A Davoren Park man accused of making explosives in his back yard shed was given house arrest today during a hearing at the Elizabeth Magistrates Court.
Most important points:
- Aaron Ellis was arrested on April 29 at his home in Davoren Park
- Prosecutors say that images related to anti-Islamic ideology have been found on his phone
- His lawyer says he is not a risk to the community
Aaron Ellis, 43, was arrested last month after the police reportedly discovered the highly explosive explosion known as "Mother of Satan" in his shed.
He was accused of owning and producing explosives.
Today, prosecutors are opposed to his release on bail, and told the court that Mr. Ellis had 60 images on his phone regarding anti-Islamic ideology and the images of the Christchurch mosque attacks.
The court also heard that he had downloaded the manifesto posted online by the alleged Christchurch mosque attacker, Brenton Tarrant.
But magistrate Gary Gumpl said there was no evidence Mr. Ellis intended to harm anyone, and granted him bail on house detention.
Opposite the bail, police prosecutor Carol Gallie said that Mr. Ellis's phone contains hundreds of images and downloaded documents about making bombs, guns and weapons.
She said he also had 60 images of & # 39; anti-Islamic and patriotic style ideology & # 39; as well as images of the Christchurch mosque attacks.
The court heard that it was very likely that drug-related accusations would be made against the suspect.
"There were also messages on his telephone that indicated a clear and well-informed involvement in the possession, consumption and supply and the likely manufacture of illegal drugs," said Sergeant Gallie.
"There is evidence of on-selling of his prescriptions, pharmacy shopping for specific medication and extraction of pseudoephedrine from medication."
The court heard that Mr Ellis's phone also contained images of him who made explosives and pipe bombs in 2017.
It was heard 10 years earlier that he had called the police to threaten to take his own life.
& # 39; When the police were there, Mr. Ellis held a knife to his own throat and another knife to his other hand, & # 39; Sergeant Gallie said.
"Eventually they talked him down and put down the knives, but in that situation he told the police that he wanted to die by police admissions."
Images on phone & # 39; investigation & # 39 ;, says lawyer
Defense attorney Stacey Carter said the images allegedly found on her client's phone were just "research" because he was "curious" and he posed no risk to the community.
"We are dealing with a man who is unemployed, he receives Centrelink benefits, he is bored, he does some research," she said.
"I'm sure there are hundreds of thousands of people's computers watching what happened in the world.
"This is a Christian man, there is absolutely no malice, he has never been in prison."
Mrs. Carter told the court that her client was assessed in prison by forensic psychiatrist Paul Furst.
"Dr. Furst is convinced that he has no strange ideologies or anything like that, he is a decent person and has no worries about meeting bail," she said.
The magistrate agreed that there was no evidence to support the prosecutor's claims. Ellis threatened the community and granted him bail.
Prosecutors have 72 hours to challenge the decision.
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