Supporters outside Lismore Court celebrated the dismissal of all charges against the demonstrators last Monday.
Supporters outside Lismore Court celebrated the dismissal of all charges against the demonstrators last Monday.

‘Gay hate truck protestors case dismissed

TWO people who chained themselves to a "gay hate" truck when it came to Lismore in March have had the charges against them dismissed.

Amber McBride and Troy Dunn faced Magistrate Jeff Linden on the charge of resisting or hindering a police officer in the execution of their duty.

Outside the court about 12 people held a peaceful protest in support of the pair.

The pair, who represented themselves, tendered character references to support their cases. Mr Linden dismissed the charges against Ms McBride and Mr Dunn under section 10a of the Crimes Act.

Mr Dunn and Ms McBride said they were pleased.

"I hope that magistrate recognised there were probably some grounds for us doing what we did," Mr Dunn said.

"I am extremely passionate about social justice and equality having worked very hard to reduce homophobia locally and beyond," Ms McBride said.

"I sincerely apologise to our local under-resourced, hard-working police for making work harder for them."

One of the protesters Valerie Thompson said they had attended the court to convey the message of equal rights for homosexual people and to support Ms McBride and Mr Dunn.

"We were shocked and disgusted with the messaging, it implied that children are unsafe as a result of people within loving, supportive, same-sex relationships, and it did link homosexuality to paedophilia, which is not only incorrect but its also hateful and inciting violence," Ms Thompson said.

Ms Thompson said the truck, owned by Peter Madden, was not welcome back to the area.



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