Man pleads guilty over failed robbery in which Canberra cafe owner allegedly pulled larger knife on him

A knife-wielding would-be thief who was allegedly chased from a Canberra cafe when the owner pulled a larger knife has pleaded guilty to the botched crime, reminiscent of a famous scene in the film Crocodile Dundee.

Touhid Rahman, 36, today pleaded guilty in the ACT Supreme Court to a charge of attempted aggravated robbery over an incident in Canberra’s south last year.

The facts of the case were still disputed on Friday, but police said Rahman threatened the owner of the La Cruzada Café at knifepoint in September last year, before the man fought back.

It’s alleged a balaclava-clad Rahman entered the popular pizzeria in Phillip around 2:00pm, carrying a 20-centimetre knife and a shopping bag.

Court documents said Rahman threatened cafe manager Johan David Cruz Arevalo with the weapon and yelled: “Give me all the money!”

Mr Cruz Alevaro told Rahman he “needed to get the keys”, but instead accessed his “knife kit” below the counter.

Rahman then fled the store when the cafe owner brandished a much larger “meat cutting” knife and yelled back: “What do you want, what do you want?”

The allegations were reminiscent of a scene in Crocodile Dundee, in which the title character Mick Dundee scares off an armed mugger by pulling a larger knife on him.

Robber to be sentenced next week

Police alleged Rahman later told a mental health worker that he had taken a balaclava and a knife to a nearby store but was “chased out by someone with a bigger knife”.

He was then spotted by police walking near the cafe wearing shoes with alligator logos on them.

It’s alleged while being arrested, Rahman yelled in the direction of the cafe, accusing its employees of lacing his pizza with cocaine.

He then told officers he was the most famous person on the planet, and that he was the star of a reality TV show about himself, court documents said.

When asked today by Chief Justice Helen Murrell how he wished to plead to one charge of attempted aggravated robbery Rahman said: “Guilty, please.”

He was remanded in custody and will be sentenced next week.

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CCTV footage captures terrifying moment Mercedes driver is carjacked and threatened with a knife

CCTV footage captures terrifying moment Mercedes driver is carjacked after being threatened with a knife at a petrol station

  • Mercedes driver threatened with knife  as his beloved $110,000 car is stolen
  • Tried to get into car as thief made getaway but was punched by motorcyclist 
  • CCTV captured shocking incident at petrol station in Sydney’s south-west
  • Police manhunt for two helmet-wearing robbers seen in footage continues

CCTV has captured the terrifying moment a young motorist was carjacked and threatened with a knife at a petrol station.

A manhunt is underway for two brazen helmet-wearing robbers who ambushed the 18-year-old at the Warwick Farm BP in Sydney’s south-west just after 7pm on Monday night.

Footage shows the motorist returning to his white Mercedes AMG where he’s confronted by a man armed with a knife.

The brazen thief (pictured) threatened the Mercedes owner with a knife before getting into the car

The thief then gets into the driver’s seat of the $110,000 luxury car and turns on the ignition as the owner is ordered to stand back.

The desperate owner tries to open the rear door to stop the quick getaway but is stopped by a second offender sitting on a motorbike behind the car.

The motorcyclist punches the man in the face and pushes him away from the Mercedes, allowing the driver to speed off.

The man manages to open the rear driver’s side door and tries to chase after his beloved car as the driver and his motorcyclist accomplice flee the scene. 

As young motorist tries to open the rear door, he's stopped by a motorcyclist who punches him in the face and pushes him away from the vehicle

As young motorist tries to open the rear door, he’s stopped by a motorcyclist who punches him in the face and pushes him away from the vehicle

The quick getaway was made possible after the owner left his keys in the car as he paid for petrol. 

The white Mercedes AMG with NSW registration plates DMR-95N was last seen heading south on the Hume Highway.  

Police say both offenders were wearing full face helmets at the time.

