Police investigate into transgender woman’s killing by chef Marcus Volke


This terrible murder-suicide only gets more bizzare and disturbing, as police continue to investigate how it unfolded. It appears Volke killed and dismembered his shemale partner and was attempting to dispose of the remains by cooking the parts up. The apartment block had been reeking for days when police eventually were called to investigate.

Double life of a killer husband: ‘Chef’ who murdered transgender wife was really a male prostitute who hid job in brothel from family and worked under the name ‘Heath XL’

  • Husband Marcus Volke was secretly working as a male prostitute
  • He killed and then dismembered his transgender wife on Saturday night
  • The remains of Mayang Prasetyo were found in a Brisbane apartment
  • Volke is believed to have murdered then dismembered the 27-year-old
  • Media have previously reported Volke was a chef who worked on cruises
  • But a friend of the couple said the 28-year-old was a male prostitute
  • Volke and Ms Prasetyo met in 2009 while working at a Melbourne brothel 
  • Ms Prasetyo is known as Febri Andriansyah, according to her Indonesia passport

The man who is believed to have killed then dismembered his transgender wife in an horrific murder-suicide in a Brisbane apartment was secretly working as a male prostitute, it has emerged.

Friends revealed the truth about Marcus Volke’s double life and also criticised a Brisbane newspaper for its portrayal of victim Mayang Prasetyo.

Interior designer Alex Devantier, who knew the couple well, told Daily Mail Australia Volke had never worked as a chef but used it as a cover story to avoid telling his family and close friends the truth about his life as Heath the male prostitute.

Friends have revealed Marcus Volke (pictured here with Mayang Prasetyo) was a male prostitute, not a chef as previously reported

Friends have revealed Marcus Volke (pictured here with Mayang Prasetyo) was a male prostitute, not a chef as previously reported

Mayang Prasetyo was found dismembered in a Brisbane apartment she shared with her husband on Saturday

Parts of Ms Prasetyo's body were found strewn across the couple's new Teneriffe apartment

Parts of Ms Prasetyo’s body were found strewn across the couple’s new Teneriffe apartment

Ms Prasetyo, 27, was described as ‘happy, cheerful person’ and an ‘angel’ by friends.

Mr Devantier said that the front page headline featuring the term ‘shemale’ was extremely offensive to both her and the transgender community.

He asked The Courier Mail to donate profits from Tuesday’s edition to the Gender Centre – a not-for-profit which raises awareness of transgender issues – and Ms Prasetyo’s family.

Three days ago, parts of Ms Prasetyo’s body were found strewn across the couple’s Teneriffe apartment in Brisbane’s inner-city, with some cooking in chemicals on a stove.

Police arrived at the couple’s home after receiving reports from neighbours about a bad smell coming from the Commercial Road apartment on Saturday night, just weeks after they had moved to the Queensland capital.

Volke fled the scene and was later found in an industrial bin with his throat cut in nearby Dath Street.

It has also been revealed Ms Prasetyo travelled as a man named Febri Andriansyah on an Indonesian passport.

He advertised himself as a 'young sexy Australian boy, very friendly and easy going, discreet and professional'

Marcus Peter Volke, 28, slit his own throat as he fled the Brisbane apartment where he is believed to have dismembered his Indonesian wife

Marcus Volke’s emergency electrician call released

The 27-year-old was known as Febri Andriansyah, according to her Indonesian passport

The 27-year-old was known as Febri Andriansyah, according to her Indonesian passport

Interior designer Alex Devantier said Volke and Ms Prasetyo married in Europe in August 2013 

Interior designer Alex Devantier said Volke and Ms Prasetyo married in Europe in August 2013 

Volke and Ms Prasetyo met in 2009 while working at Melbourne brothel Pleasure Dome

‘They were leading double lives because of the lives they were leading,’ Mr Devantier said.

‘Marcus wouldn’t even tell his closest friends of the life he was leading.

‘They lied to their families, so their families didn’t realise what they were actually doing.’

In an online advertisement under the name Heath XL, Volke describes himself as a ‘young sexy Australian boy, very friendly and easy going’.

The ad went onto to say: ‘I can be your companion for an hour or as long as u want, for a dinner, a hot session, holidays or more’.

But Mr Devantier - who was close to the couple - has revealed Volke was a male prostitute

But Mr Devantier – who was close to the couple – has revealed Volke was a male prostitute

He worked under the name Heath and was registered as a private escort in Melbourne 

He worked under the name Heath and was registered as a private escort in Melbourne 

Mr Devantier met Volke and Ms Prasetyo – who were married in Europe in August 2013 – four years ago in Melbourne and introduced them.

He said the pair worked at Melbourne brothel Pleasure Dome in 2009 and were employed there as escorts for about two months.

‘Mayang left the agency because she was so popular that all the other transsexuals hated her and that’s why she asked me to build her own website to get away from those who were jealous of her achievements,’ Mr Devantier said.

‘They both went into private escorting. I actually helped Marcus register as a private escort in Melbourne and then with his advertising.’

Mr Devantier, from Townsville, said he was in shock over the tragedy.

