Marcus Rappel murdered Tara Costigan -Now the Rally is on to help her kids


Let’s not give this pathetic gutless murderer more than a second, but it is time to think about the family left behind after Marcu Rappel allegedly killed Tara Costigan with an axe in a domestic violence attack that left 3 kids motherless.

murder: GoFundMe campaign raises money for family

Tara Costigan

Tara Costigan’s family has received an outpouring of community support. Source: Supplied

JUST over a week ago the Costigan family was celebrating the arrival of a new baby girl as 28-year-old Tara Costigan gave birth to her third child, baby Ayla.

Now, the close-knit group of cousins and siblings is planning a funeral for the bubbly young mum.

Tara, a mum of three and career carer, was found dead at her ACT home on Saturday, the victim of a domestic violence attack of the worst kind, police allege.

Her body was discovered in the laundry of her Calwell apartment with the murder weapon, an axe, nearby.

Tara’s dog Honey was one of her great loves, along with her three kids and large, support

Tara’s dog Honey was one of her great loves, along with her three kids and large, supportive family. Source: Supplied

Speaking on behalf of the family, Tara’s cousin Nathan Costigan told news.com.au the family was struggling to comprehend the tragedy that ripped them apart on the weekend.

“You would never in your wildest dreams assume that this is something that could happen to your family,” he said.

“It’s an incredible shock. At the moment our number one priority is the three kids.”

Tara’s murder left her two boys, Rhily, 11, Drew, nine, and one-week-old baby Ayla without a mother. Her former partner, Marcus Ruppel, is accused of Tara’s murder and the family is working with authorities.

Although Nathan admits he doesn’t exactly know what’s going to happen with the kids, they have plenty of support.

Tara Costigan

Tara Costigan Source: Facebook

The fund has passed its initial goal of $40,000

The fund has passed its initial goal of $40,000 Source: Supplied

A GoFundMe campaign has raised over $40,000 for the young family attracting pledges from hundreds of supporters.

“The outpouring has just been incredible,” Nathan said.

“The kids will be all right, we’ll make sure they’re all right.”

The loving uncle said that right now it was “hard to know if they’re really okay”, and that he was pretty sure the eldest two children were still in shock, but the kids would be looked after as best the family could manage. He’s working with police and authorities to make sure the kids are getting everything they need.

“We’re trying to keep their minds distracted for now because they probably know too much for a nine and 11-year-old,” he said.

“The Costigan side of the family is very close, those three kids are everyone’s number one priority right now.”

Tara Costigan

Tara Costigan Source: Supplied

Tara Costigan

Tara Costigan Source: Supplied

Tara loved to serve and care for people, her cousin says. She’ll be remembered as “a beautiful soul who was always smiling and willing to help others whenever and however she could”.

“The odds were against her, but she never gave up,” Nathan said.

“All her family were proud of her unshakable commitment to doing the best she can do. She worked hard to be able to send both her boys to a private school and she recently purchased her first new car.”

Tara’s grandmother said: “Our whole family is just devastated”.

Cousin Nathan says being a single mother and a carer and heavily pregnant, she had a very busy life.

“She didn’t like to cause trouble … she was just a gorgeous girl.”

Tara’s distraught family members had to be physically restrained, yelling abuse at her accused killer when he appeared at a Canberra court yesterday.

Accused killer Marcus Rappel

Accused killer Marcus Rappel Source: Facebook

Rappel, 40, is accused of her murder, assault occasioning bodily harm and recklessly inflicting grievous bodily harm.

He is alleged to have forced his way into Ms Costigan’s villa, killing Ms Costigan with an axe and inflicting grievous bodily harm on a second woman and seriously assaulting a man, the Canberra Times reports.

He did not apply for bail and the matter has been adjourned until March 17.

Donate to the GoFundMe campaign supporting Tara’s three kids left without a mother here.

Gold Coast Titans’ Greg Bird, Dave Taylor, Kalifa Faifai Loa stood down, facing court over allegedly arranging to supply cocaine


I’m sick to death of sport and drugs. How greedy are the players (all 3 codes will be caught up in this for sure) Patting young starry eyes kids on the head, signing autographs whilst on their mobiles trying to score coke and it seems whilst they have cocaine habits.

It is disgusting and ruining sports, who can our kids look up to these days. they are falling like ten pins for gross acts, greedy acts, illegal acts the list goes on. treating women like shit, taking drugs, gambling, getting so drunk they perform all kinds of things…God help sport in Oz.

23/02/15

Representative stars Greg Bird and Dave Taylor are among five Gold Coast Titans players to have been stood down after being implicated in the drugs scandal currently engulfing the club.

Bird, Taylor and winger Kalifa Faifai Loa were stood down on Sunday after they and former Titan Joe Vickery were issued with notices to appear in court for allegedly arranging the supply of cocaine.

It comes two days after it was revealed on Friday that hooker Beau Falloon, Jamie Dowling and the Queensland Reds’ Karmichael Hunt would also face court as part of the same Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) investigation into drug trafficking.

The CCC released a statement confirming four men had been served with notices to appear in court on counts of supplying drugs, one of whom faces seven counts.

Titans chief executive Graham Annesley told reporters on Sunday the players would be forced to front the board and “explain why action should not be taken against them for reputational damage the club has incurred”.

“We expect that that will take a little bit of time because at the moment we have very little information to make that assessment,” Annesley said.

I apologise to everyone associated with the game [and] everyone that’s trying to take this game forward for these setbacks that are holding the game back.

Graham Annesley

“But over the coming days we hope we will have more information and the players will be able to appear before the board.”

Taylor, Bird and Faifai Loa will face court on March 9.

“I’ve run out of words to explain it,” Annesley said.

“Let’s not forget these players haven’t been found guilty of anything … [but] to be constantly dragged through these types of scandals is incredibly damaging to the club.”

The scandal comes two months after Bird was removed as co-captain after a public urination incident in Byron Bay.

Despite a number of controversies hitting the cash-strapped club in recent times, Annesley stressed he would not be abandoning the team.

“This is another bad day for the club, and it’s a bad day for the game,” he added.

“I apologise to everyone associated with the game [and] everyone that’s trying to take this game forward for these setbacks that are holding the game back.”

A CCC statement on Friday said Hunt, Falloon and Dowling, as well as an unidentified 22-year-old woman, would appear in Southport Magistrates Court on March 5.

The NRL’s Integrity Unit will help the Titans decide the fate of any players found guilty.

Titans coach, Neil Henry, says Falloon and Dowling will face further sanctions if they are found guilty in court.

“The Integrity Unit are across this as well. They have a big say in what happens in these situations and that’s fine,” Henry said after the Titans lost a trial game against the Cowboys in Cairns on Saturday night.

“We’ll have to be guided by what they recommend as well and that’s how it has been for every team.”

Still without a major sponsor for the 2015 season, the Titans no longer have a training base after leaving The Southport School as a result of the allegations against Falloon and Dowling.


Gold Coast Titans crisis: Five burning questions surrounding the club as the drug saga unfolds

NRL boss Dave Smith disappointed for the fans

NRL boss Dave Smith disappointed for the fans

CAN the Titans survive the cocaine crisis? Will the five players charged ever play again?

There are a series of key issues Graham Annesley will have to tackle as the drug saga involving five of the Gold Coast’s current players unfolds.

We look at five burning questions hovering over the Titans.

1. What are the futures for the five Titans players charged?

Even with the presumption of innocence in the courts, Titans CEO Graham Annesley has made it clear the five current players facing drug charges are in line for the sack.

Addressing the media on Sunday, Annesley said the club would be conducting “a separate contractual process” and would ask Greg Bird, Dave Taylor, Beau Falloon, Kalifa Faifai Loa and Jamie Dowling to meet with the board and “explain why action should not be taken against them for the reputational damage the club has incurred as a result of the players putting themselves in a position where they have been charged.”

Is Dave Taylor’s NRL career over?

Is Dave Taylor’s NRL career over? Source: News Corp Australia

Annesley made it clear that the Titans are still largely in the dark when it comes to the details of the investigation and how the five players charged fit within it, and as those details become clearer the club’s decision will become easier.

But if the players are indefinitely stood down or sacked they’ll have to rely on an acquittal in court to ever play in the NRL again.

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2. Do the Titans have a future?

Unequivocally, yes. If the NRL ever had an excuse to drop the Titans like a hot pie, this is it.

Commercially, the club’s never been a bigger basket case. Sponsors are thin on the ground, and in Bird one of the faces of the Titans has been caught up in an alleged cocaine ring.

