Bryson Anderson murder: Family and colleagues confront killers Mitchell and Fiona Barbieri in court

Mongel dog cop killers get eye-balled by colleagues, family and friends of slain police officer Bryson Anderson and ball their eyes out.

By court reporter Karl Hoerr

Mon 24 Nov 2014

Detective Inspector Bryson Anderson, who was killed at a rural property in Oakville.

Photo: Family and colleagues described their grief over the murder of Detective Inspector Bryson Anderson. (Facebook: NSW Police.)

Family and colleagues of a Sydney police officer murdered nearly two years ago have described their continuing grief over his stabbing death during a sentencing hearing for his killers.

One by one, those closest to Bryson Anderson rose to speak at the sentencing hearing for Mitchell and Fiona Barbieri.

The 45-year-old Detective Inspector was fatally stabbed during a siege of a home at Oakville in Sydney’s north-west.

His 13-year-old son told the court he has been denied the rite of passage of having his father teach him to shave.

“I had to learn this skill alone, without him by my side,” he said.

He spoke about his difficulties enjoying cricket, something he used to share with his father.

You should save the tears that you have shed from the dock. You will not be forgiven

Bryson Anderson’s brother, Warwick Anderson

Mitchell Barbieri, who attacked Detective Anderson with a knife and has pleaded guilty to murder, cried in the dock as the victim impact statements were read out.

His mother, Fiona Barbieri, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of mental illness and showed little emotion.

The officer’s brother, Warwick Anderson, addressed Mitchell Barbieri directly.

“You should save the tears that you have shed from the dock. You will not be forgiven,” Mr Anderson said.

Widow Donna Anderson said she had lost her best friend.

“I never contemplated how it would feel to be on the other side of a police investigation,” she said.

Colleagues who witnessed the attack spoke of their guilt and extreme difficulty returning to work.

Sergeant Adam Fitzgibbon said: “At times, I question myself. How did I let this happen to Bryson?”

Senior Constable Neil Constable said Detective Anderson had praised his work just hours before he was murdered.

“He told me to keep it up and keep locking up the crooks,” he said.

Justice Robert Allan Hulme appeared visibly moved by the statements.

“It’s simply astounding that such a senseless act can have so many victims,” he said.

The sentencing hearing continues.

Mother and son to stand trial for stabbing murder of Sydney police officer Bryson Anderson

Wed 11 Dec 2013, 6:39pm

A mother and son have been committed to stand trial for the stabbing murder of Sydney police officer Bryson Anderson.

Fiona Barbieri, 46, and her 20-year-old son Mitchell Barbieri are accused of killing Detective Inspector Anderson when he was called to a neighbourhood dispute at Oakville in Sydney’s north-west in 2012.

They are charged with murder and wounding with intent to resist arrest.

In Central Local Court magistrate Chris O’Brien has ordered them to stand trial in February 2014.

Police say they went to the property in December 2012 after an urgent call from a neighbour.

The officer was one of a large contingent of police called to the Oakfield home to attend a heated dispute between neighbours.

They say the Barbieri’s fired arrows at them from the house.

Officers say when the Detective Inspector tried to negotiate with them he was stabbed in the neck by Mitchell Barbieri and his mother Fiona Barbieri hit the officer with a hammer.

Magistrate O’Brien said after hearing the evidence there is a “reasonable prospect” a jury would “convict the accused”.

The mother and son have not yet entered a plea to the charges but will be required to in February.

Outside court members of his family told reporters they are pleased the Barbieri’s will stand trial.

Police officer in tears

During the committal hearing today police officer Constable Hannah Watson broke down in tears while giving evidence.

She told the hearing she thought her duty officer had been punched, because she could not see a weapon in Mitchell Barbieri’s hand.

When the officer began sobbing the court was adjourned to allow her to compose herself.

One officer described Fiona Barbieri screaming at police to leave, using foul language.

In court two new charges of resisting arrest were laid against the mother and son.

‘He deserves to f****** die': Court hears how police-killing mother and son shouted as their victim died… before emailing Russian president Vladimir Putin demanding asylum

  • Fiona Barbieri, and her son Mitchell, pleaded guilty to killing Detective Inspector Bryson Anderson in 2012 
  • Following her arrest, Fiona defended their actions as self-defence during a police interview 
  • The Barbieris had also sent emails to Tony Abbott and Mr Putin, saying: ‘We have every right to defend ourselves, our family and our property’
  • Inspector Anderson died after he was stabbed by then 19-year-old Mitchell Barbieri following a siege at their rural Oakville property
  • As he lay dying, the court heard that Fiona was heard yelling, ‘it’s his own f****** fault… he deserves to f****** die’
  • His family remember him as a larrikin with a great sense of humour
  • He also volunteered as a firefighter and in the Special Olympics  

A Sydney mother, who pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of a police officer in 2012, sent emails to the Prime Minister and the Russian President in which she defended herself and demanded asylum.

Fiona Barbieri, 47, and her 21-year-old son Mitchell, attended their sentencing hearing in Sydney’s Supreme Court on Wednesday, where the full details surrounding the death of Detective Inspector Bryson Anderson were revealed.

Inspector Anderson died after he was fatally stabbed by then 19-year-old Mitchell Barbieri following a siege at a rural Oakville property in Sydney’s north-west on December 6, 2012.

The police interview of Fiona Barbieri after her arrest in 2012, following the death of a policeman at her  property in Sydney's north-west, was shown to Sydney's Supreme Court on Wednesday

The police interview of Fiona Barbieri after her arrest in 2012, following the death of a policeman at her  property in Sydney’s north-west, was shown to Sydney’s Supreme Court on Wednesday

The 41-year-old and her 21-year-old son Mitchell (pictured) pleaded guilty to killing Detective Inspector Bryson Anderson

The 41-year-old and her 21-year-old son Mitchell (pictured) pleaded guilty to killing Detective Inspector Bryson Anderson

During a police interview following the Barbieri’s arrests in 2012, the 47-year-old mother who is believed to have been suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, told officers that Inspector Anderson had been killed in self-defence before demanding asylum in Russia.

In the footage of the police interview attained by Channel Nine, Fiona is heard saying: ‘what happened at our house today, where we were ambushed by an army of police officers, was self-defence.’

She is then handed a telephone by the officers who allow her to call the consulate, to whom she says: ‘It is the Barbieris, president Putin, SOS Australia.’

According to Channel Nine, Fiona was advised by the consulate to forward her request via email, after which she refused to answer further questions from the policemen.

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<p>The accounts of Detective Inspector Anderson’s colleagues, who witnessed his death at a home in Oakville on December 6 last year, have been revealed during a pre committal hearing.</p>
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<p class=Inspector Anderson (pictured) died after he was fatally stabbed by then 19-year-old Mitchell following a siege at his rural Oakville home on December 6, 2012

In the police interview, Fiona is handed a telephone after demanding asylum in Russia. Police allowed her to call the consulate, to whom she says: 'It is the Barbieris, president Putin, SOS Australia'

In the police interview, Fiona is handed a telephone after demanding asylum in Russia. Police allowed her to call the consulate, to whom she says: ‘It is the Barbieris, president Putin, SOS Australia’

Fiona Barbieri arrives at the Supreme Court in Sydney for her sentencing  hearing on Wednesday

‘We are living here in convict Australia, corrupt convict Australia, and we have been doing our best to get out,’ she told officers.

