In court: Goulburn man convicted after fight in licensed premises | Goulburn Post



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A man has landed in court after a violent altercation at a licensed premises in Goulburn. Bruce Gilbert Smith, 58, of Howard Boulevard, Goulburn, was convicted of common assault at Goulburn Local Court on December 2. READ ALSO: Magistrate Geraldine Beattie told the court that on June 30, 2020 Smith and co-accused Christopher Steven Granger were “drunk” at a licensed venue. She said the pair were “cut off” from alcohol by a staff member before the situation turned violent. The magistrate presented to the court that Smith and Granger attacked a man while he was “eating his dinner” with the staff member who had previously ceased service. She said the pair were “carrying on at the staff member” while she ate. Magistrate Beattie said the two men yelled: “You… bitch. You’re…, you dirty slut.” The magistrate told the court Granger and Smith were then involved in a violent altercation. She said Smith had punched the victim in the face, while the victim was being “held back” by staff. The magistrate said there was a “big need to deter violence like this” in the community. She said Granger had been convicted at Goulburn Local Court on November 18. Smith was convicted, fined $900 and sentenced to a nine-month Community Corrections Order.

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Jack de Belin cancer, Dragons star testicular surgery, court news


NRL star Jack de Belin has undergone surgery following a shock cancer diagnosis this year.

De Belin has kept his private medical condition secret this year after undergoing surgery for testicular cancer in September.

The 29-year-old is also facing a second sexual assault trial in Sydney next year.

The Dragons star and his co-accused Callan Sinclair, 23, are facing a District Court retrial after a jury was discharged this week after failing to reach a verdict.

After deliberating for just under two days, the jury of seven men and five woman were discharged on Monday afternoon, unable to return a verdict for either man.

The St George Illawarra forward and his friend were facing the possibility of a nine-month wait for a retrial because of the backlog of the cases in the Wollongong District Court.

The shock cancer diagnosis came at the time de Belin and his legal team were preparing for his upcoming trial.

The Daily Telegraph first reported de Belin’s shock diagnosis came after he found a lump in his testicle earlier this year.

After consulting a specialist, de Belin had keyhole surgery.

The operation was reportedly a success and he is expected to make a full recovery.

De Belin has missed the past two years of his NRL playing career after being stood down under the game’s “no fault” rule.

The NRL earlier this week ruled out making any changes to its hard line “no-fault” stand down policy.

A second trial is set to commence on April 12, 2021, at Sydney District Court.



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Federal court restores DACA program, orders DHS to begin accepting new applicants


Undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children are again able to apply for DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a federal judge in Brooklyn ruled Friday evening. 

U.S. District Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis fully restored the Obama-era program, after the Trump administration has sought to end it since September 2017. The judge ordered the Department of Homeland Security to begin accepting first-time applications on Monday.

The administration can now appeal to a federal appeals court or go to the Supreme Court for temporary relief from enforcement of the judge’s order.



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Petition in Supreme Court cites Shaheen verdict to disperse agitating farmers


NEW DELHI: A public interest petition in the Supreme Court has sought dispersal of farmers protesting against Modi government’s recent changes in farm laws. “In view of the prevention of the community spread of the pandemic, it is very necessary to remove the gathering,” the petition contended, while also citing the recent verdict in the Shaheen Bagh protest which said protest should be confined to designated areas. Significantly, the Shaheen Bagh ruling had also said that it was the duty of the state to deal with protesters to avoid inconvenience to the public.

Referring to the surge in Covid cases in Delhi even before the farmers’ agitation, the plea claimed “life of lakhs of people protesting at Delhi borders are an immediate threat since the virus is very contagious.” Further the protest was blocking roads for emergency medical services especially those from outside who wanted to reach Delhi for treatment. The petition cited the recent Shaheen Bagh ruling to argue that protesters cannot be allowed to squat on roads inconveniencing the general public. Despite being allocated a fixed place by Delhi Police, protesters have blocked all roads connecting the entry in Delhi from various states. Those affected by the protest are not in position to remove these protestors and the state was also is ‘not in a position to remove’ the large numbers of protesters, the petition claimed.