‘I still don’t believe he [Volke] did it. I can’t believe he did it. If he did do it, sometimes you can’t judge it, you can’t pick it,’ Mr Devantier said.

‘They were a loving and beautiful couple, and never a bad word from either of them about each other.

‘I looked after Mayang’s escort website and I was in communication with her all the time.

‘There was never any hostility towards each other.’

Queensland Police removed a toxic-labelled container on Monday, following the discovery of Ms Prasetyo's body parts found boiling in chemicals in a Brisbane apartment on Saturday night

Queensland Police removed a toxic-labelled container on Monday, following the discovery of Ms Prasetyo’s body parts found boiling in chemicals in a Brisbane apartment on Saturday night

Emergency services remove her body from the DoubleOne 3 Apartments in Commercial Road

Emergency services remove her body from the DoubleOne 3 Apartments in Commercial Road

Queensland Police made the grisly discovery of a woman's body parts just after 9pm on Saturday night

Queensland Police made the grisly discovery of a woman’s body parts just after 9pm on Saturday night

Officers have spent

Officers have spent Saturday night at the two crime scenes trying to find out what led to the tragedy

Mr Devantier and Ms Prasetyo’s other friends have called on The Courier Mail to donate its profits from Tuesday’s edition which labelled the transgender escort as a ‘shemale’.

When he saw the front page of the News Corp newspaper, Mr Devantier said he was disgusted.

He has asked for the donation to be made to the Gender Centre, which helps raise awareness of transgender, issues and Ms Prasetyo’s family back in Indonesia for her funeral costs.

‘We need to make the community aware of the difference between a post-op and pre-op transgender person, a transvestite, a cross dresser, et cetera,’ he said.

‘[Ms Prasetyo's] family have just lost their sole source of income and money for putting the family’s second eldest and third eldest child – both girls – through high school and that was who she was to them, the breadwinner.’

Mr Devantier also urged people to a sign a change.org petition asking for The Courier Mail to ‘publicly apologise for articles relating to Mayang Prasetyo’.

At the time of publication, the petition had amassed more than 15,000 signatures.

Mr Devantier said Ms Prasetyo – who was a pre-operation transsexual – was months away from becoming a woman anatomically.

‘She said she knew from 10 years old that she believed she was a woman and I believe she was not far from her goal – it would have been months,’ he said.

The grisly death is being treated as a murder-suicide after Volke fled the scene and was later found in an industrial bin with his throat cut

The grisly death is being treated as a murder-suicide after Volke fled the scene and was later found in an industrial bin with his throat cut

Ms Prasetyo's remains were found at an apartment on Commercial Road and Volke's body was found on Dath Street

Ms Prasetyo’s remains were found at an apartment on Commercial Road and Volke’s body was found on Dath Street

Tue 7 Oct 2014, 12:39pm

Detectives investigating the grisly murder of a transgender woman have returned to the Brisbane apartment where it is believed she was killed by her partner.

Police believe the Indonesian woman, Mayang Prasetyo, was killed and dismembered by her 27-year-old partner and chef Marcus Volke some time last week in the apartment in Commercial Road, Teneriffe.

Neighbours complained of a foul smell at the weekend and police were called.

When officers arrived at the apartment Volke fled through a rear glass door and leapt over a balcony, leaving a smear of blood on a fence.

Volke’s body was later found in an industrial bin where it is believed he took his own life.

When police returned to the couple’s apartment they found his partner’s remains.

Police would not confirm reports that Volke had been cooking a part of his girlfriend on a stove top when they arrived at the scene.

Investigators are also looking at security camera vision taken near the apartment complex to help shed light on the events of Saturday night.

Authorities were still trying to contact her next of kin and would not confirm her name.

It is believed Volke met Ms Prasetyo while working on international cruise ships.

‘No indication anything wrong’

On Monday the man’s mother, Dorothy Volke, said she had not met her son’s girlfriend.

Ms Volke said she had no indication anything was wrong with her son.

“I’m not sure what he was doing – last we knew he was working on boats,” she said.

She said she did not know what company he was working for.

“I don’t know, he jumped around,” she said.

Volke was originally from the regional Victorian city of Ballarat, where his funeral will be held.

Just a normal couple, neighbour says

Neighbours alerted the building’s manager to the stench on the ground floor on Saturday.

Courtney Reichart first noticed the smell on Wednesday when she returned home from work.

She said it had got worse each day and still remained.

“On Saturday when I came out for a walk, it made your eyes water, it made you want to be sick,” she said.

“The smell it was like as if somebody had put out some dog food or red meat and left it out for a few days.

“It makes you feel sick that that poor girl sat there for however many days and we’ve been walking past, living our lives and thinking ‘hmmm what’s that smell’, but you don’t put two and two together.

“You don’t think that a bad smell equals a murder.”

The apartment complex opened about two months ago, during which time Ms Reichart met the couple a number of times.

She said she had never heard arguments and the couple owned dogs.

“Just a normal couple,” she said, adding that the girlfriend was “gorgeous”.

“They seemed quite friendly.”

