A young Canadian man has been found guilty of emailing death threats to troubled singer Michael Jackson in an Ontario court.

Yesterday (22NOV04) ADRIAN POFFLEY, 26, was sentenced to a year's probation and a conditional discharge for uttering death threats.

He had sent an e-mail on 16 August (04) to a Santa Monica, California, courthouse, where the THRILLER superstar was facing charges of child molestation.

Poffley wrote, "Jackson will not make it to his car. This is a promise. By the way, bulletproof vests are weakest under the arm."

After Jackson left court later that day, Poffley sent a second e-mail, stating, "The cop in the green suit and blue shirt was in the way. Maybe next time."

The court found Poffley had stopped taking medication for depression and anxiety during the week he had emailed Jackson.

Poffley's lawyer SEAN SAFA says, "He's realised even Michael Jackson is entitled to a presumption of innocence."

If Poffley adheres to his probation terms, he will escape a criminal record.

23/11/2004 14:04