Coroner slams Victoria Police over drunk man left to die in rain

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Check out these coppers, life is sooo funny, hahaha I’m a copper I would treat my dad the same NOT. Bloody disgrace the way they treated this unwell human being in need of medical care…Such heroes make us so bloody NOT PROUD

CCTV released of dying man Gong Ling Tang outside Dandenong police station

Tue 26 Nov 2013, 12:44pm

The Victorian Coroners Court has decided to release police surveillance vision of a drunk man who died after being left by officers outside Dandenong Police Station.

The footage shows Gong Ling Tang, 53, unable to walk as officers lead him outside in May 2010.

The police involved tried to prevent the footage from being released, but the coroner ruled it was in the public’s interest.

Tang’s family has been desperately fighting to have the footage released to show how his dignity was never respected.

Mandarin interpreter Yu Lipski was working at the Dandenong police station the night Tang died.

It was her phone call to Fairfax Radio two weeks later which blew the whistle on the police and triggered a coronial inquiry.

Ms Lipski says she has always had enormous respect for police but she says that night their behaviour was atrocious.

Jane Dickson, president of Liberty Victoria, praised Ms Lipski for her efforts to protect Tang and report the incident at her workplace.

“She has my greatest admiration, I think it must have been extraordinarily difficult to have acted so courageously,” she said.

“Both in the way in which she sought to protect the unfortunate deceased man [and] to then to reveal the circumstances in which she was required to act as an actual interpreter to bring them [the police officers] forward publicly.

“That’s whistle-blowing in its truest sense.” 

Tang ‘crawled like a dog with blood in his mouth’

Earlier in the day on May 12, 2010, Tang’s wife called police to report her husband was at the house drunk and in breach of an apprehended violence order.

He was arrested and sent to the lock up at Dandenong Police Station to dry out.

The police did not know Tang was suffering from cirrhosis of the liver and was bleeding internally. As the night wore on his organs began to shut down. He was in agony.

Ms Lipski saw him rolling on the floor of the cell which was stained by blood and urine. She knew he was in trouble.

She says Tang said he needed a shower and that he needed to go to the hospital, but the police did nothing.

Tang was eventually released and was seen crawling out of his cell on his hands and knees, unable to walk.

Ms Lipski said he was subjected to ridicule by the police all night. 

“The officer yelled at him, ‘get out and get up, I saw him crawling out of that cell door like a dog with blood in his mouth,” Ms Lipski said.

“He couldn’t move, he was trying to make some sound, he was disoriented, you could tell he was in pain.

“I could see a human suffering right in front of my eyes. I felt very sad.” 

Tang was then dragged out of the station by two female police and left by a roller door in a garage. Clutching his stomach, Tang repeatedly pressed an intercom button.

After several minutes two officers returned. One grabbed him by the scruff of the neck and pushed him outside into the rain.

Ms Lipski retrieved an umbrella for Tang as he lay dying in the rain. She also fetched water for him to drink while the police looked on.

Eventually an ambulance arrived to collect Tang at 9:00pm but by then he was in multiple organ failure.

Taken to intensive care, he died at Dandenong Hospital at 11:30 the next morning.

We let him down, we let his family down: police commissioner

The coronial inquest was told Tang died from advance chronic liver disease and gastro-intestinal bleeding. Contributing factors included hypothermia, bordering on severe.

Five police officers, all women, dealt with Tang that night and declined to give evidence.

One officer cited mental distress while another said she risked being prosecuted for manslaughter.

Asked if Tang was treated humanely, the Sergeant in Charge Megan Whitehead said: “I thought he was treated the same way as anyone we get in here”.

Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Tim Cartwright apologised to Tang’s family. 

“We fell well short of the standards expected in terms of both the care we showed and the respect and dignity we provided,” he said.

“We missed many opportunities to get medical assistance for Mr Tang. 

“I find his treatment deeply distressing, we should have done better for Ling Tang. 

“We let him down, we let his family down and we let the community down.”

Ms Dixon says what happened to Tang could still happen again.

“Liberty Victoria’s not confident that these sorts of events won’t happen again,” she said. “Police are being expected to act as jailers.

“The numbers of people in custody has increased so dramatically in recent times. It’s very difficult to be confident that there won’t be further cases of dehumanising treatment.”

