Man accused of Salt Creek attack camped there just 3 weeks before attack


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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

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

The man accused of kidnapping, raping and attempting to murder two female travellers in the sandhills at remote Salt Creek in South Australia is pictured (above)

The accused man (pictured) claims on dating sites to be an 'outdoors' and 'athletic' person interested in fishing, camping and swimming

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

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

Pictured: One of the two women, who are both overseas tourists, who were allegedly kidnapped, raped and brutally attacked by the 59-year-old man at a remote beach called Salt Creek in South Australia

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.

Police called to the terrifying incident after the local roadhouse receiving a 'panicked' phone call from a group of fishermen on the beach found this campsite along with a seriously injured woman

Police at the camp site at Salt Creek, which is in a remote spot 200km south-east of Adelaide and is popular with campers, including the man allegedly responsible for the terrifying attack on two women tourists

Police wrestle the man to the ground and handcuff him late on Tuesday after called to Salt Creek to investigate the attack on two women

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

A photograph of the accused holding a gun posted on one of his social media accounts

The alleged attack took place at Salt Creek in the vast Coorong National Park (above) along the South Australian coast at around 6.30pm on Tuesday

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.  


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Wyndham Vale crash: Akon Guode, charged with 3 counts of murder and 1 count of attempted murder


UPDATE 16 Jan 2017

 

Blood-splattered walls, family photos and the tiny stain that blew the case wide open: Graphic photos from inside the Lin family home – after Robert Xie was found guilty of five murders 

  • Robert Xie has been found guilty of murdering five of his wife’s relatives
  • His wife, Kathy Lin, has stood by him and proclaimed his innocence
  • But she sobbed as a NSW Supreme Court jury handed down its verdict
  • Xie cut electricity to the Epping home and systematically killed the five
  • Grisly crime scene photos have emerged from the Lin family home

SOME PEOPLE MAY FIND THE FOLLOWING IMAGES DISTURBING

Grisly crime scene photos have emerged from the Lin family home where Robert Xie murdered five of his wife’s relatives.

Fuelled by resentment and humiliation at his ‘inferior’ status in the Lin family, Robert Xie crept into a Sydney house and bludgeoned five of his wife’s relatives to death.

In horrific detail, a court heard how Xie systematically went about murdering his brother-in-law and wife, their two children and her sister under the cover of night.

The first police images from the Lin home in Epping have emerged with walls and door handles splattered with blood, footprints in the carpet and drops of blood throughout the house.

 A mobile phone charger splattered in blood at the Lin family homeA mobile phone charger splattered in blood at the Lin family home

There was blood on the bedroom door handles and the smeared up the door

The crucial blood stain 91: This blood stain was found in Xie's garage ten months after the murders. It contained four of the five victim's DNAThe crucial blood stain 91: This blood stain was found in Xie’s garage ten months after the murders. It contained four of the five victim’s DNA

The carpet from the main bedroom was treated with chemicals, revealing a clear sneaker footprint which prosecutors claimed were consistent with the shoes Xie woreThe carpet from the main bedroom was treated with chemicals, revealing a clear sneaker footprint which prosecutors claimed were consistent with the shoes Xie wore

Horrific splatters of blood on the wall in the children's bedroom. Investigators believe the two children were awake and moving when they were beaten to deathHorrific splatters of blood on the wall in the children’s bedroom. Investigators believe the two children were awake and moving when they were beaten to death

Pictured is a small bed shaped as a racing car in Min and Lily's room. Their son Terry, 9, would sleep there when he had trouble in his own roomPictured is a small bed shaped as a racing car in Min and Lily’s room. Their son Terry, 9, would sleep there when he had trouble in his own room

This silver coloured Bird brand mobile phone was covered in blood and found under the racing car bedThis silver coloured Bird brand mobile phone was covered in blood and found under the racing car bed

Photos have emerged from the grisly crime scene at the Lin family home in EppingPhotos have emerged from the grisly crime scene at the Lin family home in Epping

The graphic images show the violent murders that took place within the bedrooms as the family were bludgeoned to death.

Images show the dark chemicals used to bring out the footprints of sneakers that were consistent with the shoes Xie wore, according to prosecutors.

One blood stain, labelled ‘Stain 91’, became an integral part of the Crown’s case. It contained four of the five victim’s DNA and was found in Xie’s garage ten months later.

Xie had a perverted sexual fascination with a teenager connected to the family, and would rub himself against her while erect, the murder trial also heard, reported the Daily Telegraph.

Pictured is a blood-stained doorknob at the entrance to Irene Lin's room Pictured is a blood-stained doorknob at the entrance to Irene Lin’s room

The Lin family's sandals were scattered at the base of a staircase leading to the second floorThe Lin family’s sandals were scattered at the base of a staircase leading to the second floor

Like every other house: A view inside the living room and study of the Lin family home on the day of the murdersLike every other house: A view inside the living room and study of the Lin family home on the day of the murders

A photo showing the doorway into bedroom one with an arrow pointing two the light switchA photo showing the doorway into bedroom one with an arrow pointing two the light switch

Pictures is a view of Robert Xie's garage. The photo was taken during a police search

A look inside Robert Xie’s garage: The photos were taken during a police search

More than seven years and four trials later, the 53-year-old is facing life behind bars after a NSW Supreme Court jury on Thursday found him guilty of the five murders.

It took the jury eight days of deliberations after a six month trial, marking Xie one of Australia’s worst mass murders in living history.

Just days after the gruesome murders in 2009, Xie and his wife, Kathy Lin, made an emotional public plea for information to help solve the terrible crimes.

They asked that media not show their faces because of concerns for their own safety.

Robert Xie has been found guilty of brutally murdering five of his wife's relatives in 2009. The court heard he harboured a deep hatred over his 'inferior' status in the extended familyRobert Xie has been found guilty of brutally murdering five of his wife’s relatives in 2009. The court heard he harboured a deep hatred over his ‘inferior’ status in the extended family

VICTIMS: Min Lin, 45, and Lily Lin, 43 were killed after being bludgeoned with a 'hammer-like object' by Robert XieVICTIMS: Min Lin, 45, and Lily Lin, 43 were killed after being bludgeoned with a ‘hammer-like object’ by Robert Xie

 A furious struggle took place in the bedroom of his young nephews Terry (left) and Henry (right) – but both were killed by their sinister uncle

Irene was the fifth member of the family to suffer a horrendous fate at Xie's hands, the jury foundIrene was the fifth member of the family to suffer a horrendous fate at Xie’s hands, the jury found

Xie said he couldn’t imagine any reason why anyone would want to harm the family, describing his dead brother-in-law as a ‘very nice, hard-working, friendly person’.