Roll that in with below par on-field results and declining crowds over the past three seasons and you’ve got all the hallmarks of a club sliding into oblivion.

The good thing for the fans is the NRL is having none of it.

Dave Smith has used the opportunity over the past few days to give the NRL’s full backing to the Titans and ruled out relocation.

Dave Smith has been resolute in his support for the Titans.

Dave Smith has been resolute in his support for the Titans. Source: News Corp Australia

“The fans deserve a team on the Gold Coast and they will have a team on the Gold Coast,” Smith told Fox Sports News on Monday.

Titans co-owner Darryl Kelly has also reaffirmed his commitment to the club and while his millions are invested, he’s not going to allow the club to fall over.

3. Does the NRL have a drug problem?

Gary Belcher on Gold Coast Titans scandal

Yes and no. The Courier-Mail’s chief sports writer Robert Craddock used the drug charges levelled at the five Titans players to launch into a fascinating opinion piece on why NRL players and other elite sportspeople choose party drugs over booze.

CRADDOCK: WHY PLAYERS CHOOSE DRUGS OVER BOOZE

In it, he quoted a senior Brisbane football coach who Craddock had spoken to years before: “If you were a player why wouldn’t you take them? Unlike beer, you don’t put on weight and fail a pinch test. They are not that expensive.

“They get out of your system quickly. You don’t get a hangover. You don’t get photographed at a venue with a beer in your hand.

“You don’t get drug-tested very often and when you do you get three strikes before you are in big trouble. Whoever gets three strikes?’’

Five current Gold Coast Titans charged

Five current Gold Coast Titans charged

The three strikes policy the unnamed coach was referring to is only applied in the AFL, but as Craddock also points out, NRL Immortal Andrew Johns has admitted to being a serial ecstasy user for 12 years yet he never failed any of his 17 NRL drug tests.

So, in short, yes, the NRL and other codes in Australia most likely do have a drug problem but as NRL boss Dave Smith has pointed out, it’s also a societal problem.

“I don’t think this is specifically to do with sport, I don’t think this is specifically to do with rugby league, I think it’s a cultural, society-wide thing and frankly it turns my stomach.”

 

4. Is the DCE deal dead in the water?

Daly Cherry-Evans seems less likely to go to the Titans after recent events.

Daly Cherry-Evans seems less likely to go to the Titans after recent events. Source: News Corp Australia

It’s probably too early to call it dead but at best this deal is on life support.

One of the strongest components of the Titans’ pitch to Daly Cherry-Evans was the club’s culture and how the star halfback could contribute to it as a leader.

While the Titans have had a good track record for dealing with players who had lost their way in life or been sacked by other clubs, this scandal clearly erodes a lot if not all of that good work.

Cherry-Evans will now be looking at the Titans as a club with a battered reputation and with some massive question marks over the playing roster, with two of their top five players unlikely to play again, at least in the foreseeable future.

A premiership tilt frankly looks five years away, if you want to be a giddy optimist.

On the flip side, Annesley has an opportunity to convince DCE of the benefits of a wide-scale clean-out and the potential to build a team around the star halfback.

But to get the in-demand playmaker over the line, Annesley is now in a position where he will likely have to add some numbers to an already massive deal.

5. Has anyone enhanced their reputation?

It’s been a trying few days for Graham Annesley but he’s conducted himself with distincti

It’s been a trying few days for Graham Annesley but he’s conducted himself with distinction. Source: CourierMail

It’s pretty easy to point out whose reputation has been battered by this whole messy saga, but it also needs to be pointed out that at least two people who have had theirs enhanced.

The first is Annesley. Already a highly rated administrator, Annesley’s honest, forthright and sometimes emotional approach to this situation must be commended.

While many others would be ducking the media, he’s been at the coalface taking the heat and providing everyone with the proper assurances that the fans and the club would come first and the issues that needed to be dealt with would be done so in a professional manner.

Neil Henry, while not quite as visible, has been a tower of strength for his staff and his players and has enhanced his reputation as a leader of men who is prepared to do whatever it takes to get the best out of a bad situation.

Graham Annesley: Hard for the Titans to recover

Graham Annesley: Hard for the Titans to recover

Karmichael Hunt stood down for Queensland Reds’s next game over allegedly arranging supply of cocaine

Updated Fri at 6:48pm

Karmichael Hunt arrives at his home yesterday after the cocaine claims exploded.

Karmichael Hunt arrives at his home yesterday after the cocaine claims exploded.

Queensland Reds star recruit Karmichael Hunt has been stood down after being identified allegedly arranging the supply of cocaine.

The Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) released a statement on Friday morning saying on Thursday a 28-year-old man from Hendra was served with a Notice to Appear in Court to face four counts of supplying a dangerous drug.

Hunt made his Super Rugby debut against the Brumbies in Canberra last Friday and was named to start at full-back for the Reds against the Western Force at Lang Park on Saturday evening.

But according to a Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) statement: “It has been determined by the QRU, ARU (Australian Rugby Union) and the Rugby Union Players’ Association and after discussion with Karmichael that it would be best for his welfare that he is not available for selection this weekend.”

The statement also said the period in question was between September 1 and October 3 last year and that Hunt had not been arrested or charged.

The CCC will allege Hunt is among three men and one woman who arranged for the supply of cocaine for personal use or to on-supply to friends and colleagues.

A 24-year-old man from Burleigh Waters, a 27-year-old man from Mermaid Waters and a 22-year-old woman from Mermaid Waters were identified along with Hunt contacting the syndicate and allegedly arranging for the supply of cocaine.

NRL club the Gold Coast Titans later on Friday stood down Beau Falloon, 27, and Jamie Dowling, 24, pending court appearances for drug offences, set for the Southport Magistrates Court on March 5.

The CCC said it was unable to comment further due to the ongoing nature of the investigation.

The CCC’s investigation focused on a cocaine trafficking syndicate operating in south-east Queensland, which resulted in charges being laid against former Queensland rugby league player Jason Smith.

Smith and Toowoomba restaurateur Jason Wood have been accused of trafficking 280 grams of cocaine, also between June and December last year.

Another former NRL player, Matt Seers, also faces 15 counts of supplying a dangerous drug and one count of trafficking a dangerous drug after being arrested in January as part of a joint investigation between Queensland police, New South Wales police and the CCC.

The Reds cancelled a scheduled media conference involving captain James Slipper this morning but released a joint statement with the ARU outlining they are both making inquiries into the reports about Hunt.

Hunt part of Reds’ leadership group

Hunt was named among the Reds leadership group in January, having been appointed vice-captain only months after joining the squad.

“I’ve considered myself a leader from a young age,” Hunt said last month.

“I have been around great leaders since I was a 17-year-old at the Broncos with (Shane) Webcke, (Gorden) Tallis, (Darren) Lockyer.

“I’ve been a part of the Origin and Test sides, I’ve played alongside some great leaders and obviously my own leadership skills have developed over the years.

“So there’s plenty of experiences I’ve been through and I’ve seen that can help the group and help the younger brigade coming through.”

Hunt made his debut in the NRL with the Brisbane Broncos as a 17-year-old in 2004 and represented Queensland at State of Origin level on 10 occasions before announcing a shock switch to the AFL and the Gold Coast Suns in 2009.

With the Suns entering the national competition in 2011, Hunt played a short stint with French Top 14 rugby union club Biarritz, for whom he appeared in the 2009/10 Heineken Cup Final.

The Suns released a statement on Friday morning.

“The Gold Coast Suns have been made aware of charges laid against Karmichael Hunt through the media reports this morning,” the AFL club said.

“As this matter is now before the court, it would be inappropriate to make any comment.”

After three years in the AFL, Hunt returned to rugby union for what was supposed to be a more long-term commitment prior to the 2015 season.

Artist and wife of embassy official Jane Hardy, Vytas Kapociunas allegedly molested child


After months and months of diplomatic bullshit at our expense, this sick pervert is going down.A sleazy “Artist” again, happened to be married to an Aussie diplomat. So what happens, Harm minimisation of course to the image…Fuck that…read on

Husband of Australian diplomat to stand trial on child sex offences

January 15, 2015 – 11:30AM

Courts reporter for The Canberra Times.

Vytas Bronius Kapociunas with his wife and former ambassador to Spain Jane Hardy.Vytas Bronius Kapociunas with his wife and former ambassador to Spain Jane Hardy. Photo: Facebook

The husband of a top Australian diplomat accused of molesting a child while overseas has been committed to stand trial.

