57-year-old Bryan Law, who calls himself a peace preacher and protester, will appear in Rockhampton Magistrates Court facing multiple charges that could mean a prison term. Many of the charges are for alleged indictable offences.
At around 9.30 am on 21 July Bryan Law cut a $5 chain and entered the Rockhampton airport. He then rode his red tricycle 80 metres to a brand new ADF Tiger helicopter, and plunged a garden mattock through the carbon fibre panelling, disabled the helicopter.
Law is claiming his act as a very successful "ploughshares action". Ploughshares is a reference to the biblical prophesy of Isaiah they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears
into pruning hooks. Nation will not rise up against nation, nor will they study war no more.
"My actions succeeded against the odds," Bryan Law said. "I announced my intentions well in advance, and had even been arrested on 8th July by Rockhampton CIB and charged with threatening an aircraft."
"With God's grace it turned out so very simple to disarm that hideous death machine." Law said today. "Up close you can see the machine cannon and missiles of the kind that are responsible for so many civilian deaths in Afghanistan. These machines will soon be deployed to
An ADF Tiger helicopter costs $36 million a piece.
"These machines are the reason we don't have enough nurses and doctors in our hospitals, or teachers in our schools," Law says. "As a husband and father, and as a Christian I can no longer stand by while our political leaders commit us to a state of perpetual war. If good people don't act right now, well be at war in Syria and Iran within a year. We've been at war in Afghanistan for nearly 10 years. Solely for the US alliance."
"No More," Bryan Law claimed.
Law faces a smorgasbord of six charges relating to the ploughshares action, including indictable offences against both Commonwealth and Queensland laws...
- 1 x wilful damage (s29 Commonwealth Crimes Act max 10 years)
- 1 x wilful damage (s469 Queensland Criminal Code max 5 years)
- 1 x threatening an aircraft (s24.1 Commonwealth Crimes (Aviation Act max 10 years)
- 1 x unlawfully entering air side area (s3.17 (2) Commonwealth Aviation Transport Security Act)
- 1 X breach bail (s29.1 Queensland Bail Act - max 2 years)
- 1 x possess tainted property (s252(1) Criminal Proceeds Confiscation Act).
Today's mention in the Rockhampton Court rescheduled the hearing for September 5th, when it is expected the Commonwealth government will present the costs to the damaged helicopter - that could be as much as $100,000.