Xie had pleaded not guilty to murdering the five in their North Epping home.

The former ear, nose and throat specialist, who was arrested in May 2011, faced two aborted trials and a third lasting nine months which resulted in a hung jury.

As the majority verdict was handed down, Xie told the court he did not murder the Lin family.

‘I am innocent,’ he told the jury as he left the court.

His wife Kathy began to cry.

Outside of court, Min Lin’s parents wept in relief after the guilty verdict. ‘We are happy,’ they said to reporters, while holding framed photos of their lost loved ones.

LIN FAMILY HOME: This is the home where Robert Xie killed five members of his wife's familyLIN FAMILY HOME: This is the home where Robert Xie killed five members of his wife’s family

LOCKED AWAY: The latest trial of Lian Bin 'Robert' Xie lasted some five months - the verdict ally coming some seven years after the deaths shocked AustraliaLOCKED AWAY: The latest trial of Lian Bin ‘Robert’ Xie lasted some six months – the verdict finally coming some seven years after the deaths shocked Australia

Outside of court, Min Lin's parents wept in relief after the guilty verdictOutside of court, Min Lin’s parents wept in relief after the guilty verdict

'We're very happy': The pair managed to stutter amidst heavy sobbing as reporters surrounded them outside of NSW Supreme Court‘We’re very happy’: The pair managed to stutter amidst heavy sobbing as reporters surrounded them outside of NSW Supreme Court

 Xie was found to have left their bed in the early hours of July 18, 2009, hours after attending a ‘normal’ Friday night dinner with his extended family.

His wife confirmed his alibi, that he didn’t leave their bed that night, but the Crown suggested Xie sedated her before creeping into the Lin residence around the corner.

TIMELINE OF MURDERS

July 18, 2009: Five members of the Lin family are found dead in their North Epping home

May 5, 2011:  Robert Xie is arrested and charged with five counts of murder

December 19, 2012: Xie is committed to stand trial

July 22, 2013: Trial delayed to March

August, 2014: Second trial begins, but is aborted due to judge’s health issues

February, 2015: Third trial begins, but jury is unable to reach a verdict after ten months

December 8, 2015: Xie is granted bail

June, 2016: Retrial is commenced in Sydney

 January 12, 2017: Xie is found guilty of five murders

Ms Lin lied at times to ‘assist’ her husband, not because she knew he was guilty but because she was convinced he was framed by police, prosecutor Tanya Smith said.

At the Lin house, Xie disconnected the electricity before making his way upstairs in the dark.

He then used a hammer-like object to inflict horrific head injuries on his newsagent brother-in-law, Min Lin, 45, and his wife, Lily, 43, as they lay in their bed.

He did the same to Lily’s sister, Irene, 39, in the next room.

Blood splatters revealed a furious struggle took place in the third bedroom occupied by Xie’s nephews.

But Henry, 12, and Terry, 9, still suffered the same shocking fate in the North Epping home.

‘This was a well-planned crime of a personal nature, by a single person who has carefully improvised a murder weapon,’ Ms Smith said.

Kathy Lin, the wife of Robert, has supported her husband for years and proclaimed his innocence. On Thursday, he was found guilty of killing her familyKathy Lin, the wife of Robert, has supported her husband for years and proclaimed his innocence. On Thursday, he was found guilty of killing her family

Forensic specialists are pictured at the North Epping home where all five of the bodies were found in 2009. The court heard that Xie cut the electricity before entering the houseForensic specialists are pictured at the North Epping home where all five of the bodies were found in 2009. The court heard that Xie cut the electricity before entering the house

Xie believed he was entitled to respect and admiration within the extended family, but felt he was denied this because of the uncritical and misplaced high regard given to Min Lin.

‘The Crown case is that this perception evoked intense emotions on his part, including anger and resentment.’

The Crown also contended that Xie had a sexual motive, details of which cannot be published for legal reasons.

Four of the victims died from the combined effects of blunt force trauma and asphyxia, involving injuries indicative of neck compression.

The Crown cited Xie’s medical skills, while Witness A, who was in jail with Xie, said Xie showed him a particular location on the neck, which was incapacitating.

Xie had a perverted sexual fascination with a teenager connected to the family, and would rub himself against her while erect, the murder trial also heardXie had a perverted sexual fascination with a teenager connected to the family, and would rub himself against her while erect, the murder trial also heard

Horrifically murdered: Xie's Chinese-born brother-in-law Norman Lin and Lin's wife Lily (both pictured) were killedHorrifically murdered: Xie’s Chinese-born brother-in-law Norman Lin and Lin’s wife Lily (both pictured) were killed

Witness A also testified to seeing Xie, who always appeared calm in the dock, screaming at an elderly inmate who was using a walking frame.

‘The whole (exercise) yard stopped,’ he said.

‘It was like zero to 100.

Defence barrister Robert Webb had argued the ‘highly organised’ and brutal execution involved multiple assailants, also contending that Xie got on well with his relatives.

He particularly loved his nephew Henry whom he treated like a son.

But the Crown said the boys and Irene were ‘collateral damage’ or secondary victims who may have woken up when the adults were being murdered.

‘The Crown case is that he came to kill Min and Lily and was prepared to kill others should the need arise.’

What the jury heard in the trial

WHAT THE CROWN SAID:

* One person murdered the Lin family at their North Epping home in Sydney, in the early hours of July 18, 2009

* Xie sedated his wife before leaving their bed and creeping into the Lin residence, 300 metres away

* Xie knew the location of the Lin’s outside power box to enable the electricity to be turned off

* Xie had access to a key and knew the layout of the Lin house

* Bloodied shoe prints in the Lin home were consistent with Asics sneakers Xie wore

* On May 6, 2010, Xie cuts up shoe boxes, showing ‘consciousness of guilt’

* Small ‘bloodstain’ – dubbed Stain 91 – on Xie’s garage floor ‘most likely’ contains DNA of four Lin family victims

* Partly motivated by his perceived ‘inferior’ status in the Lin family – supported by evidence of Witness A, an inmate who recorded Xie speaking disparagingly of Min Lin

WHAT THE DEFENCE SAID:

* It wasn’t one person in the dark

* Improbable all five victims could be controlled by one person; crime scene suggests more than one assailant

* Xie’s wife Kathy Lin confirms his alibi of being asleep with her at the time of the murders

* Disputes DNA evidence and the Crown’s assertion stain on Xie’s garage floor is blood

* No evidence showing Xie motivated to harm the Lin family

* Xie got on well with Lin family and was particularly close to nephew Henry

* He cut up the shoe boxes as he feared police would falsely implicate him in the murders

* Conversations with Witness A were ‘nothing more than jail talk’

* Denies Crown’s suggestion of a sexual motive, details of which cannot be published.


