A Davoren Park man accused of making explosives in his backyard shed has been granted home detention bail during a hearing in the Elizabeth Magistrates Court today.
- Aaron Ellis was arrested on April 29 at his Davoren Park home
- Prosecutors say images relating to anti-Islamic ideology have been found on his phone
- His lawyer says he does not pose a risk to the community
Aaron Ellis, 43, was arrested last month after police allegedly discovered the highly volatile explosive known as “Mother of Satan” in his shed.
He was charged with possession and manufacture of explosives.
Today, prosecutors opposed his release on bail, telling the court Mr Ellis had 60 images on his phone relating to anti-Islamic ideology and the footage of the Christchurch mosque attacks.
The court also heard he had downloaded the manifesto posted online by 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 home detention.
In opposing bail, police prosecutor Sergeant Carol Gallie told the court Mr Ellis’s phone had been found to contain hundreds of images and downloaded documents about making bombs, guns and weapons.
She said he also had 60 images relating to “anti-Islamic and patriotic style ideology” as well as footage of the Christchurch mosque attacks.
The court heard it was highly likely drug-related charges would be laid against the accused.
“Also located on his phone were messages that identified clear and knowledgeable involvement in the possession, consumption and supply, and likely manufacture of illicit drugs,” Sergeant Gallie said.
“There is evidence of on-selling his prescriptions, pharmacy shopping for specific medication and extraction of pseudoephedrine from medication.”
The court heard Mr Ellis’s phone also contained images of him making explosives and pipe bombs in 2017.
It heard 10 years prior he had called police threatening to take his own life.
“When police attended Mr Ellis was holding a knife to his own throat and another knife in his other hand,” Sergeant Gallie said.
“They eventually talked him down and he put the knives down, however, during that situation he told police that he wanted to die by police shooting.”
Images on phone ‘research’, lawyer says
Defence lawyer Stacey Carter said the images allegedly found on her client’s phone were just “research” because he was “curious”, and he did not pose a risk to the community.
“We are dealing with a man who is unemployed, he is on receipt of Centrelink benefits, he’s bored, he’s doing some research,” she said.
Aaron Ellis has been accused of manufacturing explosives in his Davoren Park home. (Facebook)
“I’m sure there’s hundreds of thousands of computers of people watching what’s occurred around the world.
“This is a Christian man, there is absolutely no malice, he has never been in jail before.”
Ms Carter told the court her client had been assessed by forensic psychiatrist Paul Furst while in prison.
“Dr Furst is confident he doesn’t have any strange ideologies or anything like that; he’s a sound man and doesn’t have any concerns about him complying with bail,” she said.
The magistrate agreed there was no evidence to support the prosecution’s claims Mr Ellis posed a threat to the community and granted him bail.
Prosecutors have 72 hours to appeal the decision.