Vic pedophile Brett Chatterton prison term lengthened


Gee a turn up for the books, a sexual predator gets his sentence increased for once on appeal…

THE three-month jail term given to a Victorian man who sexually abused teenage boys has been lengthened to four years after a higher court found the sentence to be extraordinarily lenient.

Brett Chatterton, 37, in November was sentenced to three months in jail for visiting internet chat rooms to set up meetings with teenagers, where he paid them for sex acts throughout 2012.

He pleaded guilty to using a carriage service to send indecent communications to a child, five counts of sexual penetration of a child under 16, using a carriage service to procure a child aged under 16, and possessing child porn.

He was also ordered to serve 11 months of a previous sentence for possessing and transmitting child pornography.

In sentencing Chatterton, Victorian County Court Judge Liz Gaynor was critical of the period he had to wait before undergoing a treatment program for sex offenders.

But the Court of Appeal on Tuesday upheld an appeal from the Director of Public Prosecutions, who argued Chatterton’s sentence was well short of the length required.

Justices Simon Whelan, Phillip Priest and Mark Weinberg said Chatterton had been treated with “extraordinarily leniency” because of a failure by Corrections Victoria to put him on the program.

“It is difficult to see how sentences as low as three months for any of these offences can be justified,” the judges said.

“Dissatisfaction with the past failure of the corrections authorities to provide suitable treatment cannot come close to justifying the imposition of sentences that are themselves manifestly inadequate.”

Chatterton, of Melton, was resentenced to four years’ prison, with a non-parole period of two and a half years.

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GERARD BADEN-CLAY Hearing 3rd Feb 2014-UPDATED


04/02/14 UPDATE FOR DAY 2

ALLISON Baden-Clay went to see a family counsellor about her husband’s three-year affair with a staff member, a court has been told today.

Gerard Baden-Clay, charged with the Murder of his wife Allison Baden-Clay

Gerard Baden-Clay, charged with the Murder of his wife Allison Baden-Clay

The Brookfield mum also detailed her history of depression to the counsellor, the court was told at a pre-trial hearing.

The routine hearing is to resolve legal issues ahead of the Gerard Baden-Clay’s upcoming murder trial in the Brisbane Supreme Court.

Allison told the counsellor her husband Gerard’s attitude to the depression was that he was “over it” and that it had contributed to the affair, the court was told.

The court heard the counsellor later had a separate session with Gerard where he said he wanted to leave the affair in the past but reluctantly agreed to 15-minute discussions with his wife every second night.

Baden-Clay reported his wife missing on April 20, 2012. He has been charged with her murder and is due to face trial in June.

Relationships Australia counsellor Carmel Ritchie told the court the first session with Allison was at Spring Hill on March 27, 2012, and lasted about an hour.

Allison described herself as a mother of three who worked with her husband’s real estate agency four days a week, Ms Ritchie told the court.

She told the counsellor that after taking malaria medication on her honeymoon she had a “very severe reaction” and suffered chronic depression and “psychotic episodes”.

She had seen a psychologist during her second pregnancy and had been on and off medication ever since.

Allison said her husband had an affair for three years and at least partly blamed her depression, Ms Richie said.

Asked to describe her problems in a few words she told the counsellor: “Inadequate. Not good enough. Believe I let it happen. Gerard’s way is the right way. Gerard had an affair for the last three years. Parenting, Gerard criticises me. Fear that one day he will leave me”.

Allison told the counsellor she wanted to “work on me” and sort out issues with parenting, the court was told.

Allison found out about Gerard’s affair on September 14, 2011, Ms Ritchie said.

The affair started on August 27, 2008, four days after Gerard and Allison’s own anniversary, the counsellor said.

Ms Ritchie said Allison told her: “I confronted him. He is now honest and takes responsibility. He blames me for some of it, the depression.”

Allison said that two years ago on their anniversary she surprised Gerard by asking: “What’s wrong with us?”

She told the counsellor Gerard replied: “I’ve had enough. I want to leave.”

Allison said she put it down to a midlife crisis.

Allison said Gerard’s personality was “ambitious and leader like” and he had high expectations of her and the children, Ms Richie told the court.

She told the counsellor her father felt as though “he was controlling her”, the court was told.

In her case notes, the counsellor wrote her opinion that Allison was a “conflict avoider who has said yes too many times in the relationship”.

To Gerard, Allison was not the girl he married, while Gerard had changed to a “look after myself” attitude, the court was told.

Ms Ritchie said she told Allison at the end of the session she could bring Gerard to the next session if she wanted.

Allison said she did not believe Gerard would want to come.

However at the next appointment on April 16, 2012, both Allison and Gerard were in the waiting room.

Ms Ritchie told the court she took Gerard into her room on his own at first. She said she had planned to spend half the hour-long session with him and then see them both together, but the session with Gerard went for most of the hour.

“I was surprised to see Gerard there as well. That was because Allison thought he would not come,” Ms Ritchie told the court.

The session, at Kenmore, was four days before Baden-Clay reported his wife missing.

Ms Ritchie said she took a standard 60-second snapshot with Gerard, but he didn’t say much about himself personally, talking instead about his work and achievements.

The court heard that after further questions Gerard told the counsellor: “Allison does not trust me. She questions me. She says yes when she means no.”

He told the counsellor of Allison’s disappointment with her life and that he used to blame his wife for disappointments in his own life, the court was told.

He said he attended the session because Allison wanted him to.

He wanted to “build a future” with his wife and to leave the affair behind him and thought discussing the affair with Allison was a regression, Ms Ritchie told the court.

“He wants to get on with life. Wipe it clean,” the counsellor said she wrote in her notes from the session.

“He needs to accept seven or eight months is very early days yet and to ‘steel’ himself for the long haul.”

Ms Ritchie told the court she advised Baden-Clay he could not ignore his wife’s feelings about the affair.

“I spoke about the fact he did have to sit and listen to Allison’s feelings about the affair.

“I told him that he can’t put this in the past because for Allison that past is very much in the present.”

Gerard did not want to take the advice.

“Isn’t that regression? Isn’t that living in the past?” he asked.

They went back and forth until “eventually he agreed”.

Ms Ritchie said she told Gerard to listen to Allison for 10 to 15 minutes every second night. She said she “always” limited such talks because they were “highly emotional”.

Gerard’s role was to “simply listen … absolutely not be defensive” and at the end to express remorse if that was how he felt.

Ms Ritchie told the court she went outside to get Allison from the waiting room and apologised for taking so long with her husband.

“Her face broke into a smile and she said ‘I’m over the moon you have spent this time with him’.”

Ms Ritchie said when she was back in the room with both Baden-Clay and his wife she went over the plan for the 10 to 15-minute talks, which were to continue until the next session in a week or two.

“I saw her say to Gerard ‘I am over the moon that you have spent this time’. But it was a defensive, hurt way that she was saying it.”

Asked in court about Allison’s mood, she said: “I think she was very pleased to introduce me to Gerard. She was smiling.”

Ms Ritchie added that Gerard discussed his roles in the school P&C and the local chamber of commerce.

“For Gerard, his image in the community is very important…He believes he is a valuable member of society,” the counsellor said she wrote in her notes.

The next session was never booked, with Baden-Clay reporting his wife missing on the Friday of that week.

Barrister Michael Byrne QC, for Baden-Clay, put to the witness that Allison’s depression and early panic attacks went back to taking the malaria medication during her honeymoon and to her pregnancy with the couple’s first child, who was born in 2001.

Mr Byrne said between Allison’s discovery of the affair and the first session with the counsellor Baden-Clay had “reached the point where he was honest and was taking responsibility”.

“His attitude to the affair is to wipe it clean and get on with life. What she’s saying to you there was put the past behind them put the affair out of life and move on as a couple,” Mr Byrne said.

Ms Ritchie agreed Allison wanted to move on as a couple.

03/02/14 Not much to report from today’s hearing, day 1 of 2

ACCUSED wife murderer Gerard Baden-Clay returned to court in Brisbane on Monday for legal argument ahead of his upcoming trial.

Scratches on the accused, Gerard Baden-Clay.

Scratches on the accused, Gerard Baden-Clay.

The routine hearing to determine which evidence can be put before a jury is scheduled to run for two days in the Brisbane Supreme Court.

Dressed in a dark suit and wearing a tie, the 43-year-old former real estate agent watched proceedings from the dock.

The court heard from the pathologist who carried out Allison Baden-Clay’s post-mortem examination.

Legal argument centred on the admissibility of parts of his evidence, and that of medical experts who assessed scratches and other marks found on Baden-Clay following his wife’s disappearance.

The couple’s former family counsellor is expected to give evidence in court for the first time when the hearing resumes on Tuesday.

Mrs Baden-Clay, 43, was reported missing by her husband on April 20, 2012.

Her body was found 10 days later on the banks of a creek in Brisbane’s west.

The last court related update is as follows from back in December 2013.

The many GBC posts can be found here or here http://aussiecriminals.com.au/tag/gerard-baden-clay/

A family counsellor can be called to give evidence at the murder trial of Brisbane man Gerard Baden-Clay, a judge has ruled.

The Relationships Australia counsellor had argued her conversations with Baden-Clay, 43, and his slain wife Allison, were confidential.

However, Supreme Court judge James Douglas on Thursday ruled counsellor Carmel Ritchie will be required to give evidence at a pre-trial hearing next year.

The ruling means the crown can call Ms Ritchie as a witness during the trial, which has been set down for June next year.

The counsellor spoke with Mrs Baden-Clay on March 27, 2012, and with Baden-Clay and his wife separately on April 16, 2012.

Baden-Clay sat in the dock during Thursday’s brief hearing.

Mrs Baden-Clay was reported missing on April 20 last year, and her body was found on the banks of a creek in Brisbane’s west 10 days later.