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Mother pleads guilty to murdering three children in lake crash

submerged-four-wheel-drive-in-a-lake-at-wyndham-vale-in-2015

Submerged four wheel drive in a lake at Wyndham Vale in 2015

Mon 16 Jan 2017, 12:35pm

A mother has pleaded guilty to murdering three of her seven children, and trying to kill a fourth, by driving into a lake at Wyndham Vale in Melbourne’s south-west.

Akon Guode, 37, showed little emotion as she pleaded guilty to murdering her one-year-old son Bol and four-year-old twins, Hanger and Madit, and attempting to murder her five-year-old daughter Alual in 2015.

The mother’s plea in the Victorian Supreme Court came at a mention hearing before she was due to stand trial.

As the charges were read to her, through the help of an interpreter, the only words she said were “guilty” to each charge.

Passersby and emergency services frantically tried to help Guode and her children after her car plunged deep into Lake Gladman at Wyndham Vale.

Alual survived after being pulled from the water and sent to hospital.

A police statement publicly released in July last year alleged Guode spoke about killing herself and her children on the day of the tragedy.

A court hearing was previously told she drove by a lake at Wyndham Vale five times before “deliberately and consciously” driving into the water.

Guode’s eldest daughter had testified that her mother had dizzy spells six months before she drove into the lake.

Guode came to Australia from South Sudan to escape war after her first husband died.

She had been having a long affair with the father of the children involved in the incident, Joseph Manyang.

Mr Manyang separated from his wife after Hanger and Madit were born and the affair became public, but lived separately from Guode and her children.

The court was earlier told Guode became too frightened to interact with the Sudanese community.

Mr Manyang described Guode as a caring and loving mother.

During a court hearing Guode collapsed and wailed as a harrowing triple-0 call from the incident was played in court.

Following the deaths of the children there was an outpouring of grief from the local Sudanese community.

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Children die, others critical in car lake plunge at Wyndham Vale

A SUDANESE MOTHER of seven was driving the car that ploughed into a Melbourne lake killing a baby, young twins and critically injuring a third child.

UPDATE 08/12/15

Police allege she drove by the lake five agonising times before driving into it, with witnesses describing seeing a woman slumped over the wheel as her children ran wild in the back seat.

heraldsun.com.au

Mum watched kids drown: police claim

Akon Guode, centre, is comforted by family and friends at a memorial for her children. Picture: Ian Currie

A MOTHER accused of killing her three children by driving them into a lake stood by and watched them die, court documents reveal.

Court documents released tonight reveal a witness saw Akon Guode accelerate further into a Wyndham vale lake after landing in shallow water.

Ms Guode, 36, is charged with three counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.

For at least two hours earlier, she did laps of the lake’s entry point, police allege.

She cried and begged Magistrate Carolene Gwynn to set her free today despite her lawyers failing to make any application for bail.

Police allege she drove by the lake five agonising times before driving into it, with witnesses describing seeing a woman slumped over the wheel as her children ran wild in the back seat.

PREVIOUSLY: THREE MURDER CHARGES OVER LAKE TRAGEDY

Cameras allegedly catch her pull over before driving out of view into the lake.

One witness told police he called 000 but was not overly concerned because the car was not far enough into the lake.

“The accused upon entry into the water has then accelerated the vehicle, causing the wheels to spin and provide sufficient motion to advance into the lake to the middle,” the documents state.

A group watches as police divers prepare to remove Akon Guode’s car after it plunged into a lake in Wyndham Vale. Picture: Mark Stewart
Joseph Tito Manyang, the father of the three children killed in a Wyndam Vale lake. Picture: Tracey Nearmy/AAP

The witness claims she drove another 20 metres into the lake from where he first saw her land.

As one of her children tried to swim to shore, Ms Guode was “screaming but standing, doing nothing not panicked”, the witness claimed.

Police claim all of the children somehow managed to escape out of the open driver’s side window, where Ms Guode stood and watched them drown.

Firefighters claimed they watched Ms Guode stand silently before dunking herself in the water.

One girl, six-year-old Aluel, was rescued and survived.

Once safe, Ms Guode allegedly told desperate emergency workers only three of her kids were in the car.

In the five minutes it took her to mention her fourth, the child was dead.

Court documents allege Ms Gouda drove around the lake in Wyndhamvale for two-and-a-half hours before the fatal incident.

Akon Guode with crash survivor Aluel as a baby.

Police allege the mother of seven was struggling at the time with her children and gossip within the Sudanese community about her affair with the father of four of her children.

Court documents allege Ms Guode became the mistress of her dead husband’s cousin Joseph Manyang in 2008, bearing his child behind his then wife’s back.

When the relationship was discovered, it was shunned by her local community until the day of the tragedy in April this year.

“This caused considerable ongoing unhappiness for the accused,” the documents allege.

Ms Guode went on to have three more children with Mr Manyang, who separated with his wife in early 2011.

On the day the children died, rumours circulating within the Sudanese community was that Mr Manyang would leave Ms Guode to return to his wife.

Up until then, the alleged killer had been hoping to move to Morwell to be closer to family and Mr Manyang, who lived in the area.

Police allege she was also under considerable financial pressure.

At the court hearing Ms Guode cried and begged Magistrate Carolene Gwynn to set her free despite her lawyers failing to make any application for bail.

Speaking through an interpreter, Ms Guode, told the court she wanted to go home.

“I’m feeling emotional,” she said before bursting into tears.

“I (will) go back home. I (will) not escape…everything you tell me to do, I’ll do. I won’t go anywhere.”

She will return to court in June.

wayne.flower@news.com.au


The car was up to 30m from the lake’s shore. Picture: Jake Nowakowski

The car was up to 30m from the lake’s shore. Picture: Jake Nowakowski

  • Three children have died and two others are critically hurt
  • A woman was also in the car and is in under police guard in hospital
  • The crash happened at a lake off Manor Boulevard, Wyndham Vale at 3.40pm
  • All four children are believed to be aged under six
  • A neighbour smashed the rear windscreen to rescue the children

POLICE have confirmed a third child has died after their car plunged into a lake at Wyndham Vale this afternoon.