‘The New South Wales police force is corrupt – that is what we have been standing up against and that is why we are in here today.’ 

Crown prosecutor Mark Tedeschi QC told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that Fiona and her son had been embroiled in a long-running dispute with their neighbour, which had been fuelled by Ms Barbieri’s paranoia.

On December 6, the tension spiralled out of control when the Barbieris spotted that Mr Waters was installing flood lights on his property.

Fiona – swinging a baseball bat – and Mitchell – armed with a crossbow – confronted the electricians working for Mr Waters.

The wife and brother of slain police officer  Anderson, Donna (left) and Warwick (right), leave the Supreme Court after the hearing

The parents of Mr Anderson, Red and Shirley Anderson, were also seen leaving the Supreme Court on Wednesday

Earlier in the month, the Barbieris cried and hugged in the dock as they prepared to plea to their roles in the death of Detective Inspector Anderson

Mitchell fired two arrows, narrowly missing them both, before he and his mother retreated into their home.

As the first police arrived, the court heard the Barbieris sent an email to a number of politicians, including then opposition leader Tony Abbott and Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying: ‘We have every right to defend ourselves, our family and our property.’

Just over an hour later, it had become a ‘siege situation’ with Fiona and Mitchell screaming at police to ‘f*** off’.

Det Insp Anderson ordered the door to be kicked in and was stabbed twice by Mitchell – once in the cheek and fatally to the chest, Mr Tedeschi said.

As he lay dying, the court heard that Fiona was heard screaming, ‘it’s his own f****** fault.. he fucking deserved it… let the dog c*** die… he deserves to f****** die’.

The policemand wife Donna, said her husband absolutely adored their three children

The policemans wife Donna, said her husband absolutely adored their three children

Murdered police officer Bryson Anderson honoured by family

Bryson Anderson with his wife Donna and children from left to right - Darcy, Cain and Olivia

Bryson Anderson with his wife Donna and children from left to right – Darcy, Cain and Olivia

On the morning they were due to stand trial last week, Mitchell pleaded guilty to the officer’s murder, while his mother – who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia – pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of substantial impairment.

Under legislation passed before parliament, a person convicted of the murder of a police officer while on duty faces a mandatory life sentence.

But Mr Tedeschi said this was not a situation where life imprisonment should apply as Mitchell was influenced by his mother’s delusions.

‘He (Mitchell) had been under the influence of his mother … and her delusions had to some degree been transferred to him,’ Mr Tedeschi said.

Olivia, Cain and Darcy could not speak highly enough of their deceased father

Olivia, Cain and Darcy could not speak highly enough of their deceased father

At officer Anderson's 2012 funeral, NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said the decorated officer was greatly admired by his fellow officers

Instead, he said the crown would be seeking a ‘very lengthy’ sentence.

Earlier in the month, Inspector Anderson’s family honoured the man who was a much-loved husband and father of three.

Bryson’s widow Donna Anderson and their three children Olivia, Darcy and Cain could not wipe the smiles off their faces when they told fond stories of how Bryson was always the larrikin of the family.

‘There was the policeman side to him which was incredibly serious – he took his job very seriously -but there was the family side of him where he was just the clown in every family gathering,’ Donna told Channel Nine’s ACA.

‘He just absolutely adored his kids,’ she said. He was a typical dad – he loved dad jokes and if he could embarrass the kids in front of their friends that was even better.’

Police officers and family attend the funeral of the slain officer at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Parramatta in 2012 

Police officers and family attend the funeral of the slain officer at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Parramatta in 2012 

The family privately continue to struggle with their loss, and it will be some time before they finally come to terms with the tragedy

The family privately continue to struggle with their loss, and it will be some time before they finally come to terms with the tragedy

His three children could not speak highly enough of their father.

‘He would totally just love life – it was awesome,’ his only daughter Olivia said. ‘Yes, he liked to embarrass us.’

His eldest son, Darcy said he was a great dad who was always a joker.

‘He photo bombed a lot – my first cricket game in my photo – he was in the background,’ he said.

‘Cricket is my life – me and dad built the pitch out the front in 2003 I think.’

‘We got tonnes of dirt and just rolled it and got it all padded down and I just keep mowing it in.’

Bryson's only daughter Olivia said her father had a great love for life

Bryson’s only daughter Olivia said her father had a great love for life

Darcy loves cricket so much that his father helped build him a cricket pitch in their front yard

Darcy loves cricket so much that his father helped build him a cricket pitch in their front yard

Youngest son Cain said his father was always a joker who 'photo-bombed a lot'

Youngest son Cain said his father was always a joker who ‘photo-bombed a lot’

‘He would totally just love life – it was awesome,’ his only daughter Olivia (left) said. ‘Yes, he liked to embarrass us’ 

Bryson's family described him as a joker who had a great sense of humour

Bryson’s family described him as a joker who had a great sense of humour

‘He was always a joker – he photo-bombed a lot,’ his youngest son Cain said. 

While being dedicated to his family and career, he also managed to squeeze in volunteering with the Special Olympics, travelling to Vanuatu to give gifts to children and also volunteering as a firefighter.

‘He would come home from the police sometimes he would only be there for an hours or so and then the bells would go off and he would go out to a fire call and he did that for nine years,’ Donna said.

During the committal hearing last year, a number of police officers broke down as they recalled the murder.

At Detective Inspector Anderson’s 2012 funeral, NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said the decorated officer was admired by his fellow officers for his tenacity and determination, as well as his empathy and compassion.

‘He showed initiative and leadership; intelligence and perseverance; dedication and humility; and, memorably, a ready smile and an engaging way.

‘Bryson drew people to him, without guile and without effort.’

The matter will return to court later this month.

Mother and son Fiona and Mitchell Barbieri plead not guilty to Sydney policeman Bryson Anderson’s murder

Fri 7 Feb 2014, 1:41pm

 A mother and son accused of murdering a Sydney police officer have pleaded not guilty.

Fiona and Mitchell Barbieri formally entered their pleas in the NSW Supreme Court this morning ahead of their trial later this year.

The 46-year-old and her 20-year-old son were charged after the death of Detective Inspector Bryson Anderson at Oakville on Sydney’s north-western outskirts in December 2012.

Inspector Anderson was part of a large contingent of police called to attend a heated neighbourhood dispute.

Police say the Barbieri’s fired arrows at them from their house.

Inspector Anderson then tried to negotiate with the pair for several minutes, when he was allegedly stabbed in the neck by Mitchell Barbieri and hit with a hammer by Fiona Barbieri.