Volke critical of violence against women

Volke’s Facebook page revealed he was a vocal critic against those who committed violence against women and animals.

Less than a month ago he posted a link to a news article about a man who was bashed for standing up for a group of women who were being threatened.

He commended the man for being a “champion mate”.

In June he wanted offenders castrated when two Indian girls were hanged after being gang-raped.

Police have urged anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


Brisbane deaths: Man found dead in bin after woman’s remains discovered at Teneriffe unit

Updated yesterday at 5:19pmMon 6 Oct 2014, 5:19pm

Teneriffe murder-suicide

Photo: A blood trail was left at the back of the apartment block and the man’s body was found inside a commercial rubbish bin in Dath Street. (ABC News: Dean Bilton)

A man was found dead in a bin a short time after fleeing from a unit where a woman’s remains were discovered, police said.

Detectives said the two deaths in the affluent Brisbane suburb of Teneriffe were being treated as a murder-suicide.

Officers went to the apartment building on Commercial Road at about 9:00pm on Saturday after neighbours reported a bad smell coming from a unit in the complex.

Police said when they knocked on the apartment door a man fled through a rear glass door and leapt over a balcony.

Blood stains were left on a fence where he jumped down to a laneway.

Officers later found his body inside a green commercial rubbish bin in Dath Street.

Meanwhile a woman’s body parts were found inside the apartment.

“Police attended to the units at 113 Commercial Road, Teneriffe, conducting a welfare check because management were concerned about the welfare of some occupants,” Detective Senior Sergeant Tom Armitt said.

“On attendance we’ve had cause to commence an investigation in relation to a murder-suicide.”

Nearby residents described a huge commotion as a large number of officers and dog squad units scoured the area.

Forensic experts have been carrying out examinations at both crime scenes.

Teneriffe has undergone major residential development in the past decade and attracts a large number of young professionals.

Neighbour heard ‘a commotion’

ABC journalist Dean Bilton, who lives nearby, said: “We told police we heard a commotion on Monday night.

“We think it was the apartment concerned. We weren’t sure whether it had been a party or an argument but it now seems like it might have been something more sinister.”

He said other people living in the building had noticed a bad smell for several weeks.

He also said he thought the man who lived in the apartment had two Bulldog puppies which had been heard barking loudly for much of the past week.

Courtney Reichart and her husband Alex, who also live in the building, said they noticed a smell in the basement last Sunday but that there had been an issue with sewerage pipes.

Ms Reichart said she had noticed a strong smell on the ground floor this morning.

“I’ve walked in and out of the building a couple of times this morning … and the smell is quite pungent, it smells like rotting meat,” she said.

“I think it’s just from when they [police] keep opening the door to have a look.

“It’s quite bad, I smelt it a couple of days ago but it just smelt like dog food – we’ve got animals in the building so you don’t really think of anything.

“And as Alex said we’ve had sewerage issues.”

Mr Reichart said they moved into the block about six weeks ago.

“It’s worrying, having seen that, especially with all the turnout of the police last night,” he said.

“When 10 police start heading into your building you think something’s happening here.”

Police scientific and forensic officers have been examining both the unit and the area where the man’s body was discovered.


 

Brisbane trans murder: Mayang Prasetyo killed and cooked by chef husband

 October 07, 2014 12:20PM


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A WOMAN brutally murdered and cooked by her husband in their Brisbane apartment has been identified as a transsexual “high-class” prostitute whose sex work paid for her family’s education in Indonesia.

Parts of Mayang Prasetyo’s body were found strewn around the inner-city apartment she shared with husband Marcus Peter Volke, 28, who was found boiling her body parts in chemicals on a stove and slit his own throat after fleeing from police on Sunday.

The couple had only been in Brisbane a few months. Pic: Facebook.

The couple had only been in Brisbane a few months. Pic: Facebook. Source: Supplied

 

Friends said Marcus Peter Volke and Mayang Prasetyo seemed normal and happy. Pic: Faceboo

Friends said Marcus Peter Volke and Mayang Prasetyo seemed normal and happy. Pic: Facebook. Source: Facebook

Ms Prasetyo, a 27-year-old sex worker, was charging up to $500 an hour for her services as a “top high-class Asian shemale” the Courier Mail reported, but dreamt of one day transitioning to “complete womanhood” and becoming a mother.

She had married chef Peter Volke in 2013 after the pair met on a cruise ship, according to friends, and had moved with her husband to Brisbane.

The pair appeared to live comfortably in the modern Ternerrife apartment they had shared for three months.

Friends and family back in Indonesia are mourning the loss of “Febri”, as Ms Prasetyo is also known.

Pictures from an online prostitution site offering services from Mayang Prasetyo.

Pictures from an online prostitution site offering services from Mayang Prasetyo. Source: Supplied

Her mother, Nining Sukarni, told the Courier Mail her eldest child paid to “put the sisters through school”.

Ads reveal Ms Prasetyo charged from $200 to $500 for her services as an “international escort”.

“Better in real life. Pictures are always real. Real deal pre-op functional hot TS. With a great fit and hot body to enjoy,” one advertisement read.

