Mandurah op shop finds mutilated kangaroo in skip bin

Mutilated kangaroo dumped in op shop bin Gut wrenching: Make a Wish op shop workers are calling on anyone with dashcam footage of the ute to contact them. Photo: Marta Pascual Juanola.

Gut wrenching: Make a Wish op shop workers are calling on anyone with dashcam footage of the ute to contact them. Photo: Marta Pascual Juanola.

Gut wrenching: Make a Wish op shop workers are calling on anyone with dashcam footage of the ute to contact them. Photo: Marta Pascual Juanola.

Gut wrenching: Make a Wish op shop workers are calling on anyone with dashcam footage of the ute to contact them. Photo: Marta Pascual Juanola.

TweetFacebookWorkers at a Western n op shop saythey arein shock after finding a mutilated kangarooin their skip bin.

Make a Wish team members Isabelle Morrow and Loreen Truman were having a break outside the store at Mandurah on Thursday when a white ute pulled up in the car park.

A man grabbed a box from the car and dumped it in the shop’s skip bin.

Ms Morrow said she asked the man if he wanted to make a donation to the store, since donations should be made inside the premises.

He replied it didn’t matter since the box was “justasmall donation”, before getting in the car and driving off.

When the team opened the box to retrieve the donation they made the gruesome discovery;several freshly amputated kangaroo legs.

“We said maybe we will go and have a look, maybe it’s somethingfor us to sell,” she said.

“It was a shock.

“I called them a lot of names because we didn’t expect that.”

Make a Wish team member Christine Hodges saidthe store would have to bear the cost of the disposal of the remains, since animal remains could not be mixed with regular waste.

“It’s another fee that we have to pay again,” she said.

“It means the kids will miss out on something because we have to pay for that extra fee for them to come out and get it.”

“It’s very upsetting,” Ms Morrow said.

“Lots of people just don’t think the consequences after somebody has dumped something.”

Mandurah police,the RSPCA and the Department of Health have been notified.

RSPCA WA chief inspector Amanda Swift said it was strange someone would leave the legs in a charity bin.

“It’s a bit bizarre that anyone would think this is acceptable,” she said.

“It’s difficult to establish the circumstances around how these poor animals may have died or whether they suffered any cruelty, but if anybody has any information about how the kangaroos may have been killed, please let us know.

“You can call RSPCA Cruelty line on 1300 278 3589.”

The store is also calling on anyone who might have dash-camfootage of the ute driving nearby to contact them immediately.

The car was a white utility with a washing machine strapped to the back.

Penalties for cruelty to animals under the Animal Welfare Act (2002) include a fine of up to $50,000 or imprisonment for up to 5 years.

Belmont Seagulls veteran Adam Blight aims for winning send-off in Newcastle Major League baseball grand final against Toronto Tigers

CHUCKING IT IN: Adam Blight on the mound for Belmont. The 37-year-old shortstop and relief pitcher says Saturday’s grand final will be his last game. Picture: David Doyle PhotoWINNING Newcastle baseball grand finals has become second nature for Belmont veteran Adam Blight.

The Seagulls have played in the past 27 Newcastle Major League deciders, and Blight has been there for 17 of them, including the past nine as champions.

The 37-year-old has one last chance to add another title to his collection when Belmont faceToronto at Waterboard Oval on Saturday.

“I’ve made the decision [to retire], and what a way to go out with number 10 … hopefully,” Blight said this week from the Blue Mountains, where he is working as a carpenter remodeling a hotel.

“It’s been a privilege to play with this great club, and I’ll be exhausted on Saturday night because I will be putting everything in to win it.”

The infielder admits this year’s minor premiers are the strongest challengers to emerge during Belmont’s decade of dominance.

“I think this is going to be the hardest one to win,” Blight said.

“I think Toronto’s hitting line-up is one of the best I’ve come up against.”

WINNING STREAK: Belmont celebrate after beating Athletics in the 2010 grand final. Picture: Ryan Osland

Blight will play a key role in the field at shortstop before likely coming on in relief to replace starter Tim Cox.

It is a formula that hasworked well for the Seagulls this year, including in last week’s preliminary final against Phoenix.

“I think defence will win the game for us,” Blight said.

“Basically it’s going to come down to pitching and good defence, because both sides have very good hitting.”

Toronto are chasing their first top-grade title and are desperate to turn around their fortunes after losing three deciders since 2012.