The 45-year-old officer was rushed by paramedics to Windsor Hospital but died soon afterwards.

The Barbieris have also pleaded not guilty to additional charges laid late last year of wounding with intent to resist arrest.

In an earlier hearing a fellow officer who witnessed Inspector Anderson’s death broke down in court as she recalled the events.

Constable Hannah Watson told the court she initially thought her duty officer had been punched, because she could not see a weapon in Mitchell Barbieri’s hand.

Mother, son admit to killing police officer Bryson Anderson

Updated 5 Nov 2014, 3:19pmWed 5 Nov 2014, 3:19pm

A mother and son have pleaded guilty to killing a New South Wales police officer called to their home in Sydney’s north-west.

According to police, Mitchell Barbieri, 21, and his 47-year-old mother, Fiona, barricaded themselves inside their Oakville home when New South Wales police officer Bryson Anderson responded to an urgent call from neighbours in December 2012.

They say the pair fired arrows at the officer and attacked the 45-year-old with a knife and a hammer.

Mitchell Barbieri pleaded guilty to murdering Anderson, while Fiona Barbieri pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter.

Prosecutors accepted her guilty plea to the lesser charge because she had “a substantial impairment brought about by an abnormality of mind” at the time.

The pair made their pleas in the Supreme Court the day their six-week trial was due to start.

They will return to court next week for a sentencing hearing.

Anderson, who held the rank of Detective Inspector, was one of several officers who attended the Barbieris’ home after reports of a feud between neighbours.

Colleagues say that when he tried to negotiate with the family, he was stabbed in the neck by Mitchel Barbieri and hit with a hammer by his mother.

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Ex-cop David Branov pleads not guilty to more than 50 charges

Former police officer David Branov.

Former police officer David Branov.

AN alleged rogue cop linked to outlaw motorcycle gangs gave up the drug ice only to get a job with Victoria Police, a court has heard.

David Branov, 42, of Mill Park, was yesterday refused bail after allegedly committing serious offences while free on bail.

Melbourne Magistrates’ Court heard the former senior constable gave up ice to secure a position in the force. He began using it again within two years on the job and remained an addict, the court heard.

Mr Branov, who is no longer on the force, has pleaded not guilty to more than 50 charges, including dozens of offences allegedly committed while on bail.

The court heard the suspended officer was arrested on April 29 after he was discovered being driven about in a stolen BMW while in possession of lock-picking equipment.

A search of his house turned up a swag of stolen documents, including drivers’ licences and a passport, the court heard.

Imitation guns, swords, nunchucks, hunting knives and a balaclava were also seized by detectives.

David Branov at a previous court appearance.

David Branov at a previous court appearance.

The new charges include theft, handling stolen goods, possessing the proceeds of crime, weapons offences, possessing counterfeit money, possessing housebreaking implements, going equipped to steal, and committing an indictable offence while on bail.

The court heard police believed he was an unacceptable risk of reoffending if released again.

Mr Branov was first charged just over a year ago when police alleged he stole more than $5000 worth of the drug ice from the Fitzroy police station and sold it.

He is also accused of selling sensitive information to criminals for $600 a month.

Magistrate Jelena Popovic was critical of Mr Branov for failing to comply with his bail conditions and said the community expected better from a serving police officer.

She also expressed concern at Victoria Police accepting him into the police force considering the revelations of his drug abuse at the time.

“I’m concerned you were accepted at all,” she said.

Mr Branov will return to court in July.

Monday, May 12, 2014

David Branov, a very bent copper

David Branov, a very bent copper

Former senior constable David James Branov, 42, of Epping, was arrested in April last year and charged with offences including perverting the course of justice, misconduct and drugs and weapons offences.

He was released on bail but was arrested again in April this year when he was a passenger in a stolen BMW containing stolen property which was pulled over by police.

A search of his house turned up stolen identification documents, lock-picking tools, Victoria Police badges, samurai swords and imitation firearms, the Melbourne Magistrates Court heard.

Branov on Monday pleaded not guilty to all charges against him, including one count of possessing child pornography.

Informant Detective Sergeant Jarrod Weddle told the court Branov told him he had a drug addiction he overcame to join the police force, but started using again because of the “stress of the job”.

“He told me he’d been a ice addict prior to joining the police force,” Det Sgt Weddle said.

“I think he needs to commit offences to support his drug habit.”

Branov is also alleged to have stolen drugs from the Fitzroy police station property office under the pretence of doing “spot tests”.

“While the bag was open the drugs would be removed and substituted with another substance,” Det Sgt Weddle said.

Branov is also accused of conspiring with Dean Murphy, 38, of Seddon, and Jamie McNally, 34, of Tarneit, to prevent a brief of evidence being used in court against McNally.

Det Sgt Weddle told the court detectives found a printout of police documents at a Dromana property in April last year.

The detectives were told “the occupant was paying a police officer $600 a month in exchange for information”, Det Sgt Weddle said.

Branov resigned from Victoria Police in November 2013.

Magistrate Jelena Popovic denied Branov bail and said she was severely concerned about items found in his possession including the weapons, lock-picking tools and identification papers.

“I have some concerns about the fact you were admitted to the police force,” she said.

Branov will appear in the Victorian County Court on Tuesday.

Fitzroy police under corruption probe, court told

May 12, 2014

Court reporter for The Age

Police officers suspended from duties at an inner-Melbourne station during a corruption probe are in the process of being disciplined by force command, a court has heard.

Officers based at Fitzroy police station had been suspended over the past year and were now being disciplined, Melbourne Magistrates Court heard of Monday. yeah “disciplined, that’s it…might sign up myself…bloody hell

Victoria Police last year suspended eight officers – six of them from the Fitzroy station – after thousands of pages of confidential police documents were found at three properties, which prompted an investigation into links between police and outlaw motorcycle gangs.

One of the officers at the Fitzroy station arrested in the probe was David Branov, who is accused of leaking information from the police Law Enforcement Assistance Program database to help an associate’s alleged drug trafficking enterprise.

Detective Sergeant Jarrod Weddle, from Victoria Police’s professional standards division, said investigators believed Mr Branov provided co-accused Dean Murphy with information the latter could use to chase drug debts, and conducted surveillance with him.

Detective Sergeant Weddle said Mr Branov had admitted stealing drugs from the property office at Fitzroy police station between 2010 and 2013, and that he had been an ice addict before and during his time as a police officer.

He rose to the rank of senior constable but resigned late last year, the court heard.

Mr Branov is also accused of thwarting a police investigation into Mr Murphy’s alleged drug trafficking and preventing a brief of evidence against another co-accused, Jamie McNally, going to court.

Mr Branov, 42, of Epping, on Monday pleaded not guilty to more than 50 charges including perverting the course of justice, theft, dealing with the proceeds of crime and possessing counterfeit money, child pornography, firearms and drugs.

Detective Sergeant Weddle did not outline how many of the suspended police officers had been disciplined. But he said several officers were suspected of being involved in criminal activity.

