The man accused of placing hot coals at Old Parliament House's doors then stoking the resulting fire breached his bail 15 minutes after being released, court documents state.
Victorian man Nicholas Malcolm Reed, 30, whose non-publication order on his name based on retribution fears was removed on Wednesday, was initially granted court bail on Tuesday.
However, the defendant had to front the ACT Magistrates Court again less than 24 hours later when he admitted to the breach.
Prosecution documents tendered to the court state that on Tuesday afternoon, Mr Reed breached condition four of his bail, which is to not enter Parkes unless on one occasion and in the company of AFP members to collect personal belongings.
Eleven minutes after being released from the Alexander Maconochie Centre, police saw the defendant in a Hyundai Accent travelling on King George Terrace in Parkes.
On Wednesday during the prosecution's application to revoke bail, defence lawyer Sam McLaughlin said his client's breach was unintentional as he misunderstood the condition.
Mr McLaughlin said Mr Reed thought the condition applied only to the Aboriginal Tent Embassy rather than Parkes.
The prosecutor said the main concern about the breach was the immediacy of it and that Mr Reed on Tuesday said he understood the condition.
The prosecutor said bail conditions could not ameliorate the likelihood of reoffending and endangering the safety and welfare of anyone.
Magistrate Peter Morrison denied the application to revoke bail, saying he would give the defendant "the benefit of the doubt" and that he accepted there was a misunderstanding.
"The breach is not a particularly serious one," Mr Morrison said.
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Mr Reed was on bail for allegedly setting fire to Old Parliament House On December 30 during a political protest.
Court documents state that an agreed ceremonial fire was lit near the front door area of the building about 11am.
Less than 30 minutes later, the defendant allegedly used an Aboriginal parrying shield to dig through the fire and scooped coals, twice, from the base before carrying them to the front doors.
As the fire grew, so did protesters gathering near the doors.
The damaging fire came after police agreed to allow demonstrators to protest, involving corroborees and smoking ceremonies, in the front car park for one hour per day.
That agreement was in response to a small fire in the portico area on December 21.
Numerous other people have been charged with two being granted bail on December 2.
On Wednesday, magistrate Peter Morrison varied the non-publication order to exclude Mr Reed's name based on the lack of evidence related to potential retribution.
It came after a joint application by Australian Community Media, the publisher of The Canberra Times, and Nine to remove his name from the order.
Mr Morrison said he had an implied power to change that order.
"There's no evidence whatsoever of any actual threats directed towards this defendant," Mr Morrison said.
He said there was no risk that would "would outweigh the fundamental principle of open justice".
Mr Morrison said the site "excites some interest because it is a heritage building...and having been the seat of democracy".
"Persons who are enthusiasts about those subjects seem to me aren't usually identified as being fanatical," he said.
Mr Reed's bail conditions were varied to include not being in contact with other people being investigated in relation to the fire as police are concerned that he may collude with them.
He is also required to report to police once a week and reside in Gippsland, Victoria, and attend the ACT only for court or legal purposes.
The court heard he would be in breach of a Commonwealth good behaviour bond imposed in Victoria if he is found guilty of arson and property damage.
The case returns to court on February 1.
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