Vytas Bronius Kapociunas, 71, maintained pleas of not guilty to three charges of sexual intercourse with a child outside Australia when he appeared in the ACT Magistrates Court on Thursday.

The offences are alleged to have occurred overseas, but are before the ACT courts as the charges fall under Commonwealth law.

Chief Magistrate Lorraine Walker on Thursday committed him to stand trial in the ACT Supreme Court.

Kapociunas was arrested at Canberra Airport in September last year.

Court documents said the allegation surfaced after the girl told her mother that the artist kept kissing her.

When questioned further, the girl allegedly said he “kisses me on the lips, and here,” pointing at her groin.

The mother reported the conversation to the Australian Federal Police.

Kapociunas, in a police interview, allegedly acknowledged he had had physical contact with the girl that included kissing in greeting and farewelling, piggy-back rides, and blowing raspberries on her belly button.

But he denied abusing the girl.

He was originally charged with one count of child sex and first appeared in court in October.

Two additional charges were laid in December.

The painter and sculptor is married to top Australian diplomat, Jane Hardy, who, in November, ceased her role as Australia’s ambassador to Spain and returned home almost two years into a three-year appointment.

Ms Hardy’s identity and diplomatic position were previously subject to a court suppression order, but that has now been lifted.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade have emphasised that “no allegations of inappropriate or illegal behaviour” have been made against Ms Hardy.

Lithuanian-born Kapociunas studied art in South Australian and lived Spain, France and Britain before he wed Ms Hardy in 1982.

He has since accompanied her on diplomatic postings to Malaysia, South Korean, the United States, and Spain .

He work has been exhibited at the Australian embassy in Washington.

On Thursday, Ms Walker continued the defendants bail, but added the condition that he notify the court if he changes address.

The case will appear in the Supreme Court for directions next month.


 

Australian diplomat returned from posting after husband charged over child-sex allegations

January 14, 2015 – 4:31PM

Vytas Bronius Kapociunas with his wife and former ambassador to Spain Jane Hardy.Vytas Bronius Kapociunas with his wife and former ambassador to Spain Jane Hardy. Photo: Facebook

One of Australia’s top diplomats has returned early from an overseas posting after her spouse was arrested and charged with child sex offences. 

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has confirmed that Jane Hardy ceased duty as Australia’s ambassador to Spain on November 3, 2014, less than two years into what would normally be a three-year appointment.

A DFAT spokesperson declined to answer Fairfax Media questions about the precise circumstances leading to the ambassador’s return to Australia, only saying Ms Hardy “returned by mutual agreement with the department.”

Charged: Vytas Bronius Kapociunas, 71, is accused of child sex offences.

Charged: Vytas Bronius Kapociunas, 71, is accused of child sex offences.

However it is a matter of public record that the Australian Federal Police arrested Ms Hardy’s husband, artist Vytas Kapociunas, on September 20, 2014, in relation to an allegation of sexual intercourse with a child outside Australia. 

Mr Kapociunas, now aged 71, appeared before the ACT Magistrates Court in Canberra on October 3 in relation to one charge of sexual intercourse with a child outside of Australia. Two additional charges of sexual intercourse with a child outside of Australia were laid against Mr Kapociunas in December. He has pleaded not guilty to all three charges. 

The sculptor and painter first came to police attention after the girl told her mother that she had a secret to tell her.

“I need to tell you a secret,” the child said, according to court documents. “I think Vytas really likes me, because he keeps kissing me.”

The AFP say the mother questioned her daughter further, and the girl allegedly said: “He kisses me on the lips, and here,” pointing to her groin.

The mother contacted the AFP who opened an investigation and interviewed the girl.

Mr Kapociunas was informed of the allegations on September 17 and was met by AFP officers at Canberra Airport three days later.  He agreed to an interview in which, according to police, he acknowledged he had met the girl three times and had physical contact with her including kissing.  However he denied he had committed any child sex offences, saying he was “unsure” why the girl would say such things. He was then arrested. 

Born in Lithuania in 1943, Mr Kapociunas studied at the South Australian School of Art and spent his early post-graduate years in Spain, France and Britain . He married Ms Hardy in 1982 and accompanied her on diplomatic postings to Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Washington DC and most recently Madrid.  In 2008 his sculpture Passage through Fire was exhibited at the Australian embassy in Washington.

Ms Hardy’s identity and position were subject to a temporary court suppression order, now no longer in force. not anymore

DFAT has emphasised that “no allegations of inappropriate or illegal behaviour” have been made against Ms Hardy who assumed duty as ambassador to Spain in January 2013.

“Ms Hardy performed creditably in her role in Spain and, following her return, has taken up a suitably senior position in Canberra,” a departmental spokesperson said.

DFAT’s organisation chart shows Ms Hardy is now in charge of the department’s arms control and counter-proliferation branch.

Her executive assistant told Fairfax Media she is not currently in Canberra and cannot be contacted.

A new ambassador to Spain has not yet been appointed.

Mr Kapociunas’s solicitor, Chloe Preston, declined to comment. His case is listed for a further procedural hearing in the Magistrates Court on January 15.


 

Artist pleads not guilty to child sex offences allegedly linked to overseas Australian embassy

Date
December 4, 2014

Reporter for The Canberra Times.

An Australian artist has been accused of two more sexual offences against a child connected to an overseas Australian embassy.

Sculptor and painter Vytas Bronius Kapociunas, 70, is facing the ACT Magistrates Court, accused of molesting a child overseas.

He was charged on Thursday with two additional offences of sexual intercourse with a minor outside of Australia, meaning he is now charged with three offences.

Kapociunas, represented by lawyer Chloe Preston, has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

He first came to police attention when his alleged victim told her mother she had a secret.

“I need to tell you a secret,” the girl allegedly said.

“I think Vytas really likes me, because he keeps kissing me.”

She also allegedly told her mother:

“He kisses me on the lips and here”, pointing to her groin.

Police went to meet Kapociunas at Canberra Airport earlier this year and he agreed to an interview, court documents suggest.

He told police he had no idea why the girl had been saying such things. Kapociunas denied her allegations.

He was arrested and initially charged with a single count of having sexual intercourse with a child outside Australia, which is a Commonwealth offence.

The artist allegedly told police he piggy-backed the girl, blew raspberries on her belly button, and that she kissed him on the lips when saying hello and goodbye.

The case was adjourned by Magistrate Robert Cook until January.


 

Artist Vytas Kapociunas allegedly molested child linked to overseas embassy

October 17, 2014

Christopher Knaus

An Australian artist has been accused of molesting a child connected to an overseas embassy.

Well-known sculptor and painter Vytas Bronius Kapociunas, 70, was arrested earlier this year after a young girl at an Australian embassy alleged he sexually assaulted her.

Kapociunas, who is fighting the allegation, first came to police attention after the girl told her mother that she had a secret to tell her.

“I need to tell you a secret,” the girl said, according to court documents. “I think Vytas really likes me, because he keeps kissing me.”

Police say the mother questioned her daughter further, and the girl said:

“He kisses me on the lips, and here”, pointing to her groin.

The offence is alleged to have occurred overseas, but is now being prosecuted in the ACT under Commonwealth law.

The mother called the Australian Federal Police, who began investigating, and went to meet Kapociunas at Canberra Airport last month.

He agreed to an interview and denied the allegations, claiming he had no idea why the girl would say such things.

Police arrested the artist, and he is currently before the ACT Magistrates Court on one charge of sexual intercourse with a child outside Australia, an offence under the Commonwealth Criminal Code.

He appeared before Magistrate Peter Morrison on Friday morning, and pleas of not guilty were entered on his behalf.

The artist told police during an interview that he had piggy-backed the victim and blown raspberries on her belly button, and that she kissed him on the lips when saying hello and goodbye.

But he denied to police that he had committed any child sex offences.

The court heard on Friday the brief of evidence against him was mostly prepared, and the case was adjourned until December. 

Kapociunas is an artist who has worked across Australia and the world, and studied and taught in South Australia.

He has also studied at the University of Canberra, according to his earlier news reports, and has written children’s books.


 

‘Father-son DNA link’ between 1999 Irma Palasics killing and 2010 Woden break-in


A kid caught a few years back on CCTV trying to break into an old PitchnPutt venue may crack the cold case here. HIS DNA also belongs to the unidentified DNA of the man that murdered (or was present) in 1999 when Irma Palasics was bashed to death in the killers search for money and jewelery in the home…SOMEONE can help, and knows who it is! This new DNA technique could soon be solving Crimes decades old on a regular basis through the children of criminals

Make sure to watch the 60 minutes story which run last night. (2 parts down the page)

Simply put this persons father was involved. The first of the young group of fools who tried to break into PitchnPutt may be able to make 500,000 by identifying the person in the video leading to an arrest and conviction!

