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Police Wrap – 29 September

By johnboy 29 September 2008 32

1. There was a death on the roads of Forrest over the weekend:

    ACT Policing is currently investigating a fatal collision that occurred today (28 September) in Forrest.

    At approximately 7.40pm an 87 year old woman was struck by a car at the intersection of Canberra Avenue and National Circuit.

    The woman was conveyed to Canberra hospital by ACT Ambulance in a critical condition, however died a short time later.

2. There’s also a headline up but with the link giving a 404 which I’m extremely intrigued by: “Vessel comes under star picket attack”. Feel free to indulge in speculation on this until the media release finally arrives online.

It’s here now, and just as exciting as we’d hoped for:

    ACT Policing is investigating a dangerous incident involving a vessel which occurred on Lake Burley Griffin over the weekend.

    About 9:45am on Saturday (September 27) the paddle steamer the PS Enterprise was heading on an easterly course under Commonwealth Avenue Bridge when a male threw a star picket at the boat from the northbound footpath of the bridge. There were six people onboard the vessel at the time.

    The star picket was thrown in a spear-like fashion and punched a hole in the timber wheelhouse of the vessel. No one was injured during the incident.

    Water police arrived alongside the PS Enterprise within minutes of the offence and after an extensive search of the area there was no further sighting of the offender.

    The male offender is described as 40 to 50 years of age, with a stocky build, short brown hair, and was wearing dark clothing.

3. It’s also National Police Remembrance Day. Simon Corbell has laid a wreathe.


Anyone who can help the police can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report via the Crime Stoppers website on www.act.crimestoppers.com.au.


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peterh 1:40 pm 30 Sep 08

the problem that we have is that this person chose to fling a star picket at a boat with people on it.

what happens when they drop a large rock or another star picket off a pedestrian bridge into traffic?

as for their mental status, there are “normal” people who do dumb things every day. whoever he is, I hope that he is caught doing something else moronic, without causing injury to others.

johnboy 1:20 pm 30 Sep 08

Points well made folks but perhaps enough beating up the new kid for now?

tylersmayhem 1:16 pm 30 Sep 08

Maybe Emlyn has some kind of weird racial disconnect, where if she see’s a description such as “wearing dark clothing”, she immediately assumes “dark clothing” must have actually been dark skin, therefore they must have been aboriginal, and therefore from the tent embassy?

Methinks the deep seated problem that Emlyn has is the Tent Embassy itself and will find whatever possible reason to link negative occurrences to it. Next thing we’ll be reading is poor old Emlyn riding her bike over Commonwealth Ave bridge and get swooped by a magpie, which then headed off in the direction of the tent embassy. Then we’ll read about her rantings of the maggie being specially trained by the tent embassy community to go after “white people”.

caf 1:05 pm 30 Sep 08

Jervis Bay Territory has been a seperately administered Federal Territory since we got self-government.

PBO 12:42 pm 30 Sep 08

Emlyn Ward said :

This incident is yet more evidence that the “care in the community” mob have got it all wrong.

Loonies should be locked up in nice comfortable funny-farms where they can chill out, not get themselves too upset and not upset the general public with random acts of violence.

And police should be keeping a *much* closer eye on that encampment of vagrants in front of Old Parliament House.

I thought that the encampment was an “Embassy”. geez Emlyn Ward, next you will be making a “Spear chucker” comment about our native brethren. I work next to these guys and they are not really any trouble. You are missing the point of this post, A man threw a star picket at a boat and at no time was the word Aboriginal mentioned. This is not a Stormfront recruiting post.

Aurelius 6:53 am 30 Sep 08

Emlyn,
And you’ve made the leap to that from what evidence exactly?
You know nothing about this spear-thrower, and all of a sudden, the policy of deinstitutionalisation is responsible? You should thank such policies. You’re obviously a beneficiary.