The court heard Mr Branov was arrested in April last year after police found confidential police files at a Dromana property.

Investigators were told the man who occupied the property paid a police officer $600 a month in exchange for the information.

Mr Branov was on bail over the corruption-related charges but was remanded in custody last month when a search warrant of his home found documents and goods that had been allegedly stolen from homes and cars.

He was arrested on April 29 when police intercepted a stolen BMW with him and two other men inside, the court heard.

Mr Branov was denied bail on Monday and remanded to appear before the County Court on Tuesday.

Deputy chief magistrate Jelena Popovic said the accused ought to appear before the Supreme Court given the seriousness of the allegations, which were “akin to the very, very large trafficking (cases) and murders”.

But Ms Popovic said it was practical for Mr Branov to appear in the same jurisdiction as Mr Murphy and Mr McNally, should their cases proceed beyond the committal stage.

Mr Murphy, 38, of Seddon, and Mr McNally, 34, of Tarneit are also charged with perverting the course of justice. Mr Murphy also faces charges of possessing drugs and weapons and Mr Branov to disclose information.

Mr Murphy and Mr McNally are due to return to court on May 27 after both had their cases adjourned so they could find legal representation.
Ms Popovic chastised both men for wasting the court’s time and police resources by not having lawyers with them in court. Both men are on bail.
A woman who is an associate of Mr Murphy’s on Monday pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and possessing a firearm. She was bailed to appear before the County Court in August.

WA Senior Constable Dean Tapper charged with child sex offences

Here we have another copper thinking he was above the law. I have it from a good source in WAPOL no doubt disgusted with a colleagues behaviour, more charges may be laid.

A 44-year-old senior constable has been stood down and charged with having sex with an under-age girl

Fri 20 Dec 2013

Police Internal Affairs have charged  44-year-old Senior Constable Dean Tapper with child sex offences.

Dean Tapper from the East Metropolitan District, is facing two counts of Sexual Penetration of a child under the age of 16.

He has been stood down from duty. you would hope so

Mr Tapper was not requires to plead to the charges during a brief appearance in the Midland Magistrate’s Court.

He is due back in court in February

He recently transferred, I wonder if the above had anything to do with it?
East Metropolitan DFIO
Ellenbrook Police Station


Burqa woman beats law- This is a disgrace to all law abiding Australians

What a ridiculous situation this is. It makes a joke of the laws of this land and makes a mockery of the police trying to do their jobs. Does anyone realise what a precedent this will set as an EXCUSE for the muslim community that chose to wear these things? This must be appealed to the highest court in our land regardless of cost to protect this country from turning into a country who fold weak at the knees and put ones religion before the law.The original story on my blog is here…

THE Muslim woman Carnita Matthews accused of lying about police trying to tear her burqa off has avoided jail – because her identity could not be proven.

Carnita Matthews (in burqa) appeared at The Downing Centre Court

Carnita Matthews, 47, from Woodbine, in Sydney‘s southwest, had been sentenced to six months in jail for making a deliberately false statement that a policeman tried to forcibly remove her burqa because he was a racist.

But judge Clive Jeffreys said yesterday he was not satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that it was Mrs Matthews who made the racism accusation because the person who complained to police was wearing a burqa at the time.

The absurdity of the law is that, to reach the level of proof of identity to make the case, Mrs Matthews would have been required to identify herself by lifting her burqa at the police station – what started the uproar in the first place.

More than a dozen Muslim supporters linked arms and began chanting “Allah Akbar” as they stormed out of Downing Centre Court with Mrs Matthews concealed behind them.

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Tempers rose and they began jostling with police after several members of the group attacked cameramen.

It marked a stark difference from their behaviour minutes earlier, when they had quietly assembled outside the lifts for prayer shortly after the judge’s decision.

Mrs Matthew’s lawyer Stephen Hopper defended their actions saying: “They are obviously happy with the result and are expressing it in a way that is culturally appropriate to them.”

Judge Jeffreys said yesterday that even if Mrs Matthews had made the complaint, he could not be sure she knew it was a “false” statement.

“I am not satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that she made the complaint,” he said.

“Even if I was satisfied that she made the complaint, I am not satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that it was knowingly false.”

Mrs Matthews made the claim in her court appearance last year, saying police could not prove it was her behind the burqa when the complaint was handed in to police. The local magistrate rejected it.

The case had lit up the religious debate when a magistrate found Mrs Matthews had deliberately made false complaints that Sergeant Paul Kearney was racist and had attempted to tear her burqa off her face when she declined to remove it on request.

She was pulled over for a random breath test last June, and accused Sgt Kearney of racism only after he booked her for failing to properly display her P-plates.

The incident was captured on a patrol car video camera and helped clear Sgt Kearney, prompting calls for all police cars to carry in-built cameras to avoid false claims.

“I’ve got my P-plates on my car … there was nothing wrong with how they were displayed,” Mrs Matthews says on the video.

“You look at me and see me wearing this and you couldn’t handle it. All cops are racist.”

She then threatens, “100 per cent”, that she will take the matter to court and fight the charge.

Here is what people are saying this morning about this topic…

  • Mark Posted at 11:05 PM June 20, 2011

Islam is not a race it is a religion which is a choice in this country.

Comment 1 of 129

  • rob the rattler of Melbourne Posted at 11:26 PM June 20, 2011

Maybe we should let off all the armed robbers who wear masks to commit crime. The legal system is laughable…

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  • daniel hewitt of melbourne Posted at 11:31 PM June 20, 2011

How much longer before common sense and equality for woman return and we ban the horror of the burqa for good in Australia. It has no place in a modern democarcy

Comment 3 of 129

  • Gozza of Seen it all before Posted at 11:32 PM June 20, 2011

Welcome to your future Australia.

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  • Jan of Vic Posted at 11:36 PM June 20, 2011


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  • TrueBlue of melbourne Posted at 11:37 PM June 20, 2011

what have the camera men got to do with it. Why did the attack the tv crews? why wern’t they arrested? And why was she driving the car with out a male chaperone? These radicals realy have a chip on thier shoulders which is becoming more and more a public concern.

Comment 6 of 129

  • EPM of mel Posted at 11:43 PM June 20, 2011

Muslim supporters began jostling with police and their lawyer says “They are obviously happy with the result and are expressing it in a way that is culturally appropriate to them”.

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  • Hymie of Warragul Posted at 11:44 PM June 20, 2011

The beginning of the end for Western culture and Christian legal doctrine in Australia. Get ready for the Storm Australia, it’s coming.

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  • Mohammed of Australia Posted at 11:50 PM June 20, 2011

Ban the Burka so we don’t have to put up with this rubbish!

