Terror trial jury dismissed as NSW judge rules man’s actions were due to ‘acute’ mental illness

A man armed with a fake bomb who fired shots at passing cars and barricaded himself in a dive shop was mentally ill, not a terrorist, a judge has directed a jury before discharging them from the trial.

Simon William Fleming was dressed in black combat fatigues, armed with a rifle and a gel blaster, and pretending a silver briefcase was a bomb when he set off towards a main street on the outskirts of Wollongong on 28 November 2021.

A flurry of triple-zero calls reported confusion and fear as Fleming walked down the road wearing a balaclava, firing his rifle at cars and in the air.

A judge has…

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