A man says he was engaging in “tit for tat” when he allegedly posted pictures of Queensland police officers on Facebook and asked for help finding their addresses.
Romley Stewart Stover is facing four counts of stalking and two counts of unlawfully possessing a weapon, after guns, computers and recording devices were found at his Cairns home.
The Cairns Magistrate Court on Friday heard there were concerns Facebook posts including names and badge numbers of the officers could incite vilification or violence towards the police.
But the 59-year-old man, who repeatedly said he should be referred to as Romley Stewart only, told the court police had stolen his cars and harassed his family.
“I’ve never claimed to be a sovereign citizen or a freedom fighter,” he said referring to media reports linking him to an anti-government ideology.
“My family’s been under great duress by the Queensland police and every time that happens I put up the (Facebook) posts.”
On his Facebook page, Stover refers to police as “goons” and says they are no better than “Nazi criminals”.
He told the court the guns found at his house, including an alleged semi-automatic, should not be considered weapons because they hadn’t been fired in “30 to 40” years.
“They’re weapons, let’s not play games” Magistrate Kerry Magee said.
The prosecution alleges Stover does not acknowledge Queensland law or the authority of police and hid under his house when officers came to his house.
They argued he was an unacceptable risk of not appearing if given bail.
Magistrate Magee said she was “very concerned” by the posts but granted him bail on the condition that he delete his Facebook page, not use social media and avoid contact with the officers involved.
He must also reside at his Aeroglen address and not publish any pictures or comments about serving police officers.
The matter is due to be mentioned again on January 13.