BRISBANE: A “cranky” old Australian man was jailed yesterday for mailing bullets and detonators to political leaders including the prime minister, bank chiefs and religious figures, reports said.

John Gordon, 81, pleaded guilty to 12 charges over the letters, which he addressed to people including Prime Minister Julia Gillard, her predecessor Kevin Rudd and opposition leader Tony Abbott.

Six explosive packages containing bullets and detonators, menacing and offensive letters, a death threat and a bomb hoax were sent by Gordon, whose targets included central and commercial bank chiefs.

Gordon’s lawyer, Bruce Mumford, said the father-of-two regretted his actions between 2007 and 2010, blaming them on a “cranky mood”. But Judge Brian Devereux jailed him for two-and-a-half years, of which he must serve eight months before being released on a good-behaviour bond.

“You sent explosives through the post six times. Your conduct is to be condemned by the community,” the judge said. “Your abuse of the postal service was very serious,” he added, describing the conduct as “cowardly”.

Gordon was reportedly angered at government policies on immigration and education. – Sapa-AFP