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  • Ali-Hughes Posted at 11:50 PM June 20, 2011

Mrs Matthews has proven the need for society at large to prove identity beyond any doubt by her own challenge to charges against her. Hiding behind religion, and the concealment of a burka shows it has no place in a democratic society. She wants to live in the middle ages where women are chattle and dominated by repressive male zealots then she needs to move to parts of the middle east where such practices are considered normal. In the real world people do not walk in public wearing masks. We’re tired of being bombarded by protests and violence shielded behind a “cultural beliefs” labels and false cries of racism. We are a tolerant community but people like you have continuously pushed the boundries like a spoiled brats and we’re tired of your tantrums. We are a civilized society and it’s time to demand conformation from these fanatics or give them a one-way ticket to a place they choose and slam the door shut.

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  • steve Posted at 11:50 PM June 20, 2011

this is exactly why the burka must be banned.

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  • John of Colac Posted at 11:54 PM June 20, 2011

Quite simple really we dont let people walk around with a beanie pulled down to cover their face so stop the racism and ban the burka.

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  • Shut the Gate NOW of LaLaLand Posted at 11:55 PM June 20, 2011

All the more reason to get rid of the burka in Australia NOW!!

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  • Chris of Melbourne Posted at 11:59 PM June 20, 2011

It seems the only racist here is her.

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  • ROFLMAO Posted at 12:04 AM Today

LOLsss, mister lawyer – yes, the guy in front in the pic looks very happy!!!

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  • vin ienco Posted at 12:10 AM Today

shield ? Paul Kent: Present the fact, the Muslims clashed with police

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  • Jim Watson Posted at 12:12 AM Today

If the police couldn’t identify her because she was wearing a burqa then this is yet another clear argument in favour of banning the burqa. Time to free Muslim women from oppression and address the security issues arising.

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  • joe from the bush Posted at 12:18 AM Today

this is only going to become more common place in the future with the culture clashes riseing and violence increasing,they want muslim schools,they tried for sharia law (thats not finished yet)they want the tax payer to pay for more halal butchers to be trained to torture animals before they are slaughtered, and trust me the list will go on,did the greek,italian,german,english,scot,irish or any other group want to change society when they here,not likely but this new wave of migrants want and probably will alter the face of australia forever and the do-gooders will keep on cedeing rights to these people until it’s to late so let me take this opportunity to say to all the do-gooders “see the guy with the raised fist and the angry expression,imagine how he will react if they had lost!!!”don’t say you weren’t warned,o.k.because it’s a moral certanty that the do-gooders will be the first to scream their heads off when the brown stuff hits the fan any where within a mile of them.the boat invaders being settled by gillard will bite the hand that welcomes them,mark my words,it’s happening in europe and it will happen here,gee thanks jooliar,thanks for nothing!!!…

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  • The Mask of Melbourne Posted at 12:31 AM Today

The burka is a wall, which separates a face from mainstream Australia. Why are these faces hiding? Come on, we want to see you smile!!!

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  • Mr. Possum of Melbourne Posted at 12:35 AM Today

I’m not anti-Muslim but I oppose Burqa in the street. This case is example for prosecuting on other Burqa involving crime like Bank robber who wears Burqa when he committed crime. I have no doubt banning Burqa in the street and public place is best interest of all Australian peoples.

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  • Send em home of Melbourne Posted at 12:39 AM Today

Send em home

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  • Chris fowler Posted at 12:39 AM Today

Why is everyone so afraid to challenge muslims It is not racist to have an opinion about another religion this is what free speech is You have forgotten that

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  • John of Sydney of Sydney Posted at 12:43 AM Today

So next time a terrorist murders an Aussie while wearing a burka will also be free on appeal because the judges will not be sure who is behind the veil, too????

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  • Whistleblower of Melbourne Posted at 12:45 AM Today

This is what we get for letting these mindless morons into country. Radical Islamists are a curse and we don’t need any more of of them. Send them and their bloody burquas back to where they come from. We do not need radical Islamists in our country. In their countries we wouldn’t get a look in if we tried these antics.

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  • leedsiy of Mebourne Posted at 12:47 AM Today

This is absolute nonsense. Since when do we excuse aggressive and inappropriate behaviour because “They are obviously happy with the result and are expressing it in a way that is culturally appropriate to them”. Stephen Hopper should take a reality check. Why do we excuse their bad behaviour here? If it is because they are used to bullying and getting their own way in their own country by vicious and unprincipled behaviour, should we allow it in Australia. I want people to behave in a culturally appropriate and lawful manner here. We are Australians and respect Australian Law. So should they and so should she have. Absolutely rude woman with issues.

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  • LJR Posted at 1:04 AM Today

This is a disgrace, and a perfect example of why the burka does not fit with our culture! They wonder why they face prejudice, yet they carry on like a pack of animals. What a joke!

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  • kastha of dandenong Posted at 1:07 AM Today

This is the faces of future Australians….(under Labor Govt)…be afraid…be very afraid

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  • Faceless Posted at 1:13 AM Today

Simple. Ban the thing called burka

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  • N Markulin of Canberra Posted at 1:16 AM Today

Ah, now wait for the explosion of crime committed by Burqa clad offenders. This dear Judge has just given the criminal element the ‘keys’ to the perfect crime. Wear a burqa, even if your caught, don’t let them view your face, and your home free. And what a truly human way to express ones joy and happiness, by attacking citizens and police! Happiness + violence = culturally appropriate! Hold the horses, there is another defence to a criminal act. Go out and beat somebody senseless, or worse, then claim the defence that it is ‘culturally appropriate’ to do so. I was only happy! What a marvellous Australia we are creating for our children. But then, I see no condemnation of the court result in this article, nor any out cry from the journalist about the actions of this persons supporters. Sgt Kearney got what he deserved right! Just cant trust those sneaky Police can you! Why on earth should they be out there enforcing the law, harassing burqa clad women, being racist and interfering with peoples ‘happy’ cultural celebrations. Really, what are the police thinking these days!.

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  • leigh of adelaide Posted at 1:34 AM Today

Yeah thats it, play the usual racist card.

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  • Candy of Melbourne Posted at 1:37 AM Today

They attack police and tv cameramen and this is ok as they “are expressing it in a way that is culturally appropriate to them”. If they want to live in a culture like that, why did they come to Australia as that is not culturally appropriate here by any standard.

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  • JBob of Oakleigh Posted at 1:38 AM Today

Outrageous, covering yourself up, claiming prejudice whilst displaying a flagrant lack of regard for the truth and getting away with it! How will it ever be possible to prove crimes against burka wearing members of society if we can never prove who they are? Please dont claim prejudice to avoid following the laws all Australians are expected to follow. I previously believed in respecting religious traditions but this behaviour shows how such traditions can be used to manipulate situations unfairly.

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  • Howard of Melbourne Posted at 1:40 AM Today

Awesome, so I’ll start wearing burkas now. So i can get away with almost of everything! What a joke! And what gives these people any right to protest I’n our streets. Go bback to the middle east, we don’t want you here

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  • truther of United Kingdom Posted at 1:41 AM Today

“More than a dozen Muslim supporters linked arms and began chanting “Allah Uh Ahkbar”,and “All cops are racist.” It begins people……

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  • Get it off of Melbourne Posted at 1:43 AM Today

Fine, that only proves one thing to me…the legal right to wear a burka has got to go…forthwith.

