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Defence barrister Philip Dunn on Australia’s most notorious robbery
IT WAS a crime of greed, maybe even one of revenge.
But it was one that was planned for months and pulled off so meticulously, nobody was ever convicted.
The Great Bookie Robbery is one of Australia’s most notorious crimes, where six bandits filled totes with millions of dollars in just minutes. It was even the basis for a 1986 television miniseries.
Still nobody knows what happened. The money was never found and the thieves either disappeared or were killed.
The closest this crime got to being solved was the arrest of bandit Norman Lee, the only gang member to face court over the robbery — but he was acquitted.
It’s been 40 years since the brazen crime and Lee’s solicitor at the time, defence barrister Philip Dunn, QC, reveals what he knows, what questions still remain and his sneaking regard for their bold heist.
It was autumn in Melbourne, April 1976. The city was no doubt windy and cold with amber leaves cluttering the gutters.
Six men gathered a couple of weeks before Easter and plotted to steal from bookies who were sorting money to give to punters.
“The men who executed it were not only experts in their particular trades, but brave and bold in what they did,” Mr Dunn said.
It was in the days when bookmakers did all their business in cash at the Victoria Club on Queen Street. Bookies would secure their money on the third floor of the Victoria Club before it was picked up by the National Bank. It was a prime opportunity to steal.
In the weeks prior to the robbery, one of the bandits bypassed the club’s security system and removed a number of bolts from the fire escape access door.
He cut them in half and lightly glued them back together, so the bandits could just push the door to gain entry to the building later on.
Six weeks prior to the robbery, they tampered with the elevators so they would continuously jam and get stuck between floors.
Nobody would be able to go up or down the lift while these men committed their third-floor robbery.
It was April 21, the day they finally pulled off the heist.
They hid while waiting for the Armaguard truck to deliver the cash to the building.
“The truck actually got a flat tyre on the way and they were 15 minutes late,” Mr Dunn said. “The bandits were actually very bold and brave because they were waiting, ready to go, and the truck didn’t come.”
Once the money was delivered, the bandits stormed the building. They were masked and some were armed with M60 machine-guns.
“They made a lot of noise and made people lie on the floor, there were more than 100 people in the building when they raided it,” Mr Dunn said.
“There was little conversation but there was one thing said that gave people a clue about who they were.”
Among the hostages was prize fighter Ambrose Palmer and while the bandits were yelling at everybody to get down, one turned to Palmer and said “that means you Ambrose”.
“That meant the bandit was either from Melbourne or he was a person who went to the fights,” Mr Dunn said.
In less than 10 minutes they had escaped with millions of dollars.
The exact amount stolen was never known, but it has been said it could have been as much as $15 million.
Lee was the only person arrested after he used new bank notes that had only been delivered to the bookie club.
In the end, however, there wasn’t enough evidence and police could not prove a link between the robbery and the fact Lee was in possession of the notes.
“It didn’t mean he did it, it just meant he had the money,” Mr Dunn said. “He was pretty bold, when police went to the dim sim factory where he worked they wanted to look at the safe but he refused.
“The police got a safe cracker and cut it open and when they opened it nothing was inside. He was just one of those blokes who didn’t want to help.”
Nobody quite knows how the gang, Raymond “Chuck” Bennett, Norman Lee, Ian Carroll, Laurence Prendergast and Brian and Leslie Kane, smuggled the money out of the Victoria Club.
Mr Dunn said he heard two stories about what happened to the millions.
“One is that money was removed in a laundry van,” he said. “The other, I heard they actually rented another office in the building and moved the money upstairs and left it there for several weeks, but who knows? They were smart guys.”
Despite defending Lee during his court case, Mr Dunn said he was airtight about what happened.
“Norman Lee wouldn’t have told a priest in confession what happened,” he said. “That’s how it was in those days.”
Lee’s parents made dim sims and spring rolls and there was a rumour among those in the underworld that several people who went missing, were put through Lee’s dim sim machine and later eaten by those who attended the footy.
“That’s part of the rumour mill in Melbourne’s underworld,” Mr Dunn said.
Over the years there have also been many rumours about what the gang did with the money they stole.
“Some said a couple of bandits went to Manila and opened up some bars there,” he said. “Others believed some of the money was wisely invested.”
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Lee was shot dead in another brazen robbery at Tullamarine airport in Melbourne in 1992.
He was trying to intercept millions of dollars being transported. He was killed by police during a shootout.
Leslie was allegedly killed in 1978 by Bennett, the mastermind behind the Great Bookie Robbery. Bennett was accused, but later acquitted.
Bennett was then believed to have been shot by Leslie’s brother Brian — the other Kane bandit involved in the bookie robbery — in 1979 outside a Melbourne courthouse.
Brian was shot by two masked men while at his local drinking spot, the Quarry Hotel, in 1982. Carroll was also shot dead in 1983.
Nobody knows what happened to Prendergast, he went missing in 1985 and has never been found.
“He could be an old man now sitting in front of a radiator in winter having chicken soup,” Mr Dunn said. “There are few people who can reminisce about the good old days.”
‘THEY PLANNED IT LIKE A HEIST MOVIE’
“Those were the days when crime was crime,” Mr Dunn said. “They were bandits and not drug addicts.”
As an older criminal barrister, Mr Dunn said he looked at those days and in a funny way, had a sneaking regard for those old-fashioned villains who didn’t just rely on drugs or guns.
“They plotted and planned their activity like a heist movie.”
