Climate activists to fight conspiracy charges over protest outside home of Woodside boss

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A radical of clime activists volition combat conspiracy charges stemming from a protestation extracurricular the Woodside Energy boss’s household home.

Jesse Noakes, 34, Emil Davey, 21 and Matilda Lane-Rose, 19, pleaded not blameworthy successful Perth magistrates tribunal connected Tuesday to conspiracy to perpetrate transgression damage.

Counter-terrorism constabulary were waiting for the Disrupt Burrup Hub trio erstwhile they arrived astatine the Woodside main executive, Meg O’Neill’s location connected 1 August with an ABC camera unit portion she, her spouse and their girl were inside.

The radical was taken into custody and charged amid allegations they illegally trespassed onto O’Neill’s spot with yellowish paint, h2o balloons and a bicycle fastener to intimidate her.

A constabulary authoritative elaborate allegations of the incidental for the court, which included the activists visiting a parkland crossed the roadworthy from O’Neill’s location and a Bunnings store successful the days earlier the protest.

The authoritative besides applied to person the substance elevated to the territory court, which is usually reserved for much superior matters and wherever the punishment could person been much terrible if the radical was convicted.

But helium was forced to retreat it aft Magistrate Thomas Hall pressed him to warrant the application.

Disrupt Burrup Hub’s lawyer, Zarah Burgess, besides agreed with the determination to cancel the application.

Burgess said Lane-Rose was “ambushed” by much than a twelve counter-terror constabulary who were “lying successful wait” wrong O’Neill’s location and Davey was arrested astatine gunpoint by constabulary earlier the incident.

“Jesse Noakes was sitting successful a parked car with the motor inactive moving and ne'er near the conveyance until ordered to bash truthful by police,” she said.

O’Neill connected Friday said the incidental was “extremely distressing”.

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She is understood to beryllium scheduled to look successful a Perth tribunal connected Friday aft taking retired unit restraining orders against immoderate Disrupt Burrup Hub members pursuing the incident.

The Burrup Peninsula, successful WA’s Pilbara portion and known arsenic Murujuga to accepted owners, contains the world’s largest and oldest postulation of petroglyphs.

Disrupt Burrup Hub claims Woodside’s operations successful the country and its projected enlargement signifier the biggest caller fossil substance task successful the state and could nutrient billions of tonnes of c dioxide by 2070.

It has carried retired a bid of actions against Woodside this twelvemonth including the merchandise of stench state astatine the company’s Perth office successful June, forcing the evacuation of astir 2,000 staff.

Noakes, Davey and Lane-Rose are scheduled to instrumentality to tribunal connected 30 January.

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