Another advertisement posted by the transsexual while she was in London last year described her as ‘busty’ and ‘extra hot in bed’ with a ‘big banana’, the Daily Mail reports.

Friends of Ms Prasetyo have taken to Facebook to pay tribute to the “larger than life” woman, and have remembered her as a “beautiful angel”.

Mayang Prasetyo posted glamorous pictures on her Facebook page.

Mayang Prasetyo posted glamorous pictures on her Facebook page. Source: Facebook

A former lover of Ms Prasetyo said she was “a true leader and a brave and courageous being”.

“I knew I had met an awesome person and made a new friend that I would never wish to lose …,” Brad Whitehouse wrote.

“It breaks my heart that so many of her friends, particularly in Indonesia will be devastated, and of course her family whom she had the spirit of utmost protection and betterment for.”

In the same post, Whitehouse wrote of his friend’s dream of one day becoming a mum.

“Mayang lived as a female and wished to make that big step one day and establish into complete womanhood, adopt, be a mother and a successful businesswoman,” he said.

Tributes have also been paid online to the pair by friends who remember them as a “happy married couple”, and family of the pair have said they showed no signs of problems in their relationship in the weeks that led to both their deaths.

Marcus Peter Volke had no criminal or drug history, according to police.

Marcus Peter Volke had no criminal or drug history, according to police. Source: Facebook

Mr Volke was originally from Ballarat, and had met his wife while working on a cruise ship.

A school friend told his home town paper, the Courier, he was “a little different”.

“He was a good guy, he was a bit up and down, he could lose his temper like anyone can but for the most part he was just like anyone else. He was just one of the boys,” he said.

“He was always a little different. He wasn’t a happy-go-lucky guy like the rest of us — he was a bit dark.”

Volke’s mother, Dorothy, said she had spoken with her son just a week before and he seemed “normal”.

“He was happy and he was coming home for Christmas, everything was normal,” she told the Courier Mail.

“He’d been on a ship, going from one country to another. They hadn’t been in Brisbane for very long, only a few months. They were starting to get settled.”

Mrs Volke said that although her son seemed normal, she hadn’t seen him in around 18 months.

“We didn’t know what was going on,” she said.

He was also passionate about animal cruelty and fascinated by diet information.

He was also passionate about animal cruelty and fascinated by diet information. Source: No Source

Marcus Volke was outspoken about violence against women. Pic: Facebook.

Marcus Volke was outspoken about violence against women. Pic: Facebook. Source: No Source

Friends of Ms Prasetyo have since revealed they had concerns about her husband saying he came across “extremely cold”.

Neighbours have also reported fighting coming from the apartment and it has emerged Mr Volke attended a hospital late last week and told staff his partner cut him in a domestic incident, according to the Courier Mail.

It was reports of a sickening stench, which one neighbour likened to dog food, that led police to knock on the door of the pair’s apartment to find the grisly scene.

Marcus Peter Volke. Pic: Facebook.

Marcus Peter Volke. Pic: Facebook. Source: Facebook

Police discovered Mr Volke in the filthy apartment, cooking body parts over the stove. When the man fled he inflicted a fatal knife wound to his throat, and detectives are treating the incident as a murder suicide.

Investigations are continuing into the horrific ordeal, and delving into the life of the chef who had no criminal history.

Friends remembered the pair as a beautiful married couple. Pic: Facebook.

Friends remembered the pair as a beautiful married couple. Pic: Facebook. Source: Facebook

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Rozelle store owner Adeel Khan arrested over blast that killed three people


More to come, the store owner has been arrested in explosion that killed 3.
September 23, 2014 – 9:57AM

Facing three murder charges: Adeel Khan.

Facing three murder charges: Adeel Khan. Photo: Supplied

The owner of a Rozelle convenience store that was destroyed by fire that killed three people has been arrested at his hospital bed.

Adeel Khan is expected to charged with three counts of murder in relation to the blast and subsequent fire earlier this month, polices sources.

Bianka O’Brien, 31, her baby son Jude and their neighbour Chris Noble, 27, all died in the Darling Street fire.


Mon 8 Sep 2014,

The father and husband of two victims of a shop explosion in Sydney last week says he is devastated by the loss of his wife and their 12-month-old son, who “made everyone smile”.

The NSW Police Arson Squad is leading a criminal investigation into the Rozelle blast and fire on Thursday that killed Bianka O’Brien, 31, and her son, Jude, along with 27-year-old Chris Noble.

John O’Brien described his wife of eight years as “an inspiration to all who knew her”, saying she was a wonderful wife and an even better mother.

He said people gravitated towards her because of her “beautiful and warm personality”.

“Bianka and I were together for eight years, married for two, and to say she was the love of my life is an understatement,” he said in a statement.

“I can’t believe how quickly those eight years have flown by but they have definitely been the best years of my life.

“I know I was truly loved by her and the feeling was entirely mutual.”

Jude O'Brien

Photo: Jude O’Brien, 1, “never stopped smiling”, his father John says. (Supplied)

Mr O’Brien said he loved his son Jude with all his heart, describing him as the perfect baby who “never stopped smiling”.