A murder mystery like no other – two apparently unrelated crimes, 11 years apart. One is a relatively harmless teenage prank. The other a cowardly murder of a Canberra grandmother. 72 year old Irma Palacsics was bashed and murdered in her own home in 1999.  Fifteen years on, the killers probably thought they’d got away with it, but a recent break-in at a local “pitch and putt”, has this cold case warming up. Extraordinary new forensic science has linked the two crimes and, now, a son is about to betray his killer father.

Mon 3 Nov 2014, 1:57pm

New DNA technology has linked the cold-case murder of a 72-year-old woman in 1999 to a golf course burglary more than 10 years later, ACT Policing say.

Irma Palasics and her husband Gregor were bound, gagged and viciously bashed when two men broke in and ransacked their home on Grover Crescent in McKellar on November 6, 1999.

After the offenders left, Mr Palasics was able to free himself and phone police, but Mrs Palasics died from her injuries.

Mr Palasics, severely injured, traumatised and grief-stricken, died within a year.

Years later, sensitive new technology used to examine DNA evidence from the scene linked Mrs Palasics’ death to what would seem like an unconnected incident in 2010, when four teenagers broke into the Woden Pitch and Putt.

Police have revealed the DNA evidence suggested a child-parent link, between a perpetrator of the Pitch and Putt break-in and what happened at the Palasics’ home.

Senior Constable Jarryd Dunbar told Channel Nine the tests suggested the son of one of Mrs Palasics’ attackers was involved in the Pitch and Putt break-in, although there was a small possibility it could have been someone from his extended family.

He said the son was believed to have been at an 18th birthday party at the Slovenian-Australian Association across the road from the Pitch and Putt earlier that evening.

“Whoever was at that party will be able to identify who those persons are in the CCTV,” he said.

Call to Crime Stoppers ended before information was given

Police said that on October 20 this year, a man contacted Crime Stoppers and indicated he could identify people in the CCTV footage but ended the call before providing any information.

“This is a horrific crime which happened in the sanctity of someone’s own home,” Senior Constable Dunbar said.

“Come forward and give us the information we need, so the family can put this crime behind them.

“[Gregor] went to his death a few years later always with the thought in his mind that he had failed in some way as a husband and as a protector.”

Police said they were not concerned about the act of vandalism at the Pitch and Putt, and this would not be a problem for anyone considering giving information.

“We don’t want your name, we just want the information you have that could lead to any convictions,” Crime Stoppers CEO Bryan Roach said.

Police said DNA from the murder scene was also placed on Interpol database with no match.

Facefit of suspect released

Prior to her death, Irma and her husband were robbed in 1997 and again in 1998 at their old home in Pelsart Street in Red Hill.

On June 29, 1997, an excess of $100,000 in cash, numerous items of expensive jewellery and a number of Australian $200 gold coins were taken.

About a year later on October 10, 1998, two men were disturbed by Mrs Palasics in the process of a another burglary.

Mrs Palasics was assaulted and during a struggle she managed to pull the balaclava from the head of one offender before both men escaped.

Police said new DNA technology had also helped them link the man wearing the balaclava to the eventual murder scene in McKellar.

DNA taken from a number of tape lifts from the balaclava matched DNA profiles from the the Palasics’ home after the murder.

Officers said it was the first time a link had been established between the two crime scenes.

Police were told by a witness to the aggravated robbery that a man got into a 1980s model silver or blue-coloured sedan with a possibly faulty headlines and ACT rego plates on Quiros Street in Red Hill.

Officers believe this man was one of the offenders.

The witness also told police he saw a second witness walking his dog in the area, who looked about 45 to 50 years old, around 186cm tall, with a solid build, short black, curly hair and a black beard.

The man was wearing black rimmed glasses, a dark long-sleeved shirt and long pants, and was walking a tan labrador or retriever dog.

Police said they suspected all three incidents were linked and have released a computer-generated image of a suspect from the 1998 burglary.

They have also released an image of the potential witness who was walking his dog.

Witnesses urged to come forward

There is a $500,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of Mrs Palasics’ killers and police have urged people with information to come forward to help solve the crime.

Mrs Palasics’ daughter Elizabeth Mikita said the family were unable to move on without knowing her killed their mother.

“She was a lovely, caring person, much loved by her family and friends and we think about her every day,” she said.

“Her death has been devastating and while we continue to recover 15 years on, we need to know who killed her and why.

“Without answers to these questions we cannot move forward, we cannot rest and we cannot overcome our grief.”

Ms Mikita said the people who killed her mother not only took her life, but also her father’s.

“He was never the same after her death. He died believing that he had failed to protect his wife. It wasn’t his fault and he didn’t deserve to live out the final years of his life blaming himself,” she said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the website. Information can be provided anonymously.

A special phone-in to try to uncover more information about the case has been organised for Thursday – the 15th anniversary of Mrs Palasics’ death.

Irma Palasics – $500 000 reward

About 9.30pm on Saturday 6 November 1999 two men forced their way into the McKellar home of elderly couple, Gregor and Irma Palasics.

The couple were bound and savagely beaten before the men ransacked their home and stole cash and jewellery. Irma did not survive her injuries and died at the scene.

Gregor and Irma were victims of a burglary in 1997 and an aggravated burglary in 1998 when they lived in Red Hill.

During the burglary in 1997 unknown offender(s) stole a large sum of cash and jewellery.

Police suspect that a possible link exists between the burglaries in 1997 and 1998 and the home invasion (aggravated burglary) on 6 November which resulted in the murder of Irma Palasics.

60 Minutes Exclusive

See the full 60 Minutes episode

or part one a part 2 here http://www.jump-in.com.au/show/60minutes/stories/2014/october/who-killed-irma/

Pitch and Putt CCTV

Public appeal video

Recent developments

In August 2012 police released CCTV footage of an attempted aggravated burglary at Pitch & Putt in Phillip which took place 1.50am, Sunday 16 May 2010. Five teenagers appear in the CCTV footage, showing them break into the Pitch & Putt golf course by charging at the metal roller door of the storage area.

Police believe forensic evidence links the Pitch & Putt attempted burglary with the crime scene in November 1999 which resulted in the murder of Irma Palasics.

Police are urging anyone with any information, no matter how small, to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Information can be provided anonymously.

A $500 000 reward is in place for information leading to the apprehension and subsequent conviction of the person(s) responsible for Irma’s murder and an appropriate indemnity from prosecution will be considered for any accomplice who first gives information.

Reward poster for Irma (PDF)

Media releases for Irma

It is funny how anything Peter Slipper says Just does not seem to add up…UPDATES ON HIS CONS


UPDATE 05/05/12

Peter Slipper pleaded to retain ongoing use of paper Cabcharge dockets.
NOW WHY WOULD HE DO THAT?

EMBATTLED Speaker Peter Slipper pleaded to retain ongoing use of paper Cabcharge dockets despite high-level government concerns they could be “easily misused”.

In the latest twist in the scandal that has engulfed the Gillard government, it can be revealed Mr Slipper personally challenged a ruling in April 2006 to scrap paper vouchers in favour of electronic cards.

The Queensland MP is under Australian Federal Police investigation over his use of Cabcharge and has stood aside as Speaker until the Cabcharge and sexual harassment allegations, both of which he denies, are investigated.

Mr Slipper – who has in the past been forced to repay more than $20,000 in entitlements – was one of only two federal MPs using paper Cabcharge dockets when the Finance Department recommended they be axed. Out of how many MP’s at Canberra and around the place…Remember this was in 2006. And he still clinged onto the SCAM potential up until the present day…

Using the excuse it was all the driver’s fault as they did not have the electronic gadgets to do instant, accurate and accountable dockets. This has suited this despicable excuse of an MP down to a T.

I have pages of stuff about his off the record journeys to purchase booze, drink booze, wine and dine and get pissed (not to mention doing the same in Parliament House for years…His exploits are legendary.

His bid to try to retain the dockets raised suspicions with Howard government figures keen to crackdown on misuse of travel entitlements.

In a memo, finance said the vouchers were open to abuse due to “unclear handwriting” and “inadequate information for reporting purposes”.