That includes an agonising 18-12 defeat last year when the Seagulls used all their big-game knowhow to score eight late runs when the game was in the balance.

“We pride ourselves on our experience,” Blight said.

“They haven’t got that. They’ve never won a grand final, so all the pressure is on them

“I’m sure they hate us and are desperate to beat us, and if they do, I’ll tip my hat to them.”

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MAJOR LEAGUE GRAND FINALToronto v BelmontSaturday, Waterboard Oval, Blackalls Park, 2.10pm

Toronto line-up: Michael Campbell CF, Moko Moanaroa LF, Pat Maat RF, Boss Moanaroa 3B, Kurt Eden 2B, Dillan McMaster SS, Todd Bowden 1B, Dylan Smider C, Nic Anderson-Vine DH. Starting pitcher: Jason McAdam. Relief pitcher: Thomas Holland.

Belmont line-up: Jace Poole CF, Mark Dries 3B, Tom O’Gorman 2B, Chris Hook RF, Greg Allen 1B, Ed Figueroa DH, Adam Blight SS, Sam Brown C, Ilan Laws LF. Starting pitcher: Tim Cox.

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Selena Gomez reveals she received a kidney transplant, the ‘ultimate gift’

Pop star Selena Gomez has revealed on Instagram that shehad a kidney transplant earlier this summer, and the donor was a friend, actress Francia Raisa. The first photo in the post features Gomez and Raisa holding hands, lying side-by-side in hospital gowns.

“She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me,” Gomez said of her extremely generous friend. “I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis.”

Selena Gomez with her friend and kidney donor, Francia Raisa. Photo: Instagram

Another photo in the series revealed a large red scar across her abdomen.

Gomez said she needed a transplant as a result of having Lupus, an autoimmune disease that can cause damage to many organs, including the kidneys, heart and brain.

Gomez felt the need to address her public absence after fans started wondering what happened to her, especially considering she had new singles to promote. When a pop star falls off the radar – particularly when they have new work topublicise- the tabloid gossip inevitably gets going.

Gomez reveals her new scar following the operation. Photo: Instagram

“I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of. So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering. It was what I needed to do for my overall health. I honestly look forward to sharing with you, soon my journey through these past several months as I have always wanted to do with you. Until then I want to publicly thank my family and incredible team of doctors for everything they have done for me prior to and post-surgery. And finally, there aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa. She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis. Lupus continues to be very misunderstood but progress is being made. For more information regarding Lupus please go to the Lupus Research Alliance website: www.lupusresearch成都桑拿/ -by grace through faith”

Gomez has learned that it’s smarter to simply be honest. This isn’t the first time she’s disappeared due to health issues. In January 2014, the singer cancelled a number of concerts, and the assumption was that she had checked into a rehab facility for addiction. The following year, she divulged that she’d actually been undergoing chemotherapy after her Lupus diagnosis.

Since then she’s been open about her struggles with the illness. In 2016, just ahead of concert dates for her “Revival” tour, she released a statement saying that she was struggling with “anxiety, panic attacks and depression,” which were side effects of her disease. “I want to be proactive and focus on maintaining my health and happiness and have decided that the best way forward is to take some time off,” the statement read.

Fans were delighted she was well enough to get back to the recording studio and release three singles this year,It Ain’t Me,Bad LiarandFetish.She also did press in the spring for the buzzy and controversial Netflix series13 Reasons Why,which she produced. But with the exception of new music and the occasional social media posts, she’s been out of the public eye since then. Now we know why, and according to her Instagram message, she’ll offer up more details about her ordeal when the time’s right.

“I honestly look forward to sharing with you soon my journey through these past several months,” she wrote.

Washington Post

Newcastle Rugby League: Versatility key for Jared Nott ahead of Central’s preliminary final with Macquariephotos

MR FIX-IT: Central Newcastle’s Jared Nott has played a variety of positions in 2017, but will line up in the centres against Macquarie this Sunday. Picture: Max Mason-HubersHe has been dubbed Central’s “Mr Fix It”and Jared Nott doesn’t seem to mind.

The fourth-year apprentice carpenter has played across the park for the Butcher Boys this season –centre, wing, fullback, five-eighth, hooker –and sometimes in the same game.

But the versatile 22-year-oldreckons being thrown different rolesby coach Craig Millerhas only helped develop him as a player.