Baden-Clay was arrested in June 2012 and charged with murder.

He maintains he is innocent.

In an earlier court hearing, Relationships Australia’s barrister George Kalimnios had argued the Family Law Act prohibited Ms Ritchie giving evidence, and could claim privilege on the grounds of public interest.

But in his written judgement on Thursday, Justice Douglas said both arguments were misconceived, and there were no grounds to claim privilege.

“Even if such a privilege existed separate from the Act, the balance is decisively in favour of permitting access to the evidence for the purposes of Mr Baden-Clay’s trial on the charge of murder.”

Matters before the Court 3rd Feb 2014

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Bribery, dirty deals rife in building industry-CFMEU in spotlight


Hells Angels boss Zeljko Mitrovic infiltrated Qld building industry, raking in $11 million

Josh Robertson
The Courier-Mail
February 17, 2014

Unions are defending their decision to help bankroll a legal challenge to the anti-bikie laws.

Hells Angels boss won a workplace agreement with a major union after muscling in on Queensland’s construction industry.

Zeljiko Mitrovic with wife Sue.

Zeljiko Mitrovic with wife Sue.

Murdered bikie leader Zeljko Mitrovic’s steel fixing company raked in $11 million in nine months while associated with companies working on Queensland hospitals and high-rises.

The revelation has provided concrete evidence of organised crime infiltrating the building industry.

Mitrovic, who was shot dead in an internal gang dispute last year, infiltrated the industry after “standing over” the boss of one of the countries biggest steel-fixing businesses, Dennis Delic, former business associates claim.

Mr Delic, who died last month, signed a workplace agreement on behalf of Mitrovic’s company SFC Steelfixing QLD with the Queensland branch of the CFMEU on Christmas Eve 2010.

The company collapsed weeks later with a $1 million tax debt, no assets and no employees.

Local CFMEU boss David Hanna said Lend Lease, which was responsible for vetting subcontractors, notified the union that SFC was to work on the $1.9 billion Gold Coast University Hospital.

Mr Hanna said the union would not have known of Mitrovic or his crime links when it signed the agreement.

A Lend Lease spokeswoman rejected the union claims, saying the company had no record of direct deals with Mitrovic’s company.

But she confirmed Delic’s ISD Group worked on the hospital.

“As is standard practice in the construction industry, our subcontractors may, in turn, have commercial arrangements with other entities with whom we do not have direct dealings,” she said.

She said the company carried out “detailed checks on each entity” it directly dealt with before striking deals.

Mitrovic went on to found new Gold Coast and Brisbane City Hells Angels chapters, the latter as president, while still based in Sydney.

Mitrovic was a former Bandido whose brother-in-law was gunned down in an infamous triple murder in a Sydney pub by a Nomads rival in 1997.

Mitrovic himself was jailed over a double murder just a year later.

Just a little update folks, talk about stand over tactics. http://aussiecriminals.com.au/2014/01/28/bribery-dirty-deals-rife-in-building-industry-cfmeu-in-spotlight/comment-page-1/#comment-121771. What he does not get is that inspires me to find out why? Here is why…

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THE extraordinary police record of John Setka

John Setka A man to be reckoned with...So he says

John Setka A man to be reckoned with…So he says

one of the nation’s most powerful unionists, finally has been laid bare, with 60 charges leading to dozens of convictions and fines including for theft, assault by kicking, criminal damage and assaulting police.

By the end of the year, Mr Setka is expected to be placed in charge of the construction division of the Victorian branch of the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union.

The Australian can reveal that Mr Setka, 48 next month, was charged 60 times with serious offences between 1982 and 1991 in a violent battle with the law during unprecedented turmoil in the construction industry.

He was convicted or fined in relation to 40 of those offences (one of which was dropped after an appeal). That still makes it an extraordinary rap sheet for one of the nation’s most influential members of the construction industry.

Mr Setka said yesterday the majority of the charges came from heated exchanges on picket lines and in the name of defending union members.

Critics hit out at the behaviour of Mr Setka, a former Builders Labourers Federation official, warning union delegates should be made aware of his past when voting in ballots.

The criminal history, which includes his fingerprint classification and a jail number, shows that Mr Setka was found guilty multiple times for indecent language, assault by kicking, assaulting police and wilful trespass.

Sitting with Melbourne identity Mick Gatto at a wine bar opposite Parliament House in Melbourne yesterday, Mr Setka said he was under legal instruction not to talk to The Australian but added that many of the offences were committed in the name of protecting workers.

“A lot of the charging was dismissed on appeal,” he said. “You go to a picket line and you just get loaded up with a whole lot of charges.”

Mr Gatto said Mr Setka worked hard for his members and deserved respect.

Mr Setka, who is suing Tony Abbott for allegedly implying he is a union thug, was accused in court yesterday of deliberately driving his car at a building site manager following a violent protest. He denies the claim.

Mr Setka also allegedly hurled abuse at Grocon employees during a protest in Melbourne at which construction workers trampled on police officers.

The allegations were made as Grocon asked the Victorian Supreme Court to extend injunction orders against the CFMEU after hearing evidence about the violent clash outside Grocon’s $1.2 billion Myer Emporium building site on Lonsdale Street.

The company’s Victorian operations manager, Brian McAdam, told judge Anthony Cavanough he had recognised Mr Setka at the CBD protest and saw him directly confront a group of about 90 Grocon employees who were trying to enter their worksite. “Mr Setka has then verbally abused our people,” Mr McAdam told the court. “It’s not language I like to use but he yelled out ‘f . . king dog’.”

Mr McAdam said Mr Setka had also called the workers “scabs”, to which some of them replied, “we just want to work”.

A police spokeswoman said: “There were no arrests during today’s protest. Police will investigate any possible offences relating to today’s protest after viewing available vision.”

While it has been known Mr Setka has had brushes with the law, the full extent of his dealings with Victoria Police in the turbulent 1980s and 90s have been closely guarded.

Mr Setka’s lawyers yesterday did not respond to a series of questions put to him in writing by The Australian. Mr Setka did not contest the accuracy of his criminal history.

Between 1982 and 1991, he faced 60 criminal charges and two traffic offences. Of the 60 charges, 20 were dropped or no further action was taken, with 40 leading to penalties. Of several attempts to appeal matters, only one was successful.

Mr Setka is suing the Opposition Leader, claiming he has been “gravely injured” by his public portrayal as a construction site thug. Mr Abbott, who made the claim at a Master Builders Association conference in February, has contended he had been true in his criticism of Mr Setka.

Of the charges successfully pursued by police 20 years ago, Mr Setka was found guilty five times of assaulting police, five times of assault by kicking, seven times for wilful trespass, five times for resisting arrest, once for theft and once for attempted theft by deception.

The Australian reported in May that Mr Setka had been jailed twice after being found in contempt of court. This is separate to the criminal record seen by The Australian and published today.

Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu said yesterday he would not comment directly on Mr Setka but he was sick of industrial thuggery in the construction industry.

Former Australian Building and Construction Commissioner John Lloyd said that in any union or employer association senior appointments needed to be carefully considered.

On Mr Setka’s past, Mr Lloyd said: “The members probably know about it. But it wouldn’t be unreasonable that members were aware of all the facts about a person’s past.”

Lawrie Cross, industrial relations and health and safety manager at the Master Builders Association of Victoria, said he was concerned the ABCC had been abolished.

“Such is the pervasive power of the CFMEU over construction companies, the situation is going to repeat itself,” he said. “Yes, we are concerned that there remains an element of thuggery.”

Well it would be fair to say there always has been at least a small degree all down the line when it comes to the building industry when there are so many stakeholders and money involved. Greasing the palms of those who make decisions is a time-honoured tradition. It does NOT make it right though. This government better get fair dinkum about it and let those fall by the wayside not matter how high they have climbed. (the harder the fall the better) It is beyond turning a blind eye, normal Aussies have had enough of the unions and bloody self-interest being put above members. greedy officials need to weeded out and prosecuted. The federal secretary said this morning if this official Danny Berardi hadn’t resigned he would have been sacked? What so that is the end of it? resigns will all his cushy entitlements in place? and all the nice free work done on his properties…This will become HUGE

On Monday, Victorian CFMEU organiser Danny Berardi resigned after Fairfax revealed at least two building companies helped renovate his properties for free in an apparent breach of secret-commission laws, which carry jail penalties of up to 10 years. Mr Berardi helped these companies to get work on Melbourne construction sites.

January 28, 2014

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, Ben Schneiders

Exclusive – Inside the Building Rackets

An exclusive investigation reveals the corrupt and dangerous underworld growing beneath the nation’s construction industry.

how it works

Officials from Australia’s powerful building unions are being bribed by corrupt companies that need their support to win multimillion-dollar contracts.

The construction industry rackets involve labour hire, traffic management, scaffolding, crane and building companies, several of which are connected to bikies and organised crime figures.

An investigation by Fairfax Media and the ABC’s 7.30 program has identified several influential Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union officials, organisers and shop stewards in NSW and Victoria who have been given bribes and other inducements by the companies.

The union figures in return use their influence to ensure the companies get the CFMEU’s backing, including specific enterprise bargaining agreements, to win contracts on parts of big private and government projects, among them Victoria’s desalination plant and Sydney’s Barangaroo development.

The corruption has flourished because policing agencies have failed to take action. Both the CFMEU and the federal government’s building watchdog have called for far greater law enforcement against corruption and other crime in the construction industry.

Union endorsement is all but essential for labour hire, traffic management, scaffolding and crane companies to be engaged on large projects by major building companies and developers.

In one case, a labour hire company run by Sydney and Melbourne crime figures has won CFMEU endorsement in Victoria and NSW, despite it owing union members more than $1 million in unpaid wages and entitlements.

