Army officer charged with indecency for allegedly exposing himself to medical officer in Papua New Guinea



An Australian Army officer accused of exposing himself and asking a medical officer to “have a feel” of his groin for a lump is facing a court martial in Canberra.

Captain William Michael Howieson, 29, has been charged with three counts of an act of indecency against two alleged victims, and one count of bringing discredit to the Australian Defence Force.

The alleged offences happened during an APEC meeting in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea in 2018.

Captain Howieson was the Australian Defence Force liaison officer at the Royal Pacific Islands Regiment’s Taurama barracks.

One of the alleged victims today told the court that Captain Howieson had exposed himself to her during a medical examination when he had claimed to have a lump in his groin.

Appearing by video link to Port Moresby, the woman said she had gone against usual protocol and seen Captain Howieson alone at the time of the alleged offence.

She said Captain Howieson had arrived in exercise gear.

The woman told the court she had felt the area, but could find no lump, telling him: “Captain Howieson, there is no lump in this area.”

She said he then pulled his pants down a second time.

“I said, ‘No, I am not going to do that examination a second time around’,” she told the court.

The woman also told the court it was not usual for an Australian officer to seek medical help from the Papua New Guinea regimental aid station.

Captain allegedly presented unsigned doctor’s note

The medical officer said Captain Howieson came back a few hours later, after lunch, with an unsigned doctor’s note that asked for semen collection over five days, suggesting he needed her help.

The woman said she queried the note.

“Why did your doctor request that you come here when you are under his care?” she said she asked him.

She said she refused to help and handed him a specimen bottle.

The woman told the court he returned the next day, saying his doctor had flown out.

She said she told Captain Howieson she was “not comfortable” and asked him to leave.

Under cross-examination, the woman denied making up the allegations or that she was angry with Captain Howieson because he was unwilling or unable to help her fit-out an ambulance.

She also denied she was angry because he had not provided allowances to which she thought she was entitled.

Captain faces up to seven years in jail if convicted

If found guilty of the alleged crimes, Captain Howieson could face a maximum sentence of seven years in jail.

He is facing a general court martial that is governed by Australian Capital Territory laws, given the sexual nature of the alleged offences.

The hearing is being held in front of a five-member panel of senior officers who act as a jury.

Unlike ACT courts, however, the verdict will be by majority verdict rather than unanimous, and the jury will get to choose any possible penalty.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, many of the witness will have to give evidence by video or telephone link to Port Moresby.

The trial is expected to take nearly two weeks.



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Two men charged with beating down door, stealing



A 17-YEAR-OLD locked himself in the bathroom on the phone to triple-0 while two men allegedly robbed a Tweed Heads home.

The teenager answered the door, keeping the outside security screen door locked, at a home on Kennedy Dr about 5pm on Thursday.

He was allegedly confronted by a man with his face covered in tattoos and a second man the teenager recognised.

Police allege the tattooed male was threatening towards the teen so he closed the wooden inside door and locked it.

When loud banging at the door started, the victim locked himself in the bathroom and contacted triple-0.

It is alleged while the 17-year-old was in the bathroom, the man with the tattoos kicked and forced the security door as well as damaging the wooden door to enter the unit.

Police say both men then entered the premises and stole items including a white guitar and knives.

It is alleged they left the area just before police arrived.

Police investigations resulted in a 20-year-old male from Kingscliff and a 37-year-old

man from Elanora being arrested over the incident.

The 37-year-old man was arrested later the same day and the 20-year-old man arrested on Friday.

The property involved in the alleged offence was found.

The 37-year-old was refused bail and the 20-year-old was granted conditional bail.

Both cases will return to Tweed Heads Local Court in November.





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Woman charged over alleged child abduction in Queensland


A Queensland woman has been charged after two young children were allegedly abducted from a home in Ipswich on Saturday afternoon.

Queensland Police issued an amber alert after a seven-year-old girl and a six-year-old boy were allegedly taken by a woman known to them from a home in Redbank Plains, Ipswich just before 4pm.

Police “held serious concerns for the safety of the children”.

“Information led officers to an Alexandra Hills address where the woman and two children were located. The woman was taken into custody without incident,” Queensland Police said in a statement.

The 26-year-old Fortitude Valley woman has been charged with two counts each of child stealing and removing a child from carer.

She has been refused police bail to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on September 7.

Investigations are continuing.



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Man charged over alleged attempt to bribe police at NSW/Victoria border – 16 News


A man has been charged over allegedly attempting to bribe a police officer at the NSW/Victoria border yesterday.

Just before 2pm (Friday 4 September 2020), a vehicle was stopped by NSW Police at the Barmah Bridge checkpoint.

Officers spoke with the driver, a 66-year-old man, and requested his border permit to enter NSW.

Police will allege in court that the man could not provide a valid permit and instead offered an envelope with $1000 to the officer.

