GREAT Australian Party South Australian federal Senate candidate Gary Matthews and his wife Sheryl are recovering, uninjured but shaken, after a fire bomb attack on their home late on Wednesday night.
The attack came after a series of death threats were made against the couple including a rape threat against Mrs Matthews.
“My wife and I have been targeted and had death threats since just before the last Federal when I ran as a federal Senate candidate for South Australia,” Matthews said on a Facebook post at 3am on Thursday.
“One of the guys that threatened us for weeks said he was going to rape my wife and kill me in front of her.”
Gary said the same person ended up stabbing a police officer in the back at Sydney’s Central Station a few days after that.
The bizarre knife attack was recorded on camera and run by various media outlets.
The man was named as Mark Thompson and he was supposed to appear in a Sydney court again in June after being held in custody.
Cairns News has was not able to find any media reports of any further appearances.
Gary said police were “very confident” of finding suspects as they had taken DNA samples off a plastic jerry can the two attackers left behind as well as from several collector cars in a shed that were damaged.
“The police forensic team have been here for four hours going over everything. It is now 3am in the morning. My wife and I are not going to sleep tonight at all. Can’t even stay safe in our own home any more,” he said in the post.
The Matthews were going to bed when Sheryl saw a huge flash and explosion outside the kitchen window.
“I flew out the door to see two young guys running out through our fence and into a grey or light blue Commodore ute driving off at great speed.
“My wife and I struggled to get the fires put out before it could burn the rest of our house down.
“This time they could have killed us both if we had gone to bed earlier as were going to do.
“We got the fire out with our garden hose and a fire extinguisher, however, they have done around $50,000 damage to our collector’s cars.
“They left a red plastic jerry car under one of the vans which I managed to get out while still burning to stop it getting to the fuel tanks.”
Gary ran with Adelaide market operator Mark Aldridge on The Great Australian Party ticket for the Senate last year.
The duo finished 10th in the state’s Senate vote, gaining 12,698 or 1.6% of the vote, just under 700 votes ahead of the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party.
Both Gary and Mark have large followings in Facebook.