Anyone with information about the car’s whereabouts or the offenders involved is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

The stolen white Mercedes AMG (pictured) was last speeding away from the petrol station heading and heading south along the Hume Highway

The stolen white Mercedes AMG (pictured) was last speeding away from the petrol station heading and heading south along the Hume Highway


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Hong Kong manhunt under way after late-night knife attack on mainland billionaire Qian Fenglei, assistant in Wan Chai

Hong Kong police are hunting three men who allegedly assaulted mainland billionaire Qian Fenglei and his assistant with knives in Wan Chai at around midnight on Saturday.The attack happened as Qian, the 43-year-old director of Universal International Holdings (Hong Kong) Limited, was about to leave Harbour Road with his assistant, a 48-year-old man surnamed Fang.The force said several black-clad men wearing masks and brandishing knives suddenly exited a nearby car and launched their attack.Qian…

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Woman jailed for nine years after stabbing partner with knife called ‘Kitty’

A Queensland woman who stabbed her partner in anger with a hunting knife has been sentenced to nine years in prison over his death.

Renee Helen Blockey, 43, was initially charged with murdering 41-year-old John Windle at her home as Macleay Island off Brisbane in April 2018, but later pleaded guilty to manslaughter after the Crown accepted she had not intended to kill.

She wept in the dock of the Supreme Court in Brisbane on Thursday as Justice John Bond told her she had been both a “perpetrator and a victim” of domestic violence.

He said the fact she had suffered at the hands of several previous partners increased the likelihood of her acting aggressively when threatened.

“I think this aspect of your history was likely to have been a contributing factor to the stabbing,” he said.

“To my mind, it’s at least a partial explanation for your conduct, albeit one that does not provide an excuse at law … without legal authorisation, justification or excuse, you took the life of another human.

“He could have had a long life still to live [but] you denied him the opportunity, perhaps, to break free of the cycle of drugs, alcohol and domestic violence.”

Blockey will be eligible for parole in January 2022, after serving three years and nine months behind bars.

‘Irrational jealousies’

Several supporters of Mr Windle erupted in anger in the public gallery after the sentence was handed down.

The court heard within weeks of starting an intimate relationship in late 2017, Mr Windle committed two acts of domestic violence against Blockey and a protective order was taken out.

Over the next few months, the pair stayed together, but their relationship was “fraught”, filled with arguments characterised by “irrational jealousies” and complaints over property and money.

The court heard the relationship was so fraught that in March 2018, Blockey told an acquaintance: “If he keeps accusing me of sleeping around, I will stab him with Kitty and kill him.”

“On 23 April, 2018, you did just that,” Justice Bond said.

Mr Windle suffered a 16-centimetre deep single stab wound below his collar bone.

Justice Bond said it came after Mr Windle pursued Blockey into her home with “some degree of aggressive intent”.

“At some point he either punched or slapped you … and you also scratched or hit him … otherwise the exact sequence of events is unclear,” he said.

“You stabbed him in anger as a reaction to circumstances, but without specific intention to kill him or cause grievous bodily harm.”

Both were significantly intoxicated at the time.

‘I stabbed him’

The court heard a postman arrived around midday to deliver mail and saw Blockey standing in the doorway with her arms above her head, covered in blood, frantically calling out to get an ambulance.

“The postman asked you what happened and you said ‘I stabbed him’ — you were crying and holding Mr Windle,” Justice Bond said.

During the sentencing, Justice Bond acknowledged Blockey’s history, remorse and early plea of guilty, but also pointed out that she had made some false statements to police before that Mr Windle had inflicted the injury himself.

Justice Bond declared the 927 days she has spent in pre-sentence custody as time already served.

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Nice pays tribute to victims of deadly knife attack

Mourners lit candles and prayed outside Nice’s Notre Dame basilica to honour the three churchgoers were killed in a suspected terrorist attack.

It comes as France heightened security nationwide amid religious and geopolitical tensions around cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammad.

Four soldiers with rifles periodically walked past the church as people came to pay their respects to the victims.

They included 55-year-old Vincent Loques, a father of two who was the church’s sacristan, in charge of its holy objects, according to local broadcaster France-Bleu.

Another was a 44-year-old mother of three from Brazil, according to Brazil’s Foreign Ministry.

The attack suspect was seriously wounded by police and hospitalised in a life-threatening condition, authorities said.

French authorities called the attack “Islamist terrorism” and prosecutors in France and Tunisia are investigating.

