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David-Bradbury, Graeme-Dunstan and Sean-O'Reilly outside the court.
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Nimbin peace activist Graeme Dunstan has avoided jail despite being convicted of damaging a military helicopter at Rockhampton airport in July 2011.

But Judge Nick Samios said during sentencing yesterday afternoon that Mr Dunstan will be required to pay $162,000 damages.

Justice Samios sentenced Mr Dunstan to two years’ jail but suspended it on his entering a three-year good behaviour bond.

Mr Dunstan told local media outside the court that he was ‘happy to have drawn attention to his cause for peace’.

‘We prayed for a not guilty verdict but it didn’t come through. I will continue to be a peacemaker.’

Mr Dunstan is pictured above (centre) with his court supporter Sean O’Reilly (right) and Byron filmmaker David Bradbury, who is making a documentary about Graeme’s fight.

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