“I’ve always been an outside back and I started on the wing this year,” Nott said.

“But the game we beat Wests we had a lot of injuries so Ishifted to fullback for six minutes and then finishedthe rest of the game at hooker.

“That’s kind of the way it’s been for the rest of the season and I just fill in wherever Barney [Miller] wants me to play.

“It can be a bit more satisfying coming off the field not just being a winger. Getting a bit more involved and being trusted to do any job.

“I always thought I had a bit more to offer so it’s been good to show this year that I can do it.”

Nott will more than likely line up at right centre when Central meet Macquarie at Townson Oval in Sunday’s preliminary final.

To be just 80 minutes away from a Newcastle Rugby League grand final appearance is hard for the club juniorto believe.

Not only did the Butcher Boysbattle it out for the wooden spoon last season but he spent most of it sidelined with injury.

Enjoying his second campaign in the Newcastle Knights system after being promoted from under 20s, Nott tore all three major ligaments in his left knee playinga trial for Central before getting on aNSW Cup field.

“It turned into a long pre-season so it makes this year much more satisfying,” he said.

Miller, who this week announced the signings of former NRL pair Jermaine Ale and Shane Gray for Central next season, said hissquad would remainunchanged from Saturday’s 22-10 minor semi-final win over Lakes at St John Oval.

Macquarie coach Adam Bettridge has been forced to make at least one swap following Sunday’s 35-8major semi-final loss to Western Suburbs at Harker Oval.Matt Geoffrey, younger brother of centre Royce, coming in for injured prop Adam Swadling (broken thumb).

On the other hand Bettridge welcomes back from injury first-choice fullback Mitch Manson, who replaces Matt Simon, and utility Nathan Hinton.

The two sides have played each other four occasions this year with the last three wins to Macquarie, including the 20-8 qualifying semi-final result a fortnight ago at Toronto.

The winner of this fixture will advance to next weekend’s grand final to playminor premiers Wests, who will train at their New Lambton headquarters on Saturday morning.

Kick-off is 3pm.

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Mayfield teenager charged over murder of Victorian man Paul Costa

Paul Costa was the father of four children. Photo: SuppliedA NEWCASTLE teenager is one of three to be arrested and charged over the murder of Victorian man Paul Costa in a carjacking gone wrong.

Detectives arrested the Mayfield 16-year-oldon Thursday morning, and the boy is expected to be extradited to Victoria on Friday.

Two others, a 17-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man, were also arrested on Thursday in the Melbourne suburb of Thomastown.

All three were charged with one count of murder.

It is understood detectives will allegeMr Costa, a 43-year-old father, was killed in a botchedcarjacking.

His body, clad in aErmenegildo Zegna suit, was found by a passer-by in Dunstan Reserve, Brunswick West, just after 8.20am on July 3.

Paul Costa’s red Nissan Patrol was found about a kilometre from his home. Picture: Jason South

His abandoned car, a red Nissan Patrol,was found four days later about three kilometres away parked on Berry Street, Coburg, in Melbourne’s north, a little over a kilometre from the home he shared with his parents.

He was last seen by his parents leaving their home the night before.

Hisfather Alex Costa thought his son must havehad a date when he leftdressed in his suit and best dress shoes.

Mr Costa said at the time that the youngestof his four children, who was a father of four himself, was a gentle giant.

“He would never hurt anyone;he would not even hurt a bird,” he said.

Police search a park near where Paul Costa’s car was found. Picture: Jason South

Homicide squad Detective Senior Sergeant Steve McIntyre previously said Mr Costa appeared to have been attacked with a weapon,possibly a knife.

It is believed hehaddefensive stab wounds on his arms.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report online.

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A-League: Newcastle Jets winger out to strike against Wellington Phoenixvideo

FLYING: Andrew Nabbout has set the bar high this season. The Jets take on Wellington in a trial match at Jack McLaughlan Oval on Saturday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

ANDREW Nabbout knows too well to take nothing for granted.Not his positionin the Jets starting line-up,even his place in the A-League.

It is what has been driving the 24-year-old throughout the pre-season.

Nabbout, forced to reinvent his game during a stintinMalaysia before handed a lifeline by the Jets last season, is coming off a break-out campaign.

The power-packed winger scored a club-high eight goals last season to go with six assists. It was an output that had the former Melbourne Victory flyer in early contention for player-of-the-year honours.