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France attack: another knife, another church

An unidentified man wielding a knife attacked civilians in the Church of Notre Dame in the French city of Nice. Three people were killed, several others were hospitalised with injuries. According to unconfirmed reports, one of the victims was beheaded.  The police detained the criminal. The mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, called the incident a terrorist attack.

The attack took place at around 09:00 a.m. local time (11:00 a.m. Moscow time). The attacker was detained ten minutes after the incident. The police said that two of the three victims died inside the cathedral. The attacker was also injured and hospitalized.

Le Figaro’s source in the police said that the perpetrator beheaded one of the victims, although it remains unclear whether it was a woman or an elderly man.

Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi said the attack was carried out by a radicalized Muslim individual, who, according to the mayor, shouted “Allahu Akbar” even when he was receiving medical assistance after being detained. He described the attack as a manifestation of Islamic fascism.

“We need to eradicate Islamic fascism throughout the country at any cost,” the mayor said. He said that all Christian churches and other sites of worshipping would be closed in the city for a while. Additional measures will also be taken to ensure the safety of churches.

Estrosi originally reported that two people were killed and another one was in critical condition as a result of the attack. However, then he announced about the killing of three people. The attacker himself was hospitalized too, his condition is assessed as serious. “We have not yet identified the  barbarian yet,” the mayor of Nice stated.

Vigipirate counter terrorist plan was implemented at the highest possible level throughout France after the attack in the church of Nice, said Prime Minister Jean Castex.

“The government’s response will be firm, merciless and immediate. I have already decided to implement Vigipirate plan at the level of “terrorist attack alarm” throughout the country,” the French prime minister said, speaking at the French National Assembly. Noteworthy, this is the highest level of Vigipirate plan.

The prime minister also stressed that President of France Emmanuel Macron would convene the meeting of the Security Council on Friday morning.

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a telegram of condolences to French President Emmanuel Macron after the terrorist attacks in France, the Kremlin press service reported.

“The cynical and cruel crime committed within the walls of the church causes particular indignation. We could once again see that human morality is absolutely alien to terrorists. It is obvious that the fight against international terror requires unification of efforts of the entire world community,” the telegram reads.

After the brutal killing of French teacher Samuel Paty, who showed Charlie Hebdo caricatures to his students as part of a course on freedom of speech, Macron stated that he would tighten control over organizations that spread ideas of radical Islam and infringe on the core values of French society. He also promised to tighten control over the funding of mosques. Macron also spoke about the crisis of Islam around the world and promised to change laws to further separate religion from the state.

Macron’s statements sparked actions of protests in several countries in the Middle East. Turkish President Recep Erdogan twice offered Macron to have his head examined and urged Turkish citizens to boycott French goods. Brussels condemned Erdogan’s statements, while a representative of the European Commission noted that Erdogan’s calls for boycott of goods of a EU member state would not bring Turkey closer to the European Union. The Foreign Ministry of Saudi Arabia condemned the murder of the French teacher, but urged Paris not to associate Islam with terrorism.

On October 27, an action in support of the Prophet Muhammad took place in East Jerusalem. In the capital of Bangladesh, Dhaka, about 40,000 people marched to the French embassy, burned the image of Macron and also called for a boycott of French products.

On October 27, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif summoned French Chargé d’Affaires Florent Aydalot and expressed a note of protest to him in connection with the position of Paris on the right to publish cartoons about Islam. The French ambassador was also summoned to the Pakistani Foreign Ministry. The prime minister of Pakistan accused Macron of deepening the split in the society. The Pakistani parliament passed a resolution condemning the publication of cartoons and images of Prophet Muhammad.

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Three dead as woman beheaded in knife attack at French church

Police officers secure the area after a reported knife attack at Notre Dame church in Nice, France, October 29, 2020. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

October 29, 2020

By Eric Gaillard

NICE, France (Reuters) – A knife-wielding attacker shouting “Allahu Akbar” beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a suspected terrorist attack at a church in the French city of Nice on Thursday, police and officials said.

Nice’s mayor, Christian Estrosi, who described the attack as terrorism, said on Twitter it had happened in or near the city’s Notre Dame church and that police had detained the attacker.

Estrosi said the attacker had shouted the phrase “Allahu Akbar”, or God is greatest.