“By far the proudest moment of my life was becoming a father,” he said.

“Jude had just started to walk and was only just discovering the world around him. Everything was exciting to him and he was just a joy to be around. He made everyone smile.”

He said the events of the past few days had been devastating, but he has been overwhelmed by the support from the community.

“Finally, I would like to extend my sympathy to the family of Chris Noble and everyone else who has been affected by this,” he said.

The owner of the convenience store on the Darling Street block, Adeel Khan, remained in intensive care at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

Asbestos concerns at blast site

Concerns over asbestos contamination and an exclusion zone around the site the explosion and fire were discussed at a town hall meeting on Sunday.

The area around the blast site has been described by investigators as “very dangerous” and shut off to residents and business owners since Thursday.

Inspector Gary Coffey assured the gathering that authorities were addressing concerns over asbestos and the impact of an exclusion zone around the site.

“We understand the very real need to restore this community in a timely manner so that the healing process can begin,” Inspector Coffey said.

“I can assure you that we are all working very hard every minute of the day to try and achieve this.

“The priorities for the police operation are to assess the asbestos management at the site, reducing the exclusion zone to allow unaffected businesses to re-open and to provide pedestrian access to those businesses and crime scene examination.”

Local business owner Steve Isaac said his electrical store on Darling Street had been closed since Thursday and the exclusion zone set up around the blast site had been having a major impact on his business.

“Because it’s a crime scene and the street is closed off, it’s hard to get deliveries in and out and we’ve had a lot of cancellations,” Mr Isaac said.

“Most of us have had to stay shut.”

Inspector Coffey said a demolition order had been issued for the building next to the convenience store on Darling Street.

An accredited company carried out an asbestos inspection on Friday and told police asbestos had been detected on the ground and immediately around the site.

“An asbestos exclusion zone was put in place at the site, and the clean up commenced (on Saturday), and at the same time a hygienist commenced air monitoring at several locations around the site,” Inspector Coffey said.

“The result we received was that there was no airborne asbestos detected.

“Early this morning asbestos clean up at the site recommenced and we will be conducting further testing today and these results will determine how quickly we can reduce the exclusion footprint so that businesses can re-open.

“The site itself is very dangerous and the conditions are constantly changing, and we’ll keep everyone informed of developments.”

Aussie Terror cell planned to behead member of public

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The details are emerging these animals had plans in place to snatch a person off the street in Sydney and drape them in the Islamic State flag and behead them on camera as propaganda to spread around the world no doubt. It goes to say it would not be the only one. The world needs to unite in STOPPING this murderous group using all force necessary

12.05pm 18/09/14 quick update the police will not reveal exactly

They planned to execute by beheading, in a very HIGH PROFILE location in SYDNEY for all to see

Video of police raids this morning as supplied by NSW Police

Hundreds of police mount anti-terror raids in Sydney and Brisbane cell planned to behead member of public

Thu 18 Sep 2014, 10:29am

Court documents are expected to reveal that this morning’s huge anti-terror raids were aimed at a cell which planned to behead a member of the public in Sydney.

The documents are expected to say that the plan involved snatching a random member of the public in Sydney, draping them in an Islamic State flag and beheading them on camera.

One person has been charged and 15 detained after the raids, which involved 800 police officers in Sydney and Brisbane.


Anti-terror operation in Sydney and Brisbane ‘thwarted’ beheading plot

Updated 2 minutes agoThu 18 Sep 2014, 10:46am

Police say a large-scale anti-terrorism raid in Sydney this morning has foiled a plot to “commit violent acts” in Australia, including a plan to behead a member of the public.

More than 800 officers launched the raids as part of Operation Appleby in suburbs across Sydney’s west and north-west, with a further 70 police involved in raids on properties in Brisbane’s south.

Police said 15 people had been detained in Sydney as part of the operation between NSW officers, the Australian Federal Police and ASIO.

Court documents are expected to reveal that the raids were aimed at a cell which planned to behead a member of the public in Sydney.

The documents are expected to say that the plan involved snatching a random member of the public in Sydney, draping them in an Islamic State flag and beheading them on camera.

AFP Acting Commissioner Andrew Colvin said one person has been charged with serious terrorism-related offences and will appear at central Local Court in Sydney later today.

He said the operation commenced earlier this year and had interrupted a terrorist attack in Australia.

“Police believe that this group that we have executed this operation on today had the intention and had started to carry out planning to commit violent acts here in Australia,” he said.

“Those violent acts particularly related to random acts against members of the public.”

Commissioner Colvin said the raids in Brisbane were not “directly linked” to the raids in Sydney, but authorities were looking to see whether there were any links.

He said the Brisbane raids were linked to a similar operation in Queensland last week, when an Islamic bookshop was searched, and two men arrested.

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said the raids reflected “the reality of the threat we actually face”.

“You know it is of serious concern that right at the heart of our communities we have people who are planning to conduct random attacks,” he said.

“Today we work together to make sure that didn’t happen. We have disrupted that particular attack.

