October, 2018

Magistrate to hear case

A MAN from northern NSW allegedly found near Albury with more than 18kilograms of cannabis leaf with an estimated street value of $148,000 will have the case finalised before a magistrate.
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Solicitor Mark Cronin mentioned the case of Joshua Jake O’Neile in Albury Local Court yesterday when seeking a bail review on his behalf.

Magistrate Tony Murray said during the application that O’Neile, 29, of Pallamallawa, allegedly had a quantity of cannabis five times the indictable quantity.

But Mr Cronin said the case was referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions office in Wagga to see whether it would take over the case.

“They have no interest in it,” Mr Cronin said.

He said the case has been referred back to the police and the case will be dealt with in the summary jurisdiction.

There was a successful application for O’Neile to have a curfew removed from his bail conditions.

But he still has to report twice weekly to police at Moree about 30kilometres from where he lives.

O’Neile has pleaded not guilty to charges of dealing with property suspected of being proceeds of crime and the deemed supply of cannabis leaf.

Mr Murray was told in September in tendered police facts that O’Neile was stopped five kilometres north of Culcairn on the Olympic Way after being detected driving an unregistered Toyota HiLux.

O’Neile produced his NSW driver’s licence and told the officer he had come from Melbourne, but seemed nervous.

When the officer asked if there was anything illegal in it, O’Neile used a key to unlock a canopy on the tray with boxes inside.

The officer opened one of the boxes and saw a large vacuum-sealed plastic bag containing numerous other resealable bags with what appeared to be cannabis inside.

O’Neile was arrested and the vehicle was towed to Albury police station.

Three other boxes were found which contained cannabis, with the total weight of the drug found being 18.3kilograms.

An amount of $2180 cash was found along with documents containing phone numbers and addresses.

Police seized O’Neile’s mobile phone, found a deposit slip for $6500 and three pre-paid SIM cards.

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Policeman facing charges

The arrest of a policeman who is expected to be charged for a brutal attack on a woman in North East Victoria has undermined Chief Commissioner Ken Lay’s public campaign against domestic violence.
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The senior constable from Belgrave allegedly punched the woman, believed to be his partner, after wedding celebrations in Victoria’s high country turned ugly. The policeman was only suspended yesterday, a day after Victoria Police was contacted by Fairfax Media.

The couple had returned to a Mansfield motel in the early hours of Sunday morning following a wedding at the base of Mount Buller.

Security footage captured the couple with up to eight other intoxicated wedding guests, “crowded around” in the Alzburg Resort car park at 2am, a resort employee said.

The CCTV footage, which has been handed to police, allegedly shows the off-duty officer punching the woman to the face and several members of the group seizing the man and restraining him until local police arrived.

The woman was taken to hospital for observation while the policeman was arrested and held overnight at the Mansfield police station.

He was released pending charges on summons, but on Thursday Victoria Police had confirmed he was not yet suspended from the police force.

However, yesterday a police spokeswoman said he had been suspended with pay.

The spokeswoman said it would be “inappropriate” to comment as an investigation was under way.

“Any offences alleged to have been committed by police members are taken extremely seriously and investigated thoroughly,” the spokeswoman said.

The senior constable is one of four Victorian police officers who are facing recent assault charges.

In August, a sergeant was suspended without pay after he was charged on summons with serious assault offences for allegedly bashing a woman known to him at Rutherglen.

Last week, a senior constable was suspended with pay pending his court appearance for an assault in Rosebud and a senior constable was “directed to take leave” in September for an assault at a licensed venue in Lakes Entrance.

When asked for statistics from the police force on how many of its officers had been charged for domestic violence-related assaults in the past year, police said a Freedom of Information request would be needed to access those figures.

The incidents — particularly the alleged Mansfield and Rutherglen assaults — contradict recent attempts by the police force to clamp down on domestic violence — the most recent occurred just days before White Ribbon Day.

In his speech on Tuesday that marked the national day of action against domestic violence, Chief Commissioner Lay promised to provide the leadership “so desperately” needed on the issue of violence against women.

Chief Commissioner Lay has been a vocal opponent of violence against women since he took the top job in 2011, calling domestic violence one of the most significant law and order problems in the state.

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Aalbers in exclusive company

Liz Aalbers was yesterday recognised for a lifetime involvement in the Wodonga Turf Club with life membership. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICKVETERAN horsewoman Liz Aalbers has been made a life member of the Wodonga Turf Club.
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The affable trainer has been a fixture at Wodonga for more than half a century and was added to a rich list of inductees yesterday.

She started riding trackwork when just 15 and has trained for 50 years.

Aalbers, 72, said it came as a huge shock.

“They told me they were going to do it about a fortnight ago and I was very surprised,” she said.

