The heartbroken mother of a journalist accused of planning a terrorist attack in Queensland has revealed how he phoned her from a police station in tears asking her to tell everyone ‘he loves them’.
James Michael Waugh, 29, was charged with preparing or planning terrorist acts on Friday.
Police allege Waugh was targeting the regional city of Bundaberg and sought firearms training earlier this year.
Karina Anderson, his shattered mother, has since revealed intimate details about their emotional telephone conversation.
Waugh’s mother, Karina Anderson, took to social media to support her son after he was charged
‘Our boy just called from the police station. He broke down and cried,’ Mrs Anderson revealed in a series of posts on Facebook.
She said he told her to ‘get a good job’ and to ‘tell everyone he loves them’.
‘I pray no family ever goes through this pain. We are broken,’ she wrote.
She followed the post with another emotional message on Saturday defending her son.
‘I mourn for our beautiful son who would hurt no one,’ she wrote.
‘I mourn for human rights. I mourn for justice.’
Waugh first came to the attention of the Australian Federal Police when he allegedly made threats towards a member of the public.
This prompted a search of his property on November 3.
Waugh allegedly had electronic devices containing documents police claim indicate a desire to undertake acts of violent extremism.
Waugh was remanded in custody after his matter was heard in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Saturday.
Waugh’s lawyer did not apply for bail.
The terrorism charge carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
AFP Assistant Commissioner Counter Terrorism Scott Lee said the arrest was made with community safety in mind.
Queensland Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman described the charges as ‘incredibly serious’, before thanking the Queensland Police, the Australian Federal Police and ASIO for their teamwork.
Waugh’s case is due to return to court on Friday December 4.