Coroner Iain West has reserved his decision.


Court shown footage of drunk man who died after being left outside police station

Mon 18 Nov 2013, 12:04pm

Victoria’s Coroners Court has been shown police surveillance vision of a drunk man who died after being left outside the Dandenong police station.

The footage shows Gong Ling Tang, 53, staggering and unable to walk as officers lead him to a roller door on the night of May 12, 2010.

Intoxicated and disoriented, Mr Tang then stumbles about the exit, but does not leave, and instead repeatedly presses an intercom button.

After several minutes, the two officers return to push him outside at about 8pm.

Another camera shows him lying in the rain outside the roller door, apparently clutching his stomach.

Two police officers and a Chinese interpreter come to check on him and an ambulance is called for at 8.13pm.

The inquest into his death has previously heard that Mr Tang had earlier complained of abdominal pain and asked to go to hospital.

An ambulance arrived shortly before 9pm after police made a second call for help.

Mr Tang died at the Dandenong Hospital of a gastrointestinal haemorrhage the following day.

He had been arrested earlier in the night for breaching an intervention order by visiting his wife at her home in Oakleigh in Melbourne’s south-east.

Mr Tang was drunk and had soiled himself.

The inquest continues.


Police criticised for treating man who died shortly after leaving Dandenong drunk tank as a ‘joke’
Last moments in police custody

A CORONER has slammed the conduct of police who ignored repeated pleas for help from a man who collapsed and died soon after being released from the Dandenong drunk tank.

Ling Gong Tang, 53 crawled from the Dandenong police station in May 2010 before collapsing after spending four hours in the cells for being drunk in a public place.

Whilst in custody, Mr Tang, who suffered acute liver disease, made repeated requests for medical assistance and had solied himself – which some police considered “a bit of a joke”.

His release was captured on CCTV, with one witness telling the inquest she “saw him crawl on his hands and knees, like a dog”.

“The vision is extraordinary. No police offered or felt compelled to offer Mr Tang any assistance,” State Coroner Iain West said.

Deceased man Gong Ling Tang is seen crawling towards the cell door at Dandenong police st

Deceased man Gong Ling Tang is seen crawling towards the cell door at Dandenong police station.

After attempting to return to the police station Mr Tang was refused entry.

“He is eventually pushed out into the cold night, in bare feet and in a shocking state, with blood escaping from his mouth,” Mr West found.

When police called an ambulance, it took 40 minutes to arrive because Mr Tang’s condition was described as “non-urgent”.

When paramedics eventually arrived, they found Mr Tang sopping wet because he had been lying unprotected in the rain.

Gong Ling Tang allegedly pleaded with police to be taken to hospital after being arrested

Gong Ling Tang allegedly pleaded with police to be taken to hospital after being arrested for being drunk in May 2010.

Although the coroner ruled Mr Tang died from acute liver disease, he found hypothermia played a contributing role.

“Mr Tang’s exposure to the elements outside the police station contributed to the development of that hypothermia,” Mr West said.

Each of the officers involved in Mr Tang’s care have denied responsibility.

“The five primary police officers who were involved in the care or who had contact with Mr Tang have expressed little or no responsibility for any of the decisions.’’

The 53-year-old died hours after being left outside the police station following his rele

The 53-year-old died hours after being left outside the police station following his release from custody.

The five members have already been subject of internal disciplinary proceedings.

One member has been sacked over Mr Tang’s death, another demoted and two others have been placed on good behaviour bonds and ordered to undertake “courageous conversation” courses.

Three were also disciplined with “renumeration impact”.

Mr West criticised the police’s own investigation, and recommended all internal interviews with members be recorded and observed by an independent, legally-trained person appointed by the Department of Justice.

Gong Ling Tang is seen lying on the road after he was left outside of Dandenong police st

Gong Ling Tang is seen lying on the road after he was left outside of Dandenong police station.

Chief Commissioner Ken Lay has already apologised to Mr Tang’s family, conceding police failed to treat him with dignity and respect.

In a further response to the ruling, Acting Commissioner Jack Blayney said it he had the deepest regret about what happened to Mr Tang, offering his condolences to his family.

He admitted that because of police treatement, Mr Tang was not afforded the dignity he deserved.

