Peace activist Bryan Law being taken away in a police car from Rockhampton Airport after he damaged an Australian helicopter.
Peace activist Bryan Law being taken away in a police car from Rockhampton Airport after he damaged an Australian helicopter. Chris Ison

Law in hospital after chopper attack

9am: ROCKHAMPTON Police said activist Bryan Law will face a bedside court in the Rockhampton Hospital after police took him there for treatment to a diabetic ulcer on his foot. 

Police charged him with three counts of trespass, possession of tainted property, namely a garden mattock, bolt cutters and camera, and breach of bail.

Mr Law used the garden mattock to attack an Australian military helicopter after breaking into Rockhampton Airport yesterday morning.

It is believed his alleged accomplice, Graeme Dunston, will also face court today on three counts of trespass and possession of tainted property.

Mr Law’s wife, Margaret Pestorius, said her husband had a severe case of diabetes and was suffering from low blood sugar. 

Law arrested for attacking Chopper

WHILE his wife was facing a Rockhampton magistrate for trespassing in Shoalwater Bay, Bryan Law was allegedly attacking an army chopper with a mattock.

It is believed the anti-war activist broke into Rockhampton Airport via the general aviation side and took to the Australian helicopter with the mattock about 9.30am to protest against Talisman Sabre.

Police officers descended on Mr Law while he was still on the tarmac.

They were yet to press charges against him on Thursday afternoon, but said he would appear in Rockhampton Magistrates Court on Friday.

On Thursday morning his wife, Margaret Pestorius, and fellow protesters Andy Paine and Robert Jones, pleaded guilty to trespassing and were fined $750, $600 and $500 respectively.

Ms Pestorius said they had spent three days in the wilderness of Shoalwater Bay, unbeknown to the 22,000 Australian and US troops involved in the military operation, before they were apprehended.

Magistrate Cameron Press refused to return the GPS and map the three used to gain access to the area.

Ms Pestorius encouraged others to follow in their footsteps.

“We call on all Australians to find a direct way to stop this war,” she said. “Move into a training area to see what the preparations of war are really like.”

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