Jonathan Dick pleads not guilty to killing brother with samurai sword at Doncaster Shopping Centre


A man charged with killing his brother with a samurai sword in a shopping centre car park has pleaded not guilty to murder by way of mental impairment.

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Jonathan Dick thought he would be “transported to the future” to avoid jail after the attack, Victoria’s Supreme Court heard today.

The 42-year-old is accused of murdering his younger brother, David, outside an elevator at Doncaster Shopping Centre, in Melbourne’s east, in 2017.

The court heard that Mr Dick, who was dramatically arrested while stalking a childhood friend, has paranoid schizophrenia.

Jonathan Dick is accused of stabbing his brother repeatedly with a sword and a knife.(Supplied: Victoria Police)

Forensic psychiatrist Dr Rajan Darjee said Mr Dick believed the killing was “predestined”.

“He also thought that if he didn’t do it, harm would befall himself and other people,” Dr Darjee told the court.

“He told me he thought that after he killed his brother, he would be transported to the future so he wouldn’t have to go to jail.” 

Mr Dick is accused of lying in wait for David at the shopping centre, where he normally caught the bus, in the early hours of the morning of February 3.

As David exited the elevator, Mr Dick allegedly unsheathed a samurai sword from a spirit-level case and swung, striking his younger brother across the face with a double-handed blow.

“The impact of the blow knocks the deceased off his feet,” Crown Prosecutor Patrick Bourke said.

Security footage then allegedly shows Mr Dick dropping the sword, taking a knife from the waistband of his pants and repeatedly stabbing his brother in the head and neck for 66 seconds.

He is then seen collecting the sword and walking in the direction of the stairwell.

About one minute after the bloody attack, the body of David Dick was discovered by a woman on her way to an exercise class.

She called for help, but by the time paramedics arrived, it was too late.

Defendant arrested after being spotted by hammer attack victim

Police were unable to find Mr Dick, who went on the run only to reappear more than a year later in the early hours of August 23, 2018.

Then, he allegedly attacked his childhood friend, David Cammarata, with a pick hammer, telling him: “You had this coming.”

The court heard the pair had a falling out and Mr Cammarata, who named Mr Dick as the best man at his wedding, avoided the worst of the blow by flinching, but still suffered a brain bleed.

Mr Dick fled again but re-emerged almost a year later, in 2019,  when he was spotted by Mr Cammarata in a multi-level car park near Flinders Street in Melbourne’s CBD.

Following the hammer attack, Mr Cammarata moved house and was in the habit of alternating his morning parking spot and meeting a colleague who escorted him to work.

But on the morning of August 19, 2019, he and his colleague spotted Mr Dick loitering at the entrance to the car park and gave chase.

They confronted Mr Dick, who was carrying a bucket and trying to escape on a bicycle, in Hosier Lane and tackled him before restraining the man until police arrived.

A policeman stands near police tape blocking off the graffiti-covered Hosier Lane in Melbourne.
The alley in Melbourne’s CBD where Jonathan Dick was arrested after more than two years on the run.(ABC News: Iskhandar Razak)

Investigators later found a hammer, knife and pair of gloves in the bucket.

Today, both sides told Victoria’s Supreme Court that evidence established a defence of mental impairment.

Justice Lex Lasry will make a ruling in the case on Friday. 



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Ashley Dyball found not guilty of murdering Samuel Thompson in drug-related robbery


Former anti-Islamic State fighter Ashley Dyball has been found not guilty of murdering Samuel Thompson after a plan to rob the cannabis dealer of money.

Dyball, 28, was also found not guilty of manslaughter, but was found guilty of the charge of interfering with a corpse.

The jury took five hours to reach a verdict.

Ashley Dyball (left) fought alongside Reece Harding, who was killed in June. (Facebook)
Ashley Dyball (left) fought alongside Reece Harding, who was killed in June. (Facebook)

Mr Thompson was killed on March 7, 2018 at Bald Hills.