Evidence includes leaked covertly recorded conversations, bank records, police files and witnesses’ testimony. At least six people from the Victorian CFMEU branch, including senior officials and shop stewards, have received kickbacks.

On Monday, Victorian CFMEU organiser Danny Berardi resigned after Fairfax revealed at least two building companies helped renovate his properties for free in an apparent breach of secret-commission laws, which carry jail penalties of up to 10 years. Mr Berardi helped these companies to get work on Melbourne construction sites.

Victorian branch secretary John Setka said: ”Last week I received specific information about an organiser, and after an immediate investigation he is no longer employed by the union.”Every branch of the union had adopted strict rules for conflicts of interest and declaring outside income last year, he said. ”There is no place for officials who engage in criminal or corrupt behaviour in this union or any other.”

Several covert recordings reveal a Melbourne building industry figure telling colleagues about how his company paid kickbacks or a “cash bribe” to several figures “in the hierarchy of the union”.

Union figures have also been given premium tickets to sporting events worth several thousand dollars and money to gamble at casinos by the owners of companies seeking their support. Relatives of criminals and associates of CFMEU figures have also been employed by labour hire and traffic management companies in return for union support to win contracts.

The CFMEU’s national executive has launched an internal investigation into allegations surrounding labour-hire companies run by Sydney businessman George Alex.

The probe was sparked after a CFMEU whistleblower, believed to be a senior NSW official, wrote to national secretary Michael O’Connor to describe how some influential NSW union officials gave “unwarranted favourable treatment” to Mr Alex.

Mr Alex, who has links to drug dealers and bikies, has made deals with union figures in NSW and Victoria to win enterprise bargaining agreements for his labour hire firms, Active Labour and United. His union support comes despite his labour hire companies having ripped off union members who work for them.

Late last year, Mr Alex’s companies owed more than $1 million in workers’ benefits and unpaid taxes in NSW and Victoria. The NSW CFMEU recently recovered $250,000 from him.

One of Mr Alex’s companies has won a lucrative contract related to Sydney’s Barangaroo site after being promoted by an influential NSW CFMEU figure. Another senior NSW union figure asked Mr Alex to employ his son after he was released from jail having served a long sentence for murder.

In Victoria, Mr Alex’s agreement with the CFMEU involved him paying Melbourne underworld figure Mick Gatto tens of thousands of dollars to help broker the deal and run Mr Alex’s operations. Gatto has also been engaged by other construction-industry companies seeking the CFMEU’s support.

A condition of Mr Alex’s Victorian CFMEU deal involved his company, United, hiring union firebrand Craig Johnston, who in 2004 served a nine-month jail term after being convicted of affray, assault and damaging property over an infamous ”run-through” at two Melbourne companies.

Mr Alex, whose Victorian operation was overseen by Comanchero bikie Amin Fakhri, paid Mr Johnston an inflated wage of at least $2000 a week. Union shop steward Andrew Roussis also helped Mr Alex’s United win work on Multiplex’s Upper West Side site in Melbourne’s CBD.

Leaked records and covertly recorded conversations reveal Mr Roussis and two of his more senior union associates have taken kickbacks from building firms in return for getting them work. It is also understood Mr Roussis recently told one subcontractor: “I will look after you if you look after me.”

In statements on Monday, CFMEU construction division national secretary Dave Noonan, NSW secretary Brian Parker and Victorian secretary Mr Setka said they took corruption claims seriously and called on police and corporate regulators to investigate companies and individuals involved in criminal conduct.

”We have consistently called on them [police and corporate regulator ASIC] to do their job,” Mr Noonan said.

The director of the Fairwork Building and Construction agency, Nigel Hadgkiss, has told Fairfax Media that law enforcement agencies have recently obtained evidence about “the payment of bribes to senior union officials” in Victoria.

Mr Hadgkiss called on police to get serious about investigating crime in the construction sector.He said years of police unwillingness to act on evidence and intelligence had allowed a ”hell of a lot” of criminal activity to occur in the industry.

The Fairfax/7.30 investigation uncovered a 2010 intelligence report prepared by Victoria Police and the Australian Crime Commission that alleged Mick Gatto and his crane company business partner, Matt Tomas, were involved in “criminal activity in the building industry and narcotics” and had connections to “the Hells Angels, the CFMEU and drug importers”.

Around the time of the report, Mr Gatto’s company Elite Cranes and a Hells Angels East County chapter crane company both won contracts on Victoria’s desalination plant through corrupt dealings.Victoria’s biggest labour hire firm, MC Labour, is also embroiled in the construction industry rackets. MC Labour, which has sponsored AFL clubs Carlton and Collingwood, gave kickbacks to CFMEU organiser Danny Berardi, including free labour to help renovate his house in Melbourne’s north-east.

MC Labour also employed Mr Berardi’s wife. At least one other building company gave him kickbacks. In return, companies paying the kickbacks expected Mr Berardi to use his union influence on building sites to help get them contracts.

Another labour hire and traffic management firm, KPI, which is run by a convicted criminal and former union shop steward, has regularly hired relatives and associates of union officials as a means of winning work and paid kickbacks to several union officials.

A KPI staff list sent to a major contractor at the Victorian government-funded Springvale Road level crossing project reveals it is employing relatives of CFMEU officials, two outlaw bikie figures and several of Gatto’s relatives.

Under the law, a person who “corruptly receives or solicits any valuable consideration” to favour someone’s business can be jailed. Industry, union and policing sources all say policing and regulatory agencies have an abysmal record in probing and prosecuting building companies who pay bribes, form illegal cartels and run ”phoenix” companies to avoid paying debts.

Union will take action, says CFMEU boss

Date

January 28, 2014 – 8:06AM

The construction sector union says it will take immediate action if it’s made aware of any illegal or corrupt activity by its officials.

A joint ABC-Fairfax Media investigation has found union officials are making corrupt deals to help companies linked to organised crime secure construction contracts.

Victoria’s desalination plant and the Barangaroo development in Sydney are among a number of projects that companies connected to major crime figures are reportedly involved in.

The report implicate a number of Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) members in NSW and Victoria in dodgy deals, including bribery and extortion.

CFMEU National Secretary Dave Noonan says the union acts in the interests of workers at all times.

“The vast majority of our officials are hardworking people who are dedicated to improving the lives of construction workers,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.

“If the leadership of the CFMEU is made aware of improper, illegal, corrupt or criminal activity by any official of the union, we act immediately.”

The union has terminated the employment of officials who have engaged in such activity in the past, he said.

“We would not hesitate to do so in the future, if warranted.”

The CFMEU has adopted new governance rules for our officials which have been ratified recently, he said.

Mr Noonan says he wants to see a full police investigation of any allegations.

 

Here is a tip STAY OFF ICE


FOR those who think the so-called “recreational drug” called ice is harmless, let me take you on a journey.

Put yourself in this situation.

A complete stranger comes up to you and offers you a small packet of what looks like crystal pieces.

Let's take ICE and ruin our LIFES

Let’s take ICE and ruin our LIFES

The person tells you that the drug will give you a high and make you feel great, and that you can stop taking it whenever you want.

He also tells you the bad things you may have heard about ice are overrated.

He will more than likely go on to say he has been using it for years before pointing out how good he looks.

He doesn’t know you, nor does he care about you.

He certainly won’t turn up to your funeral.

This stranger is a drug dealer who wants your business.

He wants to make what is often an initial free transaction – otherwise known as a taste – knowing full well that after this he will have you as a customer for life.

This dealer knows that his crystalised gear is highly addictive.

He is well aware that once you take your first hit, your life will be changed forever … while your short life lasts, that is.

What this wretch doesn’t tell you is that ice will speed the activity of your central nervous system and make you more active – maybe sounds okay so far.

He also doesn’t mention that his product may permanently damage the blood vessels in your brain.

It can also:

- Give you severe depression;

- Make you paranoid;

- Make you convulse and hallucinate; and,

- Give you heart palpitations, heart complications, lung and kidney disorders and dental problems.

He certainly doesn’t tell you it could kill you, or lead you to kill others while in a psychotic state.

Still sound like a good idea?

What the dirty drug dealer will fail to mention is that if you want to stop taking ice there will be significant withdrawal effects that will ravage your health.

You can say goodbye to a normal life once you’re hooked on this stuff after that first taste.

Ice use has a ripple effect, not only on a user but their family and friends.

History (and crime statistics) show a user will do just about anything to get their next fix.

They steal from those they love and commit serious crime to feed their addiction.

From my experience as a detective, drug dealers have – for a long time – targeted country areas.

Potential ice users in both urban and rural areas are not dissimilar: they want to be accepted into a group, they bend to peer pressure and are looking for something different to try.

You have but one life.

Cherish it.

Don’t hand it on a platter to a stinking ice dealer.

Comanchero Jock Ross visits memorial 28 years after Milperra Massacre


The Milperra Massacre between the Bandidos and Comacheros took place back in 1984. The Comanchero founder JOCK ROSS AND HIS wife  VANESSA “NESS” ROSS visited the COMANCHERO MEMORIAL UP THE COAST AT Palmdale Memorial Park and Crematorium in 2012.

In fact this fathers day will mark 30 years to the day that 6 BIKIE CLUB MEMBERS WERE KILLED, 4 FROM THE COMANCHEROS, 2 FROM THE BANDIDOS AS WELL AS ONE MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC, TEENAGER LEANNE WALTERS, another 26 wounded (click here for my original comprehensive post)

This pic recently fell into my hands and as I get so many requests about any recent images of Jock this is the best you are ever going to get! He is never seen in public.

