A 25-year-old Sydney man has been charged with allegedly causing millions of dollars in damage to Telstra's telephone cables on the Northern Beaches, NSW during September and November 2012.
According to Manly Local Area Command police, up to 20 cable pits were accessed by the accused and damaged, causing telecommunications to be cut to a number of homes and business in the Manly/Northern Beaches areas.
On 27 November 2012, the man was charged with four counts of tampering and interfering with facilities owned by a service provider, two counts of malicious damage, and one count of resist arrest after being arrested over the incident.
However, four more counts of malicious damage occurred in the Northern Beaches area during November.
On Friday, 14 December 2012, Manly police arrested the 25-year-old man at his Cromer home. He was charged with 29 offences including 23 counts of malicious damage, four counts of breach bail, one count of making false representation to police, and one count of resisting arrest.
The man appeared in Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday, 15 December.
A Telstra spokesman told Computerworld Australia that as the matter is before the Courts it could not comment.