The car was found in the lake off Manor Lakes Boulevard, near Pedder Street, at 3.40pm.

The female driver is under police guard in Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Police believe all four children were under six years of age.

The car is about 20 to 30 metres from the shore.

An emotional Superintendent Stuart Bateson said “we don’t know why, we don’t know how” the car entered lake, about 38km west of Melbourne’s CBD.

He said it was “too early” to tell whether the female driver was the mother of all four children.

“All we know at this stage is a female driver has been taken to hospital and we have two deceased children,” he said.

ANYONE WHO WITNESSED THE CRASH IS URGED TO CONTACT CRIME STOPPERS ON 1800 333 000

“We have another two children that have been flown to hospital in a serious condition.

“What we do know is that when the car left (the road) passers by and police members got some of the children out and did CPR.

“Unfortunately two of the children passed away.”

Lake tragedy
 Detectives from the Major Collision Investigation Unit are at the scene.

They will try to piece together the exact cause of the crash, determining how fast the car was travelling, whether the car braked or swerved and other factors like road conditions.

The Search and Rescue squad is also attending the scene and will retrieve the vehicle from the water.

Tests can then be conducted on the car to make sure there are no mechanical faults or defects.

Superintendent Bateson said police were unsure whether the car was driving erratically before entering the lake.

Authorities at the scene. Picture: Jake Nowakowski

Authorities at the scene. Picture: Jake Nowakowski

“It is pretty early in our investigation,” he said.

“What we do know is that we have a very tragic set of circumstances here and it is going to be a very harrowing investigation.”

He said “everyone”, including police, had been affected by the tragic scene.

“When you come to a scene like this and my members in particular, who have been performing CPR for an extended period of time, are really feeling it,” he said.

“It is tough for everyone involved.”

The location of this afternoon’s tragic incident. Image: Google Maps

The location of this afternoon’s tragic incident. Image: Google Maps

The Superintendent said nearby SES and CFA members helped at the scene, as community members jumped into the lake in an attempt to rescue the children.

Resident Michelle told 3AW her neighbour Travis had to smash the car’s back windscreen to rescue the children.

“It’s just a horrible scene.” she said.

“Travis jumped into the water, smashed the back screen of the car and got one little boy out,” she said.

“Then they started working on him.”

Crying, she added: “It’s so very hard to talk about when there are children involved.”

Michelle said the car was travelling along Manor Lakes Boulevard and “but just went straight over into the lake.”

She said: “I’m not sure if it was speeding or what happened.”

Resident Kate Slee, who lives opposite where the crash occurred, said the park was normally a “pretty place” popular among families.

“I am devastated because I’ve got two kids of my own,’’ she said.

Stacie Buckley, also nearby, said: “It’s terrible. It’s a complete shock knowing it’s so close to home. I’ve got kids myself so anything involving kids is just awful.”

“You would never think something like this would happen in that particular spot. The ponds are retty far back from the road. It’s just completely shocking.”

Anyone who witnessed the crash is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au


Wyndham Vale crash: Three children killed, one other injured as car crashes into Melbourne lake

Updated 1 minute ago

A woman is under police guard in hospital after the car she was driving crashed into a lake, killing three children and injuring one other in Melbourne’s west this afternoon.

Emergency services said the car, which had five people in it, plunged into the lake near the intersection of Manor Lakes Boulevard and Pedder Street at Wyndham Vale.

Passersby and police officers jumped into the lake and punched holes through the car’s windows to rescue the people inside and then started giving the children CPR.

One other child was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Police believe all four children are under the age of six.

The woman who was driving the vehicle was rescued and is under police guard at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. She is in a stable condition.

Superintendent Stuart Bateson said it was unclear what caused the crash.

“All we know at this stage is a female driver has been taken to hospital,” he said.

Superintendent Bateson said it was too early to say if the woman driving the vehicle was the mother of the children.

“What we do know is that when the car [crashed] passersby and police members got some of the children out and did CPR,” he said.

He said police were investigating a “tragic set of circumstances”.

“It’s going to be a really harrowing investigation,” he said.

Aerial pictures from the scene showed a vehicle submerged in water about 10 metres from the lake’s edge.

Dozens of emergency workers attended the scene to treat the injured.

Senior jail boss Sharon Joan Yarnton allegedly attempted to set husband’s car on fire while he was asleep inside

A CORRECTIVE Services employee with 25 years experience is now in a prison cell herself, charged with the attempted murder of her husband.

Sharon Joan Yarnton was refused bail in Bankstown Local Court, after Dean Yarnton awoke in Georges River National Park in the early hours of Sunday morning with his car covered by diesel fuel.


I wonder if she is in the same jail she works at. pretty dumb really…

AMY DALE Chief Court Reporter
The Daily Telegraph
February 03, 2015 12:00AM

Senior Corrective Servcies employee Sharon Joan Yarnton has been charged with the attempt

Senior Corrective Services employee Sharon Joan Yarnton has been charged with the attempted murder of her husband.

  • Sharon Yarnton had put two nine kilo gas bottles next to her husband’s car and doused it in diesel fuel
  • Two other women have also been charged with attempted murder and will face court today
  • Mrs Yarnton is a senior corrective services officer with 25 years experience

A CORRECTIVE Services employee with 25 years experience is now in a prison cell herself, charged with the attempted murder of her husband.

Sharon Joan Yarnton was refused bail in Bankstown Local Court, after Dean Yarnton awoke in Georges River National Park in the early hours of Sunday morning with his car covered by diesel fuel.

Sharon Yarnton and husband Dean on their wedding day / Picture: Supplied

Sharon Yarnton and husband Dean on their wedding day / Picture: Supplied

Police allege he fell asleep in the Nissan Navarro at a Merrylands address during the night and awoke to find himself in the passenger seat at the park.

He allegedly found his wife nearby, and police were called to the park.

The 48-year-old was arrested and charged a short time later.

Sharon Yarnton and husband Dean / Picture: Supplied

Sharon Yarnton and husband Dean / Picture: Supplied

It is alleged Yarnton placed two nine kilo open valve gas bottles close to the car and “did pour an amount of diesel fuel in the tray and exterior vicinity on the roadway of where (the car) was parked, with the intent to murder Dean Yarnton.”

Yesterday afternoon a further two people were charged with attempted murder over the incident.

About 4.40pm yesterday, a 48-year-old and a 23-year-old woman attended Miranda Police Station where they were met by detectives from Bankstown.

They were refused bail, and will appear in Sutherland Local Court today

The court heard Mrs Yarnton, of Menai, has been with Corrective Services for a quarter of a century and holds a “very senior” position.