“Cabcharge vouchers are also very difficult to trace and, in the event of being lost or stolen, are easily misused,” the department said in a letter to then Special Minister of State Gary Nairn. Mr Slipper tried to persuade Mr Nairn to allow him to continue to use the paper dockets.

“I had a call from (Mr Slipper) arguing the case to keep Cabcharge vouchers,” Mr Nairn said yesterday.

On April 5, 2006, in an email headed: “Cabcharge voucher books”, Mr Slipper wrote: “Hi Gary, you will recall we spoke about this issue recently and (I) was wondering whether there had been a successful outcome? Peter.”

Mr Slipper, whose Queensland electorate of Fisher is about 90 minutes drive from Brisbane, argued that his hire car arrangements required the use of Cabcharge vouchers.

Mr Nairns’ staff contacted two limousine companies – including Mr Slipper’s preferred supplier Oakcorp – which both confirmed they accepted Cabcharge through electronic transactions.

Mr Nairn, who lost his seat in 2007, pointed to a range of flaws with the vouchers and told a Liberal colleague: “I really couldn’t justify keeping the voucher system going.”

The AFP is investigating claims Mr Slipper would sign Cabcharge vouchers but leave his long-term Sydney driver Antwan Kaikaty to fill out other details – including the amount.

The Speaker is also facing sexual harassment allegations after male adviser James Ashby launched legal action in the Federal Court.

Mr Slipper declined to comment on the claims last night and requested “copies of this correspondence and details of concerns of the Department of Finance”.

It is funny how anything Peter Slipper says Just does not seem to add up. Here is an article from the Financial Review (who should know their stuff)

By Pamela Williams

Many dozens of limousine and taxi fares paid by the Speaker Peter Slipper for widely differing journeys in Victoria, NSW, Queensland and Canberra have been for identical sums of money, raising new questions amid the cascading claims and allegations levelled against the most senior office-holder in the Australian Parliament in the past week.

An analysis by The Australian Financial Review  of taxi and limousine charges in 14 pages of documents released by the Department of Finance reveal what appear to be patterns in Cabcharge vouchers signed by Slipper in 2010 and 2011.

Sixteen different journeys taken by Slipper between January 2010 and January 2011 in Canberra, Sydney or Brisbane – with trips as varied as suburb-to-suburb, city-to-suburb or airport-to-suburb, and using seven different car or taxi companies – each cost $75.68.

For example, on a warm summer’s day (27 degrees) on Friday, January 8, 2010, the Sydney firm of RSL Cabs took Slipper on two trips: one from the airport to the city, and another from the city to the airport. In a striking coincidence, given the ebb and flow of Sydney’s traffic swarms, the fare each way was exactly $75.68.

It was perhaps an expensive run for Slipper, given the average taxi fare between downtown Sydney and the airport – while far from predictable – is about $30 to $40. It seemed unfortunate and almost against the odds for Slipper to take two taxis charging identical city-to-airport fares of $75.68 at different times, on the same day.

If Slipper were a betting man, he might have seen a sign that he could beats the odds when exactly a year later, back in Sydney, he took another RSL taxi on January 7, 2011 – noted suburbs-to-suburbs (but presumably different suburbs to a year before) – and the fare yet again was exactly $75.68.

Another 12 trips by Slipper between January 2010 and March 2011 all cost precisely $85.77 each. These ranged from a journey from Parliament House, Canberra, to the suburbs, three other trips described as suburbs-to-suburbs or suburbs-to-airport, using car companies as disparate as Babylon Investment Group, Canberra Hire Cars, Marcellus K Gill and Oakcorp Limousines, which services south-east Queensland.

In Canberra, Slipper took three trips using Canberra Hire Cars between November 2 and November 5, 2010, and each trip cost exactly $65.59.

A figure of $95.86 was the exact cost of 22 different trips by Slipper between March 2010 and March 2011. A trip on July 27, 2010, with his favoured Queensland limo service, Oakcorp Limousines, from Brisbane to the suburbs was paid by Slipper using his taxpayer-funded Cabcharge card. The bill was $95.86. The fare for a trip with Oakland Limo on March 19, 2011, from the airport to Brisbane was $95.86. The fare on January 20, 2010, from the Canberra suburbs to Parliament House was $95.86. So, too, was a trip on April 22, 2010, with Brisvegas Limos from the suburbs to Brisbane.

Slipper took 24 trips between February and July 2010 from his home in Buderim, Queensland, to Brisbane or Brisbane airport (or the other way from Brisbane to Buderim) where the fare was $327.95 on each occasion.

Five of these trips were with Lazmar Limousines and the other 19 trips were with Oakcorp limousines. The fares, however, were were all the same.

During the same time frame, Slipper took a further seven trips between Buderim and either Brisbane airport or Brisbane city, all with Oakcorp, with the exception of one ride with Lazmar. On all these trips – regardless of whether they were from Buderim to Brisbane or vice versa – the fare was exactly $338.05 each time, suggesting a most precise taxi meter operating in the vehicle.

During eight limo trips with Lazmar or Oakcorp between August 2010 and June 2011 (again Buderim-Brisbane, Brisbane-Buderim), the fare was exactly $287.59.

In 2010, trips on January 19, January 31, February 5, and March 6, using four car companies (A.L. Prosser, Babylon Investment Group, Marcellus K Gill, and Oakcorp Limousines) to be driven variously from Brisbane airport to the suburbs, as well as other suburb-to-suburb fares, all came to the same amount: $146.32. A year later, United Yellow Cabs SA took Slipper suburbs-to-suburbs, and that, too, was $146.32.

Slipper’s cars rarely list the suburbs he visits on his Cabcharge receipts unless the destination is Buderim or Brisbane. Seven trips in 2010 (January 19, 30, February 24, 27, March 19, July 11 and July 27) using cars in Canberra, Brisbane and elsewhere, stated only airport-to-suburbs, suburb-to-suburb, with one exception of Brisbane-to-suburbs – all with the same fare of $126.14.

Slipper’s drivers appear to have an almost eerie ability to take travel routes in different parts of Australia where the fares match up to the last cent. For example, on April 15, 2010, Darwin company Taxis Top End appeared on Slipper’s Cabcharge with a bill for $70.64. On November 2, 2010, Canberra Hire cars charged Slipper for a trip suburbs-to-city at $70.64. Just four months later on March 10, 2011, Babylon Investment Group appeared on Slipper’s taxi docket for a trip suburbs-to-suburbs at $70.64.

Slipper’s travel between his Buderim home and Brisbane by limousine, mostly using Oakcorp Limousines but sometimes using Lazmar, also revealed some surprising differentials.

The online calculator for Yellow Cabs in Queensland estimates the fare between Buderim and Brisbane at $215.

But on 70 trips taken between January and July 2010, Slipper paid fares ranging from $312.82 (nine trips) to $322.91 (eight trips), $327.95 (24 trips), $333.00 (nine trips), $338.05 (seven trips), $348.14 (five trips). All of these fares were paid with Slipper’s electronic Cabcharge card.

But Department of Finance records also list other fares using the same limousine service, Oakcorp Limousines, for travel between Buderim and Brisbane during 2010 and 2011 which Slipper paid with a Cabcharge docket filled out by hand.

Covering the period August 2010 to May 2011, the fares paid with paper dockets supplied to the cab driver by Slipper range from $236.36 (13 trips) to $245.45 (25 trips), $250.00 (eight trips), $254.55 (six trips), $259.09 (four trips), $263.64 (three trips) and $268.18 (three trips). These fares, paid manually, are almost $80 to $100 less than those paid electronically.

Slipper did not reply to questions last night about the reason for the disparity.

One astonishing overlap in Slipper’s travels occurred during a trip to Perth in the winter of 2010. On July 1, according to Freedom of Information records now unravelling Slipper’s travel, he arrived in Perth and took a cab from Swans Taxi Co-Op at 11.11am, travelling to East Perth and paying a fare of $40.36. Almost simultaneously, at 11.12am Slipper picked up an Avis hire car in Perth which he kept for several days, returning it on July 3 and paying $348.72.

Other oddities in Slipper’s hire car use have emerged in a Financial Review investigation. For November 14, 2010, Oakcorp Limousines submitted two manual vouchers signed by Slipper – both airport-to Brisbane on the same day, and both for $86.36.

Then on November 19, 2010, Slipper signed a manual docket for Oakcorp Limousines for travel from Brisbane to Buderim – at a cost of $86.36.

He also signed a manual docket for what appears to be a wholly different trip – from Brisbane airport to Brisbane for $245.45 – suggesting a mix-up in his dockets.