“It’s an honour and a privilege to be a life member alongside some of the incredible people who are already on the list.”

Aalbers said there were some perks in life membership.

“I get into the races for free and I’m hoping they put aside two bottles of Ricadonna at every meeting,” she joked.

Aalbers had three starters yesterday.

“I only have four in work now but they are $2000 horses, we don’t have the expensive ones but we do all right,” she said.

“A couple of months ago we won six races in a fortnight.

“But this is great — I don’t think I have seen a bigger crowd at Wodonga.”

‘This one’s for dad,’ emotional Brian Cox saysCox choked back tears after Minnie Downs handed him his first Wodonga Cup success without his father and long-time mentor, Ollie, by his side.

Public holiday a gold winner for Wodonga CupRacegoershave made the most of a new public holiday, with crowd numbers doubling at yesterday’s Wodonga Gold Cup.

Police arrest man over headbuttA man has been hospitalised after being headbutted in a fight at the Birallee Tavern. The man was believed to have come from the races.

Cav rues Wodonga bad luck as Pedro retiresWodonga Gold Cup day is fast proving to be a nightmare for Albury trainer Brett Cavanough.

“I’m a bit like the Albury Football Club. You lose two but you just go and find another two to replace them.”

Wilscott holds off challengeWilscottfinally delivered on his promise in landing the feature sprint on Wodonga Gold Cup Day for premier trainer Brian Cox.

“Hopefully the drought is well and truly over.”

Aalbers in exclusive companyVeteran horsewoman Liz Aalbers has been made a life member of the Wodonga Turf Club.

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Under-20s make first entry to trophy cabinet

MURRAY United collected its first piece of silverware this week, but it won’t be the last, according to one of its senior coaches.
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James Coutts took the under-20 squad to Shepparton to play against fellow premier and state league clubs and came home with the trophy.

The squad were all well-known and established stars from AWFA senior teams last year — Alex West (TCW), Raul Pahina (Myrtleford), Darcy Pawlik (Diamonds), Dylan Gavel (Melrose), Lionel Masudi (Albury City) and Melkie Woldemichael (Boomers) to name a few.

Coutts said it was a squad blessed with talent but on a learning curve.

“We learned a lot,” he said.

“There is no doubting the depth of talent, but where we are struggling is the technical knowledge on the pitch and professionalism.

“The tournament showed us we will also need to match the physicality of opposition sides.”

Coutts said Murray United was at its best when it used the width of the pitch and its natural speed.

“We struggled to play the ball through the middle of the park and they were able to press high up the field and we lacked a bit of composure on the ball,” he said.

“But when we went wide it opened up the game, gave us more space in midfield and we looked much more dangerous.”

Coutts said most of the squad would play in the under-20 competition.

“Probably Melkie is the only one with the body and physical strength to be a regular in the senior side,” he said.

“The others we’ll drip feed into the seniors rather than have them bash themselves up against the bigger bodies each week.

“They have the talent but we’ll have to manage it.”

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Green gong for school

SAINT Joseph’s Primary School Beechworth principal Kitty Hancock has praised the school’s students and its sustainability team after it won the prestigious 2014 Indigo Shire Council Sustainability Award.
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“The sustainability team, made up of about six parents, has shown great leadership in helping to teach the students how to go about sustainability and putting things into practice,” she said.

“It’s been real parental leadership.

“We are a small school of 110 students, so it was a big effort in taking on major organisations and winning the award.

“We are very proud of the parents who have been involved and our students take real pride in the award.”

Over the past two years, the school has made a major strategic shift toward environmental sustainability that has mobilised the school community.

The key achievements have been:

• Development of a School Environment Management Plan providing a vision for sustainability, including a sustainability committee made up of teachers and parents;

• Delivery of a Sustainability Elective in 2013 and 2014. These sessions, delivered by parents, have included propagation and planting of native plants and construction of wildlife nest boxes;

• Establishment in 2013 of vegetable gardens, worm farms, and construction of a chook shed which now recycles the school’s food scraps; and,

• Creation in 2014 of a frog bog to slow and purify storm water and attract wildlife in a degraded parcel of land along the western boundary of the school.

Other awards included:

Highly Commended: Owen Gemmill, volunteer head gardener at the Wooragee Primary School and works daily to develop and maintain the school’s organic and sustainable living gardening program;

Highly Commended: BULS Patch to Patch Pedal. The Patch to Patch Pedal is organised and run by the Beechworth Urban Landcare and Sustainability Group.

Other finalists were GLT (weed management), Beechworth Montessori School (recycling of vacant building), Lake Sambell Committee of Management (Emma’s Garden and Bird Hide, Lake Sambell), Rutherglen IGA (reduction of energy use).