(To protect some younger family members I have altered them out of the picture. Click the image for a larger view. )

JOCK ROSS AND HIS MISSUS VANESSA “NESS” ROSS Visit the COMANCHERO MEMORIAL UP THE COAST AT Palmdale Memorial Park and Crematorium. To protect some younger family members I have altered them out of the picture

JOCK ROSS AND HIS MISSUS VANESSA “NESS” ROSS Visit the COMANCHERO MEMORIAL UP THE COAST AT Palmdale Memorial Park and Crematorium. To protect some younger family members I have altered them out of the picture

The massacre had its beginnings after a group of Comancheros broke away and formed the first Bandidos Motorcycle Club chapter in Australia. This resulted in intense rivalry between the two chapters.

An advertised “British motorcycle swap meet” was placed in a few local press releases, at the Viking Tavern, with a scheduled start at 10 a.m. on Sunday, September 2, 1984.

On Sunday September 2, 1984 around 1 pm, a heavily armed group of Comancheros entered the carpark of the Viking Tavern during the motorcycle part swap meet with 30 similarly armed Bandidos arriving soon after with a back-up van carrying weapons following close behind. Both sides proceeded to line up at opposite ends of the car park. William George “Jock” Ross, who had founded the Comancheros in 1968, signalled by waving a machete in the air and the two clubs charged at each other.

Police responded after receiving reports that “a man” had gone berserk with a rifle at the Viking Tavern in Milperra and “a few shots” had been fired. The first of more than 200 police began arriving but the fighting continued for another 10 minutes before they were able to stop it. Four Comancheros died from shotgun wounds, two Bandidos died after being shot with a Rossi .357 magnum rifle and a 14-year-old bystander, Leanne Walters, also died after being hit in the face by a stray .357 bullet. A further 28 people were wounded with 20 requiring hospitalisation.

Mark Pennington, one of the first policemen on the scene, was later awarded $380,000 compensation for psychological damage.

6 BIKIE CLUB MEMBERS WERE KILLED THAT DAY…4 FROM THE COMANCHEROS, 2 FROM THE BANDIDOS AND ONE MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC, TEENAGER LEANNE WALTERS

COMANCHEROS

  • Andy:  Andrew Thomas
  • Blowave: John Bodt
  • Bones: Scott Dive
  • Chewy: Rick Lorenz
  • Dog: Tony McCoy “Dog” was shot with two blasts to his upper right chest and face. He was hit with such force it was estimated he was dead before he hit the ground.
  • Foghorn; Foggy: Robert Lane “Foggy” was shot in the centre of the chest with a .357 magnum “Rossi” rifle. He remained where he fell and died almost instantly.
  • Glen: Glen Eaves
  • JJ: Robert Heeney
  • Jock: William Ross
  • Kraut: Kevork Tomasian
  • Leroy: Phillip Jeschke “Leroy” Was the Comanchero’s “Sergeant At Arms” and was a “hit” target. He was shot with the .357 magnum “Rossi” rifle and died instantly. Entry and exit wound indicate “Leroy” was crouching over and was shot in the back.
  • Littlejohn: John Hennessey
  • Morts: James Morton
  • Pee Wee: Garry Annakin
  • Snow: Ian White
  • Sparrow, Sparra: Ivan Romcek “Sparrow” was shot with one round of a shotgun and was shot at such close range that the cartridge wadding can be clearly seen embedded in his right ear. He died instantly with a baseball bat under his body
  • Sunshine: Raymond Kucler
  • Terry: Terrence Parker
  • Tonka: Michael O’keefe

BANDIDIOS

  • Bear: Stephen Roberts
  • Bernie: Bernard Podgorski
  • Big Tony: Tony Cain
  • Bull: Phillip Campbell
  • Caesar: Colin Campbell
  • Charlie: Charlie Sciberras
  • Chopper: Mario Cianter “Chopper” was shot with two blasts of a shotgun to his chest and died instantly.
  • Davo: William Littlewood
  • Dukes: Greg McEiwaine
  • Gloves: Mark McElwaine
  • Hookie: Steve Owens
  • Junior. Mark Shorthall
  • Kid Rotten: Lance Purdie
  • Knuckles: Phillip McEiwaine
  • Lance: Lance Wellington
  • Lard: Tony Melville
  • Lout: Rick Harris
  • Lovie: lewis Cooper
  • Opey: Stephen Cowan
  • Peter: Peter Melvine
  • Pig: Grant Everest
  • Ray: Ray Denholm
  • Roach: James Posar
  • Roo: Rua Rophia
  • Shadow: Gregory Campbell “Shadow” was shot in the throat by a shotgun and died instantly. Ironically, because of the number of charges this man’s own brother was charged with the murder.
  • Snake: Geoff Campbell
  • Snodgrass, Snoddy: Anthony Mark Spencer
  • Sparksy: Gerard Parkes
  • Steve: Steve Hails
  • Tiny: Graeme Wilkinson
  • Tom: Tom Denholm
  • Val: Vlado Grahovac
  • Whack: John Campbell
  • Zorba: George Kouratoras

Joan Ryther raped & murdered whilst pregnant


When the husband of a murdered woman writes to me asking why her case is not on my website called aussiecriminals I really had no answer for him, other than I had not been here much last year. Pathetic really, so the best I can today in honour of Joan’s memory is to ensure this stays up and we highlight the search for justice in the coming months…

Please read and refresh your memories, it was indeed an awful crime.

Joan Ryther,  who was raped and murdered whilst pregnant last year is still awaiting justice, as is her grieving Australian husband Cory Ryther, as well as her family in the Philippines .

The 18-year-old alleged rapist and murderer cannot be named for legal reasons, has been in custody since June 2013.

Although a suspect was quickly arrested and charged we still need to be reminded what an awful senseless wicked crime this was, as we await the trial to take place.

Joan Ryther

Joan Ryther

Mrs Ryther was three months pregnant when she was raped and killed on her way home from work in suburban Logan in May.

Her partially clothed body was found on the lawn of a Leichhardt Street home at Logan Central, not far from the McDonald’s at which she worked.

It was 8.23pm on May 21 2013 when a council security camera picked up the teenager accused of the rape and murder of Joan Ryther walking into a service station with four of his mates, a court has heard.

They were inside just long enough to steal a couple of screwdrivers before they were again on their way, the camera outside a nearby KFC store showing them as they turned into Mayes Ave four minutes later, according to documents filed in the court yesterday deciding her alleged killer’s application for bail.

From Mayes Ave, the group walked into Leichhardt St where they found a white car parked outside No. 50.

They used a stolen screwdriver to smash a back window when a shout sent them scurrying away, the court documents say.

The four mates fled up the street towards Mayes Park. They would later tell police it was at this point they lost the teen, who took off in the opposite direction towards McDonald’s, the court documents say.

On that same night, police allege 27-year-old Ryther, eight weeks pregnant with her first child, switched off her home computer and left her Mayes Ave home for the 25-minute walk along her street and into Leichhardt St to the McDonald’s store where she worked.

She was due to start her shift at 9pm although colleagues say she would regularly arrive around 15 minutes early.

In refusing bail for the man accused of raping and murdering Logan woman Joan Ryther, a court has been told of his alleged movements on the night.

It was on Leichhardt St about 100m from her work that police believe she crossed paths with the teen now accused of killing her.

The series of events that police say led to the 18-year-old running into Mrs Ryther as she walked along the footpath were detailed in documents handed to the Supreme Court yesterday when his lawyers made an application for bail.

“Investigating police submit, on reasonable grounds, available evidence strongly places the defendant in Leichhardt (street) at approximately 8.30pm on 21 May, 2013, which is a time that corresponds with the likely time the deceased was walking in that street to attend work,” a police affidavit states.

From there, the court heard, the teenager’s movements “could not be accounted for” for around an hour and a half.

It was the following morning that a passer-by spotted Mrs Ryther’s body face down in the front garden of 30 Leichhardt St.

The teenager has been charged with murder, rape and the unlawful assault of a pregnant woman.

 Prosecutor Vicki Loury told the court the teenager’s DNA was found on four areas of Mrs Ryther’s clothing both on the front and back of her jumper and on the pants that were left around her ankles. Blood on a bandage from his hand belonged to Mrs Ryther, forensic tests have revealed.

But court documents show police are still waiting on the results from nearly 100 forensic samples.

The documents also reveal Mrs Ryther likely died from a combination of injuries to the left side of her face, “substantial” genital injuries and strangulation.

A bottle the teenager was seen carrying earlier in the night was probably used in the attack, police allege in their affidavit.

“The attack itself was brazen and involved a degrading attack on a woman unknown to him who was going about her business walking to work,” Ms Loury told the court.

In applying for bail, defence lawyer Tim Meehan said there was no direct evidence linking his client to the murder only forensic evidence showing he came into contact with Mrs Ryther some time during the evening. “There was contact to some degree but it goes no further than that,” he told the court.

But Justice Peter Applegarth denied the teenager bail, describing Mrs Ryther’s murder as “horrific” and said the man was an unacceptable flight risk.

Cory Ryther with a treasured photo of his wife Joan

Cory Ryther with a treasured photo of his wife Joan


DNA hold ups delay Joan Ryther murder case

November 25, 2013

Hold ups in the analysis of DNA evidence have further delayed the case of a teenager accused of raping and murdering Logan woman Joan Ryther.

The teen, who cannot be named for legal reasons, will have to wait until next year to discover if he will stand trial for raping and murdering Ms Ryther and killing her unborn child.

Ms Ryther’s bloodied and partially clothed body was found in a frontyard after she was viciously attacked on her way to work at Logan, south of Brisbane, in May.

The 27-year-old was three months pregnant when she died.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Karen Friedrichs says the investigation has been significant and some forensic evidence is still being analysed.

‘‘There is significant DNA evidence and analysis of clothes and various exhibits,’’ she told the Beenleigh Magistrates Court on Monday.

Sgt Friedrichs said the bulk of evidence had been given to the defence, including 231 statements and 133 exhibits.

