Tag Archives: Murder

Lyneham death now a homicide investigation

By 1 January, 2014

ACT Policing has released an image of homicide victim Nicholas Sofer-Schreiber.
About 3.30pm on Saturday (December 28), police were called to a check-welfare at Mr Sofer-Schreiber’s residence in Hall Street, Lyneham.
Friends of Mr Sofer-Schreiber gained entry after seeing him on the floor, ACT Ambulance Service attended and police arrived a short time later.
The 27-year-old was found [...]

Taylor Lewis Schmidt gets 20 years for the Northbourne murder

By 9 December, 2013

The ABC brings word that Taylor Schmidt, 22, will not be eligible for parole for the next 12 years for his role in the murder on Northbourne Avenue of Liang Zhao.
The 27-year-old victim was beaten to death with a baseball bat and a machete, and robbed of his mobile phone and $21.
Mr Zhao had [...]

Corey Martin eligible for parole in 2029 for killing Andre Le Dinh

By 16 October, 2013

The ABC reports that the people’s hero Justice Neild has sent the murderous Corey Martin to the pokey for a long long time:
Martin admitted going to Le Dinh’s apartment where he said Mr Le Dinh started the fight when he asked for drugs on credit.
But Martin told the court he had only acted in [...]

Justice Refshauge cocks up sentencing Liang Zhao sentence

By 15 October, 2013

The ABC has the depressing news that the sentence of the un-named teenage killer of Liang Zhao on Northbourne Avenue has been further reduced:
Last week in the ACT Supreme Court, Justice Richard Refshauge sentenced the 19-year-old offender to 17 years in jail.
But because he was a juvenile at the time of the murder he was [...]

Northbourne murderer gets 10 years

By 8 October, 2013

The ABC has the news on the sentencing of a man who can’t be named because he was a juvenille when he brutally murdered Liang Zhao on Northbourne Avenue in 2011:
Today in the ACT Supreme Court, Acting Chief Justice Richard Refshauge sentenced the 19-year-old to 17 years jail.
But under ACT law he will be [...]

Gallagher and Corbell say it’s ok to use deadly force in self defence

By 5 August, 2013

I came across a recent judgement by Justice Refshauge in a case where the accused,Joseph Shelvin was on trial for recklessly inflicting grievous bodily harm and assault occasioning actual bodily harm on Wayne Maloney. Shelvin was acquitted on the basis that the Crown had not disproved self-defence beyond reasonable doubt.
The incident occurred on 24 [...]

Half a million dollars if you crack the Grosvenor case

By 9 March, 2013

ACT Policing is again reaching out to the Canberra community for information regarding the murder of Kathryn Gorsvenor 11 years ago today.
Detective Senior Constable Sarah Casey still holds the hope that the half-million dollar reward posted in September 2012 may provide a powerful incentive for potential witnesses to come forward.
“In March last year a witness [...]

Adam Bowhay back behind bars

By 28 February, 2013

Word is coming in that murderer on the run escaped from Cooma Adam Bowhay is back in custody.

UPDATE: NSW Police Media have a report:
Police in the Snowy Region have recaptured a convicted murderer who escaped while on work release from Cooma Correctional Centre earlier this week.
Adam Bowhay, 34, was spotted by a member of the [...]

Murderer on the run. Avoid staring bald men with neck tats

By 26 February, 2013

Police have launched a search for a prisoner who absconded while on a work release program in the state’s south this afternoon.
Cooma Correctional Centre inmate Adam Bowhay, 34, was with two other inmates at Snowy Oval in Cooma as part of a local work release program early this afternoon (Tuesday 26 February).
He fled the [...]

Kai Yuen pleads guilty to the Hughes shooting

By 18 February, 2013

The ABC has word that the trial for the murder of Brendan Scott Walsh in 2010 has come to a speedier than expected conclusion:
The man accused of murdering Brendan Scott Walsh in Canberra’s south two years ago has pleaded guilty just a week out from his trial.
Mr Welsh was shot in the chest [...]

