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Mannum woman charged in relation to disappearance and murder of Jody Meyers

Posted December 14, 2015 23:26:58

A 55-year-old Mannum woman has been arrested and charged with assisting an offender in relation to the disappearance and murder of Jody Meyers.

SA Police stated detectives from the Major Crime Investigation Branch arrested the lady on Monday.

Ms Meyers, 20, disappeared on August 26 and her companion, Neil Archer, was charged with her murder soon after her body was located buried in the backyard of Archer’s parents’ house at Mannum, east of Adelaide.

The woman is due to seem in the Murray Bridge Magistrates Court on Tuesday and SA Police mentioned bail was expected to be refused.

Neil Archer will return to court on February 23.

Archer’s mother, Margaret, has been charged with theft soon after allegedly making use of Ms Meyers’ bank card to withdraw money from an ATM the day after the young mother disappeared.

Anybody with data about the disappearance of Ms Meyers ought to speak to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Topics: law-crime-and-justice, murder-and-manslaughter, mannum-5238

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Rally planned against downgrade of Gerard Baden-Clay’s murder conviction

Posted December 14, 2015 10:48:45

Household and friends of Allison Baden-Clay are planning a rally on Friday to protest against the downgrading of her husband Gerard’s murder conviction to manslaughter.

The rally will be held in Brisbane’s CBD and a website and Facebook web page have been produced ahead of the occasion, with nearly 9,000 currently following the later.

“We require women, men and kids to show that domestic violence have to cease,” the site reads.

“We require to let our political leaders know the social and legal structures made to help and safeguard against domestic violence are not working.”

Gerard Baden-Clay was convicted by jury in 2014 of murdering Allison at their family members home in Brookfield, in Brisbane’s west, in 2012.

The Court of Appeal last week set aside the murder conviction, replacing it with manslaughter, saying there was not sufficient proof to prove the former true estate agent had intentionally killed Allison.

During the appeal his lawyers argued it was achievable he could have unintentionally killed his wife throughout an argument at their residence in Brookfield, in Brisbane’s west.

His lawyers then recommended a hypothesis that he covered up the death out of “panic”.

But throughout the 2014 trial, Baden-Clay denied killing Allison and mentioned scratches on his face have been caused by shaving rather than a struggle.

A lot more than 73,000 individuals have already signed a petition which calls on Queensland’s Acting Attorney-Common Cameron Dick to appeal the downgrading.

He has sought legal tips on regardless of whether an appeal could be productive.

A lot more on this story:

Topics: murder-and-manslaughter, law-crime-and-justice, activism-and-lobbying, brookfield-4069, qld

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Doris Fenbow’s killer jailed for at least 15 years over 1988 murder

Updated December 11, 2015 11:21:46

A man has been sentenced to at least 15 years in prison for the murder of 66-year-old Doris Fenbow in Sydney’s south-east 27 years ago.

Much more to come.

Initial posted December 11, 2015 11:20:21

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Bloody murder, jewels, knights and Hell: Medieval may on show

Posted December 11, 2015 06:45:27

Map: Brisbane 4000

Souvenirs from the brutal assassination of an archbishop, sculptures depicting the fiery pits of Hell, a walrus-tooth chess piece, opulent jewels, and ancient war relics that echo Game of Thrones.

The may possibly of medieval Europe amongst 400 and 1500 is on show in Queensland.

By Monique Ross, photos by Tim Leslie

British Museum curator Naomi Speakman has spent the previous three years pulling with each other treasures that give a glimpse into life for both wealthy and poor throughout the Middle Ages.

The result is Medieval Energy: Symbols and Splendour, which has its world premiere today in Brisbane in a major coup for the Queensland Museum — also the only space in Australia that will display the collection.

Ms Speakman hopes her “labour of really like” shows the Middle Ages were about much more than the plague and superstition.

“The aim is to turn that on its head and show individuals that amazing objects had been made and it was a quite learned and cultured society,” she says, as she shares the inside story behind some of the most fascinating pieces.

“We also aim to show that many elements of modern day Europe have been also founded in the Middle Ages — not only in terms of kingdoms, but cultures, languages and just the way we do items.”

