Bizarre moment a dean at leading Australian university writes a threatening note to HERSELF – as the two pieces of evidence that untangled her web of lies are revealed
- Dianne Jolley was a head of science when she sent threatening letters to herself
- Jolley, 51, only admitted to sending one letter, but a jury found she sent ten
- UTS in Sydney spent $127,000 on security and chaperones to protect her
Pictured: Dianne Jolley, 51
Shocking security footage shows the moment a top university dean types a threatening letter addressed to herself in a bizarre crusade to garner sympathy for her faculty, before her own fingerprints were found on a stamp.
Dianne Jolley was at the helm of the science department at Sydney’s prestigious University of Technology between May and November 2019 when she wrote about 10 threatening notes and sent them to herself.
The 51-year-old denied orchestrating the harassment campaign, but a jury in the District Court on Thursday found her guilty of 10 charges of conveying information likely to make a person fear for their safety, knowing that it was misleading.
Damning CCTV footage captured inside her office at the university showed Jolley drafting one of the letters on her personal laptop, according to the vision obtained by 9 News.
She then used a work printer inside the science faculty to print it out, while her underlings were working in the open-plan office.
Pictured: Dianne Jolley writing a threatening letter addressed to herself inside her office at UTS in Sydney
Pictured: Dianne Jolley (left) collecting the threatening letter after printing it out using the printer at work, while her underlings sat in cubicles
In the notes, she wrote ‘chop our future, we’ll chop yours’ and ‘I watch you, I see what you do, you’re not safe’.
The security footage was the backbone of the case against her and was filmed just before her arrest.
Her fingerprint was found on the sticky side of a postage stamp, and on another containing her underwear.
Jolley claimed the harassment was a reaction to her attempts to cut the Chinese medicine degree at the time.
Dianne Jolley was found guilty of 10 charges of conveying information likely to make a person fear for their safety, knowing that it was misleading, over letters sent to UTS and her home from May – November 2019
The university was so concerned for her safety that $127,000 was spent to protect her, with heightened security and personal chaperones – landing her with one guilty charge of causing financial disadvantage by deception to her work.
She claimed she wrote one of the letters because she wanted to be fired and avoid the three-month notice period enforced by the university, but claimed she was worn down by the other notes and concerned about her safety.
Jolley will find out if she’s going to jail in September.