Magazine article Anglican Journal

Threats against (Michael) Collier Made by Canadian

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Threats against (Michael) Collier Made by Canadian

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A man suspected of making threatening telephone calls and issuing death threats against a Canadian Volunteer in Mission here has left Papua New Guinea rather than be charged by police.

Police tapped the telephone of Rev. Michael Collier and his family after complaints from the Diocese of Nova Scotia priest, said Sgt. Andrew Grimes of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary.

The phone tap led police to a Canadian national living in Papua New Guinea, he said. The calls had been traced to his home and workplace. "He would have been charged," said Sgt. Grimes, a parishioner of St. Martin's Church, Fr. Collier's parish in Boroko.

"We were in the process of deporting him ... but his employer thought it would be better to get him out of the country rather than be charged by police."

Police declined to identify the former parishioner. He left for Sydney, Australia, last month. He will never be eligible for re-entry into Papua New Guinea, but "we'll probably never know why he targeted Father Collier," said Sgt. …

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