His season –and the Jets –plateaued in the final third of the year.

With a new-look roster, boosted by the arrival of Dimi Petratos and Roy O’Donovan, Nabbout has set the bar higher for himself and the club.

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“My aim last year was to hit double figures in assists and goals,” Nabbout said. “I ended up with six assists and eightgoals. I have to up that this year.Players are never really safe in the A-League. You have to keep improving every year.The coaches have been identifying how I can score more goals. For me, I have to get in the box more. Last year I did’t do it enough. I was trying to create a lot of things myself but when the other boys created I wasn’t there to cash in at times.This year it is about me getting in the box, finishing off and trusting those players around me.”

The Jets take on Wellington Phoenix at Jack McLaughlan Oval on Saturday, from 3pm, in their last hit out against A-League opposition before the season opener against Central Coast on October 7.

“It is important that we keep scoring goals,” Nabbout said. “We have been doing well against A-League opposition. We did it against Melbourne City (3-1) and Sydney (2-1), who both fielded fairly strong sides.Hopefully Wellington field a near full-strength side and we take it to them again.I know if I make the runs someone will find me. We have Dimi, and Roy and Browny andthe two midfielders, I trust in them and am getting in the box a lot more.”

Daniel Georgievski has a tighthamstring and along with Steve Ugarkovic, who has stitches in a cut on his leg, will sit out the clash, creating an opportunity for Jason Hoffman and Nick Cowburn. Jack Duncan starts in goals after missing the Sydney win with a groin niggle.

Wellington,who went down 1-0 to the Mariners on Tuesday,have been in camp at Cypress Lakes Resort.

“Wellington have pretty-much revamped the whole squad,” Nabbout said. “They have brought ina few decent players in Dario Vidosic, Dan Mullen and a few foreigners. Again it is A-League opposition. It gives us a chance to see what they are like and a chance to stamp our authority against them.”

Jets (likely): Jack Duncan; Jason Hoffman, Nigel Boogaard, Nikolai Topor-Stanley, Ivan Vujica; Ben Kantarovski, Nick Cowburn; Dimi Petratos, Wayne Brown, Andrew Nabbout; Roy O’Donovan

It’s not just CBA: all the banks are exposed to millions in money laundering

Crime groups are washing millions a day of dirty money through ‘s big banks. Photo: Tanya LakeGaping holes in the anti-money laundering systems of ‘s big banks are being exploited by crime groups to wash up to $5 million in drug cash a day, according to confidential briefings by federal and state policing agencies.

New details of police investigations reveal that the big four banks – Westpac, ANZ, NAB and CBA – have all been used by money laundering syndicates to launder drug funds offshore.

Syndicates are also suspected to have infiltrated the franchises of mid-tier banks. Police have gathered intelligence that an outlaw bikie group is examining acquiringthe franchise of a mid-tierbank,while the Bank of Queensland’s Punchbowl branch in Sydney was closed after Mexican cartel drug money washed funds through its accounts in 2010.

An n Crime Commission “High Risk Funds” investigation, which was examining the movement of illicit cash to the former Yugoslavia in 2012, identified a Bendigo Bank franchise that seemed to be involved.

Anti-money laundering agency Austrac’s decision last month to launch legal action against the Commonwealth Bank lifted the lid on that bank’s alleged lack of oversight of massive money flows.

But the latest revelations underscore what is an open secret in the law enforcement and banking communities:weak laws and questionable banking practices have enabled crime figures to open individual or company accounts or deposit funds with minimal or false identification, and quietly move millions of dollars.

Ticking the boxesGovernment officials said the public would be shocked to know the amount of drug money that was laundered on a daily basis, andthe ease with which it finds its way out of .

The formerNational Coordinatorof theCommonwealth Asset Confiscation Taskforce, Nick McTaggart, who recently worked for Austrac as a senior adviser, said the failure of major banks and other financial institutions to carry out basic due diligence likely placed them in breach of “know your customer”requirements.

Exacerbating the problem is the failure of financial institutionsto share information with each other, or to access information from the federal government or police, including biometric, intelligence or tax data.

“Most financial institutions are just ticking the compliance boxes rather than doingthe necessarydue diligence,” Mr McTaggart said.