The petition sought an order to the executive for immediate removal/dispersal of the mass gathering from the Delhi borders. Similar pleas were filed during the Shaheen Bagh protest but the SC ruling had clearly said it was the job of the executive to deal with protesters in its verdict given several months after the protesters had dispersed.The plea also said mass gathering was against government advisories not to hold any public meeting with more than 50 people.





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Indigenous man bailed after Darwin Local Court shown CCTV footage police said did not exist


An Indigenous man who spent more than 100 days in prison has been released on bail after a Darwin court heard CCTV footage shows he is not responsible for an assault he was charged over.

Police and prosecutors had both denied the footage existed, prompting the man’s lawyer, Patrick McNally, to subpoena a copy from the casino.

Zarak Bolga, 44, was charged with aggravated assault and breaching a domestic violence order and then jailed on August 25 after his partner was assaulted outside Darwin’s Mindil Beach Casino.

At a bail hearing on Thursday, Mr McNally tendered CCTV to the Darwin Local Court that he says shows an unidentified woman carried out the attack.

But in a November 23 email read to the court, prosecutor Lee Campbell told Mr McNally the incident was not captured on camera.

“There is no casino CCTV available. Their CCTV does not cover the area outside the casino and they wipe their footage every two weeks,” the email read.

The court heard there had been two previous court orders, issued by Judge Greg Macdonald and Chief Judge Elizabeth Morris, compelling police to produce the footage.

“Numerous attempts were made to get the police to, I say, do their job and obtain this material — including orders by Judge Macdonald — which haven’t been complied with, and further orders by Her Honour the Chief Judge as well,” Mr McNally said.

“This is a matter where orders of the court have not been complied with and there’s been attempts made by members of the police to, I say, defy orders of the court,” Mr McNally said.

Constable summonsed to court

The court heard Mr Bolga went to Royal Darwin Hospital with the victim after the incident and was later arrested.

He initially applied for bail in August but was refused.

Before CCTV of the assault was played to the court, Local Court Judge Michael Carey asked: “Does this footage show females attacking the victim?”

“It does, Your Honour,” Mr McNally replied.

Patrick McNally from the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency says he has “very, very serious issues” with the investigation of his client.(ABC News: Andy Hyde)

The court also heard that during his arrest, Mr Bolga told police: “I didn’t do it. Get the CCTV at the casino; it’ll show what happened”.

Mr McNally requested the police officer in charge of the investigation, Constable Jessica Speckman, be summoned to the court on Monday to “explain how this matter has come so far, such that this man has been remanded since the 25th of August”.

“I have very, very serious issues with the conduct of the investigation and the prosecution in this matter,” Mr McNally said.

“The question is: is [Constable Speckman] lazy and did she not ask [for CCTV], or is she lying?”

Judge Carey suggested Constable Speckman may have been told by staff members at the casino that the CCTV did not exist.

Prosecutors did not speak at Mr Bolga’s bail hearing on Thursday.

“Looks like the Crown case is in very serious trouble,” Judge Carey said.

Constable Speckman was ordered to attend court to give evidence.

The case will return to court on Monday, December 7.



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Jarryd Hayne rape trial, verdict, jury, court case, NRL 2020, sexual assault charge


The jury in Jarryd Hayne’s sexual assault trial has been unable to reach a unanimous verdict on both of the serious charges he is facing, a court has heard.

In one of two notes passed to Judge Peter Whitford SC on Friday afternoon, the jurors said they could not reach a decision but were prepared to return next week to “re-examine” the evidence.

The jury of eight men and four women have been deliberating since Thursday afternoon over whether Mr Hayne is guilty of sexually assaulting a woman in Newcastle on NRL grand final night 2018.

Jarryd Hayne will have to wait until at least Monday for a verdict. Picture NCA NewsWire / Peter Lorimer.Source: News Corp Australia
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Mr Whitford urged the jurors to keep deliberating before he released them for the weekend to return to their duties on Monday.