Eastman losing lawyers

By 15 February, 2013

Lordy be it’s like the early 90s again.
The ABC is once again letting us know about turmoil in David Eastman’s legal team:
Today it has been revealed the ACT’s Director of Public Prosecutions has challenged the appearance of three key legal representatives.
Lawyer Terry O’Donnell is to stand aside because he may be called as a [...]

Still time to get the reward for the Winburn murder (and just do the right thing)

By 11 January, 2013

ACT Policing Homicide detectives are appealing to Canberrans for information about the unsolved murder of Susan Winburn which occurred between January 12-13, 2004.
If information provided leads to an arrest and successful prosecution of Susan’s killer, it could result in the payment of a $500 000 reward.
Susan was 45 years old when her sister found her [...]

Hunting Irma’s killer

By 6 November, 2012

Today (Tuesday, November 6) marks 13 years since grandmother, Irma Palasics, was brutally murdered at her home in McKellar.
ACT Policing Criminal Investigations Detectives from the Homicide team were outside the Woden Plaza this morning speaking with members of the public, in the hope someone can assist in identifying the teenagers present at an attempted aggravated [...]

Was Steven Hillier Guilty of murder?

By 16 September, 2012

Recently the name Steven Hillier came up in conversation which prompted me look into the case in order to understand the reasoning as to why he was acquitted of the murder of Ana Louise Hardwick and whether it was justified. The only sources reasonably available to me were the following judgements and I therefore offer [...]

$2 million to hunt the cold case murders

By 7 September, 2012

Simon Corbell has announced a big new push to crack outstanding murder cases in Canberra:
Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, has today announced the ACT Government would provide $2 million in rewards to help ACT Policing secure a conviction in four of Canberra’s unsolved murder cases.
The four unsolved murder cases will now each [...]

Police linking 2010 robbery to a 1999 murder

By 29 August, 2012

ACT Policing has uncovered important new information which indicates a possible link between two Canberra crime scenes, some 12 years apart, which may assist in solving the 1999 murder of McKellar woman Irma Palasics.
While the two crimes appear unrelated, police are releasing CCTV footage of an aggravated burglary which occurred in Phillip around 1.50am on [...]

Another Eastman inquiry

By 10 August, 2012

The ABC has the exciting news that Canberra is going to have another inquiry into the murder conviction of David Harold Eastman:
Eastman is serving a life sentence for the murder of Australian Federal Police assistant commissioner Colin Winchester after a jury found him guilty in 1995.
Mr Winchester was shot dead near his home in [...]

Murder/manslaughter and self-defence in the ACT

By 21 June, 2012

As some of you may be aware there was until recently a significant period in the ACT where those who had been charged with murder/manslaughter were not being convicted.The ACT Chief Justice Terrence Higgins was the trial judge in three such cases in recent years and all were acquitted on the basis of self-defence [...]

Alleged murderess amongst us

By 24 May, 2012

A 35-year-old woman has been taken into custody this afternoon following the murder of a 30-year-old man in Southport Queensland on 30 April 2012.
Queensland Police made a formal request for assistance from ACT Policing Criminal Investigations after recent information indicated that the 35-year-old woman was residing in the ACT.
Detectives located the woman at an address [...]

Death in Yarralumla

By 3 April, 2012

ACT Policing Criminal Investigation detectives are investigating the death of a 75-year-old woman at a house in Yarralumla.
Police were called to the scene by ACT Ambulance at around 9pm this evening (Monday, 2 April).
Police are treating the death as suspicious.
Investigations to determine the cause of her death are underway by detectives and AFP Forensic Services [...]

Hawker man charged with Macgregor murder

By 30 March, 2012

A 28-year-old Hawker man has been charged with the murder of a 30-year-old woman in Macgregor.
Police attended the woman’s home yesterday afternoon (Wednesday, March 28) after her body was discovered by a relative.
Criminal Investigations detectives charged the man at the ACT Watch House this evening (Thursday, March 29).
He will face the ACT Magistrates [...]

In 2002 did you see two blokes nicking a body ballasting hunk of concrete?

