A would-be Aussie terrorist with severe mental health issues who threatened to behead police and rape their wives has been placed under some of the most extreme restrictions ever seen.
Blake Pender, who spent four years in jail after telling a woman he was preparing for ‘martyrdom’, was placed on a three-year extended supervision order with 22 conditions – despite being in jail for breaching another supervision order.
In 2018 the troubled Sydneysider was recorded in a phone call saying ‘cops are gonna die, people are gonna die, it’s going to be beautiful, I’m ready’.
A would-be Aussie terrorist with severe mental health issues who threatened to behead police and rape their wives has been placed under some of the most extreme restrictions ever seen
In June 2017, he was arrested for approaching Surry Hills police with a large knife and threatening them, at times yelling in a foreign language.
Pender threatened to ‘f***ing stab every one of you dogs in the throat’ and claimed ‘the proudest thing a man can do is behead a cop’.
He also threatened to rape the wives of police.
He was charged in January, 2018, for possessing material connected with terrorist acts and imprisoned to Silverwater jail.
Pender later threatened to behead Magistrate Joanne Keogh when she refused to grant him bail.
While in prison he mutilated himself with a knife in an attempt to look like fictional villain The Joker, whom he considered ‘a powerful figure’.
In late 2020 Pender was due for release but parole was denied because he was deemed ‘too dangerous’.
In 2018 Sydney man Pender was recorded in a call saying ‘cops are gonna die, people are gonna die, it’s going to be beautiful, I’m ready’
Ten days before another hearing in April 2022, he bashed a prison officer who refused to lend him a radio clock.
In October 2022 Pender was released, subject to interim supervision orders.
But he was arrested just three weeks later for breaching the orders by creating a Facebook and LinkedIn account.
He also downloaded an app used to learn languages.
New restrictions were placed on him by the NSW Supreme Court in late December, including wearing an electronic tracking tag, reporting to police daily and restrictions on religious participation, the Sydney Morning Herald reported,
He is also required to attend regular psychiatric appointments and have limited access to the internet and social media.
The extended supervision orders imposed by the court will last a further three years.
Now 31, Pender has flip-flopped between religions since his teens, including an extreme form of Christianity, Judaism and Islam in 2015, when he was reported to a terrorism hotline for his support of the Islamic State.
The NSW Supreme Court heard Pender has schizophrenia but refuses medication and also had a substance use problem. He becomes drawn to extremism, making him a threat of committing crimes
In a series of Facebook posts he threatened ‘death to the police, the army and the people who support the Australian government’.
He has a large crucifix tattooed under his right eye but court documents say his new plan is to become a rabbi.
He has a long criminal record which includes intimidation, stalking, armed robbery, assault and beating a dog to death.
Last January the NSW Supreme Court heard Pender blamed his violent behaviour on a ‘demon-god’ named Gary, that lives in his head.
He consented to the supervision order and admitted he committed ‘scumbag’ acts.
The court heard he is likely schizophrenic but refuses to take medication, leaving him at risk of committing ideologically-driven crimes because he becomes drawn to extremism.
Court documents show Pender’s mental health issues are also exacerbated by a ‘substance abuse disorder’.
He remains in custody after being refused bail and returns to court next week.