ADF soldier in court after sparking major security scare in Qld

An ADF member who sparked a major security scare, sending schools into lockdown north of the Gold Coast, has faced court.

Nicholas Latham appeared in the Holland Park Magistrates Court on Wednesday charged with one count of public nuisance.

The 26-year-old sent police and Polair into action last Wednesday after carrying out his own “training” mission in Rochedale complete with camouflage attire and what looked like a gun.


Rochedale High School, Redeemer Lutheran College and Rochedale Early Learning Centre were all sent into lockdown while police hunted him down.

Numerous people called triple zero after spotting Latham carrying a metal pipe resembling a weapon in the Rochedale area, the court heard.

However he was compliant with police when they eventually caught up with him.

His lawyer, George Kalimnios, said an option could be to resolve the matter through a community justice mediation.

But in a somewhat heated exchange, Magistrate Sheryl Cornack suggested this might not be suitable and said it was up to police how they wanted to press ahead.

She adjourned the matter for a hearing review on February 9 and ordered a full brief be provided beforehand.

Latham, who is not scheduled for deployment, refused to comment to media waiting outside court.

At the time, Defence apologised for the disruption unintentionally caused by the member’s training activities.