Anti-vaccine mandate protester accused of trashing former NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner’s office faces court

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Anti-vaccine mandate protester accused of trashing former NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner’s office faces court

The man accused of trashing former Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner’s electoral office has been granted more time to seek legal advice, before telling reporters outside court that Labor’s vaccine mandates had “smashed up” people’s lives.

Paul Anthony Holland was charged with damage to property, unlawful entry and being armed with an offensive weapon, after allegedly breaking into the office in Fannie Bay days after Mr Gunner quit politics in July 2022.

Mr Holland told the Darwin Local Court on Wednesday he was representing himself and intended to plead guilty to the charges, but Judge John Neill encouraged him to “re-think” his decision.

“You’re charged with damage to property, that invokes mandatory sentencing,” said Judge Neill.

“But there are options and if you have a lawyer, it’s possible that lawyer could assist you with achieving those options.”

People in high-vis shirts inspect an office where glass panes are missing. Red tape is around the area.
Mr Gunner’s office was broken into and damaged just days after he resigned from politics.(ABC News: Jano Gibson)

Mr Holland is currently on bail and the court heard he was also facing an alleged breach of a suspended sentence.

“There are principles which determine whether I restore all, or part, or none of that sentence … and a lawyer is the right person to talk to about that,” said Judge Neill.

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