The jury heard during the trial Mr Thompson had been looking for a new cannabis supplier on the day he met another man, Roberto Vincenzo Boscaino, at his Bald Hills home.

The court was told of a plan between Boscaino and Dyball to rob Mr Thompson and to then kill him.

Mr Thompson was most likely killed after a blow to the face with a tomahawk or strangled before he was stuffed into a toolbox and buried in a shallow grave at the Beerburrum State Forest, the court heard.

Boscaino was found guilty of Mr Thompson’s murder last year after a separate trial and is serving a life sentence behind bars.

Dyball pleaded not guilty to the murder.

His lawyers argued there was no evidence directly linking him to the death.

Dyball fought with the Kurdish YPG militia against IS in Syria in 2015 before returning to Australia.

Dyball’s sentencing will be handed down tomorrow.



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Ex-BlueScope executive pleads guilty to obstructing cartel investigation


“Mr Ellis has pleaded guilty to inciting two fellow BlueScope employees to give false information and evidence to the ACCC regarding discussions he and those BlueScope employees had in meetings with certain steel companies. These matters were ‘rolled up’ into one obstruction charge, as part of Mr Ellis’ guilty plea, accepted by the court today,” the ACCC said in a statement.

The matter is now listed for a sentencing hearing in the Local Court on 8 December.

“This is the first time an individual has been charged with inciting the obstruction of a Commonwealth public official in relation to an ACCC investigation,” said ACCC chairman Rod Sims.

The court matter involving Mr Ellis is separate to civil proceedings filed by the ACCC against BlueScope and Mr Ellis, which are before the Federal Court. In this case, the ACCC alleges that over the period between September 2013 and June 2014 BlueScope and Mr Ellis attempted to induce Australian steel distributors and overseas steel makers to enter into agreements containing a price fixing provision.

In the Federal Court case the ACCC has alleged that Mr Ellis had developed a so-called “carrot and stick” strategy, in a bid to increase prices for flat steel products in Australia. But in its defence filed in March this year BlueScope rejected these claims.

The competition watchdog has alleged that the strategy also involved threatening to lodge anti-dumping complaints against countries where steel manufacturers were based, “unless the price at which they sold Flat Steel Products to Australian Steel Distributors and/or Australian Steel Users was increased”.

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In response to this claim BlueScope said in that it simply pursued anti-dumping actions where it believed that steel products were being illegally dumped in Australia.

The ACCC has told the Federal Court that BlueScope’s alleged attempts to induce breaches of cartel rules delivered the company a benefit, making it more likely that the company could raise or maintain its prices for Australian steel.

BlueScope has maintained since the legal action was announced last year that neither it, nor any of its current or former staff had engaged in cartel conduct.



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Josh Addo-Carr pleads guilty to firearm charge


Addo-Carr plans to contest the fine, with both the firearm charge and the COVID-19 fine scheduled to return to Taree court on October 20. The maximum penalty for using a firearm without a permit is five years’ imprisonment.

Lawyer Elias Tabchouri said the offence by Addo-Carr was unintentionally unlawful.

“Although Mr Addo-Carr acted at the time with an honest belief, it was unreasonable at law,” he said.

Mitchell’s case returns to court on November 9.

Josh Addo-Carr and Latrell Mitchell camped on a property near Taree in April.Credit:Instagram

The duo is set to receive a $50,000 fine each from the NRL over the camping trip, which the code says brought the game into disrepute. Both players apologised for their involvement camping trip on social media at the time.

Mitchell labelled the allegedly illegal gathering a “bit of a slip-up” but said the group had been social distancing.

“Had a little bit of a slip-up but like I said Foxxy reached out, had his cousins are going through a bit of stuff in Sydney and just wanted to get out here to the bush, make sure they’re getting cultured and connected again,” he said at the time. “That’s the whole part of the concept of this weekend was, I wasn’t here to break any rules or hurt anyone.

