'Freedom fighter' a delusional old man: barrister
WANNABE freedom fighter Gerard Michael Little's own barrister described him as a delusional old man who harboured unrealistic fantasies of fighting in a war zone.
Little pleaded guilty yesterday in the Brisbane District Court to one count of preparing an incursion into a foreign state, a charge which carries a 10-year maximum jail sentence.
Little, who was educated at St Joseph's College in Toowoomba, was arrested at Brisbane International Airport in December, 2012, while attempting to board a plane to Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea.
He planned to island-hop his way to take up arms in the West Papua war zone. Australian Federal Police subsequently raided his daughter's and father's properties in Toowoomba.
The District Court heard Little had travelled to Crimea in the Ukraine in August, 2012, to undertake a five-day program at the International Law Enforcement Training Agency.
Little's barrister Craig Eberhardt told the court his client was in no way a freedom fighter.
He had rubbished the effectiveness of the five-day course.
"He is a broken-down, old man who was delusional," he said.
The court heard Little boasted on Facebook he was a colonel in the West Papuan freedom fighting movement.
He told friends that he was taking his new found military skills to the jungles of West Papua.
Mr Eberhardt said his client was on a disability pension and suffered from bipolar and epilepsy. "The only danger he was to anyone, was to himself."
Judge Douglas McGill agreed, calling the whole situation "a little silly." He sentenced Little to time already served in jail which was 218 days.