She had asked to be released on bail, but had to “show cause” under the state’s new laws which came into action last week.

The court heard Yarnton has been suffering from depression, and had wanted to be on bail so she could continue to care for a young relative.

She offered to live with her parents but the court ruled “the defence has not shown cause.”

Mrs Yarnton will face Central Local Court on March 18.

Then Minister for Police and Emergency Service Michael Gallacher is given a tour of the h

Then Minister for Police and Emergency Service Michael Gallacher is given a tour of the holding cells at Central Local Court today by Senior Assistant Superintendent Sharon Yarnton.

Newborn baby dumped down drain in Quakers Hill , 30-year-old mother charged with attempted Murder


What a sad but also appalling situation, for a mother (or father or both) to dump a baby physically down the drain, allegedly dropping the tot 2.4 metres. Thank god for a real hero and the babies guardian angel in cyclist family David Otte and his daughter Hayley who were riding past and heard the cries.

It is disgusting, but I understand the bleeding hearts who will rush to the mothers defence. This is bullshit.Take or leave the baby in hospital when it was born.


 update 25/11/2014

Dramatic moment miracle baby was pulled from storm drain after surviving five days

  • Newborn survived in five days before cyclists heard cries
  • Boy has bleeding on the brain but is in a stable condition
  • Mother, 30, made full confession, police tell court
  • She hid pregnancy from family and father

THE boy miraculously found alive in a storm drain after being allegedly dumped by his mother is bleeding from the brain but in a stable condition in hospital.

And as Sydney prays he recovers fully from his injuries this morning, a fresh image has emerged showing the dramatic moment rescuers pulled him to safety.

It shows a policeman holds aloft the boy, swaddled in a pink blanket, after going into the 2m drain after emergency services were tipped off by a couple of cyclists who heard the baby’s cries. The cyclists anxiously watch on.

The newborn’s 30-year-old mother was formally charged with the sickening incident in Blacktown Local Court yesterday.

DUMPED BABY HAD LUCK AND ELEMENTS ON HIS SIDE

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Clip from The Today Show which captured the dramatic moment the drain baby was pulled alive from his home of five days. Picture: Jason Donnelly Source: Twitter

Despite the charge, the Samoan woman has been given the privilege of naming him – and has chosen a biblical name.

For legal reasons we cannot reveal it, but it is associated with one of the most infamous child death cases in Australian history.

Police told the court she had made a full admission, saying that she had put “the less than 24-hour-old baby down the drain knowing it may kill the baby”.

She allegedly went straight from Blacktown Hospital to the drain.

Also yesterday, it emerged the woman had hid her pregnancy from her family.

’Shame!’ Drama oustide drain baby court

Family and friends of the woman who dumped her newborn baby down a drain leave Blacktown Court. They cannot be identified for legal reasons. Picture: John Grainger. Source: Supplied

Her son lay for five days undiscovered inside the pit off a cycleway next to the M7 at Quakers Hill until bike riders heard him crying on Sunday morning and he was recovered, severely dehydrated.

Experts have said the combination of the lack of rain, insulation from the heat by concrete and babies’ natural ability to survive without food in early life all contributed to his survival.

Doctors confirmed his condition had improved in The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Family and community services minister Gabrielle Upton declined to comment when asked last night if she knew the mother had been allowed to name her baby.

Police will allege his mother left Blacktown Hospital on Tuesday afternoon, November 18, after giving birth at 1am that morning.

A soft toy is left at the site beside the M7 in Quakers Hill where the newborn was found

A soft toy is left at the site beside the M7 in Quakers Hill where the newborn was found on Sunday. Picture: Melvyn Knipe Source: News Corp Australia

She allegedly caught a bus and train to the stormwater drain, where she dumped the newborn. He was about 17 hours old when he was forced inside a small opening with a 200kg concrete lid covering the drain.

The woman broke up with a boyfriend in the early stages of her pregnancy this year and hid it from him, as well as from her family. It is possible he never realised he was to become a father.

The site where the drain is located along the M7 cycleway.

The site where the drain is located along the M7 cycleway. Source: Supplied

“It’s shocking. We had no idea, she seemed fine. I just thought she had put on a bit of weight,” a close family member said.

The court heard the woman, who lives in Quakers Hill with her aunt, uncle and a cousin, had no community ties and was a flight risk

Her immediate family members live in Samoa, where her parents are heavily involved in church missions.

Grasping each other’s hands and holding back tears, her relatives sat in court yesterday as a mental health examination was ordered. Outside the court a bystander shouted: “Shame.”

She made no application for bail, which was formally refused. The woman is due to appear in Penrith Local Court on Friday. The baby will remain in the care of the state.

Inside the drain you get a clearer indication of the 2.4m drop the child enduredafter bei

Inside the drain you get a clearer indication of the 2.4m drop the child endured after being dumped beside the M7. Picture Cameron Richardson Source: News Corp Australia

Patrick Morgan, Mark McAllister and Darren McIntyre were the first police officers on the

Westlink M7 staff use a crane to put the cover back onto the drain after it was removed earlier to save the baby. Picture: Cameron Richardson Source: News Corp Australia

Patrick Morgan, Mark McAllister and Darren McIntyre were the first police officers on the

Patrick Morgan, Mark McAllister and Darren McIntyre were the first police officers on the scene. Picture: Cameron Richardson Source: News Corp Australia

Originally published as Moment miracle baby was plucked from drain


update 24/11/2014

Samoan Mother of baby boy abandoned in drain near Sydney’s M7 charged with attempted murder

Mon 24 Nov 2014, 7:01am

A 30-year-old woman has been charged with the attempted murder of her newborn baby boy, who was found in a drain in Sydney’s west.

Cyclists heard the baby crying from the bottom of a two-and-a-half-metre drain near the M7 motorway at Quakers Hill on Sunday morning.

Police conducted an extensive search to find the baby’s mother, including hospital record checks and doorknocks.

On Sunday afternoon a 30-year-old woman from Quakers Hill was arrested after attending Blacktown police station.

She has been charged with attempted murder and will face Blacktown local court today.

It is believed the baby was born on Monday and police will allege he was placed in the drain the following day.

The baby was taken to Westmead Children’s Hospital where he remains in a stable condition.

The woman has been refused bail and has been remanded in custody.

Baby sounded like a ‘kitten screaming’

David Otte and his daughter Hayley said they were riding along the M7’s cycleway when they thought they heard a kitten screaming.

“No-one in their right mind would ever come across something like this,” Mr Otte said.

