Police investigate council ‘threat'
LISMORE kebab and falafel shop identity Robert 'Big Rob' Bou-Hamdan may have bitten off more than he can chew following what he claims is a misunderstood private Facebook joke.
Mr Bou-Hamdan has been a vocal critic of police and Lismore City Council since he arrived in town in 2009 and is now under investigation for allegedly threatening the council online after adding a comment about council beneath a photo of him holding a 303 rifle with bayonet attached.
The comment was: Council should really reconsider their policies!!! Bahahahaha :).
Richmond Local Area Command crime manager, Inspector Greg Moore, said he could not confirm whether any charges had been laid.
"I cannot comment on any specific police investigation but I can say it is a criminal offence to harass or menace via a carriage service - which would include a phone or a computer - or threaten another person or agency."
Mr Bou-Hamdan claims it was an in-joke posted to his Facebook friends and denies it was ever intended as a threat.
The late-night kebab store owner has been a thorn in the side of the council and police for his criticisms of licensing and policing methods and street violence in Lismore and says he will now run for council in the coming elections.
"I'm a very educated man, I've got diplomas and I've nearly finished a law degree, I've got eight subjects left but had to stop studying," he said.
"I've been a JP for eight years so I'm not a criminal. I hold firearm licences.
"I've been checked out by ASIO, the Attorney General, the firearms registry, police and the security industry. I'm not a criminal but I get treated like one.
"I'm a hard-working businessman."
A spokesperson for Lismore City Council declined to comment while it was being investigated.
At press time no charges had been laid.