‘Ram-raider' in police custody

Anti-government sentiment along the fence of the accused’s Rockyview home.
Anti-government sentiment along the fence of the accused’s Rockyview home. Chris Ison

BRIAN John Hellier's words spoke louder than his actions when police arrested him at his Rockyview home on Wednesday for the alleged calculated attacks on the house and office of two Rockhampton politicians.

Despite his alleged attempt to hide the car said to be used in three ram-raiding attacks on Tuesday, police discovered a litany of threatening anti-government signs strewn across his front fence.

The 62-year-old appeared in Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday charged with three counts of wilful damage.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Darrell Dalton said Hellier displayed anti-government sentiments, particularly toward Member for Rockhampton Robert Schwarten and Federal Member for Capricornia Kirsten Livermore.

Sgt Dalton said Hellier rammed the Park Avenue home of Mr Schwarten in his car about 6pm on Tuesday, causing significant damage to the garage roller door and the politician's Lexus parked inside.

It is alleged Hellier then drove to Ms Livermore's Denison St office and reversed into the door.

Sgt Dalton said Hellier earlier rammed the garage door of a community member in a case of mistaken identity.

He said the house next door belonged to a person with the surname of Livermore and police believe Hellier meant to ram that house.

Police said they found handwritten notes of the politicians' addresses and markings on a map in Hellier's home.

Hellier did not enter a plea, saying if police could prove he committed the crime he would "take the rap".

Sgt Dalton objected to bail for Hellier for several reasons, including the licence Hellier holds to buy explosives.

"It is more good luck than good management no one was injured," Sgt Dalton said.

Magistrate Barry Cosgrove upheld the objection to bail, remanding Hellier in custody until today.

Sgt Dalton said police were waiting for restitution amounts for the damage caused.

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