Court told of plan to blow up Cairns de­fence base with petrol- laden car

Mum raised bomb alarm

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - VANDA CAR­SON

A DIS­GRUN­TLED for­mer army den­tal as­sis­tant’s plot to bomb one of the na­tion’s largest north­ern de­fence bases was foiled by her Bur­dekin- based mother, a court has heard.

Kal­isa Winn, 32, of Cairns, is al­leged to have loaded her car with 70 litres of fuel and was min­utes from bluff­ing her way onto the HMAS Cairns base.

Mother Pauline Pari­son foiled the al­leged plot when she called po­lice on Fe­bru­ary 3.

Mrs Pari­son, in a state­ment to the Supreme Court, feared an “in­no­cent per­son might die” when she re­ceived texts from the for­mer Lance Cor­po­ral ( right) that she planned to blow up a gas main on the base by set­ting fire to her car.

Af­ter 8pm, Winn texted that she would text again “when I get back”. Mrs Pari­son said she feared an at­tack was im­mi­nent.

Days ear­lier, Winn al­legedly told her she had 200 litres of fuel and was “pretty handy with petrol”, a ref­er­ence to hav- ing thrown molo­tov cock­tails at po­lice cars out­side a po­lice sta­tion and a coun­cil cham­bers in Syd­ney five months ear­lier.

Po­lice searched Winn’s apart­ment and al­legedly found photos of a car packed with fuel.

A search of Winn’s com­puter re­vealed she had looked at ap­pli­ca­tions for a gun li­cence and web­sites for HMAS Cairns and Cairns City Coun­cil.

Winn’s car was miss­ing and she still had her mil­i­tary iden­ti­fi­ca­tion pass, which gave her ac­cess to bases na­tion­wide.

Po­lice trig­gered alerts and bases were put into lock­down.

The car was found, al­legedly loaded with fuel, in the Cairns CBD just be­fore mid­night.

The saga was out­lined dur­ing Winn’s bail ap­pli­ca­tion in Bris­bane this week. Charges in­cluded pre­par­ing to com­mit crimes with ex­plo­sives. She has been on re­mand in Townsville for five months and was re­fused bail in April.

Mrs Pari­son told po­lice Winn was an­gry with the army and po­lice be­cause they did not be­lieve she had been raped while liv­ing in bar­racks in Syd­ney in 2010 and 2011.

The in­ci­dents were in­ves­ti­gated but no charges were laid.

The molo­tov cock­tail in­ci­dents hap­pened a month af­ter she was dis­charged in Au­gust.

She moved to Cairns last year and has been un­em­ployed.

Jus­tice Peter Flana­gan ad­journed the bail ap­pli­ca­tion un­til Winn could be psy­cho­log­i­cally as­sessed.

Winn said she would de­fend­ing the charges.


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