Sydney professor Dianne Jolley guilty of sending herself fake threatening letters

See all newsletters

Former UTS professor Dianne Jolley has been found guilty of sending herself a bizarre series of fake threats. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Jeremy PiperSource:News Corp Australia

A high-ranking Sydney academic has been found guilty of faking a series of threats delivered to her home and office including one in which she sent herself her own underwear.

Former University of Technology Sydney dean of science Dianne Jolley, 51, was on Thursday found guilty of 11 charges including multiple counts of conveying information likely to make a person fear for their safety.

Jolley pleaded not guilty and throughout her trial denied the crown prosecution’s allegation that she was responsible for a bizarre stream of 10 threatening letters and notes mailed to her between July and November 2019.

The crown had accused her of waging the fake hate mail campaign in an attempt to muster support to push through the closure of a traditional Chinese medicine course.

And the jury rejected her argument that the allegations were “nonsense” and that she was the victim of harassment by a mystery assailant.

See all newsletters

Dianne Jolley has been found guilty of sending herself a series of fake threatening letters and notes. Picture: TwitterSource:Supplied

Jolley was earlier in the trial acquitted of a slew of other charges.

Judge Ian Bourke directed the jury to find her not guilty of another nine counts of conveying information likely to make a person fear for their safety.

But she was on Thursday found guilty of 10 counts of conveying information likely to make a person fear for their safety and one count of causing financial disadvantage by deception.

Crown prosecutor Roger Kimball highlighted several key pieces of evidence including CCTV and phone taps which he said supported the allegation that Jolley was responsible for authoring 10 threatening letters and cards sent to her over a three-and-a-half month period.

See all newsletters

One of the letters sent by former UTS dean of science Dianne Jolley to herself. Picture: Supplied.Source:Supplied

See all newsletters

Dianne Jolley was found guilty of writing several fake threatening letters to herself. Picture: Supplied.Source:Supplied

During the trial, Jolley admitted to sending one letter to herself in November 2019, when she typed up and printed out the letter in her office at UTS’s Ultimo campus.

She said that at the time, the toll of the real series of threatening letters had wrought a toll on her life and family and she was trying to find a way to get fired.

The Party Games newsletter Get your political briefing from’s political editor Samantha Maiden.

The Party Games newsletter Success! Check your inbox for details. See all newsletters

She said she concluded that the only way to get immediately sacked from her $320,000-a-year position was to commit a misconduct offence, and resolved the best way to do that was to get caught writing one fake letter.

In text messages sent to a colleague on November 18, five days after her arrest, she admitted: “I know I have cracked under the pressure, after alot of reflection I think I can pinpoint exactly when.

“As a result I’ve done a couple of things to piggyback on events to keep a sense of additional arms protecting me, things I’m not proud of.

See all newsletters

A text message from Dianne Jolley to HR rep Jennifer Lacoon after she was arrested. Photo: Supplied.Source:Supplied

The jury was also played a police phone tap in which she was overheard telling her personal assistant that she had sent two letters.

“I made some bad judgment calls and two of the letters that were sent were sent by me because I wanted some more support,” she said on the call which was intercepted by police.

“I should have gone to a psychologist and now they’re accusing me of everything.”

She testified that at the time the university was planning to close its traditional Chinese medicine course, and as the face of the proposed change, was experiencing angry resistance from some members of the community.

See all newsletters

Dianne Jolley was found guilty by a jury of authoring a series of fake letters and threats sent to herself. Picture: Daily Telegraph/Gaye Gerard.Source:News Corp Australia

When the threatening letters began trickling in on July 31, 2019, the university went to great lengths to put security measures around her, spending over $127,000 on installing CCTV cameras at her home and office and providing her with a personal bodyguard.

She admitted to typing up one of the letters and printing it off inside her office at UTS’s Ultimo campus but said she was otherwise innocent of sending any of the notes.

But Mr Kimball successfully argued that Jolley’s fingerprints were found on the back of a stamp which was used to send one of the letters, arguing she was responsible for all of them.

Jolley will be sentenced at a later date.

