Benjamin Homan pleaded guilty today to affray and resisting arrest during the protest against an anti-Islamic film.
In the Downing Centre Local Court, the 23-year-old admitted he had not seen the video behind a worldwide wave of protests against its depiction of the ‘Prophet’ Mohammed.
Homan apologized to police and the community, saying he was embarrassed and ashamed.
His lawyer told the court his client’s recent conversion to Islam had left him impressionable and vulnerable to extremists.
But he said Homan had started associating with moderate figures.
Prosecutors have recommended a suspended sentence for the man when he is sentenced on Thursday.
Homan’s co-accused Omar Hallaby has pleaded guilty to malicious damage and handed over $500 in compensation for smashing a police car with a milk crate.
But the 18-year-old has pleaded not guilty to affray.
Two other men are contesting charges including assaulting police and animal cruelty.