A WENDOUREE man who threatened, in a series of online posts, to kill Prime Minister Tony Abbott and a group of Melbourne school students wanted to be remembered as a murderer, a Ballarat court has heard.
A magistrate demanded a psychiatric report for David Scholes, 34, who, under the alias of “Mike Brown” in the YouTube posts, threatened to hack his father to death and revealed plans to kill 20 unknown students in Melbourne on April 28 next year, the anniversary of the Port Arthur massacre.
“Let’s murder Prime Minister Tony Abbott,” one post said.
Comments read out in Ballarat Magistrates Court yesterday stated Scholes, described by his lawyer as being “in an uncertain psychiatric state”, wanted to be remembered as a murderer.
The court also heard Scholes tried to buy firearms at a Footscray market and had continually attempted to get his hands on weapons.
“Don’t worry, I’m going to kill plenty of people in Melbourne on the 28th,” one YouTube comment said.
“I am going to end up a killer, I am going to kill many people, it will not be pretty.
“It’s now time for revenge.”
Appearing dazed and unemotional in the dock of the court, Scholes pleaded guilty to one charge of threatening to kill his father, brother and the prime minister.
He also pleaded guilty to using a carriage service in an offensive manner.
A search of YouTube by The Courier revealed the threatening comments had not been removed from the website.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Aimee Heal read out more than 10 comments Scholes made on numerous YouTube videos, including one referring to the 1998 murders of Victoria Police members Gary Silk and Rodney Miller.
“The Victorian police are a******* and deserve to end up like Silk and Miller,” Senior Constable Heal read to the court.
"No one has to worry now, because I have been caught"
Arrested on October 11, Scholes made several admissions when interviewed by police.
He told police he planned to take a cyanide pill after the threatened massacre and said he got excited when he saw people in fear.
“No one has to worry now, because I have been caught,” he told police.
Mike Wardell, for Scholes, made no application for bail and said his client suffered from a “chronic case” of Asperger’s syndrome.
Mr Wardell said Scholes was at risk of harming himself
and others, adding Scholes’ family had a history of mental illness. Magistrate Michelle Hodgson adjourned the matter until December 20 and said she was reluctant to sentence until a comprehensive Forensicare report had been conducted.
The report will detail Scholes’ mental state at the time of the offending and outline the presence of any mental illnesses.