“Our police will continue to work tirelessly to prevent any such attacks but certainly can I stress that right now, is a time for calm.

“We don’t need to whip this up.”

He said cars were also searched in the raids and at least one weapon was seized.

A total of 25 search warrants were executed in the Sydney suburbs of Bancroft, Bellavista, Guildford, Merrylands, Northmen, Wentworthville, Mansfield, Western Castle Hill, Hevesy, Bass Hill and Regents Park.

Similar raids took place in Brisbane with officers conducting searches on properties at Creek Road in Mt Gravatt East, as well as Logan and Underwood.

He said the Brisbane raids were linked to a similar operation in Queensland last week, when an Islamic bookshop was searched, and two men arrested.

The men have been accused of helping to recruit, facilitate and fund people to travel to Syria to engage in hostile activities.

Queensland Police Minister Jack Dempsey has sought to assure people in the state that they were safe.

“Obviously with the lead-in to G20 we’re already at a certain risk level which ensures that Queenslanders are even safer than most other states and territories in Australia,” he said.

Helicopters, loudspeakers involved in Guildford raid

ABC reporter Lucy Carter said part of Bursill Street in Guildford was still blocked off by police, where a home was being raided.

“[Police] are questioning a number of people on the front balcony of a single-storey home,” she said.

“Neighbours say police burst into the house before dawn, shouting through loudspeakers and with a helicopter hovering overhead.

“Right now police are removing items including computers from this Guildford home, and a sniffer dog has also been brought in.

Neighbours said the occupants had only lived in the house for about three weeks.

A resident of Bursill Street, who wished to remain anonymous, has been trying to come to terms with the raids.

“I just find it so wrong for that to be happening here in Australia. How do we get to this stage that people are this out of control?” he said.

“You talk about the money going overseas – earlier this morning I heard $18 million or $20 million going overseas, and we don’t know about it until it’s too late.”

Officers are refusing to give more information at this stage, as the operation is still underway.

They say they will provide updates throughout the morning.

Man claims he was punched by officer in raids

One man who was at one of the raided properties when police arrived claims to have been punched by an officer.

Maywand Osman, who was detained during the raids but not arrested, said: “I opened the door this morning at 4:45am to about four police officers.”

“They asked me to raise my hands. I immediately raised my hands. Four officers then jumped at me and one punched me in the face.

“They threw me to the ground and started hitting me in the head and pulling my hair.

“One officer grabbed me by the hair and said ‘you piece of shit’. While they were beating me I heard one officer say ‘just don’t make him bleed’.

“They then went inside my house to conduct a search. They found nothing in my house and I was not under arrest or in custody at any point in time.”

A statement released by Mr Osman’s solicitor said: “My client was brutally attacked by four police officers this morning without provocation.”

“He sustained injuries to the face and head. He was escorted to hospital by ambulance.”

Commissioner Colvin said he was personally not aware of the claims.

Raids follow terror alert level raise: terrorism expert

Greg Barton, who heads the Global Terrorism Centre at Monash University, said the raids followed the warning issued by ASIO director David Irvine.

On Friday, authorities announced Australia’s terror alert level had been lifted to high, meaning the risk of an attack is likely.

“He said there was considerable amounts of intelligence about plots underway and that’s why he had to raise the terror alert level,” Mr Barton said.

“Of course that begs the question: if they know about plots under the way what are they doing to intercept them? Now we’re finding the answers today.”

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison told the ABC’s AM program that the raids demonstrate the “very real threat that’s there”.

“I think again [the operation] supports why the Government has been so strong in its response to this threat,” he said.

He said the Government was working closely with the Islamic community “more broadly” and that “goodwill exists”.

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull told Radio National this morning that the raids demonstrate Australian authorities are keeping the nation safe.

“Our security is the consequence of continued vigilance and hard work on the part of the security agencies,” he said.

“There is no cause, no reason, for being complacent about security.

“There are people regrettably, some of them in our midst, that don’t have the nation’s best interests at heart.”

Ikebal Patel from Muslims Australia told AM that the Islamic community has been stunned by the raids.

“Details are very sketchy and we don’t even know who the individuals are and from which particular area, or sort of association they are part of,” he said.

“So, it’s all very very sketchy. It’s all moving very fast.”

The ABC understands the raids are linked to a similar operation in Queensland last week, when an Islamic bookshop was searched, and two men arrested.

The men have been accused of helping to recruit, facilitate and fund people to travel to Syria to engage in hostile activities.


 

David Eastman gets bail- conviction quashed and a retrial ordered.


David Eastman: The history of a legal saga spanning 25 years

Fri 22 Aug 2014, 3:16pm

David Eastman was arrested for murder in 1992.

Photo: David Eastman was arrested for murder in 1992. (ABC News)

David Harold Eastman is at the centre of one of Australia’s longest-running legal sagas.

He has served more than 19 years in jail for the 1989 murder of Australian Federal Police assistant commissioner Winchester in Canberra.

Today the ACT Supreme Court has quashed his conviction and ordered a retrial.