Mr Blayney said Victoria Police were considering the recommendations given by the Coroner.

Improvements had already been made to their police, Spt Balyney said, and police had a duty of care to those in custody.

He said he did not want to make it a gender issue, but acknowledged that those involved who had been disciplined were female officers.

“I don’t believe this is a gender issue,” Spt Blayney said.

He said he knew nothing of any payment to Mr Tang’s family.


 

Coroner releases CCTV video of Gong Ling Tang

November 22, 2013

 

 

 

GRAPHIC VISION WARNING: CCTV recording of Gong Ling Tang at Dandenong police station on the night of May 12, 2010. (NO AUDIO)

A coroner has released CCTV video taken inside and outside a police station of a man who died hours after being released from custody.

The video shows Gong Ling Tang crawling out of his cell after being freed and being led out of Dandenong police station, barefoot, by police before he is seen lying in a puddle of water.

Deputy state coroner Iain West said on Friday there was no compelling reason not to lift a suppression order on the video, recorded on May 12, 2010, because it was in the public interest and because Mr Tang’s death was effectively a death in custody.

Police witnesses Kate Griffiths, Megan Whitehead and Kay Price outside the Coroners Court during the Gong Ling Tang inquest.Police witnesses Kate Griffiths, Megan Whitehead and Kay Price outside the Coroners Court during the Gong Ling Tang inquest.

Mr Tang, 53, was arrested for public drunkenness and for a suspected breach of an intervention order. He spent four and a half hours in a police cell, during which he complained of abdominal pain and asked to be taken to hospital.

Mr West said the CCTV video was the best evidence of how Mr Tang was treated in custody and the public was entitled to see it.

He said the police treatment Mr Tang received before he died was one of the reasons an inquest was held. He said the video effectively spoke for the five police officers who were not compelled to give evidence at the inquest.

Gong Ling TangGong Ling Tang

Mr Tang’s family supported applications by media to have the video released. Genna Angelowitsch, a lawyer representing the family, welcomed the release of the footage.

“The family are grateful that the tragic final hours of their husband and father have been revealed,” Ms Angelowitsch said.

“The police who were there did not give evidence but the CCTV footage shows their actions.”

Mr Tang was found by paramedics lying in a puddle and with his clothes drenched. He died in hospital the next day from a gastrointestinal haemorrhage caused by liver disease, the inquest heard. He also had diabetes and was an alcoholic. Hypothermia was one of six factors that contributed to his death, the Coroners Court heard.

The CCTV video , which was played to the court during the inquest, shows Mr Tang lying on his back in a police cell and rolling from side to side. When he crawls out of the cell police watch from the corridor.

The video also shows the Chinese national struggling to stand while outside the station.

After the inquest, media, including Fairfax Media, applied for Mr West to raise a suppression order on the video in the public interest and to ensure the open administration of justice.

Mr West said it was appropriate after the inquest to release the video, as doing so would not have any bearing on the findings he would make.

Mr West accepted a submission from a barrister representing Victoria Police that Mr Tang’s dignity and reputation could be harmed if the video was made public.

He said the video showed Mr Tang in a dishevelled, intoxicated and unwell state and that he appeared extremely vulnerable. He said it was for these reasons the CCTV vision was such crucial evidence, because it showed the level of care police should have applied, but did not.

Mr West accepted the vision was confronting and possibly distressing, but rejected a submission from barristers representing some of the police officers at the station that day that the footage would inflame rather than inform the public.

He said he accepted media companies would act responsibly when publishing the footage, and dismissed concerns the footage would be sensationalised or shown out of context.

After he made his ruling, a barrister representing two of the police officers who dealt with Mr Tang applied to have the officers’ names suppressed because they were still serving officers and the “nature of the activity depicted” might “arouse strong emotions”.

But Mr West dismissed the application because the officers had already been named in media reports and photographed outside court.

During the inquest Victoria Police apologised to Mr Tang’s family and friends and admitted he did not receive the respect, dignity and protection he deserved.

Mr Tang’s nephew, Tommy Luong, said the family had welcomed the apology and were not waiting to hear what findings Mr West passed.

Mr Luong said Mr Tang’s wife and daughter were still distraught at his death and the way he was treated.

