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DPP to appeal Owen Creighton’s sentence.

By 15 December 2010

The ABC brings word that the Director of Public Prosecution has decided to appeal the sentence of Owen Creighton for the Clift Crescent deaths in Richardson.
In October, Creighton was sentenced to six months in custody followed by 12 months in weekend detention.
The DPP launched an appeal, saying the sentence is inadequate and Creighton deserves more [...]

AFP Alcohol Team rolls

By 15 December 2010

Simon Corbell is trumpeting his new Alcohol Crime Targeting Team (ACTT).
The new Alcohol Crime Targeting Team is taking strong action to curb alcohol related
violence, with more than 50 patrols already conducted to target offences under the new ACT
liquor laws, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, said today.
Mr Corbell congratulated the new ACT Policing [...]

But have you tried the buses?

By 15 December 2010

This in from ACT Policing:
A 25-year-old Florey man, who had received a three year disqualification from driving after appearing in the ACT Magistrate’s Court yesterday (Tuesday December 14), was seen leaving the courts carpark minutes later driving a green Ford Falcon.
The man, who has never held a licence, was in court yesterday morning for other [...]

Alleged Kaleen firebugs nabbed

By 15 December 2010

This in from ACT Policing:
Detectives from ACT Policing’s Criminal Investigations team have arrested two juvenile males over the fire at the Kaleen Scout Hall which occurred on Wednesday November 24.
Around 2.15am ACT Fire Brigade and police were called to a report of a fire at the Scout Hall on Maribyrnong Avenue. The fire was extinguished [...]

How to avoid a claim in the ACT Supreme Court

By 15 December 2010

Its easy if you know how.
All you have to be is a prominent senior counsel of the ACT Supreme Court and a past President of the ACT Bar Association.
Then when the process server appears, stay (hide?) in your chambers and get the receptionist to tell the process server that you are refusing to accept [...]

It’s like a game of GTA

By 14 December 2010

This in from ACT Policing:
A 20-year-old man will face the ACT Magistrates Court this afternoon (Tuesday, December 14) on multiple charges after he crashed a stolen car into another vehicle, fled the scene, and was apprehended in the backyard of an Ainslie home with stolen property.
Police will allege that the man broke into an Ainslie [...]

Watcharaporn Nantahkhum pleads not guilty

By 14 December 2010

The ABC has the giddy news that the 43 year old Kambah woman Watcharaporn Nantahkhum has plead (through an interpreter) not guilty to “possessing a slave, allowing non-citizens to work illegally in Australia and be exploited, and perverting the course of justice”.
A four week trial is now planned in March.
So it allegedly can happen here.
UPDATE: [...]

Krazy on Kelleway Avenue

By 14 December 2010

This in from ACT Policing:
Two Gungahlin Patrol members escaped serious injury last night after a 28-year-old Nicholls man rammed his vehicle into the side of their police car.
About 11pm last night (Monday December 13) Gungahlin Patrol members responded to an incident where a male was allegedly driving while intoxicated.
Police located the vehicle of interest, a [...]

Hairdressing crime spree

By 14 December 2010

This in from Crime Stoppers:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to burglaries that occurred at three south side hairdressing salons last night (Sunday, December 12).
Police believe the same offenders committed all three burglaries as the circumstances of the offences are similar.
At 12.30am police were called to a burglary at Hair Affair in Mawson. A witness saw [...]

It must be one hell of a mountain bike

By 13 December 2010

This in from ACT Policing:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to the theft of a mountain bike in Farrer on Friday (10 December).
The custom-made Morewood Maluku downhill mountain bike is unique and was stolen from the backyard of the Farrer property.
The bike is described as yellow with red rims and handlebars. It is also fitted with [...]

A special man from Kambah

By 13 December 2010

This in from ACT Policing:
The national campaign Operation RAID: Remove All Impaired Drivers came to a close at midnight last night (Sunday December 12) with more than 9450 tests being conducted in the ACT over the past 17 days.
The operation, which ran from Friday November 26, was a national initiative involving police forces across Australia [...]

Farrer fire.

By 13 December 2010

This in from ACT Policing:
ACT Policing is currently investigating a suspicious house fire in Farrer which occurred on Saturday evening (December 11).
About 7.20pm ACT Fire Brigade (ACTFB) were called to the house on Hawkesbury Crescent Farrer where they extinguished a fire in one of the bedrooms of the house. Upon further inspection two other fires [...]

Flame Of The Week – RushHour

By 12 December 2010

I’ve got a lot of time for the RushHour kids. Most of them are OK, and the value of their charity cruises is often over looked.
But when it comes to their public advocacy, well they’re right up there with small business owners.
And so in a recent discussion on the impounding of a purple Commodore we [...]

Akuna St Assault

By 12 December 2010

This in from ACT Policing:
ACT Policing has arrested two men, one aged 24 and the other 25, overnight for anti-social behaviour related offences.
Around 11pm last night (Friday, December 10), police attended City Walk near Akuna Street following reports of an assault at that location. Upon arrival, police spoke with two men and a woman who [...]

Mully grief leads to fire twirl assault

By 12 December 2010

The Canberra Times has the tragic tale of Elliot John Fleet who’ll be returning to the community next year after a spell in the Hume Hilton.
Fleet went down for headbutting a fire twirler in Civic, in his defence he said he was really upset about the great scum cleansing of March.
The Mully disciple was also [...]

Macgregor smash

By 12 December 2010

This in from ACT Policing:
ACT Policing’s Collision, Investigation & Reconstruction Team is seeking witnesses to a serious collision that occurred early today (Sunday December 12) in Macgregor.
Police were called to Osburn Drive near Cannan Circuit at 12.55am, where a green Holden Commodore sedan had collided with a tree.
Initial investigations indicate the Commodore was travelling in [...]