Emlyn Ward 6:13 am 30 Sep 08

This incident is yet more evidence that the “care in the community” mob have got it all wrong.

Loonies should be locked up in nice comfortable funny-farms where they can chill out, not get themselves too upset and not upset the general public with random acts of violence.

And police should be keeping a *much* closer eye on that encampment of vagrants in front of Old Parliament House.

seekay 3:06 pm 29 Sep 08

Jervis Bay is Canberra’s port. OK, so it never has been in reality – but in the brains of some pen-pushing public service types it must still be and public service logic dictates that a naval vessel there could well protect civilian shipping on LBG from piracy.

peterh 3:03 pm 29 Sep 08

johnboy said :

Only to the extent of dis-enfranchising the wreck bay aboriginal community.

or somewhere to flee prior to extradition into NSW??

johnboy 3:02 pm 29 Sep 08

Only to the extent of dis-enfranchising the wreck bay aboriginal community.

peterh 3:00 pm 29 Sep 08

isn’t the base at jervis bay still part of the ACT?

Aurelius 3:00 pm 29 Sep 08

Where do you find a star picket in the middle of Commonwealth Avenue bridge anyway?

Lilli 2:54 pm 29 Sep 08

Further info RE: the star picket incident from the oh-so-credible news.com.au:

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,24418772-29277,00.html

PBO 2:42 pm 29 Sep 08

“Sea robbery is a term used to describe attacks upon commercial vessels in ports and territorial waters. Such attacks are, according to international law, not true acts of piracy but rather armed robberies. They are criminal assaults on vessels and vessel crews, just as may occur to truck drivers within a port area. Such attacks pose a serious threat to trade. The methods of these attacks have varied from direct force using heavy weapons to subterfuge in which the criminals have identified themselves on VHF radio as the national coast guard.

These maritime criminals are inclined to operate in waters where government presence is weak, often lacking in both technical resources and the political will to deal effectively with such attacks. International law permits any warship or government vessel to repress an attack in international waters. In a state’s territorial waters, such attacks constitute an act of armed robbery and must be dealt with under the laws of the relevant coastal state.”

Now we just have to get HMAS whatever is closest to come and patrol our territorial waters. This technically counts as a missile attack within ACT borders. The range of offences that a judge could this person with is quite large. However a slap with a limp piece of asparagus seems most likely as the offender probably come from a broken home where his parents did not love him enought causing his drug problem (which is really societies fault anyway) which in turn drove him onto the street so he had to experience the harsh reality that is the Canberra causing him to snap and take a star picket to the bridge and try to slay the white whale of LBG.

Thumper 2:24 pm 29 Sep 08

What a fckuing loser.

Man, I hope this star picket nutter gets caught soon and our magistrates whip him with limp asparagus, which is probably a harsh penalty in their books.

…or at least shout back “Ha! Missed me, bitch!”

p1 2:15 pm 29 Sep 08

Why didn’t the paddle steamer return fire? Surely they carry some sort of cannon?

Madman 1:56 pm 29 Sep 08

neanderthalsis said :

If he had thrown it at a passing car, there is a very good chance he would have killed someone.

If he had thrown a starpicket ANYWHERE in a public place there is a chance he would have killed someone too… No matter where he threw it.

neanderthalsis 1:49 pm 29 Sep 08

There was a large crowd meandering across Commonwealth Ave on Sunday at noon, I presume numbers were the same on Sat. He would have been seen and one would hope that a man carrying a star picket across a bridge and throwing it at a boat is the sort of thing that sticks in the mind of the flower show going public (mostly Little Old Ladies in straw hats and disgruntled husbands).

If he had thrown it at a passing car, there is a very good chance he would have killed someone.

aronde 1:41 pm 29 Sep 08

Surely someone saw a bloke carrying a picket along the bridge on a Saturday morning! With Floriade on there would have been a lot of people around. Hopefuly some publicity here or in the more traditional media will result in the quick arrest of this nutter.

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