Ms Angelowitsch said the family was also grateful towards interpreter Yu Shu Lipski, who stayed with Mr Tang while an ambulance called and had given evidence during the inquest.

Ms Lipski said she was shocked and saddened by the way police treated Mr Tang, and had ridiculed him while in custody. She said one officer had laughed herself to tears when told Mr Tang had soiled himself.

Victoria Police also apologised to Ms Lipski for what she had witnessed.

Four officers – Megan Whitehead, Kaye Price, Kate Griffiths and Fiona Jones – were interviewed by police in relation to Mr Tang’s death, but were never disciplined. The Director of Public Prosecutions never pursued criminal charges.

Mr West said he would release his findings at a later date.

 

Ex Rugby league star Craig Field guilty of manslaughter of Kelvin Kane

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Big fall from grace for this ex league star, he was doing what most thugs do, but didn’t get away with it this time.

Craig Field guilty of manslaughter of Kelvin Kane outside Kingscliff Hotel in 2012

Tue 9 Dec 2014, 3:34pm

Former rugby league player Craig Field outside Lismore Court.

Photo: Craig Field has been found guilty of the manslaughter of Kelvin Kane. (ABC North Coast: Margaret Burin)

Former rugby league star Craig Field has been found not guilty of murder but guilty of the manslaughter of a man outside a hotel in northern New South Wales in 2012.

Field, 41, admitted to punching 50-year-old Kelvin Kane outside the Kingscliff Hotel but his defence team argued he did not deliver the blow which caused a fatal brain haemorrhage.

The former Rabbitohs, Manly and West Tigers half-back pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Kane.

Field told the court during his trial that he threw the punch because he feared he was about to be hit.

The defence and prosecution agreed the fatal blow connected with the left side of Mr Kane’s jaw, but there had been conflicting evidence about where the punch thrown by Field landed.

Field told the court his punch grazed Mr Kane’s right temple.

The court also heard another man, Shaun Fathers, could have thrown up to six blows towards the deceased.

But Mr Fathers told police during the investigation none of his punches connected with Mr Kane’s body.

The prosecution told the court medical evidence supported the proposition of a single punch being landed.

Field was refused bail and his sentence date will be set on Monday.


Craig Field trial: Third man’s punches crucial in murder case against former rugby league star, defence argues

Thu 4 Dec 2014, 3:16pm

The role of a third man involved in a scuffle outside a hotel on the New South Wales far north coast is emerging as a crucial factor in the murder trial of a former football star, defence lawyers say.

Craig Field, 41, has admitted to punching 50-year-old Kelvin Kane outside the Kingscliff Hotel in 2012 but his defence team has argued he did not deliver the blow which caused a fatal brain haemorrhage.

The former Rabbitohs, Manly and West Tigers halfback has pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Kane.

Field told the court he threw the punch because he feared he was about to be hit.

The defence and prosecution agreed the fatal blow connected with the left side of Mr Kane’s jaw but there had been conflicting evidence about where the punch thrown by Field landed.

Field has told the court his punch grazed Mr Kane’s right temple.

But today the jury heard a third man, Shaun Fathers, could have thrown up to six blows towards the deceased.

Earlier in the trial the prosecution quoted a police interview with Mr Fathers in which he admitted to throwing punches but denied any of them connected.

The prosecution told the court medical evidence supported the proposition of a single punch being landed.

No clear picture of incident, defence says

Defence barrister Tony Bellanto told the court there was divergence in the evidence about how Mr Kane fell, whether it was forward, sideways or crumbling.

He said the case was clouded in uncertainty and there was no clear picture of what happened.

Mr Bellanto likened the differing witness statements to magnets which had the effect of repelling each other.

For the second time in as many days he gestured towards his client while addressing the jury.

“This man is not a murderer,” Mr Bellanto said.

“He’s not a person who should be found guilty on manslaughter on this evidence because he didn’t do anything which involved criminal liability.”

Both sides have told the jury medical evidence backed their version of events and have agreed Field at times acted as a peacemaker as tempers frayed during a drinking session that began in the afternoon and lasted into the night.


Murder case against former NRL star Craig Field a ‘terrible irony’ – barrister

Wed 3 Dec 2014, 4:39pm

The defence barrister representing a former rugby league star has told the Supreme Court there is a terrible irony in the murder case against his client.