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Jaxson Kirkwood, Montgomery White, Emmanuel Umunakwe face court over Weston skatepark fight | The Canberra Times


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An 18-year-old fatally stabbed at Weston skatepark was grabbed and beaten by three men before another teenager landed the final blows, police allege. Jaxson Dillon Kirkwood, 25, Emmanuel Umunakwe, 19, Montgomery Cole White, 18, and another 18-year-old are the latest people to have been arrested over an alleged incident at the skatepark. They all fronted the ACT courts on Friday and were granted bail, which prosecutors did not oppose. Mr White pleaded not guilty to affray, common assault by joint commission and damaging property by joint commission, while Mr Kirkwood and Mr Umunakwe did not enter pleas to the same charges. The other 18-year-old did not enter a plea to one charge of being knowingly concerned with affray. He cannot be named because he was 17 at the time of the incident. Police say the group of four were among several people who, on September 27, turned up at Weston skatepark after hearing about a fight that was meant to take place between two teenagers. They allege Mr Kirkwood, Mr White and the 18-year-old attended after Mr Umunakwe spoke to one of the teenagers, who requested back up at the fight in case “things went south”. The teenager who requested backup after agreeing to the fight has not been before the courts. The other teenager who agreed to fight, a 16-year-old, was driven to the skatepark by his 18-year-old cousin. The 16-year-old ended up with two stab wounds. The 18-year-old ended up with six stab wounds, dead on the ground near a car. When the cousins arrived at the skatepark, it’s alleged three young people – including the alleged murderer – approached the 16-year-old cousin on the passenger’s side of the car and engaged in a “physical altercation” with him. It’s alleged that, in the meantime, the four men who faced court on Friday – Mr Kirkwood, Mr White, Mr Umunakwe and the 18-year-old who cannot be named – approached the driver’s side of the car, where the 18-year-old cousin was. Police say Mr White opened the car door and another physical altercation ensued, in which Mr White punched the 18-year-old victim in his head and rib. Mr Kirkwood allegedly punched the 18-year-old victim about five times and Mr Umunakwe grabbed his arms from behind to stop him fighting back. After Mr Kirkwood, Mr White and Mr Umunakwe armed themselves with a pickaxe, shovel and a plastic rake, respectively, they allegedly hit the car and then left. One of the cousins, the 16-year-old, had fled the fight on foot, but later came back and found his 18-year-old cousin dead near the car. READ MORE: Police allege a 16-year-old boy who at first took aim at the youngest cousin later turned on the eldest and stabbed him to death. The accused killer has pleaded not guilty to four charges including murder and affray and the matter is before the ACT Children’s Court. When Magistrate James Stewart granted Mr White bail on Friday, he warned the 18-year-old: “You’re only young, you need to understand these charges are serious.” He said “bail is precious”, and noted both Mr White and Mr Kirkwood would next appear in court on February 23. Mr Umunakwe’s lawyer, Kate Gunther, told the magistrate her client’s matter had prospects of resolving, so Mr Umunakwe is due back in court on January 15. The other 18-year-old is due back in the ACT Children’s Court on February 22, when the alleged murderer and another teenager charged with affray are also due to appear.

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Sydney court hears Jessica Camilleri prone to ‘rage attacks’, living with complex mental illness before alleged decapitation murder


A Western Sydney woman who allegedly decapitated her mother explosively lashed out in “rage attacks” as part of complex mental disorders, a court has heard.

WARNING: This story contains graphic content that some readers may find upsetting.

Forensic psychiatrist David Greenberg described Jessica Camilleri as “a very complex mental picture”, with multiple primary diagnoses complicated by associated features, such as narcissism.

The 27-year-old has pleaded not guilty to murdering her mother, 57-year-old Rita Camilleri, by repeatedly stabbing her and cutting off her head with knives in a St Clair home last July.

Mental illness is at the centre of Ms Camilleri’s defence and the jury was asked to consider whether the charge should be reduced to manslaughter.

“There’s no one disorder that describes her,” Professor Greenberg told the NSW Supreme Court today.

After two examinations, he considered her primary diagnoses were intellectual disability disorder, autistic spectrum disorder, and intermittent explosive disorder.

Rita Camilleri was killed in her St Clair home last July.(Supplied)

Ms Camilleri was bullied for nearly her entire school life and learned to deal with her problems through targeted aggression, he said.

“When she reportedly lashes out, she loses control as part of her intermittent explosive disorder,” Professor Greenberg told the jury.

“She is prone to explosive outbursts where there is a failure to control impulsive aggressive behaviour.”

Such outbursts were “anger-based rather than pre-meditated and instrumental”, he added.

Professor Greenberg said Ms Camilleri could be provoked by something as simple as a stranger looking at her the wrong way.

But he said if anyone touched her or did anything physical, she would “lose all control”.

