Lankan accused of threatening to bomb plane back in court

A Sri Lankan man accused of threatening to detonate a bomb on a flight from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur has again faced court, AAP reported today.

Manodh Marks, 25, allegedly tried to enter the cockpit of Malaysia Airlines flight 128 out of Melbourne on May 31, threatening to cause a mid-air explosion.

He has been charged with threatening to destroy, damage or endanger the safety of an aircraft or to kill or injure those on board.

As a result of his alleged action, the flight was aborted.

Marks, who has not applied for bail, faced the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court via video link on Thursday for a committal mention.

The court has previously been told that Marks, who suffers from a psychiatric illness, holds fears for his safety in custody.

His defence lawyer previously cited Marks’ age and appearance as reasons for his vulnerability.

Marks had been living at Dandenong on a student visa. He was remanded in custody to reappear on October 31.

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