Craig Field is accused of murdering 50 year-old Kelvin Kane during a scuffle outside the Kingscliff Hotel in 2012.

The prosecution has told the court all the medical evidence points towards the blunt force of a single punch causing a fatal brain haemorrhage.

A witness has told the court he heard a massive, bone-shattering punch connect then saw a man fall to the ground like a rag doll.

There has been conflicting evidence about where Field’s punch landed, and the defence has argued that a second man also punched Mr Kane during the scuffle.

Field has pleaded not guilty, and told the court he threw the punch because he feared he was about to be hit.

Both sides agree the former Rabbitohs, Manly and Wests Tigers halfback was at times acting as a peacemaker as tempers frayed during a drinking session that began in the afternoon and lasted into the night.

Defence barrister Tony Bellanto told the court it was a terrible irony that of the two people who showed the least amount of aggression in the whole episode, one was sitting in the dock and the other was deceased.

He described the evidence against his client as a ‘Clayton’s case’.

At one stage he pointed towards Field and told the jury ‘this man is not a murderer, and he’s not a person who could be convicted of manslaughter on this evidence.’

He will continue his closing argument tomorrow.


Former NRL star Craig Field tells jury he threw a single punch to Kelvin Kane, because he was scared of being hit

Tue 2 Dec 2014, 5:43pm

Former rugby league star Craig Field has told the jury in his murder trial he threw a punch outside a hotel in northern New South Wales because he was scared of being hit himself.

The former Rabbitohs, Manly and Wests Tigers halfback today took the witness stand for the first time.

He is standing trial for the murder of 50-year-old farmer Kelvin Kane.

The jury has heard the men were involved in a scuffle in the carpark of the Kingscliff Hotel in July 2012.

Field today said he was not looking to hurt anyone, but threw a single punch because he saw Mr Kane’s hand cocked and was afraid he was about to be hit.

“I shit myself,” he said.

“I found myself in a predicament I wasn’t comfortable in and didn’t want to be in.

“It happened too quickly for anyone to say anything.

“My thought was that I had to protect myself.

“He (Mr Kane) didn’t fall directly onto his back.

“His knees buckled and he just fell down.”

Field has pleaded not guilty.

The prosecution has alleged the blunt force of that blow was enough to cause a fatal brain haemorrhage.

But the defence has told the court Mr Kane was punched by another man, Shaun Fathers, just seconds earlier.

It called an expert in forensic medicine, Professor John Hilton, who said he had seen similar cases where victims kept functioning for almost a minute before collapsing.

The jury will hear closing arguments from both sides tomorrow and is expected to retire to consider its verdict on Thursday.


Former NRL star Craig Field charged with murder

July 16, 2012
Charges against the former rugby league star are upgraded to murder after the alleged assault of a 50-year-old man in Kingscliff

Former NRL player Craig Field has been charged with murder after a man he allegedly assaulted on the NSW north coast died in hospital, police say.

Kelvin Kane, 50, was found unconscious outside the Kingscliff Beach Hotel on Marine Parade, Kingscliff, by police and paramedics about 9.15pm yesterday. Police allege that he had been punched on the head before falling to the ground.

Mr Kane was given cardiopulmonary resuscitation and taken to Tweed Heads Hospital, where he remained in a critical condition this morning, a hospital spokesman said. He was placed on life support but died this afternoon, Tweed Heads Local Court was told.

Accused ... former Souths player Craig Field.Accused … former Souths player Craig Field. Photo: Steve Christo

Shaun Fathers, 41, and Field, 39, were arrested at a Kingscliff home and taken to Tweed Heads police station, where they were charged with assault occasioning grievous bodily harm this morning before Mr Kane’s death, police said.

The charges for both men were upgraded to murder this afternoon. Aboriginal Legal Service solicitor Tom Ivey did not apply for bail for Field in court, AAP reported.

Both men will remain in custody until they appear before Lismore Magistrates Court on August 21 through a video link.

Kelvin Kane ... died after allegedly being punched by Craig Field.Kelvin Kane … died after allegedly being punched by Craig Field. Photo: Sarah Coulton, Queensland Country Life

A hotel staff member said this morning there was a fight but would not comment any further.

