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Australia Ian Stewart Mellowship refused bail after allegedly threatening to harm Treasurer Josh Frydenberg

12:37  22 july  2021
12:37  22 july  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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A West Australian man accused of travelling to Canberra to "flog" Treasurer Josh Frydenberg is behind bars after he was refused bail in the ACT Magistrates Court today.

The court heard Ian Stewart Mellowship had gone to the Treasury building as well as Parliament House, telling security staff about his plan.

He was charged with trespass and two counts of threatening to harm Mr Frydenberg.

Today when the charges were read to him by Chief Magistrate Lorraine Walker, Mr Mellowship pleaded guilty, and then applied for bail.

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Representing himself, he told the court he should be released.

"I'm one of the kindest people in the community – there's no need for bail to be refused," Mr Mellowship said.

He also pointed out that he had not carried out the threats.

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But Prosecutor Cecilia Pascoe told the court there were serious concerns about Mr Mellowship, after a psychological assessment.

"He said he won't be leaving Canberra until the job is done, the job being to assault the Treasurer," Ms Pascoe said.

Mr Mellowship denied he was a threat.

"The words I [said], but there's no action," he told the court.

Chief Magistrate Walker refused him bail, and also refused to accept his guilty pleas.

She invited him to seek legal advice, suggesting the stakes were high.

"You are looking at the prospect of going to prison," she said.

She also told the court she had concerns about Mr Mellowship's fitness to plead.

In response, Mr Mellowship said there was no need for an assessment about his fitness to enter a plea.

"I'm understanding ... I am not a retard," he said.

The case will be back in court next month.

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