“Technologies such aselectronic funds transfercapability also presenthuge problems.Any criminalcan get a company created today and bounce all the money into one account and then send it offshore and walk away from the company. No one will ask questions of the company for months.”

He welcomed the Turnbull government’sproposedtoughening of company director identification laws and whistleblower provisions, but added: “The governmentcan do more to assist”.

Anti-money laundering expert John Chevis. Photo: Supplied

Anti-money laundering expert John Chevis, who advises the UN Office of Drugs and Crime, said one key anti-money laundering provision had backfired.

Laws prohibit the banks from telling customers they have been reported to Austrac. The provision is ostensibly designed to avoid tipping them off in the unlikely event police or Austrac launch an inquiry.

What it meant, though, was that some banks continue to receive and shift drug funds despite making multiple Austrac reports about the launderers’activity.

“This has turned an anti-money laundering law into a ‘money laundering’ law. There is at least one instance of the absurd situation of a single money launderer being reported over 100 times by a single bank for making 100 suspicious deposits,” Mr Chevissaid.

$29m throughWestpac, CBAIn a Perth court in April this year, a fresh faced 30 year old from Hong Kong, Ka Sing Lai, was jailed for 10years for using Westpac and Commonwealth Bank accounts to launder at least $29 million in drug funds out of .

Lai’s operation was as simple as it was effective: he ferried money-runners to up to 10 Perth Westpac and CBA branches a day, depositing up to $500,000 into accounts opened by n front companies createdby other Hong Kong nationals.

Lai made 163 bank transactions before he was arrested in late 2015. Eight months later, in August 2016, evidence emerged suggesting he was back in business.

A second Hong Kong national, Chi Ming To, who police first identified as a driver for Lai, was pulled over in NSW. When police searched his car, they found $550,000 cash in the boot.

Despite being touted publicly by Justice Minister Michael Keenan as a major blow to organised crime, the arrest of Lai is privately described by senior police as a pyrrhic win in a fight in which they have been overwhelmed by money launderers easy ability toevade banking controls.

Peter Li deposited suspected drug money into ANZ branches around . Photo: James Alcock

On bail, back to the banksThere’s a familiar pattern to these events. On 18 November 2013, Hong Kong resident Peter Li flew into Sydney. He was granted a tourist visa and headed straight to The Star casino. In a bathroom, he was handed a yellow shopping bag police suspect was filled with hundreds of thousands of dollars in drug money.

Just over 24 hours later, Li entered the ANZ’s Sydney CBD branch on York Street and opened two accounts. He listedthe casino as his place of residence.

Then hehanded over $50,000 in cash, asking for $1000 to be placed into one account and the remaining $49,000 into the second. Two days later, he shifted $20,000 from his second ANZ account into the first, into which he deposited a further $50,000 in cash.

He then flew to Perth and entered an ANZ branch, directing a teller to make two transfers of $35,000 from his ANZ accounts to two separate Honk Kong Bank accounts. Federal agents reconstructed these events after Customs officers found Li carrying $147,000 in cash when he attempted to leave five days after he had arrived in Sydney.

Li was charged with money laundering offences and released on bail on December 4, subject to a condition that he deposit no more than $2000 into any n bank account.

Happy Valentine’s DayTen weeks later, on February 14, 2014, Li walked into an ANZ branch in Sydney’s CBD carrying a bag stuffed with suspected drug funds.

Over the next four hours, he made 10 deposits at various ANZ branches within a few kilometres of each other. After running out of CBD ANZ bank branches, Li changed his clothes and returned to the first branch he had visited. There, he made an eleventh deposit of $9500, just under the $10,000 amount that triggers a mandatory suspicious deposit notification to Austrac.

Li’s eleven deposits of $9500 were made into the same ANZ accountusinga series of false names and phone numbers. On the same day, Li repeated this exercise at six NAB branches, depositing between $9000 and $9500 each time he entered the bank.

Under the current legislative regime, the banks have no clear obligation to demand verified identification, nor toquiz Li about his activities, nor talk to other banks about Li’s conduct. The law prohibits banking staff from telling Li they considered his conduct suspicious enough to report to Austrac.

So Li kept at it. A few days later, Li chose NAB and CBA branches to deposit multiple cash amounts under $10,000. After attempting to make his eleventh cash deposit into the same CBA account, a teller asked Li for his name. He refused to answer andthe teller called the NSW police.

