Climate activist Deanna ‘Violet’ Coco freed from prison while she appeals 15-month jail
A climate activist jailed for 15 months after a protest on the Sydney Harbour Bridge has been released from prison after a judge approved her bail appeal, as more than 100 protestors gathered outside court in support.
District court judge Timothy Gartelmann on Tuesday granted bail to 32-year-old Deanna “Violet” Coco, who in December was handed a 15-month jail sentence with a non-parole period of eight months.
Coco was the first person to be jailed under controversial New South Wales laws passed earlier this year that introduced a possible two-year prison sentence or $22,000 fine for people who block major roads, bridges or ports.
She was denied bail earlier in December before magistrate Allison Hawkins, until an appeal of her sentence due to be heard in March.
Appearing via audio-visual link from Silverwater Prison wearing a green skivvy, Coco thanked Gartlemann as her overturned that decision, allowing her to walk free until the appeal.
“I am not satisfied the applicant would represent an unacceptable risk of endangering the community,” Gartlemann said on Tuesday.