By 26 March, 2012

ACT Policing is seeking assistance in identifying the men that may be able to assist police in solving the murder of Kathryn Grosvenor in March 2002.
In late February or early March 2002 a witness was driving towards the roundabout at the intersection of Mirrabei Drive, Gundaroo Drive and Anthony Rolfe Avenue Gungahlin where they saw [...]

Still searching for Kathryn Grosvenor’s killer

By 9 March, 2012

Police and family have renewed their appeal for anyone who holds information about the murder of Kathryn Grosvenor ten years after her body was found in Lake Burley Griffin.
Today (March 9, 2012) marks 10 years since the body of Kathryn Grosvenor was found in Yarralumla Bay, 200m east of Attunga Point in Lake Burley Griffin. [...]

Murder at the Jindalee Aged Care Residence

By 25 January, 2012

A post-mortem on the 94-year-old man from the Jindalee Aged Care Residence has confirmed the death was not consistent with natural causes.
He appeared to have suffered facial injuries. Further pathology tests will be undertaken to determine the exact cause of death.
ACT Policing continue to investigate the suspicious death of the man.
[Courtesy ACT Policing]

Did you know this girl?

By 2 December, 2011

Homicide Squad detectives investigating the discovery of skeletal remains at Belanglo State Forest last year have released an image depicting the deceased, believed to be a teenage girl or young woman.
The image is the result of a ‘facial approximation’ that was completed based on an extensive examination of the female’s skull.
A group of trail bike [...]

Jack Waterford edges out Barack Obama to win the Mully Cup for November 2011

By 1 December, 2011

In a hard fought engagement Jack Waterford’s necromancy in raising the spectre of Colin Winchester has won him the Mully Cup, edging out Barack Obama.
The Mully Cup is awarded to the persons who excite the most public comment in Canberra for a calendar month.
Previous winners include former Chief Minister Jon Stanhope, radio presenter Mark [...]

Taylor Lewis Schmidt pleads not guilty to Braddon Murder

By 9 August, 2011

The ABC reports that one Taylor Lewis Schmidt, 20, has plead not guilty to the murder of Liang Zhao.
Taylor is accused of wielding the baseball bat in the alleged robbery and murder.

Second suspect arrested in Queanbeyan in Braddon death case

By 8 August, 2011

The Chief Police Officer has just tweeted thusly:
2nd suspect in Braddon murder arrested in Queanbeyan – 20 yr man pulled knife after police spotted him on street but eventually surrendered.
UPDATE: This statement from ACT Policing:
A second man has been arrested in relation to the murder and aggravated robbery of a 27-year-old man in Braddon [...]

Liang Zhao named as Braddon murder victim.

By 8 August, 2011

The Canberra Times reports that the alleged killer in Braddon last week has fronted court, but cannot be named.
The killer allegedly stole $21 and a mobile phone from 27 year old Liang Zhao.
The matter is back in court in October, the accused has not applied for bail.

The blue boots handed in.

By 17 July, 2011

The electric blue boots which may be linked to the murder of Canberra woman Kathryn Grosvenor have been handed in to Police in Wagga Wagga at the weekend.
The boots — found in the Peter Street St. Vincent de Paul store — are similar to those worn by Kathryn Grosvenor, then 23, and last seen at [...]

The blue platform boots of murder. A break in the Kathryn Grosvenor killing.

By 15 July, 2011

ACT Policing is urging the woman who bought a pair of electric blue boots from a St Vincent de Paul store in Wagga Wagga to contact police immediately.
On Monday July 11, two women went to the Peter Street St Vincent de Paul store and purchased the platform boots. The shoes are thought to be connected [...]

Judge only serious trials consigned to the dustbin of history

By 24 June, 2011

Simon Corbell has announced the passage of his bill to restore the role of juries in judging guilt or innocence for serious crimes.
“I am pleased that a majority of the Assembly has decided to support this important ACT Government reform to judge-alone trials in the ACT,” Mr Corbell said.
“Jury trials are an integral part of [...]

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