A man who jumped out of a taxi and climbed the Sydney Harbor Bridge in June, prompting traffic issues, appeared before the court.
Forty-one-year-old Adrian Manouel Karibian held a silver Bible in his hand and said that he did so only to deliver a message from God. He said he wanted to draw the attention of people to a “great tribulation.” He attended the Sydney Downing Centre Local Court on Friday after being charged by police against entering enclosed lands and climbing a part of the bridge.
“What I did was tiny, minuscule compared to what’s about to happen,” Karibian said as quoted by 9News. “There is a great tribulation coming so the drama that happened on the bridge is minuscule compared to what’s about to happen in life,” he said.
The court, however, adjourned the matter until August 5. The accused claimed that he would visit Nepal and he needed to discuss the same with a lawyer ahead of returning for the court proceedings. He added that he would further apply for bail conditions for his trip to the country.
It was Friday, June 17, when Karibian stopped a silver-colored taxi on the Cahill Expressway following his climbing of the bridge. The incident affected the traffic extensively during peak hours. He remained on the bridge for almost two hours. As a result, NSW police had to intervene in the matter and the rescue officers had to climb the bridge to get the man down.
NSW Ambulance paramedics arrived at the spot and took the accused to Royal North Shore Hospital. He was examined there. After his discharge from the hospital, he was arrested.
Due to the incident, Roads and Maritime Services allowed motorists on the Sydney Harbor Bridge at the time of the event to drive on it without paying the usual toll.