They could hear the baby’s cries from a small opening in the drain but were unable to lift the lid.

“We couldn’t get it off. We couldn’t get it off, we had to wait to help the police,” he said.

“Luckily we were there, right place right time. There was someone looking over us and told us to stop and have a look.

“At the end of the day we need to find what the truth is behind it and really find out if we can help the little fella.”

Both he and his daughter were deeply shaken and thought at one point the baby had died.

“All I wanted was for this baby to be safe so I’m glad that we got there and saved him,” Hayley Otte said.

Newborn would not have survived hot day

As Sydney’s west sweltered in 40 degree plus heat on Sunday, the chances of the baby surviving if he was not found were slim, police said.

Inspector David Lagats said finding the baby inside a drain was horrific.

“It was already undernourished and dehydration would have taken effect,” he said.

“The baby was conscious and breathing.

“He was removed from the drain and placed in the care of police.

“Ambulance were called and he’s been taken to the Westmead Children’s Hospital.”

ASHLEE MULLANY AND AAP
The Daily Telegraph
November 23, 2014 4:25PM

Newborn found in drain beside Sydney's M7
 This newborn baby boy was found down a drain at Quakers Hill this morning. Picture: NSW Police

THE mother of a baby found in a drain at Quakers Hill this morning has now been identified by police.

There are fears the newborn baby boy may have suffered internal injuries after being dropped down a 2.4m-deep drain near the M7 Motorway.

The dad and daughter who found the baby visited the Children’s Hospital at Westmead this afternoon to deliver a package of baby clothes.

David Otte and his daughter Hayley, as well as her mum Michelle, dropped off three sets of baby clothes, a new baby blanket and a face washer and towel.

“We wanted to see him, but the hospital said we weren’t able to at the moment,” Mr Otte said outside of hospital.

“We’d all really love a chance to see him again. Today has been such an emotional experience for everyone.”

Mrs Otte said the family was moved to give the little boy the gifts because “he really doesn’t have anything”.

“We have family, we have each other. He didn’t have anything.”

As a result of hospital record checks and doorknocks, the mother has been identified as a 20-year-old Quakers Hill woman.

She is currently assisting police with inquiries at Blacktown Police Station.

Mr Otte was cycling along the path with his 18-year-old daughter this morning when he heard the baby screaming.

“We were going on a leisurely ride, my daughter and I, and came across a noise that we could hear,” Mr Otte said.

“We actually thought it was a kitten and when we went down there we could hear exactly what it was, you could definitely tell it was a baby screaming.”

Mr Otte said he cycles on the path once a month and was about to turn around and head home when he heard the baby’s cries.

“Luckily we were there, someone was looking over us and told us to stop and have a look,” he said.

Cyclist David Otte and daughter Hayley found a baby boy whilst riding along a bike track

Cyclist David Otte and daughter Hayley found a baby boy whilst riding along a bike track beside the M7. Picture: Cameron Richardson bloody heroes!

Inspector David Lagats, from Quakers Hill police, said the boy was malnourished and undergoing medical tests at Westmead Children’s Hospital.

“He’s said to be in a serious but stable condition. The hospital estimates the baby to be two to three days old,” Insp Lagats said.

“He was already malnourished and dehydration would have taken effect so I would have had grave fears for the child’s welfare had it been exposed to this weather for the rest of the day.

“The umbilical cord had been cut and had been clamped. It appears to have had some medical intervention since its birth.”

Of concern is the height that the baby may have fallen from, Quakers Hill duty officer Inspector David Lagats said.

There was a gap between the ground and the concrete slab, big enough to put the child through, and police believe he dropped 2.4m.

Inside the drain you get a clearer indication of the 2.4m drop the child enduredafter bei

Inside the drain you get a clearer indication of the 2.4m drop the child endured after being dumped beside the M7. Picture Cameron Richardson

Patrick Morgan, Mark McAllister and Darren McIntyre were the first police officers on the

Westlink M7 staff use a crane to put the cover back onto the drain after it was removed earlier to save the baby. Picture: Cameron Richardson

The child is thought to be of Indian or Middle Eastern appearance.

Some of the cyclists who found him saw an Indian male in an orange shirt walking on the cycle track moments after they heard the baby’s cries.

Senior-Constable Mark McAlister was among the first on the scene and climbed into the drain with another detective to pull the distressed baby out.

“When I arrived there were several bike riders, cyclists and pedestrians standing around the drain. Myself and several other police have come up, we heard something coming from the drain,” Sen-Constable McAlister said.

Patrick Morgan, Mark McAllister and Darren McIntyre were the first police officers on the

Patrick Morgan, Mark McAllister and Darren McIntyre were the first police officers on the scene. Picture: Cameron Richardson

BUBS THAT WENT BEFORE…

August 2012: Six-week-old baby dumped on Joseph St, Lidcombe. Parents found arguing at Lidcombe station and child removed from family.

March 2013: Baby Ahn, abandoned hours after being born at Canterbury Hospital. 30-year-old Korean mother left him at the hospital.

April 2014: Baby “Mai”, 18-month-old left on the doorstep of a Western Sydney home. Mother was taken to immigration detention but released on a bridging visa.

“At least six of us have then lifted up the concrete drain lid, when we’ve opened it we’ve sighted the small baby wrapped up in a hospital blanket. He appeared very young.

“How could someone do it? I, myself, have kids and we’re expecting a baby in a few more months so it’s not good that someone’s going through this and has done this to a little one.

“It was a bit surreal really. It’s great that someone actually stopped and heard it and had the initiative to give us a call.”

A photo of the baby boy in Sen-Constable McAlister’s arms has been widely circulated on social media this morning as police attempt to find the baby’s parents.

Lisa Charet, district director from the Department of Families and Community Services, said it was likely the child would be released from hospital into the care of the state.

“At this stage we are really worried about his welfare and mum’s. We can give her the help and support that she needs. She must be feeling enormously distressed,” Ms Charet said.

The child’s cry was heard coming from beneath the concrete slab to the right. Picture: Ca

The child’s cry was heard coming from beneath the concrete slab to the right. Picture: Cameron Richardson

“When this sort of thing happens, people are in a place of desperation.”

With temperatures tipped to peak above 40C in Western Sydney today there were concerns the child would have died if he had been found later in the day.

Wealthy businessman Brian Vincent Attwell sentenced to 8 years for hitman plot to have his estranged daughter-in-law murdered.

Well known WA sentenced to eight years and six months in jail, for attempting to hire a hitman to have his estranged daughter-in-law murdered.