“You could say it’s like a rage attack, but in the explosive extreme form.”

Ms Camilleri had an “unreasonable expectation of favourable treatment”, “a history of demanding attention” and “poor self-esteem [but] a sense of entitlement”, the jury heard.

The defendant’s disorders caused repetitive, fixated interests, according to the professor.

Professor Greenberg also described how multiple conditions may have contributed to Ms Camilleri’s behaviour on the night of her mother’s death.

“I’m of the opinion that at the time of the incident, she likely had the capacity to understand the events and judge whether her actions were right or wrong,” he told the court.

“However, I’m of the opinion that based on the comorbid psychiatric diagnoses … her capacity to control herself was substantially impaired by her abnormality of mind arising from her underlying conditions.”

The court previously heard Ms Camilleri had a fascination with horror movies and would repeatedly watch The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

During one of her interviews with Professor Greenberg, she admitted her macabre act of beheading her mother was inspired by such films.

She would also spend hours a day prank calling strangers and making threats of extreme violence against them, which Professor Greenberg believed was another fixated interest.

Two tests have previously measured Ms Camilleri’s IQ as 64 and then 55, which Professor Greenberg said placed her “in the lowest one per cent of the population in terms of her cognitive capacity”.

The court has heard she stopped taking psychiatric medication six months before the incident in favour of seeking natural alternatives.

The trial, before Justice Helen Wilson, continues.



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Jessica Camilleri made threatening calls to business before alleged decapitation murder of mother, court told


A Sydney mother who was allegedly decapitated by her daughter was “at her wits’ end” and didn’t know how to control her, a jury has heard.

WARNING: This story contains graphic content that some readers may find upsetting.

Jessica Camilleri, 27, is on trial for the murder of her mother Rita, 57, at their Western Sydney home last July and has pleaded not guilty.

The jury today heard of Ms Camilleri’s tendency to make relentless prank phone calls to strangers, which often included threats of extreme violence.

She targeted employees of a Victorian business after finding mobile phone numbers online, the NSW Supreme Court was told.

According to its boss, Matthew Layfield, Rita Camilleri began to intervene after about two months and rang to apologise, advising she was trying to confiscate phones she found in her daughter’s bedroom.

The calls, which numbered more than 100 a day and included threats to behead the recipient with a knife or chainsaw and “flush their head down the toilet” continued on and off for a year.

Jessica Camilleri is accused of murdering her mother.(Facebook)

In a statement, Mr Layfield said he called Rita Camilleri and told her things were “getting out of hand” once his family members were also targeted.

Rita Camilleri replied by saying “I’m at my wit’s end” and that she “did not know what to do to control her daughter”, the court heard.

Mr Layfield said the calls would begin with Ms Camilleri apologising for calling so much and telling the recipient she was “not very well” and was trying to get help.

But the conversation would “turn ugly” when the target attempted to end the conversation, he said.

Camilleri told psychiatrist she was ‘in a fit of rage’

Forensic psychiatrist David Greenberg described Ms Camilleri as “childlike”, “naive” and “mildly anxious” during his two examinations of her.

“She was loquacious, over-inclusive and circumstantial in her thoughts,” Professor Greenberg told the court.

Ms Camilleri gave an account of the night of the incident to the psychiatrist which contradicted what she told police, namely that her mother had not attacked her first.

She gave a detailed and gruesome description of her actions, and told Professor Greenberg she got the ideas from horror movies.

“I know people will think I’m sick,” Ms Camilleri said, according to the psychiatrist’s report.

“I thought, ‘I’ll put her out of her pain’.”

Ms Camilleri told Professor Greenberg she was “in a fit of rage”.

“I was so agitated and frustrated, because I was thinking sick thoughts.”

The court has previously heard Rita Camilleri felt “let down” by psychiatrists and support services, and was “exhausted” from being her daughter’s sole carer.

The officer in charge of the investigation, Detective Sergeant Grant Gilbert, said during a search of the family’s St Clair home police found eight DVD copies of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and five of Jeepers Creepers.

Ms Camilleri’s legal team is arguing mental illness as a partial defence.

The jury has seen videos of Ms Camilleri speaking with police on the night of the incident, repeatedly claiming her mother attacked her first.

The trial, before justice Helen Wilson, continues.



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