Being one of the most notorious crimes in Australia’s history, Mr Dunn said nobody had come close to pulling off something of the same scale. But he said it was a lot harder to catch crims back then.
“In those days the underworld had a code of silence,” he said. “These days, drug addicts will snitch on one another as soon as a policeman says boo.
“Law enforcement also uses a variety of modern technology now to track people’s movements and find out what they are doing. That was never possible 40 years ago.”
Despite being Lee’s solicitor, Mr Dunn said he doesn’t really remember him as a person.
“I remember him as an old-fashioned crim who wouldn’t betray anybody and wouldn’t say much of anything to anybody and lived in code of the underworld as it then was,” he said.
The eerie picture of accused rapist’s Salt Creek campsite that he took three weeks before he was charged with a brutal kidnapping attack on two female backpackers at the SAME spot
- Man accused of Salt Creek attack camped there just 3 weeks before attack
- The 59-year-old posted pictures of his camp site in January at Salt Creek
- The man has frequented the spot for decades and took his son there
- He is in prison charged with allegedly kidnapping and raping two women
This is the campsite at Salt Creek where two women escaped with their lives, photographed by the 59-year-old man accused of their kidnap, rape and attempted murder.
The photograph was taken just over three weeks before he allegedly kidnapped, raped and attempted to murder a 23-year-old South American woman and her European travelling companion in the sandhills at Salt Creek 200km south-west of Adelaide.
Posted on one of the accused man’s social media accounts, the photo shows the man’s car, two small tents, picnic tables and eskies.
One of the man’s friends is posing in the picture at the spot where the alleged attacker has camped.
This is the campsite at Salt Creek where two women escaped with their lives, photographed by the 59-year-old man accused of their kidnap, rape and attempted murder more than three weeks before the alleged attack
A photograph of Salt Creek taken by the man accused of raping and kidnapping the female tourists taken weeks before the alleged attack and posted on his social media site
The man, who claims on dating sites to be an ‘outdoors’ and ‘athletic’ person interested in fishing, camping and swimming, has several photographs of himself camping with a young boy, believed to be his son.
In other photographs, the man is pictured on the beach or camping out with friends.
The accused has several profiles on dating websites in which he describes himself as ‘outgoing’ and looking for a woman between ’22 and 56′.
On different sites, he says he is ‘friendly and ‘respect people and other cultures’, as well as saying he is ‘respectful to women’ and able to ‘get along with anyone, well almost haha’.
He says that he wants to meet ‘a kind, loving and thoughtful woman ready for marriage and to start a new life with.
On the day of the alleged incident two women tourists, believed to be a 23-year-old South American woman and a European woman in her twenties, were in the company of the man at Salt Creek, which is in the vast Coorong National Park along the south coast of South Australia.
It was around 6.30pm on Tuesday, when nearby fisherman saw one of the women, naked and bleeding, running from the sand dunes towards them and screaming that she was going to be killed.
Ali Mohammed and Abdul-Karim Mohammed, were driving near the sand dunes at Coorong National Park when the naked backpacker ran towards them.
‘She didn’t know what was going on… She’s jumped in the car and is telling us “please get out of here”,’ Ali Mohammed told Seven News.
The woman screamed ‘Get me out of here, get me out of here. He’s going to kill us all.’
According to Seven News, the two women had split up to escape the man after he allegedly attacked them, with one getting away to alert the witnesses.
She told her rescuers that the man had allegedly hit one of the women over the head with a hammer, and run the other over with a vehicle
The second backpacker was recaptured later in the evening, when she was discovered barely conscious and seriously injured in the sand dunes. Seven News showed footage of a man being arrested on the beach by police.
The man was seen on his stomach on the ground, with his arms behind his back as two officers detain him. He was wearing a black and white t-shirt and grey pants.
Police also found a campsite about a kilometre from where the man was arrested. There was a fishing knife and hook left behind.
Both women are in hospital in a stable condition after they were rescued at Salt Creek in Coorong National Park.
The 59-year-old is in custody following a brief appearance via videolink in Adelaide Magistrates Court.
He is charged with charged with kidnapping, rape, causing aggravated harm to another and attempted murder and is remanded in custody until April 18.
So the house mates are charged with Samantha’s murder no bloody wonder they did not report her missing for 2 weeks
Samantha Kelly killing: Trio face court over housemate’s death in Kangaroo Flat
Updated 26 minutes ago
Three people charged over the death of a mother-of-four from Bendigo have made brief appearances in court.
Peter Arthur, 44, from Kangaroo Flat, is charged with the murder of 39-year-old Samantha Kelly, whose body was found in bushland near Bendigo last week.
His housemates, Ronald Lyons, 43, and Christine Lyons, 44, are accused of being accessories.
All three appeared by videolink and did not make an application for bail.
The court has previously been told the three charged lived at the same address, while Ms Kelly lived in a bungalow at the rear of the property.
The court was told Arthur and Christine Lyons suffer from depression, while Lyons also has an intellectual disability.
The trio is due to face the Bendigo Magistrates’ Court again in June.
Save yourselves you filthy ass-holes otherwise you are all going down even if you had a tiny role…RING the number below.
Anyone with information should phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000
Samantha Kelly: Three arrested over missing Kangaroo Flat mother
Three men have been arrested in connection with the disappearance of a woman from Bendigo who has not been seen for three weeks.
Samantha Kelly, who has four children, was last seen near a local shopping centre on High Street in Kangaroo Flat on January 20.
The 39-year-old was reported missing by her brother two weeks later.