Brian Vincent Attwell was found guilty last November of attempting to procure the murder of Michelle Patreena Attwell, the former wife of his son.

The 74-year-old from Albany was found to have paid $10,000 to an undercover police officer, posing as a hitman, to have the woman killed.


Brian Vincent Attwell, 74, was in November found guilty by a jury of the rare offence of attempting to procure the commission of a crime, following a five-day trial in the Albany Justice Complex.

Brian Vincent Attwell was motivated by sheer hatred, the prosecutor said.
Brian Vincent Attwell was motivated by sheer hatred, the prosecutor said.

The court heard the accused had asked a truck driver, who approached him desperate for work with his civil contracting company AD Contractors, to kill 50-year-old Michelle Patreena Attwell after becoming frustrated with a protracted, bitter legal dispute between her and his son following the breakdown of their marriage.

The driver informed police, who instructed him to set up a meeting between Attwell and an undercover policeman.

Attwell met the policeman twice at a beach near the woman’s home and paid $10,000 in two instalments as a down payment on a $30,000 job, telling the officer to bind her in duct tape, strangle her and bury her in a 30-foot hole dug by an excavator.

During the trial, Attwell argued his comments were “huff and puff”, while defence lawyer Tom Percy said his client was “a crotchety old bugger” and “a classic grumpy old man”, but he was not homicidal.

On Tuesday, Supreme Court of Western Australia Justice Ralph Simmonds said a term of immediate imprisonment was appropriate for such a serious offence.

“I consider this to be a serious example of a serious offence,” Justice Simmonds said.

He ruled that the maximum sentence for the offence was life imprisonment, not 14 years as contended by the defence.

Attwell will be eligible for parole after serving six years and six months in jail.

He spent more than six months in remand, meaning he’ll be 80 before he can be considered for release.

Justice Simmonds said aggravating factors included elements of premeditation and planning.

While that was unsophisticated, “there was calculation”, Justice Simmonds said.

Another aggravating factor was that Attwell had paid “a not insignificant sum”.

Referring to Ms Attwell’s victim impact statement, Justice Simmonds said she had suffered continuing trauma from her ordeal, including feeling vulnerable, losing sleep, a disrupted eating pattern, and fears for her children’s safety.

The court heard during sentencing submissions on Friday that she had been immensely frightened – not even even listening to music so she could hear if someone was approaching her house.

Justice Simmonds said Attwell had been held in high regard in the Albany community, where he was known for his generosity and successful business, but he had shown no remorse and no empathy towards his intended victim.

Albany businessman Brian Attwell was found guilty of trying to hire a hitman to kill his daughter-in-law.
Albany businessman Brian Attwell was found guilty of trying to hire a hitman to kill his daughter-in-law.

Justice Simmonds said he had taken into account Attwell’s ill physical health, with the frail diabetic suffering from limited mobility, however that could be satisfactorily managed in prison.

Attwell said via video link from Albany that he was “not very happy” and intended to appeal.

Well known WA sentenced to eight years and six months in jail, for attempting to hire a hitman to have his estranged daughter-in-law murdered.

Brian Vincent Attwell was found guilty last November of attempting to procure the murder of Michelle Patreena Attwell, the former wife of his son.

The 74-year-old from Albany was found to have paid $10,000 to an undercover police officer, posing as a hitman, to have the woman killed.

The court heard Attwell was angry over legal action after his son’s divorce and he was motivated by “sheer hatred” of Michelle Attwell.

The trial was played recordings of the businessman saying his daughter-in-law had cost him hundreds of thousands of dollars through Family Court proceedings, and he wanted her “strangled and buried”.

Justice Ralph Simmonds said Attwell had not accepted responsibility for his actions or shown any empathy or remorse.

He said Attwell’s offending was serious, aggravated by premeditation and planning, and he had behaved in a calculated way.

The judge said while he accepted time in custody would have a significant effect on Attwell, he said the seriousness of the offense was a stronger sentencing factor.

Justice Simmonds said the victim had suffered through “a loss of sleep, significant fear and difficulties returning to a normal life”.

Brian Attwell appeared via videolink from the prison.
Brian Attwell appeared via videolink from the prison.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the verdict, Attwell told the judge he was “not very happy” and he planned to appeal.

Attwell said there were “anomalies in the courtroom” during the trial, which he said affected the way it played out.

Police interview reveals motive

An interview with police on the day he was arrested revealed Attwell admitted to meeting a man he knew only as Josh and paying him $2,000 to “do some investigations”.

The businessman was asked if he had requested Josh to kill his daughter-in-law, which he denied.

“I wouldn’t say ‘kill Michelle’, I’d say ‘bring her to her bloody senses’. Killing her would be a bit rich,” Attwell said.

“[Killing someone] is obviously not the right thing to do.”

But Attwell also described his daughter-in-law as a “nuisance to society”, “a bloody animal” and “a maggot” who he wanted “put to sleep” and “got rid of”.

He also said “there were about 40 blokes who would like to get hold of” Mrs Attwell.

During the trial, Detective First Class Constable Jon MacMillan testified that a police search of the businessman’s vehicle found a news article from the coverage of Lloyd Rayney‘s murder trial.

Mr Rayney was tried and acquitted of murdering his wife Corryn in November 2012.

Constable MacMillan told the court the article detailed evidence on Mrs Rayney’s body being exhumed from its Kings Park burial.

The officer also said police found a wooden axe handle in the vehicle and “a significant quantity” of cash in another premises that was searched.

Defence counsel Tom Percy argued his client’s statements that he wanted Mrs Attwell killed were “puff” and “an exaggeration”.

He told the jury Attwell had paid the officer to “keep his options open” but had no desire to have his daughter-in-law killed.

Part of the trial was held behind closed doors to allow a police officer, identified only as Officer 429, to testify.

Attwell will be eligible for parole after six years and six months, while the sentence was backdated to last August due to time spent in custody during the trial.

The earliest he can be released is early in 2020.

Albany businessman Brian Vincent Attwell found guilty of attempting to hire hit man to murder daughter-in-law Michelle Patreena Attwell

Updated Fri 29 Nov 2013,

A prominent Albany businessman has been found guilty of attempting to hire a hit man to murder his estranged daughter-in-law.

Brian Vincent Attwell was on trial in the Supreme Court in Albany, accused of paying $10,000 to an undercover police officer, posing as a hit man, to kill Michelle Patreena Attwell.

During the trial, prosecutor James McTaggart told the court Attwell was motivated by “sheer hatred” for the woman and told the “hit man” he wanted her strangled and then buried in a hole.

