University professor found guilty of sending threatening letters to herself, including one of her own underwear
- Former UTS dean of science found guilty of sending false threatening letters
- Dianne Jolley, 51, sent letters to herself saying ‘chop our future we chop yours’
- The letters were sent to UTS and its home between May and November 2019
- University of Technology Sydney spent $127,000 on security to protect Jolley
A former dean of science at the University of Technology Sydney has been found guilty of sending false threatening letters to himself, including one that read ‘chop our future we chop yours’.
Dianne Jolley was found guilty of 10 charges of passing on information likely to cause a person to fear for their safety, knowing it was misleading, about the material sent to UTS and her home between May and November 2019.
The academic was also found guilty of one charge of causing financial harm by misrepresenting her job after UTS spent more than $127,000 on security measures to protect her.
Dianne Jolley was found guilty of 10 charges of passing on information that would cause a person to fear for their safety, knowing it was misleading, about letters sent to UTS and her home from May – November 2019
In a five-week lawsuit, the Crown alleged that the woman had sent herself the threatening letters to gain sympathy from the faculty.
The jury delivered their unanimous verdicts in court on Thursday, with the judge thanking them for their dedicated deliberations.
Judge Ian Bourke had previously ordered the jury to find Jolley not guilty on nine other charges for lack of evidence.
In a five-week lawsuit, the Crown alleged that the 51-year-old had sent herself the threatening letters to gain sympathy from the faculty when she tried to terminate the university’s traditional Chinese medicine course.
The 51-year-old was a former dean of science at the University of Technology Sydney
But her legal team has argued that she was the victim in her case.
Jolley has admitted to writing a letter herself after she was caught on CCTV shortly before her arrest in November 2019 and her fingerprint was found on the sticky side of a postage stamp on another containing her underwear.
She admitted she was caught deliberately writing the final letter so that UTS would fire her, which would save her three months’ notice if she resigned.
She denied sending any other threats.
Her bail is to be extended and she will be sentenced at a later date.