News Related


Former minister Adam Brooks remains under interim family violence order ahead of mediation

© Provided by ABC NEWS Adam Brooks was a minister in the state government when he was in Parliament. (ABC News) The ex-partner of former Tasmanian Liberal politician Adam Brooks ... Read more »

NRL clubs get extra $7 million in funding

The NRL will hand out a combined $7 million in COVID-19 relief packages to clubs to make up for lost revenue through a lack of crowds and home games. © ... Read more »

Biloela Tamil family to be granted new three-month bridging visas to stay in Australia

The Murugappan family from Biloela will be allowed to stay in Australia for at least another three months after the immigration minister, Alex Hawke, told a court he intended to ... Read more »

Qld legalises voluntary assisted dying

Terminally ill Queenslanders will be able to end their lives at a time of their choosing from early next year after the state parliament voted to legalise voluntary assisted dying. ... Read more »

Disappointment after WA fails to snag submarine defence maintenance contract

© Provided by ABC NEWS The Collins class submarine maintenance contract will remain in Adelaide. (ABC News: Dave Weber) The WA Premier has slammed a Federal Government decision not to allow Western Australia ... Read more »

Tourism Central Australia 'thrown under the bus' by NT reopening road map, says tourism body

Tourism and hospitality businesses have raised concerns about the Northern Territory’s road map out of lockdowns, revealed by the Territory government yesterday. The road map paves the way for life ... Read more »

Brad Scott chooses AFL role over coaching

Brad Scott is out of the running for the vacant Carlton head coach role after taking up a role in the AFL’s football department. © James Ross/AAP PHOTOS Former North ... Read more »

Third time unlucky for SA rocket launch

A rocket set to lift-off from a facility on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula has caught fire on the pad, the third time in a week it has failed to launch. ... Read more »

Queensland legalises voluntary assisted dying

Voluntary assisted dying is now law in Queensland. This afternoon the parliament voted to legalise the right of the terminally ill to choose when to end their life. The legislation ... Read more »

Australia's submarine program has truly lost its rudder

China is well on its way to achieving its goal of complete military modernisation by 2027 and already has more warships and submarines than the US. China’s shipyards launch a ... Read more »

Applause in Queensland Parliament gallery as historic bill passed legalising voluntary assisted dying

© Provided by ABC NEWS Susan Reilly and her mother who died of breast cancer in 2001. (Supplied: Susan Reilly) Queensland will become the fifth state to legalise voluntary assisted ... Read more »

Selangor State Government collaborates with Wilstech to digitalise 200 SMEs

SIDEC will offer grants on digitalisation projects for SMEs in the Malaysian state. Read more »

Students plunged into four-hour lockdown after threats

© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo A knife-wielding teenager has plunged an entire school and two nearby daycares into a four-hour lockdown, forcing terrified children to urinate in a ... Read more »

Fears alleged fraudster Papas ploughed Westpac millions into shares

© Getty Westpac is homing in on share investments made by colourful soccer identity Bill Papas through an online trading platform amid fears the Forum Finance boss ploughed millions he ... Read more »

Joe Biden calls Scott Morrison 'that fella Down Under' during AUKUS nuclear submarine announcement

It‘s one of the most significant strategic and defence moves in decades, cementing Australia’s alliance with the US and the UK for years to come.  But as Prime Minister Scott ... Read more »

Melbourne man jailed for almost killing neighbour over washing machine

A Melbourne man who almost stabbed his neighbour to death over a fight about a load of washing has been jailed. Brett Vaisey, 57, was sentenced to seven years’ jail ... Read more »

Tasmania pledges salmon industry 'reset'

Tasmania’s heavily scrutinised salmon industry will undergo a “reset” under a state government plan to increase land-based fish farming and operations in deeper waters. © Daniel Munoz/AAP PHOTOS The Tasmanian ... Read more »

Reprieve for Bilo family amid legal battle

A Tamil family has been granted a small reprieve in their fight to remain in Australia with the granting of another bridging visa enabling them to stay in the country ... Read more »

Biloela Tamil family's complex legal battle continues with new bridging visas

© Provided by ABC NEWS Kopika and Thranicaa Murugappan were born in central Queensland. (Supplied: HometoBilo) The Muruguppan family seeking asylum in Australia will be allowed to stay in the ... Read more »