By the time of his arrest a few minutes later, Li had deposited $289,000 in drug funds. It had taken him just over 10 hours over two days.

Chinese national Jun Yu Huang was an old hand at exploiting the banking system. In the 2000s, he had endured multiple stints in prison, including for setting up bank accounts with false IDs to commit fraud.

Police documents reveal that for five months in early 2013, Huang paid a Chinese woman to ferry large amounts of cash in green Woolworths’ bags to “various banks” in Sydney’s CBD. Huang then took over, using false IDs to set up accounts at money remitting businesses which specialise in moving funds offshore.

Huang used the NAB, Westpac, and CBA accounts of these remitters to deposit and move suspected drug cash to Asia. Over six weeks, Huang moved $3.2 million out of , the bulk of which was moved through Westpac accounts.

McTaggart says if banks had conducted proper due diligence by demanding and verifying Huang’s true identity and quizzing him about the source and purpose of the funds, it may have deterred him. Since Huang’s arrest, the major banks have stopped allowing money remitters to use the banks’ accounts to move funds offshore. But the banks still move funds themselves and are vulnerable to fake IDs and so called “cleanskins.”

Then there isthe case of 21 year-old Vietnamese national, Ahn Cat Chu.

Chu had been in for just sevenweeks on a student visa. When she was searched by police, they found 23 blue slips of paper revealing she had deposited $204,005 in just three hours at Westpac, ANZ, and CBA branches near Sydney’s Chinatown. She had entered the banks multiple times in a highly suspicious fashion, depositing amounts under $10,000.

When police seized her mobile phone, they discovered a cell phone in Vietnam had been texting her instructions.

Banks respondLaw enforcement sources said that while all banks could do far more to prevent money laundering, the CBA was targeted by Austrac because its complacency and failure to address problems with its automatic cash deposit system was egregious.

In response to questions from Fairfax Media, NAB’s chief risk officer David Gall said that despite extensive efforts to prevent money laundering, “people with bad intentions will always try to commit crime”.

“That’s why as a bank and an industry we have to always be vigilant and work with regulators, government and police to find new and smarter ways to prevent financial crime.”

A spokesman for Westpac said the bank was investing heavily in “verifying the identity of our customers (for example, in the case of online banking, through the use of external data verification), monitoring the activities of those customers over time, reporting any suspicious matters detected to AUSTRAC, and terminating customer relationships where appropriate”.

The Bendigo Bank said that the franchise which sent funds to the former Yugoslavia had been “appropriately monitored and any matters requiring reporting under legislation were submitted”. The Bank of Queensland declined to comment on the allegation involving its now defunct Punchbowl branch.

ANZ said its anti-money laundering controls were effective.

Justice Minister Michael Keenan said the government had rigorous anti-money laundering measures in place and was continually working with the banking industry to strengthen them.

Scott Alex Clough pleads guilty to Islington axe attack

Man guilty of Islington axe attack | PHOTOS AFTERMATH: Justin Hall was attacked with an axe at Islington. He was hit in the arm and face and narrowly avoided being killed. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

POLICE: Justin Hall was attacked with an axe at Islington. He was hit in the arm and face and narrowly avoided being killed. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

POLICE: Damage to the vehicle of Justin Hall who was attacked with an axe at Islington. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

POLICE: Damage to the vehicle of Justin Hall who was attacked with an axe at Islington. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

AFTERMATH: Justin Hall was attacked with an axe at Islington. He was hit in the arm and face and narrowly avoided being killed. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

POLICE: Damage to the vehicle of Justin Hall who was attacked with an axe at Islington. The weapon pierced the glass, but it did not shatter. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

AXE: The view from Justin’s seat where he was sitting when the attack happened. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

POLICE: Damage to the vehicle of Justin Hall who was attacked with an axe at Islington. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

POLICE: Damage to the vehicle of Justin Hall who was attacked with an axe at Islington. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

POLICE: Damage to the vehicle of Justin Hall who was attacked with an axe at Islington. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

POLICE: Damage to the vehicle of Justin Hall who was attacked with an axe at Islington. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

POLICE: Damage to the vehicle of Justin Hall who was attacked with an axe at Islington. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

POLICE: Damage to the vehicle of Justin Hall who was attacked with an axe at Islington. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

POLICE: Damage to the vehicle of Justin Hall who was attacked with an axe at Islington. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

TweetFacebook Scott Alex Clough has pleaded guilty to attacking a car with an axe at Islington. Pictures: Max Mason-HubersA MAN who smashed up a car with an axe and struck the driver in the face with the handle over a minor parking dispute at Islington told police he“just snapped” when the driver didn’t move his car immediately.