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  • The law must change! of Melbourne Posted at 1:44 AM Today

What are the supporters supporting? The fact that a guilty person walked free? …or the fact that they know they can commit crimes whilst hiding their identity behind a burka? Yeah, right. That’s all we need.

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  • Darren Buchanan Posted at 1:47 AM Today

I am afraid France is right. It is time to BAN THE BURKA!!! If the legal system cannot identify a person because of their unwillingness to remove their facial covering then society should ban it and outlaw it altogether. Hell, even motorcycle riders and motorcycle club members take their face helmets off when asked to identify themselves. BAN THE BURKA…..BAN THE BURKA…..BAN THE BURKA. It is time for all Australians from all cultures to come together as one.

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  • Jacqui of Melbourne Posted at 1:49 AM Today

this is why the burka should be banned. I cant wear a helmet into a bank but they can wear their burka. I never had a problem until I heard about this case where they are using the burka to get away with breaking the law. Shame. Shame. Shame,

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  • Grid of Qld Posted at 1:55 AM Today

Good reason to ban the burka

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  • Ralph Posted at 1:57 AM Today

Attacking people in the street is “culturally appropriate to them”? That would be fine if it happened in the Middle East, but as we are in Australia perhaps we should be more concerned with what is “culturally appropriate” for us.

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  • fed up of reality Posted at 2:09 AM Today

so now anytime anyone wants to do something illegal, they should just wear a burka…

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  • Umberto Torazzi Posted at 2:11 AM Today

One rule for the Muslims, one for the christians. You gotta luve Australiastan.

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  • wiz of Melbourne Posted at 2:16 AM Today

This is going to be the ugly face of this country down the track …………. we have made a huge mistake with multiculturalism, look at the anger, hatred in this mans face. And look how they treat the women in their culture, hidden from head to toe and walking behind them like second class people. Mark my words, big big trouble ahead in this country

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  • Paul of melbourne Posted at 2:18 AM Today

wow….just wow, all cops are racist, OK i can make an equally ignorant remark, all Muslims are violent… do these people even realise that this will bring on stricter measures to people who wear burka’s in public to avoid this situation in the future?.

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  • The Mechanic of Melbourne Posted at 2:22 AM Today

The above photos and story speak volumes of how quickly Australia is going down the toilet . Motorcyclists , who constantly get beaten up in the public press , have since the 1970s willing abided by Australian Law on covering ones face whilst in a public place and removed their helmets for the security of all , whilst a Muslim Woman is allowed to cover her face . Australia executed the last full faced covered person in a public place accused of breaking a law whilst wearing a full face covering , Ned Kelly . It is racism against everyday Australians for this rubbish to continue . If you a migrant and you do not like living in one of the freest democracys in the entire World , simple . Leave now . Personally , I would respect you more for such a courageous decision .

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  • nh jan of Brisbane Posted at 2:23 AM Today

Look at the anger in that picture. Australia tread carefully, there is a muslim invasion of stealth taking place. Why do Muslim women think they are above the law and do not have to identify themselves by hiding behind a birka? Ban the stupid things NOW.

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  • Mick of Albury Posted at 2:30 AM Today

I oticed there’s not one other woman there supporting Carnita. Is that cause their not allowed out of the house?

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  • Peter Posted at 2:39 AM Today

WHAT A JOKE. Just ban the burka already.

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  • Ron of Melbourne Posted at 2:55 AM Today

Time to ban the burka. It is not appropriate in Australia. The police have the right to instruct the woman to raise her hood so they can idenitfy her. They are simply doing their job made impossible by the wearing of a burka

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  • Evan Posted at 3:02 AM Today

No one is above the law. To lie about something or someone; and then to hide behind a mask (religious or otherwise) is cowardly and shows that you have no self respect. In court all are equal and everyone must show their face. This woman has been used by others to push their agendas and they are taking advantage of so called ‘cultural sensitivities’ to mislead justice. Funny; people who rob, steal, assault also mask their faces to try to avoid capture and responsibility.

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  • Samantha of Mentone Posted at 3:15 AM Today

There goes the Australia we once had; get ready for more people playing the racism card and expecting special attention from our softly, softly approach.

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  • Show respect of Melbourne Posted at 3:23 AM Today

This judgment is disgusting. How dare they come into this country and demonstrate in this way with total disgust to the law of the land. Can anyone go to one of their hopelessly intolerant countries and behave in this manner. Come on Australia do not allow this to continue.

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  • Dale Dann of Sunbury Posted at 3:42 AM Today

Look at the hate in these people, get rid of them KNOW.

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  • Jason of TOORAK Posted at 3:44 AM Today

A small glimpse of the Australia’s future with so called Moderate Muslims seeking a so called new Life in this country. Just wait until they have the numbers and Australia will see what Israel and the Chinese in Indonesia have to put up with when the Muslims reach significant percentage of the population. They are an actively racist and intolerant towards all non Muslims. Just look at the hate on these faces.

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  • Strange of Perth Posted at 3:49 AM Today

Lets all wear Burkas so we can escape justice in Australia. The Muslim’s are on a winner here….and we all thought the Burka just had a religious meaning…HA…What a joke.

Comment 55 of 129

  • Ray Cullen Posted at 3:49 AM Today

Great next time I have to front a Court I’ll wear a burka!

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  • john wilson Posted at 4:11 AM Today

this burka nonsense is another examble of the mainstream of our country having to assimilate to the needs of a strident minority, and in this case the confusion of identity is at the very reason they should not be be worn it seems like france is the only country with the backbone to say no to these people but as usual in our country it seems the tail wags the dog.

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  • Joc68 of Gold Coast Posted at 4:13 AM Today

We rest our case – this is exactly why burkas should be BANNED!

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  • bbb Posted at 4:14 AM Today

What ever country you move to or live in, it is your duty as a citizen to follow the law. If the law says no Burka, don´t wear the bloody thing, religion or no religion. Lock her back up, why do we always go soft when it comes to religion?

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  • Leigh of Melbourne Posted at 4:17 AM Today

And now we can see why the Burka needs to be banned. By useing it as a means to circumvent the law it is no longer a religious agument but a clear matter of public safty.

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  • Dave of Deans Marsh Posted at 4:17 AM Today

Ban the niqab in public!If she was wearing one when pulled over,the police have been extremely lenient.

Comment 61 of 129

  • Steve Canty Posted at 4:37 AM Today

Want to see real racism? Try living in a Muslim majority country as a non-Muslim! They will give you no rights whatsoever and will not apologize for it.

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  • Jell of East Brunswick Posted at 4:47 AM Today

So let me get this straight: Police are racist if they ask for Muslim women to identify themselves properly, yet if they don’t enforce the identity request then charges are dropped through lack of proof? I’m sorry, i’m all for equality and acceptance but you can’t have your cake and eat it too. The law is still the law, unless something has changed here that i’m unaware of, and no one should be exempt from that. After all, it is ‘equal’ standing we’re all looking for isn’t it?