In May the Martin inquiry recommended Eastman’s murder conviction be quashed, primarily because of flaws in the forensic case developed by scientist Robert Collins Barnes.

Inquiry head Justice Brian Martin found Eastman did not receive a fair trial and there had been a substantial miscarriage of justice.

He said a retrial would not be feasible nor fair, but that the conviction should be quashed.

That was despite Justice Martin saying he personally thought Eastman was guilty.

A full bench of the Supreme Court, made up of three acting Judges appointed to sit on the ACT bench, Justice Steven Rares, Justice Michael Wigney and Acting Justice Dennis Cowdroy, spent a month considering the report after taking submissions from the ACT Director of Public Prosecutions and Eastman’s lawyers.

Eastman has lost numerous appeals

Eastman became a suspect for the murder of Mr Winchester the day after the killing.

David Eastman’s legal battle timeline

  • January 10, 1989 – AFP assistant commissioner Colin Winchester shot dead in his neighbour’s driveway
  • January 11, 1989 – David Harold Eastman becomes a suspect
  • August 1989 – Inquest into the death commences and ends with an open finding
  • November 1992 – Inquest reopens
  • December 24, 1992 – Eastman committed to stand trial for murder
  • May 16, 1995 – Eastman arraigned on one count of murder, trial begins
  • June 29, 1995 – Eastman’s bail revoked after a dispute with Justice Kenneth Carruthers
  • November 3, 1995 – Eastman found guilty of murder
  • November 10, 1995 – Eastman sentenced to life in prison
  • May 2000 – High Court challenges to overturn conviction dismissed
  • October 6, 2005 – Miles inquiry reports Eastman was fit to plead except for a short period – conviction stands
  • September 3, 2012 – Justice Shane Marshall orders inquiry into Eastman’s conviction
  • November 5, 2013 – Eastman inquiry begins
  • May 30, 2014 – Inquiry recommends Eastman’s conviction be quashed
  • August 22, 2014- ACT Supreme Court quashes Eastman’s conviction and orders retrial

Mr Winchester was shot as he got out of his car in his neighbour’s driveway at Deakin on January 10, 1989.

Detectives targeted Eastman who had threatened Mr Winchester after he refused to help him have an assault charge withdrawn.

Eastman believed if he was convicted for that crime it would thwart his bid to rejoin the public service.

Eastman was eventually convicted of killing Colin Winchester in 1995 and sentenced to life in jail.

He has long protested his innocence, through numerous appeals including in the High Court.

A major inquiry also considered Eastman’s fitness to plead at the original trial.

His court appearances were often fraught and unpredictable as he regularly sacked his legal team, including during the original trial.

In the end, Eastman’s murder conviction was secured by the forensic case which included key evidence linking Eastman’s car with the scene of the shooting.

Sentencing him in 1995, Justice Ken Carruthers said: “This investigation must surely rank as one of the most skilled, sophisticated and determined forensic investigations in the history of criminal investigation in Australia.”

But the recent inquiry turned that on its head.

The critical issue was that Mr Barnes had claimed gunshot residue in Eastman’s car was indistinguishable from that at the scene.

In the latest inquiry he was forced to concede that the evidence was misleading and the link between the scene and Eastman’s car was discredited.

From there the forensic case crumbled amid revelations there had been inadequate record-keeping and evidence had been destroyed.

The Martin Inquiry made other adverse findings about the prosecution and police not making disclosures to the defence.

The inquiry also considered fresh evidence in secret hearings about the possibility of Mafia involvement.

But in the end it was the forensic case which determined the outcome.

In his report, Justice Martin wrote: “The issue of guilt was determined on the basis of deeply flawed forensic evidence in circumstances where the applicant was denied procedural fairness in respect of a fundamental feature of the trial process concerned with disclosure by the prosecution of all relevant material.

“In addition, evidence of inadequacies and flaws in the case file and case work of the key forensic scientists were unknown to everyone involved in the investigation and trial.”

Justice Martin said he thought Eastman had probably committed the crime, but had not had a fair trial and his conviction should be quashed.

“In my view the substantial miscarriage of justice suffered by the applicant should not be allowed to stand uncorrected,” he wrote.

His findings gave a dramatic twist to one of the most significant legal battles in Australia’s history.

Neville Wran’s daughter Harriet Wran charged with murder over


Only the very best legal defence for this girl I’m guessing. Cops better make sure its watertight…The Wran family have briefed prominent barrister Winston Terracini SC to act on Ms Wran’s behalf. Stay away from drugs people

Thu 14 Aug 2014, 7:04am

Redfern stabbing

Photo: Paramedics with a stretcher at the scene of the killing in Redfern on Sunday night. (ABC News)

The daughter of former New South Wales premier Neville Wran has been charged with murder over a stabbing death in the inner Sydney suburb of Redfern.

Harriet Wran, 26, was arrested along with Michael Lee, 35, in Liverpool on Wednesday afternoon.

Overnight, both were charged with murder, attempted murder and aggravated break and enter.

They will face court today accused of killing Daniel McNaulty, 48, who was stabbed to death on Sunday outside a public housing block in Redfern.