On February 5, 2011, Slipper signed an electronic Cabcharge bill for Lazmar Limousines for a trip from Brisbane to Brisbane airport – for $297.68 – a journey for which he usually paid between $68 and $86 (although regularly up to $136, an amount perhaps startling to Brisbanites).

On two consecutive days in July 2010, Slipper stacked up four limousine trips between Buderim and the airport or Brisbane CBD. Three of these took place on just one day, July 27. The records suggest that Slipper took a car from Buderim to the airport on July 26 (at a cost of $333). He presumably flew to Canberra. The next day, July 27, a commonwealth car took Slipper on a 34-minute trip early in the morning. He then flew back to Brisbane, where he took a limo from Brisbane airport to Buderim ($327.95).

Still on July 27, Slipper travelled from Buderim to Brisbane (348.14) before turning around to head back to Buderim ($343.09). He somehow also found time on the day to notch up two limousine trips between Brisbane and the suburbs ($126.14 and $95.86).

At the end of 2010, a rather more startling picture emerges.

According to the records, Slipper travelled on December 29, 2010, using Oakcorp Limousines from his home in Buderim to Brisbane. He paid using electronic Cabcharge a fare of $287.59. On the same day, December 29, 2010, Slipper also signed a manual Cabcharge to pay Oakcorp Limousines for the same trip from Buderim to Brisbane at a cost of $245.45. No records exist showing a return trip in between from Brisbane to Buderim.

The Speaker stood aside this week after a welter of allegations – yet to be tested in court – that he had abused his relationship of power with an adviser in his office.

The adviser, James Ashby, has filed a civil suit claiming that Slipper pressured him for favours during a string of encounters at Slipper’s Canberra flat and through text messaging. Ashby also alleged Slipper had handed bundles of Cabcharge dockets to car hire drivers in exchange for journeys taken earlier this year. These are separate from the travel records released by the Department of Finance, referred to here. The furore that has since enveloped Slipper has been enough to see him stand aside as Speaker, casting the minority Labor government into unknown territory as the federal budget looms.

Last night, though, Slipper released copies of the Cabcharge dockets he says were referred to in Ashby’s affidavit. He said they clearly show that he had signed and filled out all elements of the dockets himself in his own handwriting. He described the criminal allegation regarding the Cabcharges as a complete fabrication.

It is funny how anything Peter Slipper says Just does not seem to add up. Here is an article from the Financial Review (who should know their stuff)

By Pamela Williams

Many dozens of limousine and taxi fares paid by the Speaker Peter Slipper for widely differing journeys in Victoria, NSW, Queensland and Canberra have been for identical sums of money, raising new questions amid the cascading claims and allegations levelled against the most senior office-holder in the Australian Parliament in the past week.

An analysis by The Australian Financial Review  of taxi and limousine charges in 14 pages of documents released by the Department of Finance reveal what appear to be patterns in Cabcharge vouchers signed by Slipper in 2010 and 2011.

Sixteen different journeys taken by Slipper between January 2010 and January 2011 in Canberra, Sydney or Brisbane – with trips as varied as suburb-to-suburb, city-to-suburb or airport-to-suburb, and using seven different car or taxi companies – each cost $75.68.

For example, on a warm summer’s day (27 degrees) on Friday, January 8, 2010, the Sydney firm of RSL Cabs took Slipper on two trips: one from the airport to the city, and another from the city to the airport. In a striking coincidence, given the ebb and flow of Sydney’s traffic swarms, the fare each way was exactly $75.68.

It was perhaps an expensive run for Slipper, given the average taxi fare between downtown Sydney and the airport – while far from predictable – is about $30 to $40. It seemed unfortunate and almost against the odds for Slipper to take two taxis charging identical city-to-airport fares of $75.68 at different times, on the same day.

If Slipper were a betting man, he might have seen a sign that he could beats the odds when exactly a year later, back in Sydney, he took another RSL taxi on January 7, 2011 – noted suburbs-to-suburbs (but presumably different suburbs to a year before) – and the fare yet again was exactly $75.68.

Another 12 trips by Slipper between January 2010 and March 2011 all cost precisely $85.77 each. These ranged from a journey from Parliament House, Canberra, to the suburbs, three other trips described as suburbs-to-suburbs or suburbs-to-airport, using car companies as disparate as Babylon Investment Group, Canberra Hire Cars, Marcellus K Gill and Oakcorp Limousines, which services south-east Queensland.

In Canberra, Slipper took three trips using Canberra Hire Cars between November 2 and November 5, 2010, and each trip cost exactly $65.59.

A figure of $95.86 was the exact cost of 22 different trips by Slipper between March 2010 and March 2011. A trip on July 27, 2010, with his favoured Queensland limo service, Oakcorp Limousines, from Brisbane to the suburbs was paid by Slipper using his taxpayer-funded Cabcharge card. The bill was $95.86. The fare for a trip with Oakland Limo on March 19, 2011, from the airport to Brisbane was $95.86. The fare on January 20, 2010, from the Canberra suburbs to Parliament House was $95.86. So, too, was a trip on April 22, 2010, with Brisvegas Limos from the suburbs to Brisbane.

Slipper took 24 trips between February and July 2010 from his home in Buderim, Queensland, to Brisbane or Brisbane airport (or the other way from Brisbane to Buderim) where the fare was $327.95 on each occasion.

Five of these trips were with Lazmar Limousines and the other 19 trips were with Oakcorp limousines. The fares, however, were were all the same.

During the same time frame, Slipper took a further seven trips between Buderim and either Brisbane airport or Brisbane city, all with Oakcorp, with the exception of one ride with Lazmar. On all these trips – regardless of whether they were from Buderim to Brisbane or vice versa – the fare was exactly $338.05 each time, suggesting a most precise taxi meter operating in the vehicle.

During eight limo trips with Lazmar or Oakcorp between August 2010 and June 2011 (again Buderim-Brisbane, Brisbane-Buderim), the fare was exactly $287.59.

In 2010, trips on January 19, January 31, February 5, and March 6, using four car companies (A.L. Prosser, Babylon Investment Group, Marcellus K Gill, and Oakcorp Limousines) to be driven variously from Brisbane airport to the suburbs, as well as other suburb-to-suburb fares, all came to the same amount: $146.32. A year later, United Yellow Cabs SA took Slipper suburbs-to-suburbs, and that, too, was $146.32.

Slipper’s cars rarely list the suburbs he visits on his Cabcharge receipts unless the destination is Buderim or Brisbane. Seven trips in 2010 (January 19, 30, February 24, 27, March 19, July 11 and July 27) using cars in Canberra, Brisbane and elsewhere, stated only airport-to-suburbs, suburb-to-suburb, with one exception of Brisbane-to-suburbs – all with the same fare of $126.14.

Slipper’s drivers appear to have an almost eerie ability to take travel routes in different parts of Australia where the fares match up to the last cent. For example, on April 15, 2010, Darwin company Taxis Top End appeared on Slipper’s Cabcharge with a bill for $70.64. On November 2, 2010, Canberra Hire cars charged Slipper for a trip suburbs-to-city at $70.64. Just four months later on March 10, 2011, Babylon Investment Group appeared on Slipper’s taxi docket for a trip suburbs-to-suburbs at $70.64.

Slipper’s travel between his Buderim home and Brisbane by limousine, mostly using Oakcorp Limousines but sometimes using Lazmar, also revealed some surprising differentials.

The online calculator for Yellow Cabs in Queensland estimates the fare between Buderim and Brisbane at $215.

But on 70 trips taken between January and July 2010, Slipper paid fares ranging from $312.82 (nine trips) to $322.91 (eight trips), $327.95 (24 trips), $333.00 (nine trips), $338.05 (seven trips), $348.14 (five trips). All of these fares were paid with Slipper’s electronic Cabcharge card.

But Department of Finance records also list other fares using the same limousine service, Oakcorp Limousines, for travel between Buderim and Brisbane during 2010 and 2011 which Slipper paid with a Cabcharge docket filled out by hand.

Covering the period August 2010 to May 2011, the fares paid with paper dockets supplied to the cab driver by Slipper range from $236.36 (13 trips) to $245.45 (25 trips), $250.00 (eight trips), $254.55 (six trips), $259.09 (four trips), $263.64 (three trips) and $268.18 (three trips). These fares, paid manually, are almost $80 to $100 less than those paid electronically.

Slipper did not reply to questions last night about the reason for the disparity.