“We’re not being selfish, I couldn’t turn down the brothers in a time of need. On behalf of me and Foxxy and all my mob we do apologise.”

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Addo-Carr explained the group travelled to the farm due to the fact his family members were “going through a really tough time”.

“Firstly, I’d just like to apologise for my actions this weekend, nothing was intentional or deliberate,” he said. “I got in contact with Latrell to go out to his private property to connect to our culture again and try to put a smile on their faces and have a bit of fun as well.”

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Steve Bannon’s 3 co-defendants plead not guilty in ‘We Build the Wall’ fraud case


Bannon has called the charges “a political hit job.”

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon’s three co-defendants indicted in a conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering in connection to a crowdfunding campaign to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border each pleaded not guilty on Monday.

Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage, 38, Andrew Badolato, 56, and Timothy Shea, 49, entered their pleas in U.S. federal court in New York during a hearing conducted via teleconference due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The three men, along with the 66-year-old Bannon, were charged with defrauding donors through the $25-million crowdfunding “We Build the Wall campaign” by allegedly making false representations to contributors.

Bannon pleaded not guilty earlier this month to allegedly using hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations made to the campaign to pay personal expenses.

Judge Annalisa Torres of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York set a trial date of May 24, 2021.

“I’m going to be optimistic and hope that we have courtrooms available,” Torres said, noting the curtailing of in-person proceedings due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Torres warned the defendants about statements they make outside of court that threaten “the court’s ability to conduct a fair trial.”

In court filings on Friday, federal prosecutors singled out Kolfage and asked Torres to warn him about his “steady stream of public statements via posts on his Facebook account” that could taint the jury pool.

Prosecutors said in court papers that Kolfage has repeatedly described the prosecution on social media as, among other things, “political,” a “witch hunt” and an assault on the freedom of every donor to the We Build the Wall campaign. Prosecutors say Kolfage has also claimed the case is an ‘”effort to take ‘political prisoners.'”

Kolfage’s attorney complained about the government’s filing and how prosecutors portrayed the indictment.

“Reminds me of a bully,” Kolfage’s defense attorney Harvey A. Steinberg said.

Bannon, who was President Donald Trump‘s former campaign CEO and later his chief strategist in the White House, has slammed the charges against him as “a political hit job” and “nonsense,” while vowing to fight the charges against him.

Prosecutors said Bannon and others defrauded hundreds of thousands of donors to the online campaign by falsely assuring them that the organizers were not taking a penny of donation money. Bannon had publicly stated, “we’re a volunteer organization.”

“Those representations were false,” the indictment said.

Bannon’s indictment makes him the sixth person associated with the top echelons of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign to face federal charges — a list that includes Roger Stone, Michael Flynn, Rick Gates, Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen.

According to the indictment, Bannon took at least $1 million from the “We Build The Wall” campaign to secretly pay Kolfage, the group’s founder, and cover hundreds of thousands of dollars in personal expenses.

Bannon, Koflage, Badolato and Shea were each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. Each charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, the Justice Department said.

The indictment states that all four defendants allegedly defrauded hundreds of thousands of donors in connection with the crowdfunding campaign.



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Former Ports North corporate executive found guilty of 2018 rape of Norwegian backpacker in Cairns



A former senior executive of a Queensland Government-owned corporation has been found guilty of raping a 20-year-old Norwegian backpacker in Cairns.

Alan George Vico, 54, who was an executive of Ports North at the time of the September 2018 rape, faced a judge-only trial in the Cairns District Court in June after he pleaded not guilty to the charge.

During the two-day judge-only trial, the court heard the woman, who was on a holiday in Cairns with friends, left a popular nightclub before 10:30pm and could not remember anything thereafter until she woke up naked in the motel room the next day.

The court heard Vico saw the heavily intoxicated backpacker trying to enter a property on the side of Sheridan Street while he was driving home from work late that night.

