Bernard Leslie Brennan, who bought illegal fireworks in May last year for an expose in the Canberra Times showing how easy it was, has been acquitted of charges of purchasing a prohibited dangerous substance, the ABC reported.
RiotAct’s earlier coverage of this case is here.
The court found that Mr Brennan had no intention of using the fireworks.
Ben Doherty, the CT reporter who was contacted by Mr Brennan to set up the photo shoot, told the court that at the time, about a month before the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, there was a huge amount of public interest in the banning of fireworks.
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The ABC says,
Chief Justice Terence Higgins concluded there was insufficient evidence against Mr Brennan.
He added he could not explain why a man who exposed a criminal activity was being prosecuted.