A man accused of causing $1 million damage to a 5G tower fire allegedly dug a backyard hole to ‘imprison’ Daniel Andrews.
A man accused of causing $1 million worth of damage to a Telstra phone tower because it carried 5G allegedly dug a hole in his backyard to imprison Daniel Andrews.
Nathan Glover, 44, was refused bail in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday night.
A police summary read to the court alleged the Mt Eliza man rode on an electric scooter to the Telstra tower about 1.5 kilometres from his home, broke in, and started a fire.
Mr Glover denies any involvement in the October 7 arson.
The blaze caused about $1 million in damage and took telecommunications offline, endangering safety by disabling the public’s ability to call emergency services, the court heard.
Police allege that a search of Mr Glover’s home turned up magic mushrooms, cannabis, wire cutters, petrol, two samurai swords, and an electric scooter and clothing that match CCTV footage of the offender.
There was also a six metre-by-1.5 metre hole in the backyard, which Mr Glover allegedly told police was to imprison the Victorian premier.
Police allege that an account on the encrypted messaging app Telegram with the name “Nate Glove” volunteered in September for “special ops”, in the chat group titled Hoodlums of Melbourne Special Ops.
“I’m down for special ops, but only if I get to burn something down,” the account allegedly posted.
“Those 5G towers would make a nice fire,” the chat’s administrator allegedly responded.
“My thinking exactly,” the Nate Glove account allegedly replied.
He is charged with criminal damage by fire, possessing a prohibited weapon, possessing cannabis, possessing drug of dependence, and committing an indictable offence while on bail.
When applying for bail without a lawyer on Thursday, Mr Glover said: “I have a family to support”.
He claimed he was the victim of a “smear campaign” because he spoke out against police brutality at protests.
The father-of-one told the court he was a concreter and entertainer.
He will next appear on January 13.