The Victorian man was arrested and taken to Deniliquin Police Station, where he was charged with give/offer bribe to member of NSW Police.

He was granted strict conditional bail and is due to appear before Moama Local Court on Wednesday 4 November 2020.



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Riverland councillor and former Labor candidate Sim Singh-Malhi charged with sex offences


A regional councillor and former state Labor candidate is facing charges in a South Australian court involving serious sex and violence offences.

Renmark Paringa councillor Sim Singh-Malhi faced the Berri Magistrates Court — in the state’s Riverland region — on the charges today.

Among the charges levelled was twice engaging in sexual intercourse with a person without consent, false imprisonment, assault, and threatening to kill or endanger life.

Mr Singh-Malhi is also the one-time Labor candidate for Chaffey, who ran against Liberal MP Tim Whetstone in the 2018 state election.

Sim Singh-Malhi pictured with former South Australian premier Jay Weatherill.(Supplied)

South Australian Labor leader Peter Malinauskas said he is pushing for Mr Singh-Malhi’s eviction from the party.

“As a leader, I must send a strong message that domestic violence is deplorable, there are consequences and it will not be tolerated.

“I have directed the ALP SA state secretary to immediately take the necessary actions to expel this member from our party.”



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Anti-Melbourne lockdown protester charged in Ballarat over alleged ‘Freedom Day’ rally


A pregnant woman who was arrested in front of her partner and children has livestreamed her interaction with police before being charged for organising an anti-lockdown protest.

Police raided the Ballarat home of Zoe Buhler this afternoon after becoming aware of a “prohibited” Freedom Day rally being organised in the regional Victorian town on Facebook.

The 28-year-old former cleaner-turned-candle maker argued she had not been doing anything illegal as police seized a mobile phone and took her into custody in a clip posted to her social media today.
Police raided the Ballarat home of Zoe Buhler this afternoon after becoming aware of a “prohibited” Freedom Day rally being organised in the regional Victorian town on Facebook.
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The rally Ms Buhler allegedly organised was due to take place at 11am on Saturday in Ballarat to voice opposition to Melbourne’s coronavirus lockdown. (9News)

“What on earth? Excuse me what on earth? I have an ultrasound in an hour because I am pregnant,” the Victorian mum said as police explained she was being arrested for incitement.

“I wasn’t breaking any laws by doing that,” she said.

A Victoria Police officer explained to Ms Buhler she was being arrested over a Facebook event she allegedly organised. (Facebook)

“You are actually, that’s why I am arresting you,” an officer responded.

The rally Ms Buhler allegedly organised was due to take place at 11am on Saturday.

“The government has gone to extreme measures and are using scare tactics through the media to prevent the Melbourne protest,” a social media event said.

“Here in Ballarat we can be a voice for those in stage four lockdowns.”

Victoria Police have issued a stark warning to anyone considering attending the event, claiming the protest would put lives at risk.

Ms Buhler was charged with incitement and bailed this afternoon.

She is expected to appear in the Ballarat Magistrates Court on January 25 next year.

Police clashed with anti-lockdown protesters along Pascoe Vale Road in Melbourne’s north. (9News)

Dozens of demonstrators — including some who were underage — threw flares and rocks at officers along Pascoe Vale Road on Sunday.

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Canberra childcare worker charged with assault for shaking child against fence



A Canberra childcare worker has been charged with assault after allegedly shaking a five-year-old boy who had been throwing plastic blocks over a fence.

Kyong Shik Choi, 46, made a brief appearance in the ACT Magistrates Court this morning, where the court heard he had been stood down from his job since the incident last week.

Documents tendered to the court revealed Mr Choi was in the playground on Wednesday, helping supervise children from the toddler and preschool sections of the childcare centre with several other staff members shortly before the incident.

Police said Mr Choi saw the child standing behind a wooden fort, throwing the blocks over the fence.

In a statement of facts police alleged Mr Choi went up to the boy, grabbing him and pushed him down.

“The defendant gripped the child’s collar and shook him back and forth about six times, causing the child’s back to make continuous contact with the fence,” the statement of facts alleged.

“The child used a mat to hit the defendant on the side of his face.”

Police said another staff member saw what was happening and called out, later reporting the incident to her supervisor.

It is alleged Mr Choi told his boss he believed his behaviour was inappropriate, but he had been defending himself after the boy spat at him and kicked him.

During his brief appearance in court today Mr Choi was officially charged with assault.

He has been released on bail and is due to return to the ACT Magistrates Court later this month.



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Woman charged after allegedly hiding in truck to cross NSW/Victoria border – 16 News


A woman has been charged after allegedly hiding in the back of a truck in Victoria and entering NSW without a valid permit.

Between Saturday (29 August 2020) and Sunday (30 August 2020), a woman attempted to cross the NSW/Victoria border at Albury on multiple occasions and was denied entry as she did not possess the correct permit.

