Mercenary in court over foreign incursion offence

A MERCENARY who underwent military training in the Ukraine in preparation for fighting Indonesian forces in West Papua has pleased guilty to a foreign incursion offence.

Wearing a sweatshirt, glasses and sporting a beard, Gerard Michael Little appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court this morning following his arrest last December.

It's alleged Gerard Michael Little, 45, trained with explosives and weapons at training facility in Crimea last August.

Little is accused of using social media sites to air his support for a free West Papua movement.

He allegedly planned to work as a mercenary in the Indonesian state.

Australian Federal Police raided Little's Victoria home and his family's home in Towoomba, where he spent time with his father.

He was arrested at the Brisbane International Airport on route to Port Morseby.

Commonwealth Prosecutor Shane Hunter said there was no evidence to charge Little with preparing to commit incursion in a foreign country.

The charge was struck out.

Little pleaded guilty to the remaining charge of training with the intent to engage in foreign incursion.

He was granted bail.

Part of his bail conditions require him to hand over his passport to the AFP and not leave Australia.

Little will be sentenced in the Brisbane District Court on a date to be fixed.

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