Police executed search warrants at properties in Bendigo and Kangaroo Flat.
Earlier they said her disappearance was out of character and feared she may have met with “foul play”.
She missed her youngest child’s first birthday and has not used her phone or bank accounts since she disappeared.
Investigators said she had not accessed her Facebook account, despite being a prolific user of the social media site.
Three in custody over missing mum Samantha Kelly
The the last independent and confirmed sighting of Samantha Kelly was on January 20 at an ATM. Photo: Victoria Police
Three people are in custody over the suspicious disappearance of missing mother-of-four Samantha Kelly as police swoop on homes in Bendigo and Kangaroo Flat.
The homicide squad and Bendigo detectives executed two search warrants at properties linked to the case on Thursday night.
“There are three people in custody at the Bendigo Police Station who are assisting police with their investigation,” a police spokeswoman said.
Peter Arthur, Ronald Lyons and Christine Lyons, who were living with Ms Kelly in Kangaroo Flat prior to her disappearance, photographed on Thursday. Photo: Simon_O’Dwyer
“We are not in a position to comment further at this time.”
ABC TV reported that the trio in custody were all men.
Ms Kelly, 39, was last seen around the High Street shopping precinct in Kangaroo Flat, on Wednesday January 20 about 3.20pm.
Samantha Kelly Photo: Supplied: Victoria Police
Her brother Michael Kelly, who has been taking care of her children – aged six, five, four and one, was optimistic about the development.
“At least we’re going to get some closure as to what’s going on, where she is, is she alive or isn’t she alive,” he said.
“I believe they can give us the information that we need and hopefully she’s alive and we can go to where she is.”
The last confirmed sighting of Samantha Kelly was on January 20. Photo: Supplied: Victoria Police
Speaking to Fairfax Media this week, the three people Ms Kelly was living with prior to her disappearance – Christine Lyons, Ronald Lyons and Peter Arthur – hit back at suggestions they were involved.
“We’ve got nothing to hide, we just want her home … we’re not guilty of anything except letting her walk out that door,” Ms Lyons said.
The trio were among at least 10 people police have spoken to over Ms Kelly’s disappearance.
Despite detectives maintaining the last independent and confirmed sighting of Ms Kelly was on January 20 at an ATM, Ms Lyons said Ms Kelly left their home at 3.30am on January 23.
“She woke me to tell me she was going, she said ‘I’m done, I’ve had it with this Mark s–t, I’m done’. You can have the f–king kids, I’m gone and that’s it,” Ms Lyons said.
“She was very strange for four to seven days, she didn’t want to come anywhere near the kids.”
Ms Kelly’s family and friends have maintained the disappearance was out of character and that she would never leave her children.
At least two of her children were due to be interviewed by homicide detectives on Thursday afternoon.
Anyone with information should phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000
Two bodies found in ‘large metal box’ following disappearance of Cory Breton and Iuliana Triscaru
Two bodies have been found inside a “large metal box” in a dam in Brisbane’s south during the search for missing Logan pair Cory Breton and Iuliana Triscaru.
A police spokesman wouldn’t confirm if bodies had been found however he said police had been searching for a steel box about 2m x 5m, which had since been found at a Kingston address.
At a press conference earlier today Detective Supt Dave Hutchinson stated: “We have located just after 8am this morning a large metal box submerged in one of the dams.“
“We’re still in the process of removing that box. It’s still in the dam at this point so we haven’t been able to open the box however we do fear that the box will contain the bodies of the two missing persons.”
A large scale police search has been under-way today at Mudgee st, Kingston near Scrubby Creek for the missing two.
The remains will be subject to post-mortem examinations and positive identification.
Six people have been charged with murder following an investigation into the disappearance the two.
Two men and a woman charged with murder made a brief appearance in court this morning.
Lawyers for Webbstar Latu, 31, Tuhirangi-Thomas Tahiata, 21, and Ngatokoona Mareti, 36, described them as ‘associates’ and not friends during court.
Mareti’s lawyer said she was ‘devastated and shocked’.
A 24-year-old Logan Central man, another 21-year-old man and a 22-year-old man of no fixed address have also been charged with two counts of murder.
The lawyer for one of the people charged, a 36-year-old woman, said she has seven children.
Overnight four people assisted police following the mysterious disappearance of the south east Queensland pair.
Two men were arrested after police intercepted a vehicle on the Gateway Motorway at Belmont just before 5pm yesterday.
Police allegedly located a quantity of methylamphetamine during a search of the vehicle.
A spokesman said the three were assisting police with their inquiries into the disappearance of Breton, 28, and Triscaru, 31.
The two had been missing for more than two weeks.
A search operation conducted by specialist police will be continuing today at a location off Mudgee Street, Kingston.
Detectives also spoke with 23-year-old Lelan Harrington, who was reported missing on January 25, one day after his friends vanished.
Initially police were searching for all three, however Mr Harrington was found safe at a Logan home on Tuesday.
Two crime scenes had been set up in the suburb of Kingston, including one at Mr Harrington’s home.
On Wednesday, police divers and helicopters searched bushland but failed to locate any traces of the missing pair.
Police were also seeking dashcam video from the Cleveland ferry terminal carpark between January 24-26.
A silver Mitsubishi Pajero which belonged to Mr Breton was found in the carpark after he disappeared.
Mr Breton reportedly discussed going on a holiday to Stradbroke Island before he vanished.
$3000 was also withdrawn from his bank account before he disappeared, according to police.
