A Nimbin man who posted a video of his alleged cannabis crop on Facebook is back behind bars after breaching his bail by getting stoned and posting about it on social media.
Although he doesn’t accept that it is his name, Peter Till appeared in Lismore Local Court on Tuesday, after being arrested earlier that morning at Nimbin for breaching bail.
Initially arrested on March 22 after posting a video showing some of the 512 plants seized by police, Mr Till was granted strict conditional bail on April 4.
He faces charges of cultivating a commercial quantity of a prohibited plant, two counts of possessing a prohibited drug, and supplying an indictable quantity of cannabis.
Some of his bail conditions, which were agreed to by his neighbour, were that Mr Till reside with his neighbour on Mountain Top Rd, to report to Nimbin police on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and not to consume drugs or alcohol unless it is prescribed by a doctor.
Police facts before the court stated on April 5, the day after his release, Mr Till allegedly posted on Facebook ‘Had heaps of cannabis in town today.’
Then the following day he allegedly wrote ‘I am showing on the record that i will not be doing bail. I handed a copy of the release of the person Peter Till to the Nimbin police. As I can not in good faith be the person and will not act for the person Peter Till I will not be doing bail.’
On Friday, April 7, police spoke to Mr Till in Lismore who allegedly told officers he would not be reporting on bail as he is not Peter Till.
At 8am on Tuesday, April 11, Mr Till was arrested behind the Oasis Cafe at Nimbin for breaching bail by failing to report to police on April 5, 7 and 10.
‘A major part of the prosecution brief is that police allege the accused has posted numerous photographs and videos of himself with his cannabis crop,’ police facts stated.
‘The accused is of ‘sovereign’ ideology and refuses to identify with a name and appears to be of the belief that anything he signs under the name of Peter Till is invalid and does not represent him,’ Snr Cnst David Sendt wrote in police facts.
As soon as he was led into the dock on Tuesday, Mr Till began talking (ranting) loudly and continuously, while Magistrate David Heilpern asked if he would like to apply for bail.
‘I didn’t agree to any contract at all,’ he said.
‘I have given the birth certificate back.’
‘To say that I’m a name or a word is lies and deceit.’
Twice more Mr Heilpern interrupted Mr Till’s ranting to ask if would like to apply for bail.
‘I’m not in your commercial religious practices,’ Mr Till said before continuing to express himself loudly.
‘This is your last chance if you want to apply for bail,’ Mr Heilpern said.
When Mr Till continued to ‘rant’, Mr Heilpern adjourned his matters until May 15 when he is scheduled to appear via videolink.