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Police now more powerful

By 25 June 2010

The ABC informs us that Canberra’s magnificent boys in blue are the recipients of new powers from the Legislative Assembly:
The ACT Legislative Assembly has passed new laws boosting surveillance powers for police and making it easier to prosecute people who participate in a group planning to commit a serious crime.
The surveillance changes will let [...]

No naming and shaming in new drink drive laws

By 24 June 2010

The ABC informs us that new drink driving laws have been tabled in the Legislative Assembly by Chief Minister Stanhope:
The measures include a zero blood alcohol limit for learner and probationary drivers and limited access to restricted licences.
No public naming process however, apparently there are privacy concerns.
Apparently drink driving is not acceptable to the Chief [...]

Police Wrap – 24 June 2010

By 24 June 2010

1. First school fire of the season:
ACT Policing Criminal Investigations have arrested two juvenile males, one aged 13 and the other 15, for the Lanyon High School fire which occurred on 22 April this year.
ACT Policing Criminal Investigations team commenced an investigation into the Lanyon High School fire after it was deemed suspicious [...]

How’d this tonne of tobacco get in my Lebanese bathroom products?

By 23 June 2010

The ABC has an intriguing bit of court reporting on the travails of Canberra’s Sam AlHassan who had the misfortune to discover 147 boxes of Iranian tobacco in his container of “bathroom and building products shipped from Lebanon”.
The jury was played a recording of the search in which the chief investigator is heard asking [...]

Police Wrap – 22 June 2010

By 22 June 2010

1. Fatal in Isaacs:
ACT Policing Collision, Investigation and Reconstruction Team (CIRT) are investigating a collision between a car and a motorbike that resulted in the death of the motorcyclist in Isaacs on Saturday night June 19, 2010.
Police were called to the intersection of Yamba Drive and Julia Flynn Avenue, Isaacs around 8.30pm on Saturday [...]

Penfold and Refshauge – Absurdism takes over the courtroom

By 19 June 2010

According to Wikipedia:
Absurdism is a philosophy stating that the efforts of humans to find inherent meaning in the universe will ultimately fail (and hence are absurd), because no such meaning exists, at least in relation to an individual.
And in dealing with that theme, the ACT Supreme Court has published Rebecca Massey’s Third Bail [...]

Police Wrap – 18 June 2010

By 18 June 2010

1. Kids being stupid with phones:
ACT Policing is investigating an incident in which the naked image of a female Canberra teenager sent to a friend via a mobile phone was posted on the internet.
The image constitutes child exploitation material and was allegedly viewed by a number of people online. Police are now investigating how [...]

Craig Donellan gets 22 months

By 18 June 2010

The ABC brings the word that the kambah man who drove his car into Senior Constable Brian McAlonan has been sentenced to 22 months in prison:
A 22-year-old Canberra man who hit a police officer at a random breath testing unit then drove off will spend at least the next year in jail.
Craig Donellan of [...]

A real pucker moment for the suspected Hughes shooter

By 18 June 2010

[First filed: Jun 17, 2010 @ 16:42]

ACT Policing are calling for anyone who knows people associated with the above car to get in touch with them as part of the investigation into the Hughes shooting:
Police are appealing for the public’s assistance in their ongoing investigation into the shooting death of a 28-year-old man in [...]

Holden Gemini Police Car

By 18 June 2010

Has anybody else seen the Holden Gemini (maybe a TE model?) around Belconnen that is painted up as a cop car? My brother said that it used to be Constable Kenny Koala’s transport, but I have no idea if that’s true.
I’ve only got close enough once to read the badge painted on the side once [...]

Police Wrap – 17 June 2010

By 17 June 2010

1. Dude! Where’s my backhoe?

ACT Policing is investigating the theft of a backhoe from the Transport Industries Skill Centre (TISC), Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) site on Sutton Road, Piallago, ACT.
The site was broken into between 3:30pm on Tuesday 15 June and 7am on Wednesday 16 June. Keys to the backhoe were stolen [...]

Dixon Advisory Culture

By 17 June 2010

[First filed: Jun 16, 2010 @ 8:59]
For those investors with Dixon Advisory who thought that Phillip Bailey was no longer a part of the company, hear this, hear this. A secret letter marked ‘Private & Confidential’ was sent to all their clients yesterday that read in part:
“At Dixons, we are pleased to stand behind Phillip [...]

Home Security In Canberra

By 16 June 2010

As a recent burglary victim, I’m looking at ways to make my home more secure.  Fortunately the theives didn’t get much, but I feel quite vulnerable in my home at the moment.
I’m asking the Canberra community for advice on installing security systems and who would be a good, trustworthy company to go with.  AAMI didn’t [...]

Law Society and Bar Association team up to say no to the virtual court

By 16 June 2010

The Law Society and Bar Association are taking the unusual step of jointly rejecting Simon Corbell’s novel idea to form a “‘virtual’ district court”:
The legal eagles are quite clear on how they feel about the process, closing thusly:
“The Government’s proposal to establish an ACT District Court was not submitted to the Supreme Court Working Group [...]

Do we really want to know the grubby details of teen sex?

By 16 June 2010

The Canberra Times has a highly descriptive story of a former Scout on trial for his alleged sexual engagements with 13-15 year old girls (also involved with scouting) when he was 17-18.
I’ll leave it to the judge to decide just how serious this is.
But as a reader is this the level of detail you [...]

Police Wrap – 15 June 2010

By 15 June 2010

1. Red Rooster Rolled:
ACT Policing is appealing for witnesses to assist its investigation of an armed robbery outside the Red Rooster store in Rylah Crescent, Wanniassa, last night (Monday, June 14).
Two male offenders, both armed with knives and with their faces covered with bandannas or scarves, approached the assistant manager outside the store around 10.40pm, [...]