Police have appealed for information in relation to this investigation and are seeking public assistance in relation to the movements of a dark green 1999 Toyota Hilux utility, Queensland Registration 684 VEP on the evening of 24 January 2016.
Ms Triscaru’s mother, told media on Tuesday her daughter was ‘a very good girl and a very good mum’.
“I’d be happy with just one call saying ‘Mama, I’m still alive’. That’s it,” she said.
Mr Breton’s partner, Miranda, also told media she had a ‘gut feeling’ and it was ‘not very good’.
In a statement released to 7 News the family stated: “Iuliana Triscaru was kind hearted and generous. Always smiling, she had a positive attitude towards life and loved her children more than anything. To know that she is no longer in life because she was murdered is extremely shocking, disturbing and very sad.”
The bodies of two people have been found locked in a large metal box that had been submerged in a dam at Kingston, south of Brisbane.
Police believe the bodies to be those of Cory Breton, 28, and Iuliana Triscaru, 31, who were reported missing last month.
The box was taken to Brisbane’s John Tonge Centre for forensic examination and found to contain the remains of two people.
Post mortems are being carried out to identify the pair.
A third person who had been reported missing, Lelan Harrington, was found alive on Tuesday.
The trio’s disappearance, and the motive behind the suspected murder of Mr Breton and Ms Triscaru, was “probably” drug related, police said.
Six people charged with two counts of murder
Six people – five men and one woman – were charged with murder on Wednesday night following an investigation into the pair’s disappearance.
Davy Malu Junion Taiao, Stou Daniels, Trent Michael Thrupp, all 22, Webbstar Latu, 31, Tuhirangi-Thomas Tahiata, 24, and 36-year-old Ngatokoona Maretti all face two counts of murder.
They were remanded in custody during a hearing at Brisbane Magistrates Court and will face court next month.
Lawyer Andrew Owens, who is representing Maretti, said she was a mother of seven and desperate to get back to her children.
Mr Owens said he did think Maretti knew the victims but was yet to receive formal instructions.
“I don’t think friends but more associates, but it’s really early days to see what her involvement is really,” he said.
He said his client was in shock but would fight the charges and apply for bail at a later stage.
Police looking for two more people
Detective Superintendent Dave Hutchinson said police were still looking for two other people as part of the investigation but they were not suspects.
“One is a 32-year-old male from Crestmead and the other is a 25-year-old male who was residing at the Dewer Street unit,” he said.
“We are looking for these people to speak with them – we believe they can assist us with our enquiries.
“We would encourage them to come in and speak with us now.
“Circumstances have changed, a number of people are in custody and we would ask those people to come forward and speak with the police.
“The motive is something we’re still looking at but we suspect that it probably will be drug related.”
Reports of two bodies found as police search for missing Logan pair
UPDATE: TWO bodies have been found in a metal box that was sunk in a dam south of Brisbane.
The two bodies are yet to be identified but police fear they are the remains of Cory Breton, 28, and Iulian Triscaru, 31, who have been missing since January 24.
Police made the grim discovery in the Logan suburb of Kingston, behind an equipment hire property near Scrubby Creek.
Detective Superintendent Dave Hutchinson said police were still establishing a motive for the suspected murders.
“The motive is something we’re still looking at. We suspect that it probably will be drug-related,” he said.
The discovery of the 2m-long box, believed to contain the remains of Mr Breton, 28, and mother-of-three Ms Triscaru, 31, came just hours after police charged six people with their murders.
Two of those people were arrested after armed police intercepted their BMW on Gateway Motorway at Belmont, southeast of Brisbane, before 5pm Wednesday.
Police charged six people — five men and one woman — with two counts of murder. They are Davy Malu Junior Taiao, 21, Stou Daniels, 21, Trent Michael Thrupp, 22, Webbstar Latu, 31, Tuhirangi-Thomas Tahiata, 24 and Ngatokoona Maretti, 36.
The Brisbane Magistrates Court on Thursday morning remanded all six people in custody. They will next face court on March 21.
Lawyer Alan Phillips, who represented three of the accused, said it was too early to comment when approached by waiting media outside court.
Detectives are still searching for two men, aged 32 and 25, who they want to question over the pair’s suspected murders.
Police are also looking for a 1999 Toyota HiLux ute they believe was used to transport the box, and two fluorescent yellow ratchet straps used to tie it down.
Supt Hutchinson said the family of Mr Breton and Ms Triscaru were “devastated”.
“This is something that has occurred very quickly, obviously it’s just evolved over the last couple of nights, and how the realisation will be hitting everybody of what has occurred.”
He said detectives have worked 24 hours a day on the case.
Earlier, police set up two crime scenes in the Logan suburb of Kingston, including at the home of 23-year-old Lelan Harrington, who had disappeared along with Mr Breton and Ms Triscaru but was found safe and well on Tuesday.
Police said Mr Breton and Ms Triscaru have been missing since January 24.
On Wednesday, police divers, dogs and a helicopter scoured dams, a creek and bushland around the site but failed to discover any trace of the missing pair.
Concerned neighbours near the bushland said their children often went swimming in the dams that surrounded their property.
“We’ve lived here for 30 years and we have never seen anything like this,” Janina Poom told the Courier Mail.
“We’re at the end of the street so we get a lot of hoons and the like, but that’s about it.”
A silver Mitsubishi Pajero belonging to Mr Breton was discovered in the carpark of the Cleveland ferry terminal following his disappearance.
He had reportedly discussed going on holiday to Stradbroke Island before he went missing.