Scott Alex Clough, 44, of Werris Creek, represented himself in Newcastle Local Court on Thursday where he pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm, armed with intent to commit an indictable offence, destroy or damage property and intimidation.

It was a misunderstanding, a minor disagreement between two strangers that could have been easily settled without resorting to violence.

Instead, Clough launched a“completely unprovoked attack” that left the victim, Justin Hall, scared for his life, according to a statement of police facts tendered in court on Thursday.

Clough was in a white utility, affixed with CLOUGHY number plates, outside the Gateway Hotel in George Street about 4.45pm on August 17 when Mr Hall came outside and got into his Toyota Camry, which was parked in front of Clough’s ute.

Mr Hall unlocked his car, which he told police alwaystriggers a beep, with that sound promptingClough to beep back and yell at Mr Hall.

But Mr Hall wasn’t intending to leave right away and was waiting to charge his phone, police facts state.

Clough attempted to drive off but thought he was boxed in.

He then threw a half eaten devon roll at Mr Hall’s car and got out of his vehicle, telling Mr Hall:“Can you drive off so I can get my car out.“You are going to make me miss these lights”.

Mr Hall told him he would be“gone in a second”.

But then Clough got into his car,drove up alongside Mr Hall’s Camry, got out and retrieved an axe from the tray of his ute.

He used the axe to smash Mr Hall’s driver’s side window, looked inside and abused Mr Hall,before swinging the axe at the front windscreen, the blade penetrating the glass.

Clough then leaned inside the vehicle and hit Mr Hall in the nose with the end of the handle, terrifying Mr Hall who screamed out for help because he thought Clough was going to kill him.

Clough then stood up and swung the axe at the roof the Camry, causing a large gash before he got in his car and drove off.

Mr Hall was taken to hospital and police arrested Clough in his car at about 9.20pm that night.

He admitted to damaging the car and assaulting Mr Hall and said he“just snapped” during the minor dispute, tellingpolice he was embarrassed and remorseful.

Clough will be sentenced in Tamworth Local Court on October 30.

POLICE: Damage to the vehicle of Justin Hall who was attacked with an axe at Islington. The weapon pierced the glass, but it did not shatter. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Short Takes September 15 2017

The Newcastle East Residents Group business research showed only 13 out of the 111 small businesses researched would benefit from the Supercars event. A pretty biased type of research if I do say so myself. How about an independent report or are they afraid that the truth will come out and many more will benefit?

Mark Creek,AdamstownPETER Dolan (Letters 14/9) claims only 123 out of 1763 wars of history were due to religious cause. So religion is a lesser evil, but an evil nevertheless!I’m being facetious of course, but let’s consider World War I, the causes ofwhich have been written about at great length. It was not a religious warbut its religious combatants, from the common soldier to the King Emperor, never allowed religious reasons to prevent or end it. Tell me Peter, how many of those 1763 wars did religion fail to prevent?

Luke Taper,GeorgetownWITH Hunter Street now partially closed, nobody should be surprised at the gridlock now occurring. Perhaps some forward planning would have been appropriate. A park and ride option would reduce the number of cars entering the CBD. It isn’t too late to consider this option. Motorists could park at McDonald Jones Stadium,District Park and Newcastle Showground and a shuttle bus bring them into and take them out of the CBD.

Nigel Dale,AdamstownA NATION of the Hindu religion wants a lamb ad withdrawn (“Indian government complains about n lamb ad”, theherald成都夜网.au 11/9). was once renowned for its laidback easygoing ways and dry and satirical sense of humour with the ability to laugh at ourselves, but it appears now that we no longer can have our own identity without first ensuring that we aren’t stepping on any religious toes from a far-off country.

Allan Earl,ThorntonWITH these electricity companies offering discounts to their customers, some as much as 25 per cent, it shows me how much they are over-charging in the first place. But here is the rub:they give you two weeks to pay, and if you don’t pay inside that two weeks you lose your discount. Why don’t they give the customers extra time to pay so they can keep their discount?