The court heard Attwell’s interview with police on the day he was arrested, in September last year.

In that interview, the accused admitted to meeting a man he knew only as Josh, and paying him $2,000 to “do some investigations”.

Attwell was asked if he had asked Josh to kill the woman, which he denied.

“I wouldn’t say ‘kill Michelle’; I’d say ‘bring her to her bloody senses’. Killing her would be a bit rich,” Attwell said in the interview.

“[Killing someone] is obviously not the right thing to do.”

But Attwell also described the woman as a “nuisance to society”, “a bloody animal” and “a maggot” who he wanted “put to sleep” and “got rid of”.

He also said “there were about 40 blokes who’d like to get hold of” Ms Attwell.

Trial told daughter-in-law cost hundreds of thousands

The trial was also played recordings of Attwell saying Ms Attwell had cost him hundreds of thousands of dollars and he wanted her “strangled and buried”, which prosecutor James MacTaggart has argued was his intention in paying the undercover officer.

Detective First Class Constable Jon MacMillan testified that a police search of the businessman’s vehicle found a news article from the coverage of Lloyd Rayney’s murder trial.

Mr Rayney was tried and acquitted of murdering his wife, Corryn, in a high-profile case in Perth.

Constable MacMillan told the court the article detailed evidence on Ms Rayney’s body being exhumed from its Kings Park burial site.

The officer also testified that police found a wooden axe handle in the vehicle and “a significant quantity” of cash in another premises which was searched.

Attwell denies the accusation he was attempting to have Ms Attwell killed, with his defence counsel Tom Percy arguing his client’s statements along those lines were “puff” and “an exaggeration”.

Mr Percy told the jury Attwell had paid the officer to “keep his options open” but had no desire to have his estranged daughter-in-law killed.

Part of the trial was held behind closed doors to allow a police officer, identified only as Officer 429, to testify.

Attwell was found guilty by a jury and is due to be sentenced in January.

A prominent Albany businessman accused of trying to hire a hitman to kill a woman has been committed to stand trial.

Brian Vincent Attwell, 73, appeared in the Stirling Gardens Magistrate’s Court today via video link from the Albany courthouse.

The earthmoving business owner is charged with attempting to procure the commission of murder.

The court was told Mr Attwell, who was recently released on bail that includes strict conditions such as a $500,000 personal undertaking with a similar surety and a $100,000 cash deposit, intends to plead not guilty.

It is uncertain at this stage whether the trial would be held in Perth or Albany, with the court told Mr Attwell’s defence keen to have the case heard in the Great Southern city.

Magistrate Jan Whitbread committed Mr Attwell to stand trial and adjourned the case for a first appearance in the Perth Supreme Court next month.

The identity of the alleged victim remains suppressed.

The court has previously been told Mr Attwell allegedly paid $10,000 to a man, who unbeknownst to him was an undercover police officer, to kill a woman.

He allegedly requested the woman be strangled to avoid any blood being spilt and said he would use his work equipment to dig a 30-foot grave.

Throat cut: man charged with sex attack on girl, 13


Thank god they got this bloke off the streets, obviously out of control and on a rampage, his crimes were getting more violent and he undoubtedly would of killed future victims, more to follow.

A man accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in a busy Jesmond shopping centre only hours after allegedly threatening a woman with a knife at Telarah has appeared in Maitland Local Court.

The 25-year-old faced a range of charges including causing grievous bodily harm with intent to murder and aggravated sexually assault with a person under 14. He did not apply for bail.

He was arrested at Telarah railway station just after midnight last night following a police hunt and charged with the attempted murder of the girl, whose throat was cut.

The matter has been adjourned to Newcastle Local court on December 15, 2010.

It was alleged that the man approached a 14-year-old girl in the Stockland Jesmond shopping centre after 5pm yesterday and sexually assaulted her while armed with a knife.

She needed surgery at John Hunter Hospital for a wound to her throat which has damaged her trachea.

The incident followed the attack on a woman in the carpark of Maitland District Leagues Club about 11am. The woman was allegedly threatened with a large knife as she strapped her child into a pram.

Police allege that man believed responsible for the Jesmond attack also attempted to steal the woman’s car before fleeing with her bag.

Travis Pedley ran over mowerman on Attempted murder charges


Maybe one day soon we will know why this bloke Travis Pedley ran over another man over and over in his commodore, when all the victim was doing was moving a strip of grass near a bus-stop. Pedley did u turns repeatedly and went back an ran over him again  just to make sure he did the job on the defenceless victim and then allegedly said to the victims son, who had also been mowing close by “Let that be a lesson” Obviously you could conclude there is some bad blood there, certainly though, it was a cowards act to go about any for of revenge or payback. With several witnesses seeing the whole thing I think he is in a bit of strife

A ride-on Mower

Travis Pedley, 39, who sat impassively in the prisoner’s dock in Melbourne Magistates’ Court, made no application for bail.

He was ordered by magistrate Luisa Bazzani to reappear in the same court in January next year.

Police allege Mr Pedley deliberately drove his Holden Commodore at Ian Coe, 56, as he was cutting grass around a bus stop on vacant land at Canterbury Rd, Venus Bay, last Friday.

They say the incident was witnessed by Glenn Coe, who was cutting grass across the road, and he bravely dragged his father out of the path of the oncoming car and probably saved his life.

Mr Coe is in a coma in the Alfred hospital, where he has undergone a number of operations for a shattered pelvis, swelling of the spine, broken ribs and internal injuries.

His condition is listed as “critical” and it is believed one of his legs has been almost completely destroyed.

Police allege on the first occasion the mower was hit full on and Mr Coe was catapulted into the air and landed a number of metres away, where he lay motionless on the ground.

It is then alleged Mr Pedley, of Venus Bay, circled his car on the block and ran straight over the top of Mr Coe.

All four wheels went over the victim and witnesses say he was spat out of the back.

Glenn Coe saw what had happened and as he rushed to his father’s aid police allege Mr Pedley then did another U-turn and ran across Ian Coe’s abdomen and legs.

He lifted up his father, who was screaming in pain, and police allege that as he was being dragged to safety Mr Pedley did another U-turn and ran over his legs again.

Glenn Coe then dragged his father to their work car, which they used to transport the mowers for their grass-cutting business.

It will be alleged Mr Pedley drove up to Glenn Coe and said “let that be a lesson”.

Mr Pedley was intercepted by police driving towards Inverloch in his badly damaged car and it will be alleged he did not know the victim.

He is also charged with intentionally causing serious injury.