When ignorance of the law isn’t even an excuse

By 13 June 2010

There have been, if my memory serves me correctly, a few posts and debates on RA before about public holiday surcharges in restaurants. There are the for and against sides to the debate to be sure but the bald-faced arrogance in a statement by Canberra’s Tosolini’s quoted in this SMH article expressly stating their deliberate [...]

Phillip Edwin Bailey still trying his luck

By 11 June 2010

Credit must go to the Canberra Times’ Jenna Hand for a truly entertaining court report.
Cook’s Phillip Bailey was trying to get off the Tuggeranong Parkway on 8 April when, possibly because he was carrying a blood alcohol level of .341, he missed the Lady Denman Drive turnoff:
According to a police statement of facts, the 33-year-old [...]

Police Wrap – 11 June 2010

By 11 June 2010

1. Mad Bomber in Fyshwick:
Officers from ACT Policing’s Criminal Investigations and Bomb Response teams are investigating an attempted robbery from an ATM which occurred at the front of the NAB on Wollongong Street in Fyshwick this morning (June 11).
Around 2:57am, police were called to the bank following the activation of the premises’ alarm. [...]

Police Wrap – 10 June 2010

By 10 June 2010

[First filed: Jun 10, 2010 @ 11:27]
1. Caltex Braddon rolled again:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an armed robbery at the Caltex service station in Braddon which occurred around 3:10am this morning (Thursday 10 June).
Two males entered the service station, jumped over the counter and assaulted the male store attendant. The offenders also [...]

Rebecca Massey breaches bail, gets more bail, living in Ngunnawal

By 10 June 2010

The Canberra Times informs us that alleged knife murderer Rebecca Massey has breached her bail by having ex-boyfriend and alleged evidence concealer Michael Marshall around to her Ngunnawal govvie. But hey, bail conditions in the ACT are really just suggestions.
It’s been nearly two years since Elizabeth Booshand was stabbed to death at Charnwood shops in [...]

Are the police in Canberra accountable?

By 10 June 2010

It is my understanding that ACT Policing does not record a complaint unless they intend to actually do something about it.
Is there anyone out there who can either confirm or refute that please?

It’s the knife through the heart that will do it

By 9 June 2010

[First filed: Jun 8, 2010 @ 13:55]
The September 2008 Kingston murder of Cameron Anderson has come to court.
It caused a stir at the time as Cameron’s hacked up body was found on the play equipment of a Telopea Park child care centre.
The young woman who left Filthy McFadden’s with Cameron earlier on the fateful night [...]

Police Wrap – 8 June 2010

By 8 June 2010

1. The Great Holt Car BBQ:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an incident where three vehicles were set alight which were parked outside a residence in Holt early this morning (Tuesday June 8).
About 1:28am, police were called to the incident in Spofforth Street. ACT Fire Brigade attended a short time later and extinguished [...]

If you’re making death threats don’t go digging a hole

By 8 June 2010

The ABC’s got a story on a 37 year old unemployed Dickson man fronting the Magistrates court after losing his cool:
Police say when the accused’s father warned his son that he may lose custody, he said he would bury his brother and daughter.
They told the court they discovered a hole in the accused’s backyard [...]

Police Wrap – 7 June 2010

By 7 June 2010

1. I wonder what part of Reid he lives?
A 21-year-old Reid man will face the ACT Magistrates Court today (Monday, June 7) on six traffic charges and a breach of bail after he was apprehended by police driving in the inner Canberra area around noon yesterday.
Police activated warning lights and siren and attempted a traffic [...]

Police Wrap – 6 June 2010

By 6 June 2010

1. Thuggies out on a spree:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an incident that occurred on Hindmarsh Drive, Phillip about 12.25am this morning (Sunday 6 June).
A member of the public was harassed by the occupants of a 2009 grey Mitsubishi Lancer sedan that had been stolen the previous day from the victim of one [...]

Maurizio Rao on cocaine charges

By 6 June 2010

The Sydney Morning Herald brings word that the manager of the gay themed Cube nightclub, Maurizio Rao, (of Cube Stabbing infamy circa 2006, although he was eventually found not guilty) has been charged with conspiring to supply an indictable quantity of cocaine.
Maurizio Rao was charged by Kings Cross drug squad detectives who met him and [...]

Police incident on Streeton drive, Weston Creek?

By 6 June 2010

Just opposite the netball courts looks like some intense police activity, including CSI and police taped-off area.
So I’m assuming some recent activity?

Police Wrap – 4 June 2010

By 4 June 2010

1. RAPID Results:
Eight unregistered cars, two unlicensed drivers and three suspended drivers were among those detected by ACT Policing’s RAPID automated number plate recognition system during a two-hour operation in Belconnen this morning.
ACTP Traffic Operations conducted the RAPID (Recognition and Analysis of Plates IDentified) operation in cooperation with the ACT Roads and Traffic Authority [...]

Assaults in Civic

By 3 June 2010

There seems to be a spate of assaults happening in Civic on weekends at the moment.
I know of at least three guys being king hit from behind last weekend.
It seems the coppers haven’t even had time to log them all in ‘the system’. [Ed- or at least put out a media release]
I am [...]

Police Wrap – 3 June 2010

By 3 June 2010

1. Higgins Fatality Named:
ACT Policing has released the name of the driver killed in the single-vehicle accident near the Southern Cross Drive and Kingsford Smith Drive intersection in Higgins on Saturday May 29.
The deceased is Andrew Peter Mitchell, aged 35 years, of Evatt.
A report on the incident is being prepared for the ACT Coroner.

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