Outside court, defence lawyer Michael Bosschen said he would have to examine the evidence before deciding whether his client would re-apply for bail.

The 18-year-old has been in custody since his arrest in June.

Magistrate Trevor Morgan remanded the teen in custody and adjourned his case until February 3.

Magistrate Morgan also set aside three days in April for a committal hearing which will determine whether there is enough evidence to commit the teen to trial.

Neither the accused nor Ms Ryther’s husband Cory attended the hearing.

Kathleen Folbigg-triple child killer, writing to allan jones


I had this wicked witch listed under a thread on High profile Convictions or somewhere a long time ago but when I read an article where she was writing to Media heavyweight Alan Jones like a giggling immature school girl I though it all needs to be dragged back to reality.

She murdered her infant children. Could of got away with it too. Have a read and let me know what you think. To get the current gist, here is the article I am talking about, followed by what this person has done ( I refuse to call her a mother)

IT IS A MUST READ AND A REMINDER WE MUST ALL BE VIGILANT

MATTHEW BENNS

January 20, 2014

 CONVICTED child killer Kathleen Folbigg has written heartfelt letters from inside jail to her new “friend”, broadcaster Alan Jones.

‘Different and separate from some of the worst criminals I have lived with’. Folbigg wrote this of herself to Alan Jones.

‘Different and separate from some of the worst criminals I have lived with’. Folbigg wrote this of herself to Alan Jones.

“Something I’ve always prided myself on over the years is always being different and separate from some of the worst criminals I have lived with,” she tells him in letters from her Silverwater Jail cell.

Jones believes the case against Folbigg is flawed and has backed a University of Newcastle Legal Centre bid for a judicial inquiry into her case this year.

“She writes a letter and I reply. We try to keep these peoples’ spirits up. It is an awful thing tobe locked away if you are innocent,” the 2GB broadcaster said.

He released the letters to The Daily Telegraph to highlight the “injustice” of the case against her. “Everyone needs someone to love them, don’t they?” he said.

“Surely we have an obligation to see that justice has been properly administered,” added Jones, who believes scientific evidence against Folbigg has been discredited.

But in a fresh twist, Jones called The Telegraph yesterday to say that, despite having visited Folbigg in jail and vigorously campaigning for a review of her case, he himself was not sure she was innocent.

Folbigg was sentenced in 2003 to 40 years, reduced to 30 on appeal, for the murder of three of her young children and the manslaughter of one between 1989 and 1999. She has served 10 years.

In the letters, Folbigg tells Jones how she has taken up painting and is looking forward to living in a granny flat in her best friend’s house in the country. She also talks about fellow inmates in the notorious high-protection child-killer wing of the jail. They include Kristi Abrahams, who killed her daughter Kiesha, 6, and Keli Lane, whose baby Tegan has never been found.

“I so don’t like being associated even in general with (the) likes of them. They are guilty and seriously not very nice women with many issues,” she says.

Folbigg clings to memories of her life before jail. “I have hung on to my 35 years of life (even as traumatic as it was) to any of the years that I would ever spend in here.

“Hung on to, a typical basically normal lifestyle. And even suffering so much death, disappointment and grief, it was a normal work, exercise, partner, home life. No drugs, no alcohol, no vices or excesses. So that makes me quite different to everyone in here. LOL,” she writes.

And then in a moment of reflections she adds: “Guess ‘normal’ is extremely suggestive isn’t it? Oh well, I hope you understand my jabbering on, on some level. Ha! LOL.”

She talks about hoping a judicial inquiry will have a “snowball” effect. “Of course my rational/logical side of me says ‘no guarantees’ and doubts about the success of it all are ever present. Especially as another week, another month, another year roll by. But that (is) to be human isn’t it? Full of hopes, dreams, doubts, determination. LOL. I have certainly come to discover that people care Alan.

“And it’s been quite refreshing. People say they care but actions don’t show it. The group of people I now include in my life, that’s including you too Mr, have undoubtedly shown me their hearts/minds and colour of their souls. LOL. Can’t ever ask for better than that in your life,” she writes.

Folbigg is relying on the team from the University of Newcastle Legal Centre gaining a judicial inquiry. Researchers also have argued she is the last serial child killer to remain in jail after the work of British serial child killer expert Sir Roy Meadow was discredited.

Appeal a disgusting ridiculous joke-Folbigg’s sister Lea Bown.

Appeal a disgusting ridiculous joke-Folbigg’s sister Lea Bown.

But Folbigg’s sister Lea Bown said the appeal was “a disgusting ridiculous joke. She has been found guilty by 12 jurors and there is no way those children died by anything other than her hand”.

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Her Father’s Daughter – The Kathleen Folbigg Story

Against All Odds

When Kathleen Megan Marlbourough left school in 1982, she was 15. Like many kids her age with a limited education, she worked at several low-paying jobs before marrying at age 20. Her husband, Craig Folbigg, was a steel worker. He was 25. They settled in Mayfield, a suburb of Newcastle, Australia’s sixth-largest city an hour’s drive north of Sydney.

Within a year, Kathleen was pregnant. She gave birth to their first child a son, Caleb, in February 1989. At the time of his birth Caleb was described as full term and healthy.

Five days later Kathleen took him home. One morning while feeding him, Kathleen noticed that Caleb was having difficulty breathing and took him back to the hospital where doctors diagnosed him as having a lazy larynx.

At 8 p.m. on February 19, 1989, Kathleen put Caleb in his crib to sleep. At 2:50 a.m. the next morning, Craig Folbigg was awoken by his wife’s screams. Running to the sunroom where the baby slept, Craig saw Kathleen standing over the crib screaming, my baby, something is wrong with my baby.

Caleb Folbigg was dead at just 20 days old.

The official cause of death was listed as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or cot death.

Seven months later, Kathleen was pregnant again. She gave birth to another son, Patrick, in June 1990.

On October 18, 1990, Kathleen put Patrick to bed. Craig looked in on him at 10 p.m., and he appeared to be sleeping peacefully. At 3:30 a.m. the next morning he was again awoken by Kathleen’s screams.

According to the police statement, He rushed into Patrick’s room and saw his wife standing over Patrick who was lying in his cot. Mr. Folbigg picked up the baby and noted faint, laboured breathing. He commenced resuscitation until the ambulance arrived. Patrick regained consciousness, but was (later) found to now have epilepsy and be blind.

Patrick survived, but not for long.

On the morning of February 13, 1991, Kathleen called Craig at work, and, according to the police statement, said: It’s happened again. Craig left work and arrived home just as the ambulances came. Patrick was taken to hospital, but was dead on arrival.

An autopsy was conducted and the cause of death was an acute asphyxiating event resulting from an epileptic fit.

Following Patricks death, the Folbiggs moved to Thornton, a town northwest of Newcastle.

A year later, Kathleen was pregnant again. In October 1992, a daughter Sarah was born.

All seemed well until 11 months later when Sarah caught a cold and was having trouble sleeping.

By 1:30 a.m. the next morning Sarah was dead.

This time, according to the police report, Craig was awoken by Kathleens screams and saw her standing in the doorway of their bedroom. Sarah was lying in bed, motionless.

Her death was officially attributed to SIDS.

After Sarah’s death they relocated to Singleton in Hunter Valley, a popular wine producing area north of Newcastle.

The couple spent two years there before Kathleen became pregnant for the fourth time. Their second daughter, Laura, was born in August 1997.

Laura was apparently healthy when Kathleen brought her home three days later. Unlike her siblings, Laura’s breathing and sleep patterns were monitored closely for several weeks after her birth, just to be sure.

All was well until 19 months later when Laura caught a cold.

Kathleen gave her medication but at 12:05 p.m. on March 1, 1999, she called an ambulance after Laura allegedly stopped breathing. According to the official report, two ambulance officers arrived to find Kathleen performing CPR on her daughter on the breakfast bar. They examined Laura and found that she was not breathing and had no pulse.

As before, an autopsy was conducted but, unlike the others, the coroner considered Laura too old to have succumbed to SIDS, recorded her cause of death as undetermined, and ordered a police investigation.

Damning Evidence

When Detective Sergeant Bernard Ryan was assigned to investigate Laura Folbigg s death, he could have looked at the case as just one more tragic cot death. But, following the coroners finding, he decided to consider all the possibilities.

Detective Ryan began his investigation routinely by interviewing Kathleen and Craig Folbigg. When he learned that Laura was the fourth child to have died in a similar fashion, however, his suspicions grew.

Then the case took an unexpected turn. Kathleen, who had left her husband after Laura’s death, had moved out without taking many of her possessions. While Craig was cleaning up, he made an unpleasant discovery.

In a bedside drawer he found her diaries, whose contents, he later told the court, made him want to vomit. He took them to the police.

He told police that he had the odd suspicion,” but after finding the diaries his suspicions became horribly real.

Detective Ryan learned that Kathleen had been keeping diaries most of her life, but had thrown most of them away. The ones Craig found obviously had been overlooked.

Her entries indicated a woman torn by mixed emotions. On one hand, she wanted children to prove she could do it, just like other women could, and described the feeling of having a child growing inside her and being impatient for the birth: We’re all waiting, little one, when will you come?

On the other hand, she wrote about the frustrations of being a mother, including her inability to breast feed despite numerous, fruitless attempts with each child.

She also wrote about the resentment she felt after each birth when the attention shifted away from her to the new baby, describing it as a feeling of abandonment just like she had experienced as a child, where she was in a family but never felt like part of it.

She wrote about her wild mood swings and how she watched fish swim in a tank to try and calm herself: I don’t know, how do I conquer this? Help is what I want.