He also withdrew $3000 just days before his disappearance, police said.
Ms Triscaru’s mother, Victoria, fronted the media on Tuesday in a public appeal for help to find her daughter.
“I miss her. She’s a very good girl and a very good mum,” she said. “The kids ask me all the time, ‘Where Mummy, where Mummy?’
“I’d be happy with just one call saying, ‘Mama, I’m still alive.’ That’s it.”
Mr Breton’s partner, Miranda, has told reporters of her fears. “Unfortunately, my gut feeling is not very good,” she said.
“Nothing adds up … it’s like a big puzzle that’s missing a lot of pieces.”
Miranda said Cory had dropped her at the airport as she headed to Newcastle in NSW to visit family. “That was the last time we spoke,” she said.
“He seemed in good spirits. He was talking about starting work with a mate of his that I know who runs a company in trade work of some description.
“I’ve got a million and one scenarios running through my mind as to what may have happened but I just want to know that he’s OK.
“It’s breaking us all that he’s missing — we’ve got a three-year-old daughter who is wondering where he is.
“He didn’t seem to be in trouble.”
Supt Hutchison said on Tuesday: “It’s every possibility they could be in fear for some unknown reason and have gone into hiding.
“There has been suggestion that some of them have decided to start a new life.
“All these are rumours.”
Police establish two crime scenes in search for missing Logan duo. Video: 7 News Queensland
A mother who was drunkenly skylarking with a carload of teenagers before she crashed and her teenage daughter was thrown to her death from the boot has been sentenced to a four-and-a-half year jail term.
Janet Louise Kirby cried in the dock of the District Court this morning as Judge Linda Petrusa said her offending was egregious and the sentence had to send a message to the community that driving was a privilege and cars were a lethal weapon.
Supporters of the 48-year-old grandmother, who had been playing a drinking game with her 15-year-old daughter Lois before she got behind the wheel of the car and lost control on Marmion Avenue on March 14 last year, sobbed uncontrollably when the jail term was handed down.
“This event is a tragedy, but it is a tragedy which could have been avoided,” Judge Petrusa said.
“It is a serious example of dangerous driving.”
Kirby had a blood alcohol level of 0.110 – more than twice the legal limit – when she crashed as she was driving six passengers aged 15 to 20 to a party in Ridgewood.
Egged on by the teenagers, two of whom were travelling in the rear luggage compartment of the Jeep Cherokee without seats or belts, Kirby started tailgating a moped and swerving from one side of the road to the other in an attempt to scare the rider and his pillion passenger.
She then attempted to overtake the moped and lost control of the jeep, which crossed two lanes and landed on its roof.
Louis died from multiple injuries after she was thrown from the car and three other passengers were injured.
Judge Petrusa said she accepted that Kirby had no previous criminal record, posed a low risk of re-offending and was genuinely remorseful.
“There can be no greater deterrent sentence than the one you have imposed on yourself,” she said.
But Judge Petrusa said Lois’s death was also a loss to her father and siblings and the sentence had to send a message that driving was a privilege.
“Your inaccurate belief as to your level of intoxication and your desire to keep Lois smiling may explain your decision to drive, but it does not excuse it,” she said.
“The deliberate skylarking was so hazardous that your earlier failures seem almost minor in comparison.”
Kirby will be eligible to apply for parole after serving two-and-a-half years in jail and was also disqualified from driving for three years.
Perth mum Janet Kirby jailed over drunken Merriwa crash that killed teenage daughter
Updated about 5 hours ago
A Perth drunk driver who crashed her car after trying to scare a moped rider, killing her teenage daughter who was in the boot, and injuring three others, has been sentenced to four-and-a-half years in jail.
Janet Kirby, 48, was twice the legal alcohol limit when she lost control of her car in the northern suburb of Merriwa in March last year.
She had been playing drinking games with her daughter Lois, 15, before driving the teenager and four friends to a party in Perth’s northern suburbs.
However Kirby lost control of the vehicle after swerving across the road to try to scare the moped rider and his pillion passenger.
Lois, who with one other passenger was travelling unrestrained in the luggage compartment, was thrown from the vehicle on Marmion Avenue and died.
Police who attended the scene smelled alcohol on Kirby’s breath, and she later recorded a blood alcohol level of 0.11.
District Court Judge Linda Petrusa called the crash a “tragedy” but said it was “a tragedy that could have been avoided”.
“You failed in your responsibility at the first hurdle and compounded it by deliberately skylarking,” Judge Petrusa told Kirby.
She described Kirby’s actions as “deliberate” and a “grave breach of the standards” expected by drivers on the roads.
“As wretched as the death of Lois is … it cannot be forgotten your actions caused injuries to three others,” Judge Petrusa said.
“And you placed at risk the lives of … two others in the car and the two young people on the moped.”
Judge Petrusa said while she accepted Kirby was genuinely remorseful and suffering significant emotional pain, a message had to be sent to the community that driving was a “privilege” and motorists needed to take into account the safety of others.
Kirby will have to serve a minimum of two-and-a-half years behind bars before she can be released on parole.
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Mother charged with dangerous driving after teenage daughter dies in road crash
The mother of a 15-year-old girl who died in a car crash in Perth on Saturday night has been charged with dangerous driving causing her death.
Police said seven people were in the car, including two adults and five children, as it was driven along Marmion Avenue in Merriwa at 10:00pm.
The 15-year-old girl was thrown from the car in the crash.
She was taken to Joondalup Health Campus but died shortly after.
