Riverland Accused Plotter 'Obsessed' With Shootings
One of two youths accused of plotting a massacre at a school in South Australia's Riverland region was allegedly obsessed with school shootings.
The 19-year-old, who cannot be named and faces a number of charges including
During the hearing, prosecutor Tegan Mullan said evidence included conversations between him and his younger co-accused about the plan.
"They discuss burning down the school, shooting up the school, blowing things up, making weapons and purchasing firearms," she told the court.
She tendered copies of diaries dated between 2015 and 2017, which she said contained handwritten notes detailing the seriousness of the plans.
Ms Mullan told the court the accused was "obsessed with school shootings" and had threatened people around the Riverland with descriptions of how the attack would play out.
But defence counsel Nikki Conley said the diaries were "dark fantasies" and questioned whether her client would tell others of his plans if he intended carrying them out.
"This is a teenager who was troubled and crying out for help," she said.
She said the teen had been physically and emotionally bullied and the diaries were a means of him coping, and that he would not receive the help he needs in jail.
Magistrate Greg Fisher ordered psychiatric and risk assessment reports and remanded him in custody until
Earlier in the day, the man's 17-year-old co-accused appeared in the youth court, also on a number of charges including
The teenager was committed to the Adelaide Magistrates Court and will next face court on the charge as an adult.
Other charges, including using or having possession of a prohibited weapon and unlawful possession and dealing in body armour without written permission were adjourned and will remain in the youth court.