One of the people killed inside the church was believed to be the church warden, Estrosi said.

The attacker kept shouting “Allahu Akbar” even after he had been detained, Estrosi said.

“The suspected knife attacker was shot by police while being detained, he is on his way to hospital, he is alive,” Estrosi told reporters.

“Enough is enough,” Estrosi said. “It’s time now for France to exonerate itself from the laws of peace in order to definitively wipe out Islamo-fascism from our territory.”

Police said three people were confirmed to have died in the attack and several were injured.

A police source said a woman was decapitated. French politician Marine Le Pen also spoke of a decapitation having occurred in the attack.

Estrosi said the victims had been killed in a “horrible way”.

“The methods match, without doubt, those used against the brave teacher in Conflans Sainte Honorine, Samuel Paty,” he said, referring to a French teacher beheaded earlier this month in an attack in a suburb of Paris.

Estrosi said a woman had tried to escape from inside the church and had fled into a bar opposite the building.

The French anti-terrorist prosecutor’s department said it had been asked to investigate the attack.

Reuters journalists at the scene said police armed with automatic weapons had put up a security cordon around the church, which is on Nice’s Jean Medecin avenue, the city’s main shopping thoroughfare. Ambulances and fire service vehicles were also at the scene.

The attack comes while France is still reeling from the beheading earlier this month of French middle school teacher Paty by a man of Chechen origin.

The attacker had said he wanted to punish Paty for showing pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a civics lesson.

It was not immediately clear if Thursday’s attack was connected to the cartoons, which Muslims consider to be blasphemous.

Since Paty’s killing, French officials – backed by many ordinary citizens – have re-asserted the right to display the cartoons, and the images have been widely displayed at marches in solidarity with the killed teacher.

That has prompted an outpouring of anger in parts of the Muslim world, with some governments accusing French leader Emmanuel Macron of pursuing an anti-Islam agenda.

(Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Giles Elgood)

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Nice Knife Attack Being Treated as Terrorism

PARIS — An assailant with a knife killed at least two people on Thursday morning at a church in the southern French city of Nice, according to local officials who said it appeared to be a terrorist attack.

The assault comes as the country is still reeling from the beheading of a teacher in a Paris suburb this month by a young Muslim man after the teacher showed caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in a class.

The mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, said in a statement posted to Twitter shortly after the attack that he was on the scene with the police and that a suspect had been arrested. He later said at least two people were killed and one seriously injured.

“I confirm that everything suggests a terrorist attack in the Notre-Dame basilica,” the mayor wrote.

Éric Ciotti, a lawmaker who represents the region that includes Nice, told reporters in Paris that, based on the information provided to him by emergency services, “it looks a lot like a terrorist attack.”

The French interior minister, Gérald Darmanin, said in a post on Twitter that he had immediately convened a crisis meeting.

The attack took place at the Notre-Dame de L’Assomption basilica, and the local authorities did not immediately release details about the victims or the circumstances. The police warned residents to stay away from the area around the church as a “very serious” event was underway and controlled explosives were being used. They also urged residents to remain calm.

Videos posted to social media showed lines of people filing out of the area around the church as police evacuated the scene.

In 2016, Nice was also the site of one of France’s worst terrorist attacks, when a man plowed a 19-ton refrigeration truck into crowds that had gathered on the city’s main seaside promenade to watch fireworks, killing 86.

Megan Specia contributed reporting from London.

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French Kill Man After a Fatal Knife Attack on the Street

PARIS — A knife-wielding man decapitated a teacher near a school in a suburb north of Paris on Friday afternoon and was later shot dead by the police, officials said, abruptly hitting France with a national trauma that revived memories of recent terrorist attacks.

A police officer and parents with knowledge of the attack confirmed French media reports that the victim was a history teacher at the school who had shown caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in a class on freedom of expression, which had incited anger among some Muslim families.

The teacher, still unidentified by Friday evening, was immediately depicted as a martyr to freedom of expression across the political spectrum. Representatives in France’s Parliament rose to their feet to “honor the victim’s memory,” as the president of the session, parliamentary deputy Hugues Renson, declared. And President Emmanuel Macron hurried to the scene of the attack Friday night.