Her writings also disclosed her innermost fears. She worried that Craig would leave her. She felt threatened when he teased her about her weight, and wrote about how she couldn’t deal with his perpetual flirtations. At one point, when he rejected her advances because of her pregnancy, she wrote, Craig’s roving eye will always be of concern to me.

Must lose extra weight or he will be even less in love with me than he is now. I know that physical appearance means everything to him, she wrote.

When she was pregnant with Laura, she wrote: On a good note, Craig said last night he accepts that I’m not going to be skinny again. That’s wonderful, but I know deep in my heart he wants his skinny wife back.

Time after time she wrote about her weight and Craig’s preoccupation with it. Got to start changing my life and becoming a hot-looking energetic mother for my daughter and a sexy wife for my husband.

An entry on November. 13, 1996, indicated the isolation she felt, even from her own family. Why is family so important to me? She wrote. I now have the start of my very own, but it doesn’t seem good enough. I know Craig doesn’t understand. He has the knowledge and stability and love from siblings and parents, even if he chooses to ignore them. Me I have no one but him. It seems to affect me so. Why should it matter? It shouldn’t.

Once, she was home alone when a storm struck. She wrote how she was torn between wanting Craig home to comfort her and then not wanting him there because of how bad he makes her feel: I actually relish in the fact he has a weight problem now. All the years of him tormenting me have come back to get him.

Another entry searched for identity: Thirty years. The first five I don’t really remember, the rest, I choose not to remember. The last 10-11 have been filled with trauma, tragedy, happiness and mixed emotions of all designs. If it wasn’t for my baby coming soon, I’d sit and wonder again what I was put on this earth for. What contribution have I made to anyone’s life?

Other entries seem more sinister. She wrote how stress made her do terrible things and spoke of flashes of rage, resentment and hatred toward her children.

The diaries also indicate that she had no control over her depression and feelings of resentment. She wrote about wanting to wake her husband and ask for help.

One entry marked 9:45, Wednesday, June 11, 1997 reads: My brain has too much happening, unstored and unrecalled memories just waiting. Heaven help the day they surface and I recall. That will be the day to lock me up and throw away the key. Something I’m sure will happen one day.

Some entries spoke specifically about her treatment of her children: I feel like the worst mother on this earth. Scared that she [Laura] will leave me now. Like Sarah did. I knew I was short-tempered and cruel sometimes to her and she left. With a bit of help.

She’s a fairly good-natured baby – thank goodness, it has saved her from the fate of her siblings. I’m sure she’s met everyone and they’ve told her, don’t be a bad or sickly kid, mum may, you know, crack. They’ve warned her – good.

Other entries showed some remorse: My guilt of how responsible I feel for them all, haunts me, my fear of it happening again, haunts me.

When I think I’m going to lose control like last time I’ll just hand baby over to someone else … This time I’m prepared and know what signals to watch out for in myself. Changes in mood etc.

Faced with this damning, though circumstantial evidence, Sergeant Ryan began to build a case against Kathleen Folbigg. From the time he started the long process of interviews and depositions to compile a chain of evidence, Ryan was often warned by doctors that he faced an uphill battle proving his case in court.

But as he dug into Kathleen’s past, Ryan also uncovered a terrible secret.

My Father’s Daughter

On a December evening in 1969, Thomas John Britton confronted Kathleen Mary Donavan outside her home in the Sydney suburb of Annandale and stabbed her 24 times.

They had been living in a de facto relationship, and had an 18-month-old daughter.

At the trial six months later, a woman who witnessed the murder gave evidence against Britton. She testified that after brutally murdering Donavan, Britton had knelt down and kissed her saying: I’m sorry, darling. I had to do it. Allegedly he then turned to the witness and said, I had to kill her because she’d kill my child.

Britton was convicted of murder and sent to prison. The child was sent to a church orphanage. Twelve years later, Britton was released and deported to the United Kingdom.

The little girl stayed in the orphanage until she was three. At that time Kathleen Megan Marlbourough was adopted by a foster family who lived in the Newcastle suburb of Kotara.

Kathleen was an adult before she met her half-sisters and learned the truth about her parents.

On October 14, 1996, with three of her children already dead, Kathleen made a disturbing diary entry that indicated how the tumultuous events of her childhood had affected her: Obviously I am my father’s daughter. It was to be her undoing.

The Trial

Detective Ryan took two years to assemble a case that prosecutors could try with a good chance of a conviction.

On April 19, 2001, Kathleen Megan Folbigg was arrested at her home, taken into custody, and charged with murdering her four children.

During her bail hearing at Maitland Local Court, Police prosecutor Daniel Maher told the court that the prosecution would show evidence from Folbigg’s own diaries, technical evidence from pathology experts, and testimony from her estranged husband to prove that Folbigg had killed her children.

While each child’s individual death had not raised much concern, Maher told the court, their collective deaths could only be attributed to suffocation.

He said the circumstances surrounding the deaths were not consistent with sudden infant death syndrome or cot death. This included the fact that each child was found face up, they were still warm when found and in two cases there were signs of life.

He also cited medical evidence from the United States, given by forensic pathologist Dr. Janice Ophoven that showed the chances of cot death being responsible were a trillion to one.

What that means is this is the only case that has occurred in the world. It’s just not likely.

He also told the court that Folbigg did not appear to grieve after each childs death.

Extensive tests had ruled out the possibility that the children suffered fatal genetic or viral disorders, he told the court.

While admitting that the diary entries were circumstantial, Maher argued that they contributed to her partial admission of guilt.

Brian Doyle, Folbiggs defence council, told the court the deaths were a coincidence adding, Every one of the children was in fact ill in their lifetime before their death.

He told the court that the medical experts the prosecution would call as expert witnesses had come to their conclusions after being supplied with Mrs. Folbigg’s diaries and other statements. So what we have got at the end, wholly and solely, is coincidences, he said.

After hearing submissions, Magistrate Richard Wakely refused bail and ordered Folbigg be held in custody to await trial.

During the two-month trial at Darlinghurst Supreme court in Sydney, the prosecution led by Crown Prosecutor Mark Tedeschi, Q.C., presented strong evidence that portrayed Folbigg as a woman preoccupied with her own life and looks, more interested in going to the gym and nightclubs than looking after her own children.

Focusing on the same evidence presented at the bail hearing, Tedeschi made the assertion that Folbigg had a low stress threshold and killed her four children by smothering each of them over a 10-year period because she could no longer deal with the day-to-day responsibility of being a mother.

Tedeschi also criticized Professor Hilton, the pathologist who had conducted Sarah’s post mortem examination. He had been wrong to attribute Sarah’s death to SIDS when he was aware of the family history, the prosecutor said.

He told the court that because of Hiltons finding a full police investigation or coronial inquiry was never called.

The court also heard that the chances of Laura dying of SIDS were extremely low because during her life she was exhaustively investigated, monitored and had lived beyond the SIDS danger period.

To support this theory, the prosecution called Dr.Christopher Seeton, the doctor in charge of the sleep investigation unit at Sydney’s Westmead Children’s Hospital. Seeton told the court that Laura’s risk of dying from SIDS compared with other children was infinitely perhaps less than average, which is 1 in 1,000.

The crown also asserted that Folbigg avoided investigation because none of the children had shown signs of abuse so the matter was never reported to the Department of Child Services for attention.

The defence, led by lawyer Peter Zahra, refuted the claim and based their argument on the fact that the children had all been sick prior to their deaths.

To strengthen this argument, Zahra called Professor Roger Byard, a forensic pathologist who told the court that it was possible the children died from suffocation and medical problems relating to each of the four children could explain their deaths in isolation.

Considered an expert on cot deaths, Byard added: But the fact that there are all the other deaths in the family makes me less certain … I say undetermined because of the circumstances.

Asked in cross-examination whether it was possible the children had died from deliberate suffocation, Byard answered: It was a possibility, but declined to draw a stronger conclusion as he had not examined the death sites and the deceased children himself.

When questioned regarding the deaths of Patrick from epilepsy and Sarah from the heart disease, myocarditis, Professor Byard, said there was nothing in the pathology to show Patrick died of epilepsy, and added that only one child per year in Australia ever died of myocarditis.

Tedeschi shifted his attention to the incriminating diary entries claiming that they showed Kathleen Folbigg as deeply resentful of the intrusion her children had on her own life, in particular on her sleep, her ability to go to the gym, and her ability to socialize including going out dancing.

He drew attention to the fact that Folbigg was worried about her weight, telling the court: She was constantly preoccupied to an exaggerated degree on her weight gain due, in part, to the fact she couldn’t get to the gym because of her children,” he said.

He called witnesses to attest to the fact that Folbigg showed no obvious reaction to the deaths of her four children.

A hospital nurse described her as detached, and Deborah Grace, Folbiggs neighbour gave evidence that Folbigg was straight-faced after Laura’s death. There were no tears in her eyes. There was nothing, she told the court.

Folbiggs foster sister was also called and told the court that Folbiggs demeanour changed suddenly at Laura’s funeral from crying to being a totally different person. She was happy, laughing, enjoying a party.

During the presentation of evidence Folbigg remained calm, almost cool but during the fourth week of the trial she broke down as a video recording of her 1999 interview with police was played for the court. Crying uncontrollably, Folbigg attempted to leave the courtroom but was restrained by court staff and conveyed to a nearby hospital where she was sedated. The trial was delayed for several days while she recovered. When it resumed, Craig Folbigg was called to give evidence against his former wife.

In his testimony, he related the details of each baby’s death and described the terrifying growl that Kathleen would produce when she got frustrated with the children. He also told the court how Kathleen had pinned Laura to her high chair and attempted to force-feed her before dumping her on the floor with the words, “Go to your fucking father.” Several hours later, Laura was dead.

Two months after the trial began and the evidence presented, the lawyers for both sides completed their closing statements and the judge directed the jury to retire to consider their verdict. They returned in less than eight hours and told a hushed courtroom that they had reached a verdict. They found Kathleen Megan Folbigg guilty of murdering her four children.