Roy Bartholomew, who sold cattle for Mr Kane last week, said he was a “man’s man” who “loved company and loved life”.

“He’s very open and relaxed and happy-go-lucky,” Mr Bartholomew said, adding that Mr Kane bred Charolais cattle and Charolais and Brahman cross cattle in Queensland, where he owned some property.

Mr Kane’s relative said this afternoon that his family were too upset to speak publicly.

Police appealed for anyone with information to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Field, 39, started his league career with Souths in 1990 and was promoted to captain in 1994 before leaving them in 1996. He spent two seasons at Manly before joining Balmain Tigers, which became Wests Tigers in 2000. He was dropped from the club by 2002.

He had a playing and coaching stint with Pia in France in 2002 and 2003 before returning to Australia. Field had most recently been the head coach of the Cudgen Hornets A Grade side in the Gold Coast/Tweed Rugby League competition.


 

 

 

Berrimah jail’s most famous residents and criminals

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Bradley John Murdoch arrives under police escort at Darwin Airport. Picture: PATRINA MALO

Bradley John Murdoch arrives under police escort at Darwin Airport. Picture: PATRINA MALONE

BERRIMAH prison, described in 2011 as “only fit for a bulldozer”, is finally closing, with the last prisoners transferred on Friday.

Since it was built in 1979, the prison has been home to some of the Territory’s most notorious criminals.

Originally built for about 100 prisoners, the jail’s population swelled to nearly 800 as successive governments took hard-line approaches to crime and sentencing.

In its 35 years, the prison became increasingly dilapidated and overcrowded. Prisoners complained of rotten food and hot, overcrowded, rat-infested cells.

By the time the former Labor government announced the $500 million prison in Holtze, the legal community, human rights advocates and prisoners were heaping criticism on the jail.

In its final years, it saw repeated breakouts, riots and deaths.

NT Ombudsman Carolyn Richards, noted in 2011 that the rat problem was so bad that one inmate was bitten on the scrotum in his sleep.

Former NT Supreme Court Chief Justice Dean Mildren said in 2011 that the prison failed to meet international standards, with Correctional Services Commissioner Ken Middlebrook saying it should be bulldozed.

Instead, the prison will be refitted at a cost of $800,000 and transformed into a detention centre for the NT’s juvenile offenders.

1. Bradley Murdoch

CONVICTED in 2005 of the 2001 execution-style murder of British traveller Peter Falconio, Bradley Murdoch is serving a life sentence with a 28-year non-parole period.

Previously convicted in WA for firing a rifle at a group of Aborigines in Fitzroy Crossing, and with racist insignia tattooed on his arms, Murdoch will be at least 74 when he is released, and has been moved back and forth between Berrimah and Alice Springs prisons.

2. Lindy Chamberlain

THE Chamberlain trial was the most publicised in Australian history.

When Lindy and Michael Chamberlain’s two-month-old daughter Azaria was taken by a dingo at Uluru in 1980, police launched a murder investigation, claiming that Lindy slit her daughter’s throat and left the body in nearby scrub.

The jury found her guilty and sentenced her to life, with appeals going all the way to the High Court. The chance discovery of further evidence near Uluru led to her release in 1986.

3. Douglas Scott

DOUGLAS Scott was 26 when he was found hanged in his cell on July 5, 1985.

His widow, Letty, spent decades pushing for a proper investigation into his death, which sparked the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.

A coronial inquiry and the Royal Commission both found that Scott had committed suicide, a claim Letty rejected until her death in 2009.

4. Douglas Crabbe

IN AUGUST 1983, Douglas Crabbe, then 36, drove his 25-tonne truck into a crowded bar near Uluru, killing five.

After two trials in Darwin, Crabbe was sentenced to mandatory life in prison, and married his wife, Mary, in a secret wedding ceremony inside Berrimah in 1988.

5. The Pine Gap 4

THE group of four Christian pacifists staged an illegal “citizen’s inspection” of the US/Australia spy facility at Pine Gap, in 2005, and were charged under obscure national security legislation dating back to the 1950s.

Bryan Law, Donna Mulhearn, Jim Dowling and Adele Goldie trekked for seven hours to reach Pine Gap, sneaked in and took photos of themselves on the roof. They were issued fines and spent a week in Berrimah after refusing to pay.

