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.


 

Daniel Stani-Reginald charged over suitcase body


UPDATE: 15/03/11

Reginald chose not to appear in the dock yesterday as Ms Thakkar’s grieving friends crowded Burwood Local Court. No wonder, he is probably shit scared for his life, and so he should be the bloody coward

Mr Stani-Reginald, who is of Sri Lankan heritage, did not seek bail, and the case was adjourned to May 9.

According to police charge sheets tendered to the court, Mr Stani-Reginald raped and murdered Ms Thakkar between 10.35am and 1pm last Wednesday, at Croydon, in Sydney’s inner west.

Mr Stani-Reginald and Ms Thakkar lived in separate apartments above an empty and dilapidated shopfront on Edwin Street, Croydon, and The Australian understands this is where the murder took place

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What an awful way to die, great to see him arrested so quickly, the cops nabbed him as soon as he used a credit card to check into a motel. The man was a neighbour of the victim…

(An interesting fact relating to the accused murderer, is he was witness to his own father killing his mother with a clublock (steering wheel lock) in their home in September 2001. The father was sentenced to 16 years in 2003, and is eligible for parole in September 2012…) Link to the court document

FRIENDS and family of an Indian student whose body was found in a suitcase said they had no idea why she was killed as a neighbour faced court charged with her rape and murder.

Tosha Thakkar, sexually assaulted, murdered and stuffed into a suitcase

The body of Tosha Thakkar was stuffed into a suitcase which construction workers spotted in a canal near Meadowbank Park on Friday as they were doing maintenance on an oil pipeline.

Daniel Stani-Reginald, 19, who lived close to Ms Thakkar in Croydon, was arrested at an Ashfield motel on Saturday and appeared via video link in Parramatta Local Court yesterday.

He glanced at the Indian students who poured into the court in their dozens, filling the chairs and every centimetre of floor space, and then bowed his head for the duration of the hearing.

Charged with aggravated sexual assault and murder, he did not apply for bail and it was formally refused, with the matter adjourned to Burwood Local Court today.

Outside the court, the students held up a poster that read: ”We want justice for our Indian international friend Tosha Thakkar”. They said they had ”no idea” whether the attack was racially motivated.

Ms Thakkar was studying accounting at the Sydney College of Business and IT, which collaborates with Southern Cross University, and was a permanent resident of Australia.

Anish Popli, the husband of Ms Thakkar’s first cousin, said nobody had cause to attack her. ‘She wouldn’t hurt or harm anybody.”

She had been living in Australia for three or four years and did not fit the profile of a fresh-faced arrival vulnerable to attack. ”It’s not like she’s never been here – she knew her way around,” he said.

Southern Cross University extended its condolences to Ms Thakkar’s family, friends and colleagues, a spokeswoman said yesterday.

The university is providing counselling and support services to students and staff.

 

    Three years jail for three-year-old Gurhsan Singh's killer Gursewak Dhillon



    Gurshan

     

    Gurshan Channa

    Left to die: Gurshan Singh Channa

    AN INDIAN taxi driver who put an unconscious toddler in the boot of his car, drove around for hours and then dumped his body was jailed for three years today.

    Justice Lex Lasry told Gursewak Dhillon, 25, he put his own welfare before that of three-year-old Gurshan Singh and the boy might have lived if he had taken him to hospital.

    The judge said Dhillon was concerned he would be blamed for injuring the child and he would be deported from Australia.

    “To have spent some hours with the child in your car and to have paid no regard to the welfare of the child as opposed to concern for yourself makes this a very serious offence,” Justice Lasry said.

    The judge said Dhillon told police that he opened the front door of the Lalor house he shared with Gurshan’s parents and accidentally struck the toddler.

    Dhillon said he panicked but Justice Lasry said he did not accept he thought Gurshan might be dead when he placed him in the boot and drove off.

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    Dhillon drove around for several hours and dumped the body at Oakland Junction and it was spotted by a passing truck driver later that same day.

    “The tragedy of this case is that but for your conduct the death of the child, was in all likelihood, avoidable,” he said.

    Dhillon pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court to one count of manslaughter by criminal negligence, the offence being committed on March 4 last year.

    The judge set a maximum term of five years.

