Keith Knights pictured in Stanthorpe in 2012.
Keith Knights pictured in Stanthorpe in 2012. Emma Boughen

Road conviction quashed for man charged over Facebook threat

A KYOGLE man who allegedly encouraged people to kill police during a 40-minute Facebook rant has been cleared of an unrelated conviction for driving without a licence.

Keith Knights, of Eden Creek, was convicted in Kyogle Local Court on October 19 last year for driving while suspended. He had pleaded not guilty.

It's understood the 37-year-old's Western Australian driver's licence had been suspended following a prior traffic incident, but the suspension was put on hold when Knights lodged an appeal.

However, the Western Australian Department of Transport was apparently not notified that the suspension of Knight's licence had been put on hold.

When he was later pulled over by police, he was duly charged.

Knights appeared before Lismore District Court via video link from prison this morning where the Crown offered no evidence contesting his appeal against the conviction.

The charges were subsequently withdrawn and the Knights' conviction was quashed.

Knights asked the court about "compensation for the matter" but was told to speak to his lawyer.

Knights remains in custody on remand for one count of solicit, encourage, persuade to murder, and one count of sending a document threatening death of grievous bodily harm in relation to a Facebook video he posted live and shared to several Facebook pages on November 29.

Towards the end of the rambling 40-minute video Knights allegedly said he was mentally "at the edge" and people had "every right" to ambush and kill police officers.

The matter returns to Lismore Local Court on April 3.

Knights also has a bail application before the Supreme Court which is scheduled for mention on April 9.


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