Police said the arrests were made after a red hatchback was found in the Sydney suburb of Waterloo.

On Tuesday night, Lloyd Haines, 28, was also charged with murder over the stabbing.

A 42-year-old man who was critically injured in the attack remains in a stable condition in St Vincent’s Hospital.

Mr Wran, who led NSW from May 1976 to July 1986, died in April.

Harriet Wran is the second youngest of the former premier’s five children.


Neville Wran’s daughter Harriet charged with murder over Redfern stabbing death of Daniel McNulty

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THE daughter of former premier Neville Wran was last night charged with murder over the stabbing death of a man at a Redfern unit block.

Harriet Wran, the youngest daughter of the former Labor state leader, who died at the age of 87 on April 20, was yesterday confirmed by police as a person of interest in the murder of 48-year-old Daniel McNulty and the stabbing of another man, Brett Fitzgerald.

She was charged early this morning with murder, attempted murder and aggravated break and enter.

She will appear in Liverpool Local Court today.

The Wran family have briefed prominent barrister Winston Terracini SC to act on Ms Wran’s behalf.

Wran daughter quizzed over murder

Murdered… Daniel McNulty. Source: DailyTelegraph

MURDERED MAN A TRUE GENTLEMAN, FAMILY SAYS

TOP LEGAL EAGLE ON THE CASE FOR HARRIET

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Fronting media this morning, Mr Terracini said bail would not be applied for.

“We are not going to make a bail application tomorrow,” Mr Terracini said.

“It will be a five minute job, we turn up, bail will be refused, won’t be applied for.”

The former University of Sydney student, and goddaughter of Kerry Packer, handed herself into Cabramatta Police Station just after 5pm, along with a 30-year-old man, Michael Lee, who was also wanted for questioning.

Lee was also charged with murder, attempted murder and aggravated break and enter, and will appear at Liverpool Local Court today.

Neville Wran with his children Harriet (8) and Hugo (5) in 1996.

Neville Wran with his children Harriet (8) and Hugo (5) in 1996. Source: News Corp Australia

The shock twist came just hours after 29-year-old Lloyd Edward Haines yesterday faced Parramatta Local Court for the murder of Mr McNulty on Sunday night.

Senior police sources confirmed to The Daily Telegraph that Wran, 26, and a 30-year- old man of Asian appearance were wanted in connection with the double stabbing at the Walker St unit block.

In a statement announcing Haines’ arrest, police said they were looking for a man and woman also believed to be inside the apartment at the time.

Hugo Wran, Jill Wran and Harriet Wran at Neville Wran’s funeral / Picture: Craig Greenhil

Hugo Wran, Jill Wran and Harriet Wran at Neville Wran’s funeral / Picture: Craig Greenhill Source: News Corp Australia

McNulty died at the scene shortly after paramedics were called about 7.45pm, while Mr Fitzergerald was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital with multiple stab wounds. His condition is stable.

Wran was wearing jeans and a blue shirt at the time of the arrest, and had her brown hair worn up, police say.

Harriet Wran’s brother Hugo leaves the Wran family home in Potts Point last night / Pictu

Harriet Wran’s brother Hugo leaves the Wran family home in Potts Point last night / Picture: Rohan Kelly Source: News Corp Australia

Detectives yesterday went to the family home in Woollahra in search of Wran, but neither Harriet or her mother Jill, Mr Wran’s wife of more than 30 years, were home, leaving the youngest child Hugo, 23, to try to contact his family.

“I’ve been informed, that’s all, sorry I can’t answer any questions,” he told The Daily Telegraph last night.

Neville Wran with wife Jill and baby Harriet in 1988 / Picture: Rob Drew

Neville Wran with wife Jill and baby Harriet in 1988 / Picture: Rob Drew Source: News Corp Australia

 

 

Jill Wran was last night ­organising to return to Sydney from Brisbane to support her daughter.

Harriet and her younger brother Hugo, the youngest of Mr Wran’s four children, read poems during a state memorial service for their father, who died aged 87 after a long struggle with dementia.

 

 

The window of Daniel McNaulty’s apartment / Picture: Richard Dobson

The window of Daniel McNulty’s apartment / Picture: Richard Dobson Source: News Corp Australia

The siblings sat side by side in the front row of the Sydney Town Hall for the service for their father, who served as NSW premier from 1976 to 1986. Harriet read a Shakespearean sonnet at the ­funeral, following speeches from former prime minister Paul Keating and Bob Carr.

Haines, who handed himself into police, did not appear in the dock of Parramatta Local Court and his bail was formally refused on charges of murder, attempted murder and aggravated break and enter.

His case returns to Parramatta Court on October 9.

Harriet Wran, daughter of the late former premier Neville / Picture: Facebook

Harriet Wran, daughter of the late former premier Neville / Picture: Facebook Source: Facebook

Police at the scene of the stabbing in Redfern on Sunday night / Picture: Bill Hearne

Police at the scene of the stabbing in Redfern on Sunday night / Picture: Bill Hearne Source: News Corp Australia

 

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