About 10pm on Sunday, the woman allegedly boarded a truck and hid in the back as it crossed the border between Wodonga and Albury.

The woman then travelled to her home in Wagga Wagga.

Acting on information, officers from Riverina Police District attended a home in Ashmont and arrested a 27-year-old woman about 9am today (Tuesday 1 September 2020).

The woman was taken to Wagga Wagga Police Station and charged with not comply with noticed direction – COVID-19.

She was refused bail and is due to appear in Wagga Wagga Local Court today (Tuesday 1 September 2020).

Inquiries are continuing.

Anyone who has information regarding individuals or businesses in contravention of a COVID-19-related ministerial direction is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.



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Man charged over ‘brutal’ murder of young Florida brothers | US News


A man described as a “sick monster” has been charged over the murders of two young brothers after being invited to stay at their Florida property.

Mark Wilson Jr, 30, allegedly used a knife and hammer to attack Robert Baker, 12, and his brother, Tayten, 14. He has been arrested.

The boys’ mother found their bodies in their home on Wednesday, Putnam County police said.

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Mark Wilson Jr has been charged with premeditated murder. Pic: Putnam County Sheriff

State Attorney RJ Larizza said in a news conference: “I’ve been working in the criminal justice system since 1980 and these are some of the most brutal murders that I’ve ever heard of.”

“He attacked these two kids without mercy.”

The family had recently moved to Melrose, south of Jacksonville, to be closer to other relatives, Sheriff H D “Gator” DeLoach said.

He said the family had invited Wilson and his girlfriend to live in a shed on their property and “did a lot to help them and, unfortunately, it ended in the deaths of Robert and Tayten”.

The boys’ mother and a younger sibling weren’t injured in the attacks, which happened while their father, a long-distance truck driver, was out.

Mark Wilson was arrested in Florida for the murder of brothers Tayten and Robert Baker. MUST CREDIT: Facebook / Gator DeLoach,  Putnam County Sheriff
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Mark Wilson was arrested on Thursday. Pic: Facebook/Gator DeLoach

Wilson had a long history of drug and property crimes, but no previous arrests for violent crimes.

Sheriff DeLoach said his motive for the killings was not yet known but investigators had uncovered “significant” evidence in the case.

A post on Sheriff DeLoach’s public Facebook page said the “sick monster” responsible for the “brutal murder” of the brothers had been arrested.

“Unfortunately, Robert and Tayten were the ones who suffered whatever was going through Wilson’s twisted agenda,” it read.

“As a parent, the murders of Robert and Tayten are an unimaginable loss to a family. I can’t begin to understand the anguish their parents are suffering.

“This arrest is only the first step in bringing Robert and Tayten justice.”

Mark Wilson was arrested in Florida for the murder of brothers Tayten and Robert Baker. MUST CREDIT: Facebook / Gator DeLoach,  Putnam County Sheriff
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Wilson was staying at the property. Pic: Facebook/Gator DeLoach

Wilson has been charged with premeditated first-degree murders

A GoFundMe page set up for the family quickly raised more than $9,000 (£6,700) to help with the boys’ funeral expenses.

“Tayten and Robert were good kids who were loved by everyone,” the page read.

“They loved playing video games, swimming and hanging out with their family. They had dreams and goals for their life that they will never be able to fulfill (sic).”



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Teacher charged with ‘asking girl, 13, to send him nude pictures while at work’ – World News


A teacher has been charged with asking a 13-year-old girl to send him naked pictures while he was working at school.

Alex Simpson, 39, who taught English at Trinity Grammar in Sydney, Australia, was arrested on the grounds of the elite private boys’ school on Thursday.

The father has been accused of discussing sex acts with a 13-year-old girl who was actually an undercover police officer.

He allegedly sent sexually explicit images to the girl from his phone while working at school.

Police raided the teacher’s home on Thursday and seized his electronic devices and clothing.

Detective Acting Superintendent Chris Goddard said: “A person in a position of trust such as a teacher and engaging in this type of activity is certainly of a significant nature and they are very serious charges.”

Alex Simpson has been accused of asking a 13-year-old girl to send him nude pictures

Students at Trinity Grammar were shocked to see officers pull up at the school when they were still in class on Thursday.

Tim Bowden, head of Trinity Grammar headteacher, said the school was co-operating with police, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

He added: “The police have informed the school that there is no suggestion that offences have been committed against students of the school.”

Simpson also allegedly sent sexually explicit images to the girl, who turned out to be an undercover officer

Simpson had worked at the school since 2015, teaching English, coaching rugby and helping the school cadets programme.

The teacher has been charged with sending indecent material to a person under 16 and soliciting child abuse material.

He was denied bail at a court hearing on Friday and is due back in court on October 28.





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