6. Andy Albury

ALBURY, the closest thing Australia has to Hannibal Lecter, was convicted of the gruesome murder of Gloria Pindan on Mitchell St in November 1983. One of only two men in the NT who will never be released from prison, the former abattoir worker is the prime suspect in 14 unsolved murders in Queensland.

7. Martin Leach

IN JUNE 1983, Leach stabbed and raped Charmaine Ariet and killed her cousin Janice Carnegie near Berry Springs. Along with Andy Albury, Leach will never be released.

In Berrimah prison in 1988, he tried to kill pedophile John Michael Knox with a garden hoe. He was found not guilty on grounds of insanity.

8. Daniel Heiss

HEISS served 23 years in jail, mostly in Berrimah, for shooting dead Peter Robinson in 1990, after Robinson first fired at Heiss. He was known for two audacious escapes.

9. Shonky

NICHOLAS “Shonky” Cassidy, a former Hells Angel, hit Andy Griffiths with his ute, before dumping the body in June 2011. He was sentenced to two years with a 14-month non-parole period, and will have to serve an additional 15 months because the crime was committed while on parole.

10. Ben McLean and Phu Ngoc Trinh

The childhood friends were found guilty of murder after throwing two sex workers off the Adelaide River bridge, into croc-infested waters in 2004. They were sentenced to life, with non-parole periods of 25 years.

Four men arrested over shooting attack at Sydney Rebels clubhouse


Tue 25 Nov 2014, 6:45pm

Man arrested at Bringelly

A 39-year-old man was arrested at Bringelly, in Sydney’s west. (Supplied: NSW Police)

 What a fine specimen, but who cares, it is what they get up to that matters. One by one let them be put away!
Related Story: Rebels clubhouse raided over Minchinbury shooting

Four members of the Rebels bikie gang have been arrested over the shooting and assault of a fellow gang member in Sydney earlier this year, police say.

Detectives allege the men were involved in shooting a man three times in the leg outside a Rebels clubhouse in Minchinbury, in Sydney’s west, in July.

The 33-year-old victim was then allegedly attacked after he tried to run away.

This morning, a 39-year-old man was arrested at his Bringelly home and charged with discharging a firearm with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and participating in a criminal group.

Police said they also seized Rebels paraphernalia, cash and a vehicle from the man’s home.

Later, two men, aged 24 and 25, were arrested at Silverwater and charged with the same offences.

They were refused bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court tomorrow.

Another man, 37, was arrested during a car stop at Penrith and taken to Penrith police station, where he remains in custody.

The arrests follow the formation of Strike Force Rooftop within the State Crime Command to investigate the attack.

“All those arrested are members of the Rebels,” NSW Police said in a statement.

“Strike Force Rooftop investigations are continuing and further arrests are anticipated.”


Rebels member charged over shooting of another member – Gangs Squad

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 12:36:46 PM

Gangs Squad detectives have now charged a member of Rebels with the shooting and assault of another member in Minchinbury earlier this year.

Police will allege that shortly after 8pm on Monday 7 July 2014, a 33-year-old member of the Rebels was shot as he walked into an industrial unit on Grex Avenue, Minchinbury – the clubhouse of the Rebels Mt Druitt chapter.

After being shot three times in the leg, the man attempted to flee the location but was chased down by three men and attacked as he lay on the roadway on Grex Avenue, Minchinbury.

Police and emergency services were called to the location and the 33-year-old was taken to hospital where he was treated for his injuries. He has since been released.

Detectives from State Crime Command’s Gangs Squad formed Strike Force Rooftop to investigate the incident and this morning (Tuesday 25 November 2014) arrested a 39-year-old man at a home at Bringelly.

During a search warrant, officers seized cash, Rebels paraphernalia and a vehicle for further examination.

The senior member of the Mt Druitt chapter of the Rebels was taken to Green Valley Police Station and charged with discharge firearm with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and participate in a criminal group.

He was refused bail to appear at Liverpool Local Court today.

Strike Force Rooftop investigations are continuing and further arrests are anticipated.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Rebels clubhouse raided over Minchinbury shooting

9:20amTue 8 Jul 2014, 9:20am

A man with links to the Rebels bikie gang has been shot in an attack at Minchinbury in Sydney’s west.