Janet Louise Kirby, 47, of Quinns Rocks was visibly distraught when she appeared in Perth Magistrates Court.
She has been charged with dangerous driving causing death, dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm, dangerous driving causing bodily harm and other driving offences.
No application was made for bail.
The court heard Kirby would receive treatment by a psychologist before her next court appearance.
She had been remanded in custody until Monday
Perth mother pleads guilty over dangerous driving death of teen daughter
A Perth woman has pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of her teenage daughter.
Quinns Rocks woman Janet Louise Kirby lost control of her car on Marmion Avenue in Merriwa in March.
Her daughter Lois, 15, was thrown from the car and died at the scene.
Kirby is also facing charges over injuries suffered by other occupants of the car, but she is yet to enter a plea to those counts.
Her bail was renewed until she faces the District Court in November.
More than 40 professional tennis matches were flagged for potential match-fixing by international bookmakers in just a three-month period last year — an average of more than three times a week.
- At least 20 players involved reported to world tennis authorities
- Blacklist contains more than 350 names
- Two players are low-ranked Australians
- Third review for the sport in 11 years
The fixtures took place at tournaments in countries including Colombia, Morocco, Russia and Germany between September and November 2015, eight years after tennis first vowed to fight the scourge of corruption.
At least 20 of the players involved in those matches have been reported to world tennis authorities on previous occasions — a dozen of them were first flagged by integrity investigators as far back as 2008.
Several of the players also appear on a separate blacklist obtained as part of a Four Corners investigation into match-fixing and the underworld figures who control bookmaking across Asia.
The blacklist is maintained by a European bookmaker of tennis professionals not trusted to always play to win.
The list contains more than 350 names, including at least 10 who played at this year’s Australian Open.
Two of the players on the list are low-ranked Australians, but the majority hail from developing economies in South America, Asia and Eastern Europe, where integrity measures in the sport are at their weakest. Four Corners has provided the list to tennis authorities.
The revelations come five days after the heads of each major tennis governing body — the Association of Tennis Professionals, the International Tennis Federation, the Grand Slam Board and the Women’s Tennis Association — announced a review of the sports integrity regime by a London barrister, Adam Lewis QC.
The investigation was prompted by news reports out of London that linked top-ranked players to corruption in the sport, prompting a global furore and overshadowing the first grand slam on the tennis calendar, the Australian Open.
The review will be the third for the sport in 11 years.
Four Corners has interviewed those who conducted the previous two reviews, all of whom say the sports’ governing bodies are facing a growing problem with matches fixed every single week somewhere across the world.
Tennis buried report warning of ‘deliberate underperformance’
The first major warning was given to tennis by the man who would go on to become Australia’s anti-doping chief, Richard Ings.
As an ATP executive, he produced a scathing report in November 2005 that was meant to have been made public.
The Ings report warned tennis it was “an alarming wake-up call for the sport of men’s professional tennis and its governing bodies”.
“Deliberate underperformance by players and ensuing gambling and alleged corruption that results from such deliberate underperformance, appear to pervade all levels of the men’s professional game today,” the report stated.
Mr Ings recommended the establishment of a uniform anti-corruption code and an integrity unit to more fully investigate 37 matches that were highly suspicious.
But tennis buried the Ings report and did not act on either recommendation until a major scandal years two later.
The controversy centred on a match in Poland in 2007 involving then world’s fourth-best player, Nikolay Davydenko, after Britain’s betting exchange, Betfair, voided all bets on the match.
Although there was ultimately insufficient evidence to make a finding against the Russian, the team investigating that match also discovered damaging evidence about a far wider corruption problem.
This time the investigators identified another 44 matches that required urgent investigation and potential sanction against several key players.
Instead, tennis authorities set up a minimal integrity regime and decided not to go after the players involved, citing a new player code that would not be applied retrospectively.
‘There is still a huge question mark over integrity’
Mark Phillips, a betting analyst from Global Sports Integrity, was one of the investigators involved in the 2007/8 probe.
One of the players embroiled in a feared match-fixing controversy at the Australian Open, David Marrero, has appeared on a secret blacklist of professional tennis players who have played in matches bookmakers deemed to be suspicious.
He told Four Corners he believed that had tennis followed up with their investigation it would have been able to root out the core people corrupting other players.
“We actually did a presentation, showed various parts of the investigation that we had done and then physically handed over data files and actual ring binders of evidence that we had collected,” he said.
“We were pretty experienced at investigating these types of matters and we believed the evidence to be very strong.”
One of the heads of the review, Ben Gunn, said tennis at the time was at a “cross roads”.
“I think it’s disappointing eight years later, having had two reviews eight years later, that it appears there is still a huge question mark over the integrity of some tennis games,” he said.
Bad Sport, a Four Corners investigation, can be seen at 8:30pm on ABC TV.
Tennis match-fixing scandal: How it unfolded
Updated Wed at 2:44pm
Tennis has ordered an investigation into its anti-corruption unit after it was left reeling by reports of match-fixing.
Here is how the story rapidly unfolded from when it first broke on January 18 to the announcement of the independent review panel on January 27.
Investigation reportedly uncovers evidence of match-fixing by core group of 16 players
January 18, 2016
BuzzFeed News and the BBC reveal details of a probe which found 16 players had lost games when suspicious bets were placed against them.
A US Open champion and doubles winners at Wimbledon were among the core group, while one top-50 ranked player competing in the Australian Open is suspected of repeatedly fixing his first set;
Players were reportedly targeted in hotel rooms and offered $73,100 or more per fix.
