinterpreted and come across as a lot harsher than they intended to be.
"Phrases like 'I'm coming to get you' can be a mother picking up her child after school, but also could be misinterpreted as someone coming to do you harm.
"It all depends what personal inflection people put on the message.
"And texts tend to be shortened so you don't get the real nature behind the message, only a snapshot. And more often than not, short text messages sound angry."
Under the Commonwealth code, using a carriage service to threaten people with serious harm is an indictable offence with a maximum penalty of seven years jail.
The man will appear in the Emerald court in March.