Canberra man arrested after tip off from magazine editor
A man arrested after a raid on his house told police he'd been researching how to make a guitar, but investigators fear he was preparing to build something far more sinister.
A two-year Australian Federal Police investigation lead to the arrest of Andrew Seefeldt, 31, last week.
The aid on his Canberra property allegedly uncovered what police describe as a "clandestine laboratory" containing a variety of chemicals.
Mr Seefeldt has been charged with unauthorised manufacture of a firearm and unauthorised possession of a prohibited dangerous substance. He is yet to enter pleas.
Court documents reveal Mr Seefeldt came to police attention in November 2017, after a tip off to the National Security Hotline from the Editor of the New Matilda magazine.
The magazine allegedly received a large email from Mr Seefeldt about his theories on the 2017 Bourke Street attack in Melbourne, details of explosive tests he'd conducted, and photos of himself with various weapons.
The following year he allegedly sent packages containing a USB thumb drive and a cover letter to the Sydney offices of Amnesty International and Bravehearts in Brisbane.
Police claim both the USB and the email to the magazine contained an electronic copy of a book written by Mr Seefeldt, titled 'Australia's Darkest Secrets', detailing bomb, drug and firearm making techniques, and an account of his attempt to fix a deactivated Lee Enfield rifle.
A review of PayPal accounts registered to Mr Seefeldt, showed since 2013, he'd allegedly purchased firearms parts including scopes and sites, as well as nail guns, high pressure air pumps, stainless steel tubing and steel ball bearings.
On Tuesday last week, a police surveillance operation observed Mr Seefeldt using a computer at the Civic Library, allegedly researching "split pins" - fasteners used for locking objects together.
He allegedly told police he'd been researching split pin because he intended to build a guitar, and had no intention of harming anyone.
The following day he was again at the library, allegedly discussing how to make an explosive detonator using conductive glue, clocks and batteries with an "unknown party" using a secure email server.
Mr Seefeldt was arrested on Thursday and charged on Friday.
Police said he also claimed he was the subject of satanic ritual abuse by mind control.
Applying for bail, Mr Seefeldt's lawyer argued he could comply with strict conditions, requiring him to engage with mental health services and preventing him from possessing explosive material.
Magistrate James Stewart said the materials allegedly in Mr Seefeldt's possession made him look like a risk to the community as "none of them appear to bd bail and will return to court in April.
The police investigation is ongoing.