The report looked at analysis of betting on 26,000 tennis matches and contained evidence of suspected match-fixing by gambling syndicates based in Russia and Italy uncovered as a result of an investigation in 2008, but over which no action had been taken.
ATP ‘absolutely rejects’ claims evidence of match-fixing has been suppressed
January 18, 2016
The president of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) says the governing body “absolutely rejects” that evidence of match-fixing in the sport has been suppressed or overlooked.
“The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) and the tennis authorities absolutely reject any suggestion that evidence of match fixing has been suppressed for any reason or isn’t being thoroughly investigated,” said Chris Kermode at a press conference at Melbourne Park.
Tennis’s big names react to the allegations
January 20, 2016
With the allegations emerging as 2016’s first major got underway, high-profile players were immediately put on the spot by the media. Aussie young gun Thanasi Kokkinakis was one of the first to speak, admitting he had been approached by “randoms” on social media to fix matches.
Men’s world number one Novak Djokovic fronted the press, dismissing a report in an international newspaper that he “wanted to lose” a match in 2007 and saying he felt terrible when he has been asked to fix a match in 2006, while retiring Australian great Lleyton Hewitt also went on the offensive after a blog linked him to the list of 16 names.
What it is to say?
Anybody can create a story about any match.
That’s my point. There hasn’t been too many matches where top players lost in last decade or so in early rounds. You can pick any match that you like that the top player lost and just create a story out of it.
I think it’s not supported by any kind of proof, any evidence, any facts. It’s just speculation. So I don’t think there is a story about it.
This is now the main story in tennis, in [the] sports world, there’s going to be a lot of allegations.
If there is corruption in any sport, you know, you want to hear about it.
As a player you just want to be made aware of everything that’s going on. I think we deserve to know everything that’s sort of out there.
Some of it will be true, some of it might not be true. But I’m always very curious with that stuff across really all sports, as well. I think sports could in general be much, much more transparent.
Roger Federer: “Names”
I would love to hear names.
Then at least it’s concrete stuff and you can actually debate about it. Was it the player? Was it the support team? Who was it? Was it before? Was it a doubles player, a singles player? Which slam?
It’s super serious and it’s super important to maintain the integrity of our sport.
So how high up does it go? The higher it goes, the more surprised I would be.
I think it’s a joke to deal with it. Obviously, there’s no possible way. I know my name’s now been thrown into it.
I don’t think anyone here would think that I’ve done anything (like) corruption or match-fixing. It’s just absurd.
For anyone that tries to go any further with it, then good luck. Take me on with it.
Yeah, it’s disappointing. I think throwing my name out there with it makes the whole thing an absolute farce.
Online bookmakers suspend betting on a mixed doubles match at the Australian Open
January 24, 2016
Betting agency Pinnacle Sports received large bets from a small number of people on Sunday’s doubles match between Czech Republic’s Andrea Hlavackova and Poland’s Lukasz Kubot and Spain’s Lara Arruabarrena and David Marrero.
The agency said it was unusual for such large bets to be placed on minor matches. It was later revealed at least 19 other bookmakers including Ladbrokes also cancelled their betting markets on the match, according to historical betting data available online.
Hlavackova and Kubot won the match 6-0, 6-3 in 49 minutes, with the New York times reporting on Monday that the unusual betting patterns on the match had led Pinnacle Sports to suspend markets 13 hours before the scheduled start.
Spanish doubles player Marrero appears on blacklist of players who bookmakers deem suspicious
January 25, 2016
A secret bookmakers’ blacklist of tennis players is handed over to authorities, with ABC’s Four Corners revealing Marrero’s name is featured in the document.
The list is maintained by one of Europe’s biggest bookmakers.
The development comes after the president of the International Tennis Federation, David Haggerty, told Four Corners: “Players at all levels are vulnerable to corruption.”
Tennis announces independent review into the effectiveness of tennis’s anti-corruption program
January 27, 2016
Adam Lewis QC is appointed to lead an independent review panel to report on the appropriateness and effectiveness of the Tennis Anit-Corruption Program, aimed at safeguarding the integrity of the game.
The chairmen and chief executives of tennis’s governing bodies, the ATP, WTA, ITF and Grand Slam Board, commit to fund and implement all actions recommended by the panel.
Brisbane policeman Colin Randall appears in court over alleged murder of baby son
A senior police constable from the Brisbane region has been remanded in custody after facing court charged with the murder of his two-month-old son more than 18 months ago.
Colin David Randall, 38, faced the Brisbane Magistrates Court for a brief hearing this morning.
Police and the Crime and Corruption Commission have spent more than a year investigating the baby boy’s death, but it was not reported to the public until the weekend.
Randall was remanded in custody and the matter is due to return to court next month.
Cop’s murder charge a ‘tragic event’
POLICE are expected to allege an officer charged with murdering his baby son was having an extramarital affair with a woman in the Queensland Police Service.
A 38-year-old Queensland Police senior constable has been charged with murder over the death of his baby son.
Police charged the man after a joint investigation by the child trauma task force within the child safety and sexual crime group, state crime command and the ethical standards command.
The investigation related to the death of a two-month-old boy at a property in Victoria Point on Brisbane’s bay-side on June 28, 2014.
The officer from the Brisbane region, who had already been suspended from duty with the Queensland Police Service, is due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday.
At a media conference on Saturday afternoon, Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said he could not release too many details about the case other but confirmed “there were fairly significant injuries to the baby”.