“This was an attempt to strike down the republic,” Mr. Macron said.

Seizing on the symbolic nature of an attack against a high school teacher, and reprising anti-Islamist themes he has lately emphasized, Mr. Macron said the teacher had been “the victim of a terrorist, Islamist attack.”

The teacher was struck down “because he taught, because he taught the liberty of expression, the liberty to believe and not believe,” the French president said in a brief televised address.

France’s antiterrorism prosecutors immediately took over the investigation of the attack, which happened at the junction of two adjoining Paris suburbs, Eragny and Conflans-Sainte-Honorine.

Much remained obscure Friday night in the absence of an official police narrative. But the underlying themes of what was known conjured up France’s recent history of terrorist attacks: an assailant carefully choosing a victim thought to symbolize an offense against Islam.

Turmoil at the school over the teacher’s method of instruction — Mr. Macron alluded to this in his remarks — had evidently preceded the killing. “We have seen the principal, who in these last weeks has withstood with remarkable courage a great deal of pressure,” Mr. Macron said.

In a video that widely circulated on YouTube before the attack, a Muslim parent at the teacher’s school, College du Bois-d’Aulne, expresses anger that an unidentified teacher had asked Muslims in the class of 13-year-olds to leave because “he was going to show a photo that would shock them.”

The parent asks on the video: “Why this hatred? Why does a history teacher act like this in front of 13-year-olds?”

The assailant is not known to have a connection to the school. French media reported that he was 18 and of Russian origin.

A police union official told the French television station BFM that witnesses had seen the assailant cutting the victim’s throat. The national police were called, officials said, and after having discovered the decapitated victim, confronted the assailant nearby, close to the school. Brandishing a large knife, he threatened the officers, and after refusing to surrender, was shot 10 times, they said.

French media, quoting witnesses, said the assailant was heard to yell “Allahu akbar” at the moment of the knife attack. A photograph of a corpse lying in the middle of a leafy suburban street appeared on French television not long afterward.

The attack came three weeks after a knife-wielding assailant wounded two people in Paris near the site of the former Charlie Hebdo office — the scene of a 2015 terrorist attack targeting the satirical newspaper for its caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.

French officials of all political stripes rushed to denounce the teacher’s killing. The interior minister, in charge of the police, cut short an official trip to Morocco and flew home to Paris.

“The assassination of a history teacher is an attack on freedom of expression and the values of the republic,” the president of the National Assembly, Richard Ferrand, said on Twitter. “To attack a teacher is to attack all French citizens and freedom.”

“Frightful. Huge emotion and anger in the face of this terrorist barbarism,” a leading Socialist parliamentarian, Boris Vallaud, wrote on Twitter.

In the video, the parent details what his daughter told him had transpired in the class.

“So this week, he allowed himself to tell them, the Muslims, Muslim students raise your hands,” the parents says. “So they raised their hands, and he said, ‘right, leave the class.’ So my daughter refused to leave and asked him, ‘why?’ And he said he was going to show a photo that would shock them. And then he showed them a naked man, telling them it was the prophet.”

Another parent, Carine Mendes, 41, whose child had attended the class, offered a more nuanced view of what happened. She called the teacher “a very sweet person, in his words, in his expressions.”

Ms. Mendes said the teacher had suggested to Muslim students who did not want to see the cartoon that they leave the classroom temporarily, and had asked those who remained not to tell their Muslim classmates about the cartoon in order not to offend their faith.

“He really tried to do things with respect, he didn’t want to hurt anyone,” she said.

But in a second class where the teacher gave the course, a shocked student refused to leave the room and told her father about what happened. He was the father who later complained in the video posted online.

The next day, the teacher apologized to his students and the principal sent an email message to parents to try to clear up the situation. The teacher’s suggestion to leave the classroom, the principal said, had been insensitive.

“Without wanting to offend anyone, it turned out that by offering this possibility to the students, he still offended the student,” the principal’s email read.

Ms. Mendes said that what happened “was awful.”

“He was just giving a course on freedom of expression,” she said.

“A teacher was killed just for doing his job,” Sophie Venetitay, a teachers’ union official, told BFM.

Constant Méheut and Antonella Francini contributed reporting.

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