Ms Speakman says the Lewis chess king (above), portion of a set discovered on a Scottish beach in 1831 and dating back to the 12th Century, is the exhibition’s must-see.

“These tiny small chess pieces produced out of walrus ivory and some whale’s teeth embody the whole medieval planet in miniature,” she says.

“This one shows the two factors you had to have to be a great king: to lead your army into battle, but also to administer justice, which is what the throne represents.

“It is quite a violent image – he has the sword on his lap and he is gripping it quite violently, ready to spring out of his throne, draw his sword and defend his individuals.”

The tiny objects above relate to one particular of the most dramatic events of the Middle Ages – the murder of the archbishop Thomas Becket in 1170.

“That was rumoured to be at the hands of King Henry II. He complains at court, some thing like ‘will no-a single rid me of this troublesome priest?’, and four knights kill Becket while he is at prayer,” Ms Speakman says.

“The description is actually bloody – part of his skull is hacked off, brains are scattered across the floor of the cathedral – and it ripples across Europe.

“This cult springs up around Becket to visit his shrine or take home a bit of the brains mixed with water.

“These are tourist tokens and they are quite grisly. You could purchase a miniature version of the murder weapon that literally hacked his head off.”

She says the medieval fascination with death extended into a “genuine worry” about the afterlife and “what takes place to your physique in purgatory exactly where you atone for your sins by burning”.

“This is made of elephant ivory, and in the bottom correct corner we see quite morose-seeking heads crammed into Hell, and this demon crawling out more than the top of it,” Ms Speakman says.

“Near the gates of Hell there is these two small naked figures – nudity represents the soul – which are Adam and Eve getting rescued from purgatory.”

Ms Speakman says a private devotion to prayer and Christ’s suffering “almost became a fetish in the later Middle Ages”.

“Some folks have been obsessed with Christ’s wounds and imagined poking their finger into his wounds – quite grisly items,” she says.

“There was a cult-like obsession with relics, with saints’ bones, touching these bones and going to these sites, and carrying about those pieces with you.”

Most religious objects from the time have hidden meaning, and had been not just made to be beautiful.

“Every thing has a true function and a real power – it really is there to teach you, so it’s got religious iconography,” Ms Speakman says.

“It’s very well made so it shows off the glory of the church, the wealth of the institution.”

Ms Speakman says a “fascinating obsession with death and relics” meant men and women spent a “loads of income” on their funerals, usually planned nicely in advance of their deaths.

“He’s called a weeper,” Ms Speakman says of the object above.

“He’s 1 of what would have been a group around the base of a tomb. They are permanent stone mourners, so you’ve got individuals mourning at your funeral forever.

“He’s quite emotional, his forehead’s folded and he’s clutching his hand to his breast and he’s pointing up to remind folks to pray for the physique inside.

“It was a way of encouraging people to remember to pray, and that would speed your soul via purgatory.”

Knights featured dominantly in the medieval program, and oversized helmets on show allow guests to come face-to-face with soldiers of the previous.

“The knight is an critical warrior, a man of arms and a expert soldier. But also in the Middle Ages, he almost becomes an allegorical embodiment of the best man – the chivalric excellent, like Lancelot for instance,” Ms Speakman says.

The exhibition also functions leather helmet wings that “had been used to show off, so you could be spotted if you have been in a tournament or melee”.

“When you look closely at this drawing of a mock battle, you will see they are wearing virtually ridiculous factors as helmet wings – a tree, a griffin, half a lady, a sprouting acorn tree, clockwork, scales – this is the entertaining side of being a knight,” Ms Speakman says.

For the duration of the 15th Century in England the Wars of the Roses erupted — what Ms Speakman describes as a “actually violent and turbulent time, and really a unsafe time to be alive”.

“These five badges are effectively emblems which relate to the coats of arms of a specific knight or lord,” she says.

Ms Speakman says the badges had been an straightforward way to display your allegiance, but “you could also take it off extremely swiftly if you came face-to-face with your enemy to defend your self”.

“This is type of where there is a connection with Game of Thrones – like the direwolf for the Starks, that animal almost becomes a personality of the loved ones, and we have that here as effectively,” she says.

“So the dog is for the Talbot family, and his collar has a small T and an A on it as properly.”