As the verdicts were read, Folbigg broke down and cried and at one point turned toward her sister in the public gallery before slumping forward with her head in her hands.

She was taken to Mulawa Women’s Detention centre where she was placed in protective isolation, as women in prison take a very dim view of women who kill children, especially their own.

The following August she was returned to court to hear Justice Graham Barr officially sentence her to 40 years in prison with a non-parole period of 30 years.

Interviewed outside the court, Craig Folbigg dissolved into tears telling reporters, My humble thanks go to 12 people whom I have never formally met, who today share the honour of having helped set four beautiful souls free. Free to rest in peace finally.

Following the sentencing, Kathleen Folbiggs lawyers also made a brief statement indicating that they would begin working on an appeal at the first opportunity.

Betrayal

Several weeks after the trial, Folbigg wrote a scathing letter to the Sydney Morning Herald expressing her anger at the decision. It took four years to come up with a totally circumstantial non-factual, hearsay case, she wrote.

I now face being the most ‘hated’ woman around at the moment and death threats are a real consideration.

On the subject of her diaries she wrote: It’s a sad day when a mother can be put away for merely being a normal mother, who wrote down her emotions, anxieties and frustrations in bloody books.

She also defended herself against claims her demeanour was aloof and unemotional.

I didn’t have the choice to be any other way, she wrote. I would not have been useful in my own defence. The day may come where it is time to release it all, but till my battle is done in clearing my name and reputation, that day is not yet.

She also lashed out at her former husband saying he had betrayed her.

I have already suffered greatly at the hands of Craig and his capability to deliver with his tongue and his quite amazing ability to turn simple into exaggerated and extravagant tales.

Looking for Answers

Following the trial, Melbourne University Associate Professor Anne Buist, an expert in post-birth psychiatric disorders, told reporters that genetic predisposition, along with the loss of her mother at a young age, could have led Kathleen Folbigg to murder her children. We know her father killed her mother, so we know there is potentially a genetic issue there, she said.

Professor Buist also discussed the issue of neglect or emotional abuse of young children. A lot of studies have shown this can affect your development very significantly, she said. Both your brain development, your actual structural biological development if it starts early enough, as well as development at the level of not having a good parenting model, self-esteem.

Leading Sydney forensic psychiatrist Rod Milton, who gave evidence at Ivan Milats Backpacker Murder trial also agrees that the genetic implications of the case could not be rejected. We can’t discount what the father said If I let her (mother) live she would have killed the kid’.

I mean, it might be true, and that raises the genetic issue . . . that maybe there’s some sort of genetic tendency. We’re in the land of not knowing, but to exclude it would be folly. The obvious genetic implications can’t be rejected.

I think she must have lacked empathy for them, otherwise I don’t see how she could have killed them,” he said.

When asked if he thought Folbigg was mad or bad, he answered, she certainly wasn’t mad. Whether she was bad is in the judgment of others and not for me to say.

When asked if it would be possible to rehabilitate her, he said, the idea of her being released while still of child-bearing age is one that doesn’t inspire much confidence.

According to the U.S. National Centre for Health Statistics, infant homicides are classified as deaths purposefully inflicted by other persons on children less than one year old.

Studies from the same source also indicate that homicide is the leading cause of injury deaths among infants under one year of age in the United States and is the 15th leading cause of infant mortality from all causes.

In Australia, the Australian Institute of Criminology reports similar statistics: More infants under the age of one year are murdered each year in Australia than die in either motor traffic accidents, accidental poisonings, falls or drowning. Between 1989 and 1993 an average of 27 children aged under 15 were murdered each year in Australia. Almost two thirds of these children were aged five or less. Around half of all children killed by assault were under one year of age.

In a controversial article in Australia’s New Weekly magazine, Judy Wright, a criminologist at the Australia Institute of Public Safety in Melbourne, revealed the findings of her own investigation which she says shows that women are getting away with murder.

Her 1990 study revealed difficulties in prosecuting mothers that kill their children because a mother’s role is revered in society. Her study also indicates that when women are brought to trial for killing their children they mostly rely on mental disorders as their defence, she said. It’s all due to beliefs that no sane woman could be capable of wanting to kill her own child.

We look for explanations to say those mothers who kill must be sick not bad, just mad. Though we rather not think about it, women are capable of killing for the same reasons as men anger, revenge and power, she said.

To reach her findings, Wright examined hundreds of autopsy reports, coroner’s findings, Victorian Police homicide statistics and Supreme Court files as she investigated the deaths of seventy-four children between 1978 and 1990. She discovered that more than half had been murdered by their mothers, and in 11 cases women killed more than one child. Children had been drowned, set alight, stabbed, and suffocated and one baby had even been thrown out of a window by its mother who was furious at her partner for paying attention to their dog.

There were other deaths where mother’s sketchy explanations sounded suspicious, and 16 where the cause was undetermined. Many weren’t charged with murder, though there were clearly elements of rational planning in the offences. Those who were charged received lenient sentences after arguing they were traumatized, and others were given probation. Most were considered unwell and were treated accordingly.

As a result of her research, Wright also believes that many homicides have been falsely attributed to SIDS.

It’s a tragic excuse because it really devalues the pain of parents who genuinely lose children to SIDS she says.

Allan Cala, the forensic pathologist who voiced his suspicions after conducting an autopsy on Laura Folbigg agrees saying that homicide, accidental death and illness should be fully explored before reaching a diagnosis of SIDS.

He also believes that many pathologists give SIDS as the cause on death certificates to spare parents the trauma of a coronial inquest.

This may have also been the case for Kathleen Folbigg had it not been for her habit of writing down her innermost thoughts as without the damning evidence they contained she may never have been convicted or even brought to trial.

Even more disturbing is that at the time her case went to trial she was considering getting married a second time. She may have even considered having more children.

yesterdays paper

yesterdays paper

Here is an interesting addition, posted today on a sympathetic friend and blogger of Kathleen, called Alana House, who has a blog which can be found here. She is described as follows

Alana House is a blogger, mum and chook enthusiast (the live kind, not the fried kind, though she rather likes that too). Long, long ago she was a feature writer at Cosmopolitan magazine, where Mia Freedman sent her on crazy assignments to be a Dyke On A Bike at Mardi Gras and a judge at Miss Nude Australia. She went on to become editor of Woman’s Day magazine for five years. During her lunch breaks, she created and edited a series of children’s cookbooks: The ABC of Kids’ Cooking, The Nursery Rhyme Cookbook, Easy Kids’ Party Food, Easy As 1,2,3 and Fun Food. Follow her on Twitter (erratically) at twitter.com/AlanaHouse Visit Alana’s blog at housegoeshome.com

When Kathy met Alan (Jones) … In jail

By Alana House

January 20, 2014

unverified person TBA, Kathleen Folbigg and Alana House

unverified person TBA, Kathleen Folbigg and Alana House

After a decade of bone-crushing isolation and fear inside her cell at Silverwater Jail, there have finally been tantalizing glimmers of hope for my former school friend Kathleen Folbigg … and those who feel she didn’t receive a fair trial when she was convicted of murdering three of her children and the manslaughter of a fourth.

Among them is the decision by The University of Newcastle Legal Centre to work on a submission seeking a judicial inquiry into her case.

Another was the surprise appearance in the prison visitors’ room one afternoon of radio host Alan Jones that was revealed in yesterday’s Sunday Telegraph.

Kathy told me during my last visit to the jail that knew something was afoot when a buzz of excitement swept through the prison guards and an unusually large number of them suddenly decided they were needed in the visitors’ area.

She sat on her usual pink metal stool, bolted to the floor. To her surprise, Alan walked into the room and sat opposite her on one of the visitors’ blue metal stools, also bolted down.

The mutual friends who had arranged the meeting procured snacks of Mars Bar Pods and Kettle Chips from the junk food machines in the hallway and placed them in plastic bowls on the little bolted-down metal table in front of them, like some Tim Burton-style nightmare version of a fairy toadstool picnic.

Kathy wore a white canvas jumpsuit, secured with an electrical cable tie at the neck, and a pair of ugly, green Dunlop sneakers. Alan wore his signature sports jacket and a broad smile.

They chatted for over an hour and she was charmed by his open attitude towards her plight.

For the 10 years prior her only visitors have been a handful of friends and a dedicated group of Salvation Army members who offer support.

Kathy had become resigned to being branded a cold-blooded child killer who deserved to be locked away for 26 years.

Having Alan visit – and offer his very public support on the cover of yesterday’s Sunday Telegraph – is a sign that the tide of public opinion may finally be turning.

Alan told journalist Matthew Benns (who previously wrote a book called “When The Bough Breaks” that actively condemned Kathy as a murderer) that after reading academic lawyer Emma Cunliffe’s book “Murder, Medicine and Motherhood” about the court case: “I am persuaded that the expert evidence is not convincing at all.”

Alan’s public support is a powerful thing. Liberal powerbroker Michael Kroger, for example, told ABC’s Lateline after the 1998 federal election that he knew who to thank for the Howard government’s narrow victory: his friend Alan Jones.

Alan has a loyal and trusting radio following. He speaks out and people listen, they believe.

Alan notes to Benns: “Having met the woman I find her a very courageous woman and an outstanding person who faces this injustice with great dignity.”

There are many, many issues that I vehemently disagree with Alan Jones upon. There are many, many things that he’s said in the past that I find distasteful. His views on Julia Gillard and her father dying of shame being a disturbing case in point.

(UPDATE: And his decision this morning to release private letters from Kathy to The Daily Telegraph distressed me – Kathy will be mortified and disappointed. How can he not realise how much more difficult he has made her life behind bars?)

