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Senior Police and Magistrate Hold Security Meetings At Southport Court

Queensland’s chief magistrate has backed a policy of allowing prisoners to face court without handcuffs following a dramatic escape on the Gold Coast last week. Continue reading Senior Police and Magistrate Hold Security Meetings At Southport Court

NT Police Seize Spears, Machetes and Other Weapons Following Deaths In Riot

NT Police seized spears, machetes and hammers on Groote Eylandt on Saturday night.
NT Police seized spears, machetes and hammers on Groote Eylandt on Saturday night.
NT Police have obtained and reviewed video footage of the fight that unfolded on Groote Eylandt, killing two men.

Commander Tony Fuller said it showed “a male struck by a spear thrown by a member of one of the opposing groups”.

“Police believe the male who threw that spear is the second male who was killed,’’ he said.

“We understand that the community is grieving and in shock. However police are asking the Elders and the community to assist in having these offenders come forward so that police can bring them to justice.”

Commander Fuller said police understood the community may be worried about revenge attacks.

“We ask the offenders to make contact with local police so that we can make arrangements to protect them,’’ he said.

“This is an extremely volatile situation which has been compounded by the death of another person on the island unrelated to this incident. “

Groote Eylandt is the largest island in the Gulf of Carpentaria in northeastern Australia. It is the homeland of, and is owned by, the Anindilyakwa people who speak the isolated Anindilyakwa language.
Groote Eylandt is the largest island in the Gulf of Carpentaria in northeastern Australia. It is the homeland of, and is owned by, the Anindilyakwa people who speak the isolated Anindilyakwa language.

More police arrived on Groote Eylandt on Sunday as tensions continue to simmer after clan fighting left two dead and another seriously injured in the small community of Angurugu.

The bodies of the two men, aged 19 and 29, were flown to Darwin on Sunday for autopsy amid an outpouring of grief from community members who turned out in numbers to see the plane off.

Police are yet to make any arrests but last night seized a number of weapons including spears, machetes and hammers.

 

The NT News has been told clan feuds go back generations, but the latest violence appears triggered by an altercation between two women which escalated to involve as 60 people armed with spears and machetes.

Commander Tony Fuller said the police priority on Sunday was to investigate the cause of Friday’s fight and to identity the people of interest involved in the deaths.

“This is a community in deep shock and mourning,’’ he said.

“We are respectful of Sorry Business requirements among relatives, and will work calmly and with care with Elders, families and residents to identify those responsible for the deaths.

“Our Members face a difficult task locating those responsible. Some will have fled into the Bush, while others have gone to ground elsewhere.

“Nonetheless, we appreciate the help provided by the community to date, and again appeal to anyone who might have information — especially video footage filmed on mobile devices — to come forward as soon as possible.”

Source: NT News.

Amputee Threatened Police, Nurses With Knife At Royal Adelaide Hospital

An angry amputee held South Australia police and nurses at bay with ‘cutlery’ and refused to leave hospital because no one would help him shower at home, a court has heard.

On Monday, counsel for Benjamin Troy Heintze asked the District Court to show their client mercy over his actions at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in August last year when he waved a knife and vowed people would “get messed up” if staff discharged him from the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Nurses called a “code black” emergency and SA Police’s STAR Group attended – a police negotiator convinced Heintze to surrender.

Judge Davey viewed photographs of the implement and disagreed with defence counsel’s description.

“A butterknife is a small knife with no cutting edge at all, and that’s not what this was … it’s a normal knife given as cutlery for use in a hospital,” she said.

Defence attorney said Heintze acknowledged he could “become aggressive” and was willing to undertake counselling – something Judge Davey said he sorely needed. She said Heintze had a history of verbally abusing and threatening people who did not do what he wanted, including another judge whom he had labelled a “scumbag” and a “f—ing c—”.

“He called the court a ‘f—ing piece of s—’ a ‘f—ing smart-ass scumbag’ … and a ‘f—ing c—’,” she said.

“If I do something he doesn’t like, is he going to call me a f—ing c—?”

Judge Davey will sentence Heintze on Tuesday.

Read more at News.com.au.

Sponge Rounds Now Available To All New Zealand Police Specialist Units

All Police Armed Offenders Squads (AOS) will now have access to the XM1006 “sponge round” following a successful operational trial and endorsement by the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA).

In November 2013, Police announced that the new tactical option would be made available to the Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch AOS and the national Special Tactics Group (STG), enhancing the range of tactical options already available.

The round will now be made available to the remaining 14 AOS units around the country, who will receive appropriate training in their use.

“The sponge round provides these specialist Police staff with an effective tool that can help resolve dangerous incidents from a safe distance, where previously firearms may have been the only remaining option,” says National Manager Response and Operations, Superintendent Chris Scahill.

To date, the round has been used twice, during the arrest of Aaron McDonald near Franz Josef in March 2014, after he fled from a homicide in Christchurch before going on to kidnap and seriously assault two hitchhikers. 

Read the full media release on NZ Police website.

Source: www.police.govt.nz

Man Charged With Ramming Queensland Police Car, Possession Of Drugs And Weapons

A man has been charged with ramming a police car and two other vehicles in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.

Police say they were following a stolen car on St Pauls Terrace when the driver did a sudden U-turn and rammed a police car and two parked cars.

Officers were able to corner the vehicle but the driver reversed and rammed the police car a second time.

Read more in Brisbane Times.

Source: www.brisbanetimes.com.au