Crown prosecutor Nicole Friedwald told the court the woman’s final memory from the night was of leaving a nightclub in the Cairns CBD.

She said the young woman’s next memory was of waking up naked in a motel room.

Ms Friedwald told the court the woman found an empty condom packet, a $20 note and a room key beside the bed.

She said a police search of Vico’s Clifton Beach home the day after the incident uncovered used condoms containing DNA that matched both him and the young woman.

DNA analyst Allan McNevin also told the court a swab taken from the woman contained DNA that was statistically likely to belong to Vico.

Judge Julie Dick SC today delivered her judgement and found Vico guilty of the charge.

She is expected to publish the reasons for her verdict later today.

Vico was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on Thursday.



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Police prosecutor pleads guilty to deception over magistrate Bob Harrap’s traffic fines


A South Australian police prosecutor has pleaded guilty to deception stemming from the use of former magistrate Bob Harrap’s government-issued car.

Sergeant Abigail Foulkes pleaded guilty in the Adelaide Magistrates Court to one count of deception, and is the fourth accused to admit to an offence following a probe by the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC) in June.

District Court Judge Stephen McEwen accepted Foulkes’s pleas through her lawyer, which meant she did not have to stand up and say: “guilty”.

Last week, her co-accused — Harrap and court clerk Melanie Freeman — were required to stand and personally enter their guilty pleas.

Foulkes has been placed on administrative duties within South Australia Police.

Bob Harrap pleaded guilty to offences committed when he was a magistrate.(ABC News)

Harrap, Foulkes and Freeman have all pleaded guilty to deception by misrepresenting who was driving Harrap’s government-issued car when it racked up traffic fines on two separate occasions.

The former judicial officer obtained a benefit from the misrepresentation by avoiding losing his driver’s licence.

Claire O’Connor SC, for Freeman, told the court her client was “coerced” into the offending and was “aiding and abetting” Harrap.

“My client is very keen to have the matter dealt with,” she said.

In separate offending, Harrap and lawyer Catherine Moyse pleaded guilty to conspiring to abuse public office in relation to a court matter in May.

Harrap was arrested in June and resigned from his position as a magistrate less than two weeks later.

All four will face sentencing in the District Court.



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Richmond’s Tom Lynch found not guilty of striking Essendon’s Michael Hurley at AFL Tribunal


Richmond spearhead Tom Lynch has been cleared of striking and is free to play in the Tigers’ AFL clash against West Coast on Thursday night.

The key forward was referred directly to the tribunal for striking Essendon defender Michael Hurley in the final quarter of the Tigers’ 12-point win in Darwin on Saturday night.

The AFL’s legal counsel, Jeff Gleeson, said he considered the charge to be intentional, high and low impact, which would see Lynch miss one match.

But the jury was not satisfied Lynch collected Hurley high and that the charge constituted a reportable offence.

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It is a major boost for the Tigers as they prepare to play another premiership contender in the Eagles at Carrara on the Gold Coast.

Lynch disputed he struck Hurley high, arguing he pushed the Bombers defender in the chest in an attempt to move away.

The former Gold Coast captain repeatedly refuted suggestions from Gleeson that a punch was thrown at Hurley.

The jury was told to ignore a string of incidents involving Lynch, who last week was fined $2,000 for two separate off-the-ball hits against the Suns.

Tom Lynch (L) copped widespread criticism for his gut punch on Suns full-back Sam Collins in round 12.(AAP: Darren England)

In match review officer findings from Sunday’s games, Geelong ace Luke Dahlhaus and Brisbane Lions forward Lincoln McCarthy have been offered one-game bans.

Dahlhaus was charged for a dangerous tackle on Adelaide’s Matt Crouch in the first quarter of the Cats’ 28-point win.

McCarthy was booked for rough conduct against St Kilda defender Ben Paton in the second quarter of the Lions’ two-point victory at the Gabba.

