Anti-war activists in court

Graeme Dunstan and Bryan Law believe they may be jailed for damaging an Australian Defence Force attack helicopter.
Graeme Dunstan and Bryan Law believe they may be jailed for damaging an Australian Defence Force attack helicopter. Chris Ison Rokccourt

ONE is a Buddhist, the other a Christian.

But Graeme Dunstan and Bryan Law's shared anti-war beliefs led them to allegedly commit crimes which may see them thrown in jail.

Their beliefs are also what has made them close friends.

After appearing in Rockhampton Magistrates Court charged for offences relating to damaging a $36 million Australian Defence Force helicopter, Dunstan, 69, and Law, 57, appeared more worried about being parted during proceedings.

"We may be separated in the court, I don't want that to happen," Dunstan, who did not enter a plea, said. "I enjoy his company, we'll be in jail together."

The pair were charged with wilfully damaging the chopper at Rockhampton Airport on July 21 last year, during the Talisman Sabre operation at Shoalwater Bay.

Law also faces other charges.

WIN TV footage showed Law pedal his tricycle along the runway before using a garden mattock to puncture the door of the chopper. The men were billed $183,000 by ADF for the damage.

Dunstan was committed to trial in the District Court at a later date, but Magistrate Cameron Press adjourned Law's case for two weeks.

Mr Press will go over the evidence tendered by the prosecution before deciding if Law will also go to trial.

Topics:  australian defence force bryan law graeme dunstan wilful damage

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