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  • Madeline Archi- of Heidelberg Posted at 4:51 AM Today

Once more the system BOWS to these ‘persons’. Why don’t you journos print what the rest of us believe and write? You fear this 1% of the population who WANT everything THEIR way or NO way!

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  • karl Posted at 4:57 AM Today

and that is why we need to see faces….this is so BS…

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  • Tom of Melbourne Posted at 5:00 AM Today

“Ban the BurKa”…..I thought these people came here for a “Better Life”.and our “Centrelink ” ..not to bring their crap with them.

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  • All for one and one for all. Posted at 5:02 AM Today

Is this picture what the do-gooders refer to as multi culturism. It now seems that Australia has caught up with the rest of the world. Lady Justice is certainly Blind.

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  • David Woodham of Hillside Posted at 5:05 AM Today

multiculturism at its’ bet…NOT!!

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  • Kooiman of the outback Posted at 5:18 AM Today

here we have the reason for banning fully veiled women…we need to be able to id people in public. The violence demonstrated by her supporters and the cries of allah akbar send shivers through my spine and reminds me of why we prefer to live in a secular society. I am sick of religomaniacs running around being intolerant.

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  • Spin Cycle of Melbourne Posted at 5:24 AM Today

“They are obviously happy with the result and are expressing it in a way that is culturally appropriate to them” – What about appropriate to Aussies?? Oh that’s right, we are infidels. Not long to go now.

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  • bobby from gppsland of gippsland Posted at 5:26 AM Today

these people are trouble makers deport them now

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  • Philip pouponneau of Clayton Posted at 5:28 AM Today

That young lady obviously has never experienced true racism let’s hope that she never does.

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  • WELL DONE Posted at 5:38 AM Today

Isn’t that the idea. They can get away with murder because they wear a burka. Ban them now. How is anyone going to tell whether it’s male or female under that thing.

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  • Elwood of Seattle Posted at 5:40 AM Today

That worked this time, and now we all know how the game is to be played. But what is with the “Allah Uh Ahkbar” thing? How does that have anything to do with things, other than to prove that they don’t accept Australian Law?

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  • Dragonfly Posted at 5:40 AM Today

This is multiculturalism at its startling best! Our legislators need to display the courage necessary to enact laws, without fear or favor, for the wellbeing of Australian citizens in general. Then our police need to be able to enforce those laws, again, without fear or favor.

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  • Elwood of Seattle Posted at 5:41 AM Today

They all seem very upset and angry. Maybe they should move back to where they come from, and remove themselves from the burden of Western life.

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  • Peter of Melbourne Posted at 5:43 AM Today


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  • Steve of Melton West Posted at 5:45 AM Today

That does it for me then. No burkas. As for Mrs Matthew’s lawyer Stephen Hopper defending them, saying: “They are obviously happy with the result and are expressing it in a way that is culturally appropriate to them”, NO – NOT culturally appropriate! We live by the rule of law and that does not permit attacking camera crews and behaving like bloody savages.

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  • james Cleary of USA Posted at 5:46 AM Today

Quote;” “They are obviously happy with the result and are expressing it in a way that is culturally appropriate to them”.End quote. It is amazing this statment can be used to identify these people, yet if Australians were to use the same statement we would be called racist! It should be made clear to these people prior to being allowed in the country that it is “culturally appropriate” that they be asked to remove the Burka when required. I’m sorry, but when it comes to matter like this then i am a racist. These people will use every excuse to use the race card. They will never be happy until they have control of the system. They are full of hate and as such will never fit into another society.

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  • Craig Posted at 5:50 AM Today

All cops are racist…… Hmmmm… Racism was bought into this country by people like you.

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  • Country Boy of King Herod’s Winter Palace Posted at 5:51 AM Today

Should read “Joke Clive Jeffreys said he was not satisfied beyond reasonable doubt…..” Tsk, tsk.

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  • MC of Melbourne Posted at 5:51 AM Today

And so it begins…..

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  • George of Brookfield Posted at 5:52 AM Today

So that’s how the religion of peace sets out to narrow the divide between the westerners and themselves, acting inappropiately outside of court. I wonder how a non-muslim would go, if he acted in such arrogance in an arab state?

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  • A realist of Heidelberg Posted at 5:55 AM Today

This is not a religion that Australia needs.

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  • sick of it… of melbourne Posted at 5:56 AM Today

im glad their lawyer is happy for them to express their views in a ‘way that is culturally appropriate to them’. maybe he should head back home WITH them and see what else they do to each other that is ‘culturally appropriate to them’. im pretty certain he might change his ridiculous lawyer way of thinking. this only proves to me that these people will try anything to prove that australians are racist, when it is actually themselves that are causing the problem. if we are all so racist, why the hell dont these people head back to where they came from. would be better for everyone.

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  • Country Boy of King Herod’s Winter Palace Posted at 5:57 AM Today

Does “Allah Uh Ahkbar” chanted by these medievalists, mean “Soft Left judges are great”?

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  • Peter of Seabrook Posted at 5:58 AM Today

Horrible people like this create tension all over the world. The same problems have been evident in Europe leading to major clashes with authorities and changes to their laws. This has nothing to do with racism by police but everything to do with the latent racism of their culture. Linking arms and chanting while clashing with those in their way is pure provication. Many police forces in the world, including the middle east, would have responded harshly.

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  • Joe Koops of mornington Posted at 6:00 AM Today

You show images of Muslim men fighting for their womens’ rights. How contradictory when they treat their women so poorly.

Comment 88 of 129

  • Rob of Vic Posted at 6:02 AM Today

So racism is hating clothes and religion now?

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  • john good Posted at 6:03 AM Today

Exactly the reason they should be banned !!!

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  • Paul of Perth WA Posted at 6:06 AM Today

Welcome to Multiculturalism Australia 2011

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  • Tarquin of The Toorak Palace Posted at 6:06 AM Today

The photo certainly shows a lovely happy-go-lucky group of aussies pleased that their mate has been released from prison. I really do like how multiculturism brings out the best in people.

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  • Luke of Ormond Posted at 6:07 AM Today

A violent reaction and it is defended by saying “They are obviously happy with the result and are expressing it in a way that is culturally appropriate to them”. I don’t care what is “culturally appropropriate to them”, we have laws in this country that make it what it is. This is inexcusable, whether it is soccer hooligans, drunks on the streets, or anyone, such behaviour and disregard for the authority of police should not be tolerated. They should be ashamed. I wonder how many of them were born overseas and came here because of the future Australia can offer to them and their children…great way to show gratitude. As for the judgement, well, all you need now to get away with making false claims to police is wear a burkha…what’s this country coming to?!