Not every thing in the show relates to war and death. One particular of Ms Speakman’s favourite pieces is the Wingham Brooch, which was found in a grave in Kent and dates amongst 575 and 625 AD.

“It’s so vibrant – it really is gilded silver, so it is valuable metal, and these vibrant red slivers of garnet just bring it to life, along with the blue glass and the shell,” she says.

“So you have this entire complex matrix of various material that would have come from different places and shows just how wealthy and nicely connected this kingdom was.”

The wealth and glory of the church was also shown off in opulent stone buildings which “showed God’s authority on Earth”.

“Visiting these sorts of buildings as a medieval person would have been such an overwhelming expertise. Most folks have been extremely poor and lived and worked on the land, and then you come into this developing which is gigantic and filled with candles and stained glass,” she says.

“These stone sculptures (above) give folks an thought of how they would have been decorated.”

The pavement under, from an abbey in England, shows how spirituality and myth were often intertwined.

Ms Speakman highlights objects from every day life at various points of the class scale.

One is a seal matrix, a “metal device that you press into wax, and use as your signature”.

“If a ruler died you would destroy their seal matrix as quickly as you can, otherwise documents could be validated on their behalf,” she says.

“In this, Henry VI has depicted himself as a strong, excellent knight – the horse is actually springing out into battle.

“Even so, he was truly a pretty rubbish military leader.”

She also draws attention to a crystal baton – which may by no means have been displayed ahead of.

“It is got gothic spires with seed pearls and this rod of rock crystal in the middle,” she says.

“In the Middle Ages it was thought that rock crystal was congealed water, or fossilised water, and it was thought to have the symbolic roles of getting extremely pure but also distorting the truth, simply because it could distort if you looked via it.

“This is the sort of baton that was carried by an ambassador to show who you are, in the same way a king would carry a sceptre. It really is such an opulent object, it is produced to truly show off.”

Ms Speakman says while many medieval objects have hidden symbols and meanings, some — like this nutcracker — speak for themselves.

“Just by means of the agency of moving, this functional object totally comes alive,” she says.

“When you open and close it, the beast’s mouth would crack the nut, the dog catches the bird and the man and the woman would kiss.”

One more fun item in the collection is a brooch which offers insights into early concepts of romance. It has inscriptions on both front and back.

“The inscription that men and women would see says “I am a brooch to guard the breast”, which is fairly good,” Ms Speakman says.

“And then on the other side, that no-1 would have observed, it says “that no rascal may possibly place his hand thereon”. So it really is practically saying ‘back off, she’s mine’.”

She winds down the tour by reflecting on an “insane” occasion that would never happen now – a plaster cast produced of the popular Bayeux Tapestry.

“This cast offers us an concept that it was actually in the 18th and 19th Centuries when folks started to get interested in medieval history once again,” she says.

“This is insane that this man, Charles Stothard, was permitted to plaster cast such an important textile – you’d never ever be capable to do it these days, and it’s incredible that it didn’t ruin it.”

Medieval Power: Symbols and Splendour opens today at the Queensland Museum in Brisbane and runs till April 10, 2016.

External Hyperlink: Medieval Power YouTube

Subjects: library-museum-and-gallery, arts-and-entertainment, art-history, history, brisbane-4000, qld, australia

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Case against murder accused ‘a college of red herrings’

Posted December 08, 2015 22:03:47

The case against a man accused of murdering punk rock fan Nicholas Sofer-Schreiber is “a school of red herrings” and “stinking kippers by the dozen”, his lawyer has told a court.

Christopher Navin, 29, has admitted stabbing Mr Sofer-Schreiber to death, but has pleaded not guilty to murder by explanation of mental impairment in the ACT Supreme Court.

Significantly of the trial, which has run for 3 weeks so far, has been devoted to evidence about Navin’s mental well being and regardless of whether he was suffering psychosis at the time of the killing.

The crown outlined a case suggesting Navin was motivated by animosity, soon after he blamed the victim for isolating him from close friends in the punk rock scene.

The pair had fallen out when they shared a home, with the victim taking legal action against Navin, partly more than damage to Mr Sofer-Schreiber’s garage.

The case was resolved and pals mentioned Navin laughed it off.