Geelong pair Cameron Guthrie and Rhys Stanley were fined, as were St Kilda’s Dean Kent and Dougal Howard, and West Coast midfielder Tim Kelly.

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Convicted killer James Hall found guilty of raping prison guard at South Australian jail



South Australian convicted murderer James Hall has been found guilty of raping a prison guard in 2017.

District Court Judge Gordon Barrett found the victim “effectively froze” during the ordeal in the low-to-medium security cottages at the jail.

“She feared for her life. She did not think to raise the alarm,” he said in his judgement.

Judge Barrett rejected Hall’s evidence at trial, saying his account that the victim behaved in a “sexually aggressive fashion” was “deliberate, exaggerated and entirely false”.

He said Hall had a “sense of entitlement” and his “sexual frustration” gave him a belief that the victim might be sexually attracted to him.

Hall, 33, was 12 years into his 22-year non-parole period for murder when he raped the corrections officer.

The details of the murder remain suppressed by the court.

During the trial, Hall gave evidence in his own defence, detailing the nature of his relationship with “Lauren” — the daughter of a fellow inmate — while he was in custody.

“Anyone who knows anything about my criminal past sees me as something else — she was able to look past all of that. For me, she is my life,” he said.

“I was sentenced a long time ago. She has made it not dark for me — she’s given me light at the end of the tunnel.”

He told the court that the victim started to talk to him about her personal life, before she became flirtatious with him — evidence which was denied by the victim.

Hall ‘took advantage of trusting relationship’

Prosecutor Ryan Williams told the court that Hall and the victim “developed somewhat of a relationship”.

“I use that term loosely. The relationship was a mutually respectful and trusting staff-prisoner relationship,” he said.

“They got along well in the context of a prison guard and prisoner — they were relatively informal and friendly with one another.

The court has previously heard that the jail was low-to-medium security and resembled “almost barrack-style dormitory accommodation”, rather than a traditional prison with cells.

Hall will be sentenced for the rape at a later date.



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Steve Bannon pleads not guilty to illicit border wall scheme


FILE – In this Nov. 8, 2019 file photo, former White House strategist Steve Bannon arrives to testify at the trial of Roger Stone, at federal court in Washington. (AP Photo/Al Drago, File)

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Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has pleaded not guilty after being indicted for an alleged illicit border wall scheme. He made a virtual court appearance on Thursday, during which a federal judge agreed on a $5 million bond.

Bannon formally refuted both the money laundering and wire fraud charges pending against him. According to reports, he was arrested Thursday morning by postal officers while he was aboard a yacht in Connecticut.

He is expected to appear again for a pretrial hearing on August 31st.

FILE – In this Nov. 21, 2018 file photo, United States Border Patrol agents stand by a vehicle near one of the border walls separating Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan, New York announced the indictments of Bannon, Iraq veteran Brian Kolfage and two others earlier that day. Officials alleged the four men ripped off hundreds of thousands of people who donated to the “We Build the Wall” non-profit.

The project sought to raise $1 billion in donations to aid the federal government’s border wall construction project. It started with a GoFundMe back in December 2018 and raised $25 million over nearly two years.

According to officials, Bannon and Kolfage used a significant amount of those donations for personal expenses. The two allegedly did this by redirecting funds through the non-profit, while telling supporters it was still a volunteer project and that 100% of the funds would go directly to the mission.

President Donald Trump arrives at Wilkes-Barre Scranton International Airport, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Avoca, Pa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Trump weighed in on the matter following the announcement of Bannon’s arrest. He stated he didn’t know his former adviser had spearheaded the project.

The president added he never liked the idea of a privately funded border wall to begin with, since it’s too complex and big of a task for anyone but the government to take up.

“I know nothing about the project other than I didn’t like, when I read about it, I didn’t like it. This is for government, this isn’t for private people. It sounded to me like showboating. I let my opinion be very strongly stated at the time: I didn’t like it, it was showboating and maybe looking for funds.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States

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