The player that gave Kane Cornes “nightmares”


Port Adelaide great Kane Cornes has revealed the player who used to give him nightmares in his playing days.

Cornes, who played 300 games at the Power largely as a tagger, said out of all the players he was matched up on during his career, it was North Melbourne great Brent Harvey that caused him the most trouble.

After being quizzed by AFL Trade Radio co-host Matthew Lloyd, Cornes opened up on why he found Harvey so difficult to play on.

“There’s one player that gave me absolute nightmares and that was Boomer Harvey,” he said on AFL Trade Radio’s Early Trade.

“Whatever I did, it didn’t work. It was always either Dom Cassisi or myself that would get the job.

“It was an absolute nightmare with Boomer, I also had a lot of trouble with Nathan Buckley – I only played on him a couple of times, but he was impossible (to keep quiet).

“I had some great battles with Simon Black and he was one of those players where whatever you did, you couldn’t get inside his head. If he was having a bad or wasn’t touching (the footy), nothing distracted him from the goal of hunting the footy.

“I had trouble with Chris Judd and Gary Ablett of course; it was a mental battle that did keep you up at night.”







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‘I still have nightmares’: Man watched speeding car hit wife


A HUSBAND who saw his wife thrown against a wall after being hit by a ute has told a court of the horror he felt seeing his wife lying in pain on the ground.

Rodney Smith was walking under the Pacific Motorway overpass on Minjunbal Drive a few steps behind his wife, Carmelina, about 8pm on July 8, 2018.

The pair had dinner at KFC in Tweed Heads South.

But the casual walk home quickly became his worst nightmare when he saw his wife, also known as Carmen, hit by a ute and thrown against the wall before crashing back down onto the ground.

The alleged driver of the ute, Danny John Maloney, 29, is before the Lismore District Court charged with failing to stop and assist after his vehicle caused grievous bodily harm.

He has pleaded not guilty.

 

Danny John Maloney is facing several charges before Lismore District Court after an alleged hit and run in Tweed Heads South in 2018.

Police claim the Murwillumbah man was the driver responsible for striking the 59-year-old woman on Minjungbal Drive, Tweed Heads before fleeing the scene.

It is alleged Mr Maloney mounted a kerb under the overpass near Sexton Hill Drive after failing to navigate a right hand turn in the road.

He then allegedly fled the scene.

Ms Smith suffered head and leg injuries as a result of the incident.

Speaking before the trial, Mr Smith said he was lucky he was not also hit by the speeding vehicle.

“It just missed me in old measurements by about a foot,” he said.

“It was speeding because it couldn’t take the corner.

“It was a ute, the back tray smashed against her right side and threw her up in the air and she hit the concrete wall.”

Mr Smith said he wasn’t sure exactly what speed the ute was travelling at the time but he remembered there were three vehicles passing at the time all travelling above the 60km/h speed limit.

“He did not even hesitate to slow down or anything, he went straight through a red light,” Mr Smith said.

“There was bike in front of him, then there was a black car and that’s when he jumped the footpath and hit Carmen and he was still chasing the other (vehicles).

“It looked like he was chasing a black car and a motorbike.

“I still have nightmares about it.”

The drivers of the two other vehicles in question also gave evidence at the trial on Tuesday.

Drew Wagstaff and Alan Randall both told the court neither of them recalled any incident under the tunnel.

The court heard both men explain they’d each driven off in their respective direction of travel towards their homes once they passed through the underpass.

The court heard Mr Wagstaff and Mr Randall had also faced police prosecution for their speed on July 8, 2018.

Mr Maloney is also charged with dangerous driving and negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm.

He has told the court he intends to admit those charges but challenges the failing to stop and assist charge on the basis that he didn’t know he struck Mrs Smith at the time and had no reason to believe he needed to come to her aid.

The trial will continue in Lismore District Court on Wednesday.





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Prison guard raped by convicted murderer James Hall at SA jail ‘wishes nightmares would stop’


A South Australian prison guard who was raped by a convicted murderer in 2017 has told a court that she has struggled to accept herself since the ordeal and hates that she has let it “define who I am”.

The mother-of-two was raped by killer James Hall inside a cell at a South Australian jail, which cannot be named to protect the identity of the victim.

“I’ve almost lost everything because of this,” the victim wrote in her statement to the District Court, which was read to Judge Gordon Barrett by her sister.

“For the last three years of my life, I feel like I haven’t really lived. I get out of bed and I go through the motions.

“I’m sure to some people it appears that I’m over it or that I appear to be normal again and sometimes I even fool myself into thinking that I’ve moved past what happened in that cell.

In August, Judge Barrett found Hall guilty of two counts of rape, rejecting his account that the prison guard behaved in a “sexually aggressive fashion”.

In her statement read to the court, the victim said she has struggled with the questions put to her by defence lawyer Lindy Powell QC during her cross-examination at trial.

Lindy Powell QC acted as Hall’s defence lawyer.(Supplied)

“There hasn’t been a day since I sat in that courtroom where I haven’t heard Ms Powell’s voice in my head,” she wrote.

“I have asked the question over and over, ‘Why am I so weak?’

“I guess I will never know what would have happened if I did fight — I was too scared to fight and now I have to try and find a way to forgive myself for that.

“I have hated myself for letting what happened to me define who I am. I don’t know how to accept myself anymore. I wish I could be me again — I wish the nightmares would stop.”

Hall had ‘sense of entitlement’ over victim

Judge Barrett found that the victim “feared for her life” and did not think to raise the alarm during the ordeal in July 2017.

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

Hall 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.

The court heard today that Hall would have been eligible for parole in January 2028 but the penalty for the rape should commence when that sentence expires.

Hall will be sentenced for the rape at a later date and has lodged an appeal against his convictions.



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