But his words about Kathy yesterday were spot on.

I can never imagine having her courage. Prison is a terrible place full of terrifying people and, as Alan notes: “Society collectively should be concerned if a woman’s lying in jail, convicted for (killing) four children, if she didn’t do it.”

When Kathy finally steps outside those prison walls – whether in one year or 15 – she will have nothing. No home, no money, no family. She has lost them all. The Salvos promise someone will be there to meet her when she is freed. But then what? How does she successfully re assimilate into society after being incarcerated for so long, when she’s hated by so many?

I’ve written blogs about Kathy and the vitriol they inspire is fascinating:

“She murdered her little babies after she snapped when they wouldn’t stop crying. She’s a cold, evil and manipulative woman who deserves to rot in jail.”

“She was cruel and evil. I shudder to think of what those poor little babies went through.”

“This woman killed her kids. There are no ifs or buts. She’s a cold-blooded killer. End of story.”

But it’s not the end of the story for me. My world isn’t so black and white. The possibility an innocent woman has been jailed haunts me.

I think I would go mad, locked away for so long, the world believing I murdered my own children. But Kathy is strong, she always has been. She believes her difficult past has helped her survive prison, without it she might have gone mad.

And now she needs to remain strong and not let her hopes get too wild. Because while a wave of public support, a visit from Alan Jones and a campaign by The University of Newcastle Legal Centre are thrilling developments there’s still a long and fraught battle ahead before a judicial inquiry is even countenanced, let alone successful.

But I look forward to visiting her in a few short weeks, hugging her tight and hoping her barrister gets that miracle chance to prove whether justice was indeed done. Time will tell alana, something those kids never got…

Below is a PDF of all court judgements in one document.

R v Folbigg ALL judgements

NSW man charged with child sex offences including bestiality-Gets BAIL!!!!


A man is arrested by Coffs Harbour police and charged with 21 sexual offences.

How does someone like this get bail people, honestly, how about interfering with witnesses, destroying evidence, intimidating potential witnesses? All we can hope for is that he in fact DOES DO those things whilst under extensive surveillance and further dig his hole. Which will hopefully be filled by something that has a bit more to say about it than a cow or innocent kid…

By Sean Rubinsztein-Dunlop

A New South Wales man has been charged with child sex offences, including acts involving bestiality, at Coffs Harbour on the state’s mid north coast. Be careful up there, the fact he got bail sickens me…Sure protect his name, how about everyone else? He has form, the cops want others to come forward. Take note the “Parade Photo” I posted above is NSW  Police supplied….Mongrel dog

Police allege the 53-year-old committed a number of offences against a boy while working at a dairy near Coffs Harbour between 2003 and 2005.

In court, detectives will allege that the man befriended a teenage boy then aged 13 who also worked at the dairy, and, over the course of two years, indecently and sexually assaulted him on a number of occasions.

It is alleged the man also committed sexual acts on cows and encouraged the boy to take part.

The man from Toormina, south of Coffs Harbour, was arrested today and charged with sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, committing an act of indecency towards a person under 16 years of age in circumstances of aggravation, inciting an act of indecency, and bestiality.

Detective Sergeant Matt Zimmer says the man has been granted bail to face court next month charged with more than 20 sex offences. How does someone like this get bail people, honestly, how about interfering with witnesses, destroying evidence, intimidating potential witnesses? All we can hope for is that he in fact DOES DO those things whilst under extensive surveillance and further dig his hole. Which will hopefully be filled by something that has a bit more to say about it than a cow or innocent kid…

“It will be alleged that these offences occurred between a period between 2003 and 2005 and at that time the accused was in a position of authority over the child during the course of their employment,” he said.

“A search warrant was also conducted at the man’s residence in Toormina. Police seized a computer and a number of computer related items which will be subjected to a forensic investigation and further investigations.”

The man has been granted bail until he faces court on February 10.

The Acting Commander of the Child Abuse Squad, Detective Acting Superintendent Peter Yeomans, encouraged anyone who has ever been a victim of sexual or indecent assaults to make a report to police, no matter how long ago the incident occurred.

“If you have ever been abused, no matter what the circumstance and no matter how long ago it occurred, please contact police,” he said.

“If an adult entrusted with your care took advantage of you, they deserve to be arrested, charged and put before the courts.”

Betting Scandal at Australian Open tennis


Margaret Court Arena

Betting Scandal at Australian Open tennis…More to come 15/01/2014

Betting Scandal at Australian Open tennis, just confirming facts.Involves placing bets, caught red handing on video…Someone is always watching dickhead…stay tuned more more

this is direct from the official Australian Open 2014 website.

Illegal gambling and match fixing

Tennis Australia has a zero tolerance policy on illegal gambling, match-fixing and the communication of sensitive information that may affect the outcome of a match, and will investigate all reported instances

Update 3pm 15/01/14

Man charged with Australian Open betting offences

Police are about to hold a media conference in Melbourne over alleged court side betting at the Australian Open.

A 22 year old man from the United Kingdom has been arrested and charged with one count of engaging in conduct that would corrupt a betting outcome.

He has been bailed and is due to face a Melbourne Court tomorrow.

Detectives from Victoria Police’s Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit and Melbourne Crime Investigation Unit will continue to monitor the event and are warning would-be punters to think twice about their conduct. This has me thinking could be hanger on or some wag in the crowd yelling out to a player ” Blah Blah to double fault every serve this game…

Deputy Commissioner Graham Ashton said people needed to be aware that this sort of activity was illegal in Victoria.

“Victoria now has specific legislation that covers offences related to cheating at gambling,” DC Ashton said.

“Offences include engaging in conduct that corrupts a betting outcome, facilitating conduct that could corrupt a betting outcome and use of corrupt conduct information for betting purposes.

“These offences carry hefty penalties of up to 10 years in prison.

“We will be monitoring matches for the remainder of the tournament, so if you’re thinking of engaging in this kind of behaviour, think again.”

 

Sydney socialite Lisa Stockbridge jailed for allegedly dealing drugs


Lisa Stockbridge was arrested on December 11.

Lisa Stockbridge was arrested on December 11.

Oh my, poor Sydney socialite Lisa Stockbridge.

I just love a high flying celebrity or socialite getting a slap back down to earth. This story reminds me of the high flying drug dealer that just happened to be a nephew of the high and almighty Ita Buttrose.

What pisses me off though is all those involved in her so called high society bullshit fake life happen to be SO SURPRISED

Half of you idiots are probably packing shit as you very well know you probably purchased some goodies off her. I hope the cops were fully tuned in on each and every one of you.

Dare you order a pizza for the knock at the door that could be the day!

Get Connected, well hopefully to a good lawyer now you have been caught

Get Connected, well hopefully to a good lawyer now you have been caught

Her website suddenly disappeared on the day of her arrest but the following quote, beside a email link called “Get Connected” says a lot as far as I am concerned.

Urban Society is like your well-heeled trendsetting pal,

who always knows where to eat, where to shop, the latest openings and what strings to pull to be first through the door. From pop up shops to parties, urban eateries, or decadent getaways, we’re devoted to hunting down offers on the best events in your city – so you don’t have to.

A POPULAR Sydney socialite allegedly led a double life supplying cocaine and ecstasy to clients in the city’s most ­exclusive suburbs.

When she wasn’t running her popular entertainment website Urban ­Society, police allege Lisa Lisa (Danielle) Stockbridge was dealing drugs – including a commercial quantity of ecstasy – in Sydney’s east.

Stockbridge, a 41-year-old from Kings Cross, had been under police surveillance for at least a month and was arrested at 9.20pm on December 11, court documents said.

A far cry from the glitzy red carpets, hot parties and fine dining she would be used to, the mother of a 20-year-old daughter is now languishing in the maximum security section of Silver-water Jail awaiting her next court date.

Police recovered $33,620 in cash during the arrest which they allege was the proceeds of crime.

On November 14, police allege she supplied cocaine at locations in Rose Bay and Woollahra between 4.40pm and 5pm and later that evening at Double Bay around 7pm.

Stockbridge has also be accused of selling cocaine in Darlinghurst between 7.15pm on November 14 and 7.25pm on December 11.

Court documents show on the same dates, she also supplied cocaine in Sydney and Clovelly.

She also allegedly supplied 270g of ecstasy between December 11 and 12 at Darlinghurst.

On top of the charge of supplying a commercial quantity of drugs, Stockbridge is facing a further seven charges of supplying or knowingly taking part in the supply of a prohibited drug and dealing with the proceeds of crime.

Urban Society staff members have not yet been formally notified of Stockbridge’s arrest, however they were advised they no longer had jobs just prior to Christmas.

The website’s editor, Camilla Gulli, wrote on Facebook on December 16 to notify her friends via social media that she was “resigning”.

“It is with a heavy heart that I resign as editor of Urban Society, after two-and-a-half long years,” she posted.

“Want to say that I love my team, who are some of the most resilient and talented people I know.

“Goodbye free dinners, I’ll miss you most of all.

“Hit me up for freelance work.” were they getting more than free dinners, or paying for the free dinners in other ways? Time will tell

A Sydney woman who worked as a contractor for Stockbridge and didn’t want to be identified, said she was in “complete shock” by the news.

“I had no idea until now,” she said.

“I honestly can’t believe it and would never in a million years have picked it.”

A media identity who was notified of the incident last week said: “It sounds like a script from a movie – I would never have believed it.”

A Sydney nightclub owner who has worked with Stockbridge in the past said: “Lisa is the last person I would have thought would (allegedly) do something like this.”

Another senior public relations figure said: “I am in complete shock, this is absolutely incredible and something I would never have seen coming – she is a mum for god’s sake.”

Stockbridge’s website was shutdown in December and her personal social media sites, which include Twitter and Instagram, have been inactive since the day she was arrested.