He said the officer involved was suspended about a month after the child’s death and defended the decision by investigators not to speak publicly on the officer’s alleged involvement before today.
In terms of any sort of infant homicide, they aren’t necessarily made known to the media.
Detective Superintendent Cheryl Scanlon
“Our community needs to have confidence, in fact great confidence, that no matter who is responsible for these types of crimes, that its police service will be relentless and committed in ensuring that the investigations are brought to conclusion and that the offenders are brought to justice,” he said.
“Now this is a very tragic event, with the loss of a young, innocent life and the devastation of a family.
“I’m a father — these sorts of crimes, irrespective of who commits them, are tragic and terrible.
“I can only say that we are committed, as we have been in this instance, to making sure the offender is brought to justice.
“Particularly in this one, we’ve [been] very careful, hence our involvement with the Crime and Corruption Commission to make sure everything has been done properly.”
Detective Superintendent Cheryl Scanlon said they would have kept the investigation away from public attention regardless of who was involved.
“In terms of any sort of infant homicide, they aren’t necessarily made known to the media,” she said.
“It doesn’t matter whether there’s a police officer charged or a member of the community.
“They are extremely difficult, complex and protracted investigations where you have expert evidence involved and they take many, many months to resolve.”
Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski said the officer was suspended on full pay but now that he had been charged this would be reviewed.
A Queensland police officer accused of murdering his baby son has spent the last year-and-a-half suspended from duty on full pay.
The 38-year-old senior constable was charged with murder on Saturday morning after his two-month-old son succumbed to ‘fairly significant injuries’ at Victoria Point in Brisbane’s east in June 2014.
Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said the baby’s death was immediately considered suspicious and the officer was suspended ‘about a month after the incident’.
‘The usual procedure we have is when under investigation, before any charges are laid, the officers are suspended on pay,’ Mr Gollschewski told reporters on Saturday.
‘Now that he has been charged that will be reviewed and consideration will be given to suspension without pay.
‘That’s a technical legal matter that has to be considered properly.’
Queensland Police Service pays its senior constables between $68,894 and $82,638 a year.
But Mr Gollschewski defended the amount of time the investigation took, saying infant homicides were difficult to investigate because they relied upon medical expert evidence that could take months to obtain and verify.
‘This is a very tragic event with the loss of a young innocent life and the devastation of a family,’ he said.
‘These types of investigations are very difficult, challenging and, in this instance, quite protracted.’
He also defended the decision not to release any information about the incident before now, including the fact an officer was suspended on suspicion of a child’s murder, because detectives needed to maintain ‘the integrity of the investigation’.
The deputy commissioner said the lengthy investigation was aided by the Crime and Corruption Commission and various experts.
‘Our community needs to have confidence, in fact great confidence, that no matter who is responsible for these types of crimes, the police service will be relentless and committed to ensuring the investigations are brought to a conclusion,’ he said.
‘And that the offenders are brought to justice.’
Mr Gollschewski refused to provide any details about the incident itself, saying the matter was now before the courts.
The officer is due to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday.
Brisbane cop to appear in court charged with baby son’s death
Queensland Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski addresses the media with State Crime Command Detective Superintendent Cheryl Scanlon, after a 38-year-old senior constable was charged with the murder of his baby son. Photo: Kim Stephens
A Queensland police officer will face court on Monday charged with the murder of his baby son in 2014.
This is a very tragic event with the loss of a young, innocent life and the devastation of a family
Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski
The senior constable’s two-month-old boy died after suffering “significant” injuries at his home at bayside Victoria Point, south-east of Brisbane, on June 28, 2014, Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said on Saturday.
The 38-year-old was stood down on full pay one month after the child’s death, when an investigation was launched.
He was not on duty at the time the boy died.
The Brisbane region senior constable was arrested and charged on Saturday after a protracted probe involving multiple investigatory agencies, including the police Ethical Standards Command and the independent Crime and Corruption Commission.
As the matter is before the courts, Mr Gollschewski declined to elaborate on how the baby boy is alleged to have died but said the injuries that caused his death were severe.
“It’s a complicated one, other than to say there were fairly significant injuries to the baby,” he said.
“This is a very tragic event with the loss of a young, innocent life and the devastation of a family.
“These types of investigations are very difficult and challenging and in this instance quite protracted.”
Mr Gollschewski defended Queensland Police Service not revealing one of their officers had been stood down subject to a murder investigation until he had been charged.
“As with any of these types of investigations, they are very difficult, it’s very important they are conducted in a way that the evidence is preserved and that we are able to present that to a court so a proper determination can be made,” he said.
“Our community needs to have confidence, great confidence, that no matter who is responsible for these types of crime, the police service will be relentless and committed to ensuring investigations are brought to their conclusion and the offenders are brought to justice.”
State Crime Command Detective Superintendent Cheryl Scanlon said all infant murder investigations were lengthy and detailed ones.
“In terms of any infant homicide they are not necessarily made known to members of the media, it doesn’t matter if there is a police officer charged or a member of the community, they are extremely difficult, complex and protracted investigations,” she said.
“Where you have experts involved and they take many, many months to resolve, this particular case is no different to other cases involving infant homicides.”
Mr Gollschewski said the alleged crime was a particularly tragic one.”I’m a father, these sort of crimes, irrespective of who commits them, are tragic and terrible,” he said.
“I can only say that we are committed, as we have been in this instance, to making sure the offender was brought to justice.”
The baby’s father has been remanded in custody to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday, February 1.