The 33-year-old was found with several bullet wounds to his thigh, outside the Rebels clubhouse in Grex Avenue about 8:30pm (AEST) on Monday.

Police said he was shot after entering the clubhouse then bashed by a group of men.

He has been taken to Westmead Hospital where he is in a serious condition.

As a result of the shooting, heavily armed police from the Tactical Operations Unit raided the clubhouse just after 11pm but no arrests were made.

Police said anyone with information about the shooting, or anyone who witnessed the attack, should contact them.

This morning, an ABC News crew that turned up to film the crime scene was threatened by gang members.

Police reporter Lucy Carter said they were told to stop filming.

“Several men are guarding the entrance to the Rebels clubhouse, telling me and my ABC camera crew to f*** off and switch off our equipment or else,” she said.

She said two police cars, including the dog squad had now arrived.

Two arrested as robbery strike force inquiries continue – Strike Force Tuft


Two arrested as inquiries continue into spate of armed robberies across Sydney

The Blue Gum Hotel at Waitara was held up on October 20.

The Blue Gum Hotel at Waitara was held up on October 20.

TWO men arrested yesterday are helping police with their inquiries into a spate of armed robberies across Sydney, including one at the Blue Gum Hotel at Waitara.

Detectives from Strike Force Tuft arrested the two men, aged 33 and 30, after a car was stopped at the intersection of Kurrajong Rd and Glossip St at St Marys.

The men are assisting the detectives with inquiries into armed robberies at a hotel in Rooty Hill on Saturday and a licensed premises in St Marys on Sunday.

Inquiries are also continuing into a series of armed robberies at newsagencies, service stations, liquor stores and hotels across Sydney between August 24 and October 21.

During some of the incidents, two men entered the premises armed with a pistol and demanded cash from employees before fleeing the scene.

The Blue Gum Hotel was held up on Monday, October 20 when two men entered the establishment about 3pm and approached a woman in the poker machine room. The men showed her a handgun and demanded cash.

The pair left with a small amount of money and fled via the bottleshop area in Unwin Rd and were last seen turning left into Clarke Rd.

Detectives have renewed their appeals for anyone with information to come forward.

Call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/


 

Monday, 24 November 2014 08:41:41 PM

Two men are assisting with inquiries into a number of armed robberies across Sydney.

Between Sunday 24 August and Tuesday 21 October 2014, a series of armed robberies was committed upon newsagents, service stations, liquor stores and hotels across Sydney.

During some of the incidents, two men entered the premises armed with a pistol and demanded cash from employees before fleeing the scene.

Officers attached to the Metropolitan Robbery Unit established Strike Force Tuft to investigate the 15 armed robberies and believe they may be linked.

As a result of inquiries by strike force detectives two men, aged 33 and 30, were arrested after a car was stopped at the intersection of Kurrajong Road and Glossop Street a St Marys today (Monday 24 November 2014).

The pair are currently assisting with strike force detectives with inquiries into armed robberies at a hotel in Rooty Hill on 22 November and a licensed premise in St Marys the next day.

Meanwhile, inquiries by strike force detectives into the robberies are continuing.

Further details of the armed robberies include:

a service station at Bankstown on Sunday 24 August 2014,

• a service station at Kellyville on Sunday 24 August 2014,

• a bottle shop at Padstow on Sunday 24 August 2014,

• a newsagency at Smithfield on Thursday 28 August 2014,

• a hotel at Rosehill on Thursday 28 August 2014,

• a club at Eastwood on Saturday 30 August 2014,

• a hotel at Fairfield on Monday 1 September 2014,

• The attempted robbery of a hotel at Allawah on Sunday 7 September 2014,

• a hotel at Ashfield on Sunday 7 September 2014,

• a hotel at Villawood on Thursday 9 September 2014,

• a hotel at Warwick Farm on Monday 13 October 2014,

• a hotel at Merrylands on Wednesday 15 October 2014,

• a hotel at Summer Hill on Saturday 18 October 2014,

• a hotel at Greenfield Park on Monday 20 October 2014,

• a hotel at Waitara on Monday 20 October 2014, and;

• a hotel at Smithfield on Wednesday 22 October, 2014

Detectives are continuing their inquiries and have renewed their appeals for anyone with further information to come forward.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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