What are nuclear-powered submarines, anyway? A guide to Australia's looming military addition

The prime minister, Scott Morrison, announced on Thursday morning that Australia would be ripping up its multi-billion dollar contract with the French shipbuilder Naval Group and sign a new deal ... Read more »

Australia on cusp of vaccination milestone

Australia is on the cusp of having 70 per cent of eligible residents receiving their first COVID-19 vaccine dose. © James Ross/AAP PHOTOS Australia is poised to reach a vaccine ... Read more »

SA posts surge in full-time jobs

Full-time employment in South Australia has hit record levels with a surge in new jobs last month, the state government says. © David Mariuz/AAP PHOTOS Nearly 4000 full-time jobs were ... Read more »

No.1 showdown to decide NRL semi-finals

It’s the NRL’s No.1 semi-final showdown some 545 days in the making. © Darren England/AAP PHOTOS NSW teammates James Tedesco and Tom Trbojevic will keep close tabs on each other ... Read more »

Fans snap up GF tickets in buying frenzy

General public tickets for the AFL grand final have sold out within nine minutes, with league boss Gillon McLachlan urging fans to take next week off in order to give ... Read more »

Supercars puts line through Winton event

The Supercars event at Winton in Victoria has been cancelled as the championship’s COVID-enforced hiatus extends into a third month. © PR HANDOUT IMAGE PHOTO Winton has been removed from ... Read more »

ASX posts biggest gains since early August

Investors have enjoyed their biggest gains on the ASX since early August despite jobs figures showing lockdown impacts on the economy. © Mick Tsikas/AAP PHOTOS The ASX had its biggest ... Read more »

AFL prepared for all situations: McLachlan

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan is confident the league would find a way to navigate a doomsday scenario of COVID-19 cases appearing in Perth on the eve of the grand ... Read more »

Melbourne Cadbury workers set to strike

Hundreds of Melbourne Cadbury workers are set to go on strike as they push for the global confectionery giant to give them job security and better pay and conditions. Almost ... Read more »

Australia's bushfires triggered massive phytoplankton bloom thousands of kilometres away

Australia’s deadly bushfires two years ago triggered a phytoplankton bloom larger than the country and thousands of kilometres away, scientists say. The huge bloom was discovered in the South Pacific ... Read more »

Kaufusi backs Slater as next Qld coach

He didn’t want Paul Green to leave but Felise Kaufusi has backed Billy Slater to become the next Queensland coach, saying his ex-teammate is more than ready to step up. ... Read more »

Dan Andrews takes dig at Sydney's freedom picnics

© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo Daniel Andrews has says police will not be patrolling ‘every park’ checking everyone having a picnic is fully vaccinated against Covid-19, in a dig ... Read more »

Victoria's COVID restrictions are changing again. Here's what they will be from 11:59pm Friday

As Victorians hit the target of having 70 per cent of those aged over 16 single-dosed with a COVID-19 vaccine, some small changes are coming into effect. Here are all ... Read more »

APAC faces more disruption compared to other regions during pandemic

The diversity of countries and cultures within the APAC region proved a challenge when transitioning to a hybrid working arrangement. Read more »

Puppet promotes Rachel Lew to Regional Director, Asia and Japan

Lew has over 20 years of experience in channel management and developing business with Fortune 500 firms. Read more »

5G deployment inextricably linked to future innovation

A sustainable ecosystem is vital for the growth of 5G and for industry 4.0 technologies to take off. Read more »

Hyundai Mobis develops world's first ‘brainwave-based' device for auto industry

Among biosignals, Hyundai says brainwaves are the most difficult to create and measure. Read more »

Singapore's citizenry gives digital government the thumbs up

VMWare study finds that successful rollout of public services relies heavily on trust, and assuring the population that data is safely and securely used Read more »

Cushman & Wakefield Japan uses AI to accurately view commercial properties

Customers can monitor the progress of their projects, do property inspections and access the digital twin online from anywhere and anytime. Read more »

Equinix continues to enlarge global footprint with xScale expansion plan

With the expansion, Equinix aims to deepen its relationship with the world's largest cloud and hyperscale companies. Read more »