One astonishing overlap in Slipper’s travels occurred during a trip to Perth in the winter of 2010. On July 1, according to Freedom of Information records now unravelling Slipper’s travel, he arrived in Perth and took a cab from Swans Taxi Co-Op at 11.11am, travelling to East Perth and paying a fare of $40.36. Almost simultaneously, at 11.12am Slipper picked up an Avis hire car in Perth which he kept for several days, returning it on July 3 and paying $348.72.

Other oddities in Slipper’s hire car use have emerged in a Financial Review investigation. For November 14, 2010, Oakcorp Limousines submitted two manual vouchers signed by Slipper – both airport-to Brisbane on the same day, and both for $86.36.

Then on November 19, 2010, Slipper signed a manual docket for Oakcorp Limousines for travel from Brisbane to Buderim – at a cost of $86.36.

He also signed a manual docket for what appears to be a wholly different trip – from Brisbane airport to Brisbane for $245.45 – suggesting a mix-up in his dockets.

On February 5, 2011, Slipper signed an electronic Cabcharge bill for Lazmar Limousines for a trip from Brisbane to Brisbane airport – for $297.68 – a journey for which he usually paid between $68 and $86 (although regularly up to $136, an amount perhaps startling to Brisbanites).

On two consecutive days in July 2010, Slipper stacked up four limousine trips between Buderim and the airport or Brisbane CBD. Three of these took place on just one day, July 27. The records suggest that Slipper took a car from Buderim to the airport on July 26 (at a cost of $333). He presumably flew to Canberra. The next day, July 27, a commonwealth car took Slipper on a 34-minute trip early in the morning. He then flew back to Brisbane, where he took a limo from Brisbane airport to Buderim ($327.95).

Still on July 27, Slipper travelled from Buderim to Brisbane (348.14) before turning around to head back to Buderim ($343.09). He somehow also found time on the day to notch up two limousine trips between Brisbane and the suburbs ($126.14 and $95.86).

At the end of 2010, a rather more startling picture emerges.

According to the records, Slipper travelled on December 29, 2010, using Oakcorp Limousines from his home in Buderim to Brisbane. He paid using electronic Cabcharge a fare of $287.59. On the same day, December 29, 2010, Slipper also signed a manual Cabcharge to pay Oakcorp Limousines for the same trip from Buderim to Brisbane at a cost of $245.45. No records exist showing a return trip in between from Brisbane to Buderim.

The Speaker stood aside this week after a welter of allegations – yet to be tested in court – that he had abused his relationship of power with an adviser in his office.

The adviser, James Ashby, has filed a civil suit claiming that Slipper pressured him for favours during a string of encounters at Slipper’s Canberra flat and through text messaging. Ashby also alleged Slipper had handed bundles of Cabcharge dockets to car hire drivers in exchange for journeys taken earlier this year. These are separate from the travel records released by the Department of Finance, referred to here. The furore that has since enveloped Slipper has been enough to see him stand aside as Speaker, casting the minority Labor government into unknown territory as the federal budget looms.

Last night, though, Slipper released copies of the Cabcharge dockets he says were referred to in Ashby’s affidavit. He said they clearly show that he had signed and filled out all elements of the dockets himself in his own handwriting. He described the criminal allegation regarding the Cabcharges as a complete fabrication.

PM’s Bodyguard running HeliPal business on the side from VIP jet


I have nothing against anyone making a fair dollar, but this bloke is stretching his resourcefulness a bit too far don’t you think? I can imagine several reasons why his colleagues are pissed off with him, but what about the security risk. Those concerned are assuming it was just toy helicopters inside those boxes. Others must have known, who loads the holds of these aircraft? Massive breach of Security and trust in the AFP I reckon.

His whole online presence has disappeared off the internet, basically overnight. BUT I have found a piece of evidence that might tell us something. He tried to sell the business for $13000 (Unless he is the one who purchased it late last year, but the seller is from Canberra, so i think we are talking about the same guy! Here are some pages I managed to secure…

Click on image below to get enlarged view, but here is the blurb as quoted from the site! 

HeliPal Australia www.helipal.com.au is a sucessful online hobby shop selling radio control (rc) helicopters and planes.  I have been operating it for one year on top of my regular job but I don’t have the time to develop it any further.

We are based in Canberra, but our customers are all over Australia.  You can operate this business anywhere.

All the hard work is done, the website is currently hosted by Netregistry.  It has a great user interface which makes it easy for anyone with basic computer knowledge to modify the site, add products, check orders etc.   The website has an easy to use shopping cart with PayPal and Credit Card facilities.  It also features an Australia Post shipping calculator.

The website is attractive and functional, with hundreds of products painstakingly added in detail with many custom photographs and videos.  We also have a presence of YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

The website, and social media accounts will be transferred to the new owner.

Netregistry have an excellent online and offline support centre, and I will be available to assist the new owner, provide introductions to suppliers etc.

The products come via an extensive network of Australian suppliers, and direct from Chinese manufacturers.  We have a great relationship with our suppliers.

Christmas last year was crazy, so now is the perfect time!

The business is offered WIWO, inclusive of stock valued at over $13,000 and a database of over 1000 happy customers.

Make us an offer!

 

Helipal Australia business up for sale

 

ONE of Julia Gillard‘s bodyguards is being investigated over allegations he used the Prime Minister’s plane to help run a private business.

A member of the close personal protection team has allegedly transported imported model helicopters in the RAAF Boeing 737’s cargo hold.

The Australian Federal Police officer operates a business called Helipal Australia, which sells radio-controlled helicopters, spare parts and other accessories used by toy aircraft enthusiasts.

All his online presence including website, Facebook and twitter has suddenly disappeared, overnight basically…

Click on image to enlarge

Helipal twitter account before it was abruptly deleted

On several occasions over the past eight months, while he and the PM were in Brisbane, it is claimed he shipped goods to Canberra.

His colleagues believe that if true this could not only pose a potential security risk but could damage the AFP’s reputation.

There is no suggestion Ms Gillard or her staff were aware of any goods being transported.

An AFP professional standards internal inquiry began last month.

”As these inquiries are ongoing it is not appropriate to comment further at this stage,” an AFP spokesman said.

”In general terms, the AFP treats all allegations of potential misconduct or unprofessional behaviour seriously and investigates all allegations thoroughly.”

The man’s colleagues are reportedly upset at the allegations. Because they paid full postage on one?

”It reflects badly on us,” one officer said.

The public service code of conduct bans employees from profiting by the use of Commonwealth assets.

It says individuals must ”not make improper use” of their ”duties, status, power or authority, in order to gain, or seek to gain, a benefit or advantage

PM's Bodyguard running HeliPal business on the side from VIP jet


I have nothing against anyone making a fair dollar, but this bloke is stretching his resourcefulness a bit too far don’t you think? I can imagine several reasons why his colleagues are pissed off with him, but what about the security risk. Those concerned are assuming it was just toy helicopters inside those boxes. Others must have known, who loads the holds of these aircraft? Massive breach of Security and trust in the AFP I reckon.

His whole online presence has disappeared off the internet, basically overnight. BUT I have found a piece of evidence that might tell us something. He tried to sell the business for $13000 (Unless he is the one who purchased it late last year, but the seller is from Canberra, so i think we are talking about the same guy! Here are some pages I managed to secure…

Click on image below to get enlarged view, but here is the blurb as quoted from the site! 

HeliPal Australia www.helipal.com.au is a sucessful online hobby shop selling radio control (rc) helicopters and planes.  I have been operating it for one year on top of my regular job but I don’t have the time to develop it any further.

We are based in Canberra, but our customers are all over Australia.  You can operate this business anywhere.

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The website, and social media accounts will be transferred to the new owner.

Netregistry have an excellent online and offline support centre, and I will be available to assist the new owner, provide introductions to suppliers etc.

The products come via an extensive network of Australian suppliers, and direct from Chinese manufacturers.  We have a great relationship with our suppliers.

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ONE of Julia Gillard‘s bodyguards is being investigated over allegations he used the Prime Minister’s plane to help run a private business.

A member of the close personal protection team has allegedly transported imported model helicopters in the RAAF Boeing 737’s cargo hold.

The Australian Federal Police officer operates a business called Helipal Australia, which sells radio-controlled helicopters, spare parts and other accessories used by toy aircraft enthusiasts.

All his online presence including website, Facebook and twitter has suddenly disappeared, overnight basically…

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Helipal twitter account before it was abruptly deleted

On several occasions over the past eight months, while he and the PM were in Brisbane, it is claimed he shipped goods to Canberra.

His colleagues believe that if true this could not only pose a potential security risk but could damage the AFP’s reputation.