     

    Three years jail for three-year-old Gurhsan Singh’s killer Gursewak Dhillon



    Gurshan

     

    Gurshan Channa

    Left to die: Gurshan Singh Channa

    AN INDIAN taxi driver who put an unconscious toddler in the boot of his car, drove around for hours and then dumped his body was jailed for three years today.

    Justice Lex Lasry told Gursewak Dhillon, 25, he put his own welfare before that of three-year-old Gurshan Singh and the boy might have lived if he had taken him to hospital.

    The judge said Dhillon was concerned he would be blamed for injuring the child and he would be deported from Australia.

    “To have spent some hours with the child in your car and to have paid no regard to the welfare of the child as opposed to concern for yourself makes this a very serious offence,” Justice Lasry said.

    The judge said Dhillon told police that he opened the front door of the Lalor house he shared with Gurshan’s parents and accidentally struck the toddler.

    Dhillon said he panicked but Justice Lasry said he did not accept he thought Gurshan might be dead when he placed him in the boot and drove off.

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    Dhillon drove around for several hours and dumped the body at Oakland Junction and it was spotted by a passing truck driver later that same day.

    “The tragedy of this case is that but for your conduct the death of the child, was in all likelihood, avoidable,” he said.

    Dhillon pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court to one count of manslaughter by criminal negligence, the offence being committed on March 4 last year.

    The judge set a maximum term of five years.

     

    "Aussie" Hassene Fkiri stripped of silver-Gives the bird,What an embarrassment


    Update No.1- Congratulations to Ivan Popov, in taking gold for Australia, that is how you win. Pure excitement, shake hands with your opponent, grab the Aussie Flag and do a lap of honour. Well done…

    Update No.2- Well credit must go where credit is due, and this bloke Hassene has manned up, and faced the media, his opponent and others and fully apologised for his outburst, as well as accepted some team punishments for when he gets back home.Well done big fella


     

    hassene fkiri cracking the shits, refusing to shake the winners hand

     

    Is Australia that desperate for filling spots in international sport that we will throw anyone into the fire?

    This bloke, at 35/36 is a has been who for whatever reason I assume lives in Australia to “Represent his Country” and this is how he represents us? How much do we actually spend as taxpayers, on filling these spots with what seems “Whoever we can get”.

    I noticed this way back when we had the Sydney Olympics when we had naturalised Australians in all sorts of sports, like weight lifting, table tennis, pole vaulting, etc etc… Are we that desperate.Fair enough get the best coaches buts lets not go getting athletes from overseas if this is how we are going to be represented. It stinks of bad sportsmanship and total disregard for the opportunity this country has provided him.

    I feel ashamed…For a few reasons, one is at least there was not many spectators who saw it, which seems a huge problem in a country of many many millions. And secondly that this vision is going to go around the world and be labelled as Aussies are bad sports.

    This bloke was not an Aussie athlete, he was someone who could wrestle ( I assume) and would “Qualify” under the rules as an Aussie. One final thing for all you racist watchers out there…This is not about race but nurturing what we have not what we can find and slipstream through the red-tape so we have representation.

    Here is what the paper had to say about it…

    AUSTRALIAN wrestler Hassene Fkiri has been stripped of the silver medal he won in the 96kg Greco-Roman class at the Commonwealth Games.

    Tunisian-born Fkiri, 36, was disqualified for making a rude gesture to international wrestling officials after losing the gold medal bout to India’s Anil Kumar at the Indira Gandhi Complex in Delhi.

    One Indian newspaper reported that Fkiri was cautioned three times by the umpire for dangerous play.

    On the fourth occasion  he was disqualified and told to leave the mat.

    As he did so, he apparently raised his middle finger to the judges and refused to shake hands with Kumar.

    Australian coach Kuldi Bassi said: “I didn’t actually see anything myself but someone else told me he saw it.

    “(Fkiri) is a very nice person normally. He’s very good, win or lose.

    “He wasn’t unhappy at all (before the fight) – he was happy to be representing his country.

    “The Indian (Kumar) upset him a bit and was pulling his neck.

    “I told him that was what was going to happen and I think he just lost control. It’s very sad and it’s bad for the country.”

    Following Fkiri’s disqualification, South Africa’s Kakoma Hugues Bella-Lufu was upgraded from bronze to silver and Canada’s Eric Feunekes from fourth to bronze.

    Kumar’s victory completed a clean sweep of golds for India on the first day of wrestling.

     

    Kumar celebrates his win with a victory lap

     

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