Prosecutors also detailed forensic evidence about blood patterns, suggesting the victim was not first stabbed at the front door, where Navin said the attack started, but at his dining table.

The court heard Navin attempted to cover up the crime by burning the knives and other evidence, and that he lied to the police.

Another essential piece of evidence was repeated phone calls and text messages Navin produced to the victim shortly just before the killing, to which Mr Sofer-Schreiber did not responded, in spite of the pair agreeing to meet up for lunch.

Prosecutor Margaret Jones told the jury many of Navin’s actions afterward suggested he knew what he did was incorrect.

“He goes to the funeral, and you may discover that was to give a veneer of innocence,” she mentioned.

It was clear proof of someone getting dictated to by psychosis.

Stuart Littlemore

She also told the court he gave varying accounts to the psychiatrists.

Navin’s personal account recommended the decision to kill the victim solidified when he left his parents on Boxing Day.

For months he stated he had it in his thoughts that the voices in his head have been in league with Mr Sofer-Schreiber and he must make friends with him, as he feared he was a threat to his family.

By the time of the killing, he believed the victim was organizing to hire a hit man to kill members of his family members.

Navin said he saw warning indicators, including when he went to feed a friend’s cats and saw a book with the words “on the loose”.

He said he took that to mean there was a hit man on the loose.

Then at his parents’ residence, he saw a piece of wire in the shape of a noose on a bench and saw his mother move a necklace in a manner that produced him consider she was in quick danger.

Landmarks for psychosis did not modify: Littlemore

Nicholas Sofer-Schreiber Photo: Nicholas Sofer-Schreiber was found stabbed to death in his Canberra apartment on December 29, 2013. (Supplied: ACT Policing)

The prosecution pointed to differences in the narrative told to many psychiatrists who treated and interviewed Navin, some a lot more than a year later, as evidence he was not telling the truth.

But defence barrister Stuart Littlemore described it as “a case theory that is irresponsible and mindlessly prejudiced”.

He stated it would be unusual if the stories were precisely the exact same.

“But the landmarks along the road for the psychosis did not modify,” he said.

Mr Littlemore said it simply was not accurate that Navin was socially isolated, and said he had contact with buddies and family.

He stated his actions could be explained in the context of his mental illness.

“It was clear proof of an individual being dictated to by psychosis,” he stated.

Mr Littlemore told the jury there was 1 situation to make a decision: “The only genuine query is how psychotic he was on Boxing Day two years ago, when he knocked on the door of the Lyneham property.”

The case is continuing.

Topics: murder-and-manslaughter, crime, law-crime-and-justice, lyneham-2602, act, australia, canberra-2600

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Two males charged with attempted murder more than Melbourne shooting

Posted December 08, 2015 20:02:33

Two men have been charged with attempted murder soon after a man was shot in the stomach in Melbourne’s north-west.

The 25-year-old was found in the auto park of a fast meals outlet in Broadmeadows final week and is still in a critical condition in hospital.

Investigators believed an altercation took spot on nearby Northcorp Boulevard, exactly where the man was shot.

Police charged a 35-year-old Brunswick West man on Tuesday with attempted murder and intentionally causing serious injury.

A 32-year-old man from Hadfield was charged with the identical offences final Friday.

Police have also appealed for public help in discovering a black ute noticed leaving the scene.

Officers said the 2007 Chevrolet Silverado ute, with the number plate AGJ604, was spotted travelling south on Sydney Road, prior to getting driven west-bound on Box Forrest Road in Hadfield.

Police have urged anyone with data to speak to them.

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Mexico detains 3 males more than suspected murder of WA surfers

Updated December 05, 2015 10:29:37

Mexican authorities say they have arrested 3 males and are searching for two a lot more who are accused of robbing and killing two Australian surfers.

The attorney-common of Sinaloa state mentioned the West Australians Dean Lucas and Adam Coleman were travelling from the port of Topolobampo to Guadalajara on the coastal freeway in the early hours of November 21.

The five men have been accused of stopping them at gunpoint by acting as police.

The attorney-common stated the Australian men reportedly realised they had been becoming robbed and attempted to fight them off, but had been instantly shot and killed.

The gang is accused of robbing them and driving the Australians’ van to another place exactly where the quantity plate was stolen and the car was burnt.