Andy McFadden,Warners BayIN reply to a comment from former Catholic priestProfessor Des Cahill: the Catholic Church is a powerful institution, but as a moral leader it is sadly diminished. Absolutely correct.

David Davies,Blackalls ParkTO John Keen, there’s always a winner and a loser in rugby league. Unfortunately the few spectators that happen to watch a game are the losers, the hierarchy running the NRL couldn’t run a pub chook raffle. They have crucified what was once a great game to watch.

Brad Hill,SingletonTHE POLLSCAN wind and solar power replace Liddell power station in 2022?

Yes, 70.7%, No, 28%, Other, 1.3%

Ballarat church cancels couple’s wedding after Facebook post supporting same-sex marriage

Minister Steven North and Ebenezer St John’s in Ballarat.A Ballarat church refused to marry a young couple and cancelled their wedding plans because the bride-to-be expressed support for same-sex marriage on Facebook.

The 26-year-old bride and 25-year-old groom were to be married in November at their Presbyterian church, Ebenezer St John’s in Ballarat, by minister Steven North.

In early August, when the Turnbull governmentannounced the postal survey on same-sex marriage, the bride posted a Facebook status declaring her support for change.

“I know it’s something not everyone will agree on and that’s fine but this is what I stand for and frankly it doesn’t effect [sic] my relationship with [my partner]one bit,” she commented.

Days later, the couple were summoned to Mr North’s office and were told he would no longer marry them, nor would they be allowed to hold their ceremony at the church.

In a letter to the bride, provided to Fairfax Media, Mr North said the views expressed in the Facebook post had “practical consequences” for the wedding.

“After the pre-marital counselling that you attended and the sermons delivered at Ebenezer on this subject, you must surely appreciate that your commitment to same-sex marriage opposes the teaching of Christ Jesus and the scriptural position practicedby the Presbyterian Church of and by me,” he wrote.

“This conflict of views has practical consequences in relation to your upcoming wedding.

“By continuing to officiate it would appear either that I support your views on same-sex marriage or that I am uncaring about this matter. As you know, neither statement is correct.

“Also, if the wedding proceeded in the Ebenezer St John’s church buildings, the same inferences could be drawn about the Presbyterian denomination. Such inferences would be wrong.”

A sign out the front of the church that reads “all welcome”.

Fairfax Media has spoken to the couple but has agreed not to name them, in line with their wishes.

The couple did not seek media attention about the case – Fairfax Media was informed by a friend of the family.

Ebenezer St John’sdid not return multiple calls.

John Wilson, clerk of assembly at the Presbyterian Church of Victoria, said decisions about officiating marriages were at the discretion of individualministers.

He did not wish to comment further.

But Presbyterian ministers and churchgoers are under clear directions to oppose same-sex marriage.

Minister Steven North inside the church.

Mr Wilson, who is also moderator-general of the Presbyterian Church of , published a blog post committing the church to the “no” case and calling on attendees to campaign actively.

“There are many powerful voices clamouring to tear down what God declares to be holy. The church must not be silent on this,” Mr Wilson wrote.

However, other church sourcessuggested the Ballarat experience was uncommon.

Darren Middleton, convenor of the Church and Nation committee and a Geelong minister, said it was the first such case he had encountered.

“This is a decision for individual ministers to make. My guess is most probably would have let the wedding go ahead,” he told Fairfax Media.

“It’s not normally a requirement to get married that you subscribe to particular views.I would want totalk to them about their views … but that wouldn’t be a bar to them getting married. That’s a separate issue in my mind.”

The Ballaratcouple had already sent wedding invitations to friends and family, but were able to find an alternative, secular venue for their November wedding.

The ceremony will be officiated by a retired minister.

In an emotive written response to Mr North,the couple said they would no longer attend Ebenezer St John’s church as a result of the minister’s decision.

“We feel this decision is absolutely disgraceful and is a disgrace to you and all the church, especially when we have been loyal and valued members of this congregation for 10 years,” they wrote.

“You were made aware from the beginning of our proceedings that we had gay friends and also that people in our wedding party were gay. How could you assume that we would abandon them or degrade them with regards to same-sex marriage?

“We understand we did agree with the teachings of the church in our marriage counselling but just because we agree with that for our own lives, doesn’t mean that we have to push those beliefs onto others.”

The church’s decision had caused “a great deal of stress and upset” to both families, the couple wrote.

The Age