A woman who deliberately brought the Sydney Harbor Tunnel to a standstill earlier this year was spared punishment after a court recognized she was traumatized by the Lismore floods and dismissed the charges against her on mental health grounds.
Lismore resident Mali Cooper, 22, was accused of entering the main road and disrupting vehicles after she stopped her car via the entrance to the southbound tunnel and placed a bike lock around her neck and steering wheel.
Under NSW’s tough new laws targeting disruptive activism, Cooper’s actions, which sparked two days of climate protests by the Blockade Australia group, could have landed her a fine of up to $22,000 or two years in prison.
Cooper had pleaded guilty to the June 27 lawsuit and was “ready for jail” when she stood in Lismore Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, her attorney Mark Davis said – but was “greatly relieved” when Judge Jeff Linden ruled out the charges rejected on mental health grounds.
Davis said he was pleased that the court gave “full consideration” to his client’s pre-existing anxiety disorder, which was “so severely impacted by the Lismore floods and her concerns about climate change that she was clinically diagnosed after the Lismore floods.” was flooding as PTSD”.
He said Cooper “probably went a step further than she intended” when she came to Sydney to protest, and she regretted “the distress this caused for everyone in this jam”.
Cooper doesn’t “repudiate her belief in the environmental disaster,” he said, but she did “determine to do something she might not have done in a more sane state” after seeing her hometown “twice in just a few short periods of time.” years was wiped out months”.
The record-breaking flood that hit Lismore on February 28, submerging parts of the town of Northern Rivers several meters, left four people dead and thousands homeless as the Wilsons River peaked more than ten feet higher than predicted.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/charges-dismissed-against-climate-protester-who-brought-sydney-harbour-tunnel-to-halt-20220927-p5bldm.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_national_nsw Charges against Mali Cooper were dropped after she brought the Sydney Harbor Tunnel to a standstill