There is no suggestion Ms Gillard or her staff were aware of any goods being transported.

An AFP professional standards internal inquiry began last month.

”As these inquiries are ongoing it is not appropriate to comment further at this stage,” an AFP spokesman said.

”In general terms, the AFP treats all allegations of potential misconduct or unprofessional behaviour seriously and investigates all allegations thoroughly.”

The man’s colleagues are reportedly upset at the allegations. Because they paid full postage on one?

”It reflects badly on us,” one officer said.

The public service code of conduct bans employees from profiting by the use of Commonwealth assets.

It says individuals must ”not make improper use” of their ”duties, status, power or authority, in order to gain, or seek to gain, a benefit or advantage

Feral Protester Fiasco at Australia Day event


Today’s  Australia Day Celebration Event turned into a protester led debacle .For me it was an embarrassment, Both to our country and as a civil peace-loving society in 2012 I mean whether you like Gillard, Abbott, the Government or Opposition this was a pathetic situation that our OWN prime minister was in obvious fear at the time as people rumble around like they are at the running of the bulls…NO ARRESTS=A FREE PASS TO BEHAVE LIKE MORONS AGAIN DOWN THE TRACK LIKE SOME FERAL SMALL SHANTY TOWN WHERE THERE IS NO RESPECT

You can be arrested or charged for jay walking but not carrying on like this. I wont even go on about it being our National Day.

THIS will go viral around the World like we are a bunch of red neck classless animals with a mob mentality. BTW Bloody tent Embassy…well that’s another story but is long past its use….

PRIME Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott were forced to run a gauntlet of Aboriginal protesters after violent scenes marred an Australia Day medal ceremony.

UPDATE 27/01/12 6.35pm

PM STaffer rang tent embassy, great look Julia….Sack the messenger…

UPDATE 6.30pm: A SENIOR media adviser within the Prime Minister’s own staff has been forced to resign after tipping off protesters about Tony Abbott’s remarks over the Canberra tent embassy.

Tony Hodges, who has been on Julia Gillard’s staff since July 2009, admitted making a phone call alerting a person to the Opposition Leader’s comments.

That person then contacted people at the tent embassy, sparking ugly scenes that have gone around the world.

The revelation is a major embarrassment for the PM, who this morning denied any knowledge her staff were involved.

Update 27/01/12 12.45

Just to show another side here is a video from behind showing the mayhem, read my observation at the end and let me know what you think guys…(youtube keep deleting my videos so I’m trying flickr, sorry it;s so slow…)

Julia Gillard is escorted from a Canberra restaurant after protesters surround the building

About 200 protesters trapped Ms Gillard and Mr Abbott in a Canberra restaurant, where they were attending the inaugural national emergency medals ceremony, before police arrived to clear a passage for the pair.

The protesters, from the nearby Aboriginal Tent Embassy, banged on the three glass walls of The Lobby restaurant chanting “shame” and “racist”.

On a day that many Aboriginal people consider “invasion day”, they had taken offence at comments by Mr Abbott that the embassy may have reached its used-by date.

The embassy celebrates its 40-year anniversary tomorrow and thousands of indigenous Australians have travelled to Canberra for a three-day “Corroboree for Sovereignty”.

About 50 police, including the riot squad, were called to The Lobby shortly after 2.30pm.

While trapped inside the restaurant, The Nine Network recorded Ms Gillard expressing her concern for Mr Abbott’s safety.

“Okay, what about Mr Abbott? Where have you got him? We’d better help him through too, hadn’t we?” she told her security guard when he informed her it wasn’t safe to stay much longer.

Meeting up with Ms Gillard, Mr Abbott said he was concerned the glass windows would be smashed and asked when they would leave.

“They’ll let us know. We’ll just pull together,” Ms Gillard reassured him.

The two leaders, protected by police and security officers, escaped out a side door after almost 20 minutes.

Ms Gillard stumbled and lost a navy-blue suede wedge shoe while running to her car.

The protesters later collected the shoe and proclaimed it as a trophy.

This morning,  Mr Abbott had said he understood why the tent embassy was set up “all those years ago”.

“I think a lot has changed for the better since then,” he said.

“I think the indigenous people of Australia can be very proud of the respect in which they are held by every Australian.

“I think a lot has changed since then, and I think it probably is time to move on from that.”

Aboriginal activists accused Mr Abbott of inciting racial riots and demanded an apology.

One of the founders of the embassy, Michael Anderson, said Mr Abbott’s comments were disrespectful.

“He said the Aboriginal embassy had to go, we heard it on a radio broadcast,” he said.

“We thought no way, so we circled around the building.” ….What a clown M.Anderson is, sounds like the leader of a lynch mob, how would he like that to happen around his family?….

He said the protesters wanted the leaders to clarify their position and whether Mr Abbott was serious about removing the embassy.

“You’ve got 1000 people here peacefully protesting and to make a statement about tearing down the embassy – it’s just madness on the part of Tony Abbott,” Mr Anderson said.

“What he said amounts to inciting racial riots.”

Aboriginal elder Pat Eatock holds Julia Gillard's shoe

He defended the actions of protesters and said police overreacted to the situation.

Indigenous leader Mick Gooda condemned the protesters’ behaviour.

“While we need to acknowledge that there’s a real anger, frustration and hurt that exists in some indigenous communities around Australia, we must not give in to aggressive and disrespectful actions ourselves,” he said.

Ms Gillard, welcoming international ambassadors for a function at the Lodge tonight, said she was fine.

“The only thing that angers me is that it distracted from such a wonderful event with great people from emergency services,” she said.

“I’m absolutely fine, I am made of pretty tough stuff and the police did a great job.”

She refused to comment on whether Mr Abbott should apologise for offending the activists.

A spokesman for Mr Abbott said he would not retract his comments.

Police have said they will not make any arrests.

One of the medal recipients inside the restaurant, Tracy Griggs from Victoria, said she would not let the incident marr her day. Good on you Tracy

“I still know what I did on the day (during the 2009 Victorian fires) and the role I played,” she said.

The tent embassy was set up when four indigenous activists camped at the site opposite Old Parliament House on January 27, 1972.

The men – Mr Anderson, Billy Craigie, Bertie Williams and Tony Coorey – were angry at the McMahon Liberal Government’s refusal to recognise Aboriginal land rights.

Since then, the embassy has become a focal point for protest over Aboriginal sovereignty.

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Here is an en excellent point of view from the website The Punch…

Time to fold up the tent by David Penberthy

The Aboriginal Tent Embassy has never engendered any public respect. It has never done anything to bring black and white Australia together. It is sadly fitting then that the 40th anniversary of this illegal assortment of galvo humpies was celebrated with an unprecedented outburst of violence which saw our Prime Minister being dragged along the ground and our Opposition Leader behind a riot shield.

The scenes in Canberra represented a new low in the four-decade history of this politically useless eyesore. If it was the intention of its inhabitants to draw attention to the plight of black Australians, they instead invited nothing but scorn.

The irrational nature of their conduct was captured in a single quote from Tent Embassy founder Michael Anderson yesterday: “To hell with the government and the courts.”

That would be the same government which formally apologised to the stolen generations in 2008.

The same courts which in 1992 overturned the racist fiction that upon its European discovery Australia was terra nullius – unoccupied land – and enabled long-overdue native title rights.

And the violence came on a day when, at citizenship ceremonies around the country, our indigenous heritage was being celebrated, the traditional ownership of our land being recognised, before thousands of new Aussies as they took their pledge of allegiance.

Any fair-minded person can understand why indigenous Australians are still unimpressed with January 26, the day of their invasion, being treated as a day of celebration.  But you would seriously doubt whether any of them would have been cheering today’s scenes, nor opting for the excuse that the violence was somehow inflamed by Tony Abbott, who (only in response to media questions) made the muted observation he could understand why the Tent Embassy was originally set up, but that it had served its purpose. More Australians would now agree his assertion, and with greater vehemence, after the chaos which unfolded yesterday.

One other issue – having looked at the photographs of today’s chaos, both on Fairfax websites and on ours at News Limited, there could be some interesting discussions within the Australian Protective Service about how they responded to the siege and the subsequent “evacuation” of the PM and Opposition Leader. Julia Gillard’s office has clarified that she was not knocked over or hit by protesters. The photographs appear to show that the police were trying to run past the protesters with the PM being frogmarched out, and that she lost her legs in the process, possibly because (quite understandably) she’s not as quick on her feet as a 20-something elite copper who spends half his life working out and doing sprints. 

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