Aaron Church jailed for two years

A Geelong man has been jailed for more than two years after building six pipe bombs while he was bored and setting two devices off near a neighbour’s home.

Aaron Church, 33, was drug-affected when he set up two homemade improvised explosive devices on a fence near a neighbour’s home in the Geelong suburb of Waurn Ponds in the early hours of September 27, 2020.

Residents nearby were asked to evacuate and others were advised to stay indoors.

The first device, made from a paint can containing about half a kilogram of shrapnel, including nails, screws, bolts and fishing sinkers, caused a loud explosion.

Police and firefighters attended and extinguished both devices, with Church approaching police and telling them there were two more devices in a tree.

He was arrested and the other devices, made from aerosol canisters and brass pipe, were safely detonated by the bomb squad.

“I didn’t really, like, set out to blow shit up,” he told police after his arrest.

“I was just sitting there bored and just kind of made it, and it was there.”

Police searched his property and found more bombs, material including sparklers and nails, and a sling-shot weapon.

Church pleaded guilty to unlawfully and maliciously causing an explosion, making an explosive substance and possessing a prohibited weapon.

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