Whoops, lost it (of course it was a white Commodore)

By 10 December 2010

This in from the AFP:
A 31-year-old Scullin man has returned a positive result for drink driving after crashing his car this morning (Friday December 10).
About 9.10am Belconnen Patrol responded to a report of a single motor vehicle accident where a car had collided with a concrete light pole in Ulm Street, Scullin.
Upon arrival police saw [...]

No purple Commodore for Summernats

By 10 December 2010

This in from ACT Policing:
ACT Policing has seized a late model purple Holden Commodore after its driver had been involved in a street burnout outside a Dickson College school formal earlier this week.
Photographs taken at the formal clearly identify the vehicle and the offence outside the National Convention Centre, on Constitution Avenue.
Police identified the vehicle [...]

Human rights academics call for expansion of human rights

By 10 December 2010

It’s perhaps not surprising that often the ANU News highlights research which points to increasing ANU funding down the line.
Yesterday Dr Hilary Charlesworth was teaming up with the Legislative Assembly to massively expand what is considered a human right.
“The report discusses the overseas experience with protection of economic, social and cultural rights and concludes that [...]

If it wasn’t a hoodie it’d be a baseball cap

By 10 December 2010

This in from Crime Stoppers:
ACT Policing has released a CCTV image of an alleged offender from an aggravated robbery at the Hawker shops last week, (Wednesday December 1).
The CCTV clearly shows one of the offender’s distinctive gait in which he appears to have a partial disability to his left leg. Police believe this may [...]

Ding Ding Ding – Gloves come off in Posetti v. The Oz

By 10 December 2010

Media Spy are thoroughly enjoying the blue between the University of Canberra’s journalism lecturer (and twitter evangelist) Julie Posetti and the Editor in Chief of The Australian Chris Mitchell.
HWL Ebsworth, acting for Posetti, wrote in a reply today that Posetti denied defaming Mitchell and that she would not publish an apology or correction. Posetti [...]

The Preacher was only getting a bit stabby, didn’t mean to kill anyone

By 10 December 2010

Last July we reported on a stabbing in Theo’s at Ainslie Shops by a man known to locals as “The Preacher”.
Now the ABC reports that former RAAF employee Isa Islam has offered the novel defence of saying he was just having a bit of a stab and didn’t mean to kill anyone:
Islam told the [...]

Memo: The Lake is not safe right now

By 10 December 2010

This in from ACT Policing:
ACT Policing advises that Lake Burley Griffin will remain closed until further notice due to the danger posed by debris and strong currents.
This follows earlier advice from ACT Health that the water in the lake is also contaminated with sewage.
Police would also urge people to stay clear of all drains and [...]

Can a speeding fine be avoided?

By 10 December 2010

I would like to know what are my chances of avoiding a speeding fine? I haven’t been booked for 18 years, so I was surprised when the notice arrived in the mail this week.
A speed camera snapped a photo of my car allegedly travelling 70km in a 60km zone.
In NSW (where I used [...]

Monaghan’s Law introduced

By 9 December 2010

The ABC brings word that Simon Corbell has introduced laws into the Legislative Assembly to make humans having sex with animals illegal in the ACT.
“The re-introduced offence and the scope of and penalty for the offence have been proposed without influence from the recent publicity,” Mr Corbell said.
“However it is timely to be reminded why [...]

Don’t help this man!

By 9 December 2010

The AFP are warning that one of their officer’s images is being used as part of an internet scam.
There is a current scam on the internet fraudulently using an AFP officer’s identity (images of the officer) to obtain large amounts of money.
The internet scam has resulted in six victims being identified in addition to the [...]

Simon Corbell moving offences away from the Supreme Court’s Torpid Languor

By 9 December 2010

I’ll take this moment to remind you of the High Court’s opinion of the ACT Supreme Court:
The presentation and adjudication of the case in the courts below do cause it to merit a place in the precedent books. The reasons for placing it there turn on the numerous examples it affords of how litigation should [...]

He lost .05 BAC in just two hours!

By 9 December 2010

This in from the AFP:
An 18-year-old Latham man will face court this morning (Thursday December 9) charged with two counts of drink driving and one count of driving while licence suspended, after police stopped him twice in two hours in the early hours of this morning.
Around 3am members of Belconnen Patrol conducted a traffic stop [...]

Monaro highway smash

By 9 December 2010

This in from the AFP:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a serious collision on the Monaro Highway, Pialligo, this afternoon (Wednesday, December 8) in which a 23-year-old male driver suffered critical injuries.
ACTPOL’s Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team is investigating the incident which occurred around 2.08pm.
Police believe the injured man had been driving a white [...]

Thuggees run wild

By 7 December 2010

This in from the AFP:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to three separate south-side incidents that police believe are related and which occurred overnight.
Around 11pm last night (Monday December 6), two brothers, aged 21 and 20 respectively, were at the Weston Creek skate park when they were approached by five males. The males drove into the [...]

Drink driver with 13 previous!

By 7 December 2010

A 52-year-old Gowrie man has been caught for the 9th time over the limit in the ACT. He also has five previous drink drive convictions in NSW.

Bimberi review kicks off

By 7 December 2010

Joy Burch has announced a review for the troubled Bimberi youth detention centre, which has been in operation now for two years.
Ms Burch said the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services had engaged
the services of Daniel O’Neil, Director of Youth Services with Richmond Fellowship, to work
with both the staff and the young people during [...]

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