The bodies are now undergoing DNA analysis.

More to come.

Topics: law-crime-and-justice, crime, mexico

Very first posted December 05, 2015 ten:12:22

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Khan pleads not guilty to murder over Rozelle shop fire

Posted December 04, 2015 11:26:34

The man accused of murdering 3 men and women by torching a shop at Rozelle last year, Adeel Ahmad Khan, has pleaded not guilty to all charges in the Sydney Supreme Court.

Khan, 44, is alleged to have murdered 27-year-old Christopher Noble, 31-year-old Bianca O’Brien and her infant son Jude on September 4, 2014.

They lived in the flats above the Darling Street shop Khan is alleged to have deliberately destroyed for private obtain.

Khan made the not guilty pleas by way of audio visual hyperlink from prison.

His lawyer mentioned a prospective neurological issue had come to light that necessary investigation and the case was adjourned for mention on February 12 subsequent year.

Topics: courts-and-trials, murder-and-manslaughter, rozelle-2039

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Thai police prepare to lay murder charges over former bikie’s death

Posted December 03, 2015 20:35:47

Thai police are readying to charge an American man with the murder of former Hells Angels member Wayne Schneider.

Tyler Gerald, 21, who has been arrested, is believed to have been 1 of the five guys who abducted the Australian man from his house on Monday.

Mr Schneider was found buried in a roadside grave with a broken neck and facial injuries on Tuesday, a day following he was abducted from his property.

Police in the seaside town of Pattaya, south of Bangkok, have also detained the 25-year-old female partner of Australian man, Antonio Bagnato, who is believed to have masterminded the attack.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Mr Bagnato, but reports say he has fled to Cambodia.

Police stated the motive for the murder was a dispute among Mr Schneider and Mr Bagnato, whom he was noticed drinking with on Sunday evening.

They stated both men were on a watch-list for drugs and funds laundering in Australia, but there was no info about them dealing drugs in Thailand.

Police said Mr Bagnato asked his Thai partner to rent the car used in the kidnapping — which was fitted with a GPS system that led police to the body — and then told her to delete all text messages relating to the automobile hire.

She has not been formally charged and is being held at a military base beneath wide-ranging powers introduced after final year’s coup.

Mr Schneider has previously been described as a senior member of the Hells Angels.

In 2006, Mr Schneider was on New South Wales’ most wanted list more than the shooting of a bouncer in the kneecap outdoors a Kings Cross nightclub.

The charges had been later dropped.

He has also faced charges for drug offences and dealing with the proceeds of crime, right after being found with $ 200,000 worth of casino chips in 2009.

Subjects: law-crime-and-justice, death, murder-and-manslaughter, crime, thailand, asia

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‘Mummy’s dead in the lounge room’: Court told girl alerted witness to woman’s alleged murder

Posted December 03, 2015 14:41:26

A man who tried to save a mother of 4, allegedly murdered in her Brisbane home, says he was awoken to the crime by 1 of her youngsters telling him “mummy’s dead in the lounge area”.

Dylan Brady has provided proof relating to the alleged murder of 34-year-old Anthea Mari.

Ms Mari was found dead in her Norman Park house, in Brisbane’s east, in August 2014.

Jacob Michael Smith has been charged with her murder and is facing a committal hearing in the Brisbane Magistrates Court.

Mr Brady right now testified that he was staying at Ms Mari’s house on the night she was killed.

He told the court 1 of her daughters woke him saying “mummy’s dead in the lounge room”.

The court heard he found Ms Mari’s physique and undertook CPR until an ambulance arrived.

Mr Brady told the court he noticed Ms Mari was wearing a thin chain necklace and had a mark on her neck.

He said it looked liked a person had pulled back on the necklace and applied pressure.

Scientific officer Senior Constable Guy Norton also gave evidence that he examined the crime scene for 3 days, taking swabs all through the residence.

He told the court when he examined the physique he noticed a discolouration to Ms Mari’s throat and neck.

Senior Constable Norton said it was a tiny abrasion in the vicinity of the necklace, measuring 5mm by 5mm.

The hearing continues.

Topics: law-crime-and-justice, murder-and-manslaughter, norman-park-4170, brisbane-4000

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