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  • Alex of Townsville Posted at 6:09 AM Today

This is an absolute disgrace, an example of the racist banner being used to avoid your resposibilities. Regardless of religous conviction all people are required to identify themselves at all times when requested by authorities, failure to do so should result in immediate incarceration. Personally I believe the burqa should be banned in Australia as ther is no practical need for it and those using it have something to hide. If I wore one and refused to identify myself I would be arrested and jailed because I am proudly non muslim.

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  • Go figure Posted at 6:09 AM Today

I hate the direction Australia is taking. The very fabric of our society slowly disintegrating under the weight of being dictated to by minority groups tearing us apart.

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  • mark of MT Martha Posted at 6:09 AM Today

so now there is a precedent if a person wearing a burka robs a bank or shoots someone they will have a solid defence. This political correctness bull has got to stop.

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  • k of melbourne of melbourne Posted at 6:10 AM Today

so i guess the government has two sets of laws , wake up australia if anyone else had done this they would be charged. Go the the middle east and then see what would happen if we dont accept there laws we would get our head sliced off.

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  • Helmut Schmidt of Skye Posted at 6:12 AM Today

An other reason to ban burka’s

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  • Barry true Aussie of Brisbane Posted at 6:14 AM Today

Another lying moslum goes free, as every one saw when they left the court, all un-employed radicles.. there will be blood on our streets within 5 years, as the she will be right Australian attitude, will go, and lets fight to get our nation back rises.

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  • Big Dave of knoxfield Posted at 6:15 AM Today

So Mr Hopper thinks it is culturally appropriate for muslims to attack people when celebrating.How many were charged with assault or would that be racist.

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Police officer Damian Leeding’s life support to be switched off

Senior Constable Damian Leeding was responding to a triple-0 call at the Pacific Pines Tavern when he was shot.

Senior Constable Damian Leeding was shot in the face at the Pacific Pines Tavern on Sunday night.

A police statement tonight said: “The Queensland Police Service understands that the family of Detective Senior Constable Damian Leeding have made the heartbreaking decision to turn off life support in the next 24 hours on medical advice concerning his condition.

“The Queensland Police Service is – and will continue – to provide every possible support to the family of DSC Leeding during this incredibly sad time, and our thoughts are very much with his family, friends and Damian’s Coomera CIB colleagues this evening.

“We would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the care of DSC Leeding, including the QAS officers, nursing and medical staff at the Gold Coast Hospital.”

Sen-Const Leeding’s family were awaiting the arrival of his father and sister who were making a dash from the UK, but they are now not expected to arrive until possibly Thursday.

Speaking outside Gold Coast Hospital earlier today, Sen. Const Leeding’s father-in-law, Gary O’Brien, said decisions on the officer’s fate  “could possibly be made today”.

Mr O’Brien, the father of Sen. Const Leeding’s police officer wife Sonya, said the family was trying to stay strong.

“At the moment, we’re all travelling a bit of a bumpy road but we’re all doing okay,” he said.

“We just want to thank everybody on the Gold Coast – the support has been absolutely amazing.”

Mr O’Brien, a paramedic, said he had been dealing with tragedy for 30 years “but when the boot’s on the other foot, it’s pretty tough going”.

“We’d just like people to respect our privacy both here (at the hospital) and at home,” he said.

“There will possibly be decisions made today and I’m sure you guys (the media) will hear about it after today.”

Mr O’Brien described his son-in-law as “absolutely the most amazing guy”.

“As well as a son-in-law, he’s a good mate,” he said.

“(He’s the) father of two of my grandkids and a guy who just lives for each day, his family and his kids. He’s just the best guy you could meet.”

Mr O’Brien said the welfare of Sen-Const Leeding’s two children, baby Grace and two-year-old Hudson, was now the priority for the family.

“Everybody’s doing their hardest to make sure that side of the family’s kept intact and we’re moving forward with that,” he said.

Three people have been remanded in custody over the shooting.

THREE people charged over the attempted shooting murder of Detective Senior Constable Damian Leeding

THREE people will face court tomorrow morning charged over the attempted shooting murder of Detective Senior Constable Damian Leeding

A 37-year-old man, a 38-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman, all from Nerang, have been charged with the attempted murder of Detective Senior Constable Damian Leeding.

They are also charged with armed robbery and seven counts of deprivation of liberty of four tavern patrons, two staff members and security guard.

Police will allege that shortly before 11pm last night, officers were called to an armed robbery in progress at the Pacific Pines Tavern.

Plain Clothes Senior Constable Damian Leeding was in the first responding vehicle from the Coomera CIB and was allegedly shot in the head by a shotgun.

Police will allege the violent attack was captured on CCTV footage.

They are expected to appear in Southport Magistrates Court tomorrow.

Sen Const Leeding is married to a police officer, Sonya, and is the father of two young children.

He is in a critical condition in the Gold Coast Hospital.

It follows last night’s robbery where gunmen stormed the Pacific Pines Tavern just on closing time and took staff and patrons hostage as they demanded money.

Senior Constable Damian Leeding, one of the first two officers on the scene, was shot in the head.

The incident occurred just before 11pm last night as police responded to an armed robbery call-out.

The 35-year-old officer is in a critical condition at Gold Coast Hospital at Southport.

Sen Const Leeding, who is based at Coomera, is married to a police officer, Sonya, and is the father of two young children.

Police Minister Neil Roberts said the thoughts of all were with Damian as he fights for life.

”We hope and pray that he recovers from these awful injuries,” he said.

Police commissioner Bob Atkinson said the first response unit contained two detectives, Damian Leeding and his female partner.

”They arrived at the tavern at approximately quarter to 11 last night. The armed robbery was still in progress at that time.

”We will be alleging this offence was around closing time, we will be alleging that hostages were involved and we will be alleging that the hostages involved were both staff and patrons.

”Soon after, Senior Constable Damian Leeding was shot in the head with a shot gun.

”He is in a critical condition in the Gold Coast Hospital. His family are with him — his wife is by his side.

”We hold grave concerns for his overall condition.”

The commissioner said the dog quad officers tracked two offenders and the scene and a third person was located later.

He said there may still be other offenders with a long way to go in the investigation.

Assistant commissioner Paul Wilson praised the first aid efforts of Sen Const Leeding’s female partner on the job who kept him alive.

Queensland Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson said Sen Const Leeding may have only been an officer for eight years but he has quickly risen through the ranks to work in the plain clothes division.

”The family is at the hospital now and conducting a vigil,” Mr Atkinson said.

”He’s put his safety at risk to protect the public.

”We pray he is OK, but he is in a critical condition.”

The shooting comes after a call for a specialist armed robbery squad on the Gold Coast following a spate of hold-ups this year.

Mr Atkinson said this incident would raise further questions about the need for a specific armed robbery squad on the Gold Coast.

”Nothing’s off the table,” Mr Atkinson told reporters.

”We review the staffing needs of this area constantly and particularly each year.

”This was a higher end type armed robbery.

”It occurred around closing time and people were taken effectively hostage.”


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