Nathan Cross suing SA Police over incident in Victor Harbor Police Station that led to ill-advised assault charge


Three prosecutors advised against charging a man with assault after an incident at the Victor Harbor Police Station, but he was prosecuted anyway and acquitted after a trial, a court has heard.

Nathan Cross, 43, is suing South Australia Police in the District Court, claiming he was knocked unconscious by police officers who slammed his head into a charge counter in 2017.

Following the incident, Mr Cross was charged with assaulting police.

But after a three-year legal fight, he was acquitted of the charge in September 2020 when Victor Harbor Magistrate Sue O’Connor found the handcuffed man had not been a threat and some of the arresting officers colluded with each other.

The incident was captured on CCTV and tendered as part of criminal proceedings against Mr Cross.

It will now be used against police in the civil lawsuit.

The District Court today heard prosecutors advised against charging Mr Cross in the first place, but the trial went ahead anyway.

Nathan Cross walks from court after being acquitted of assault.(ABC News)

Andrew Carpenter, for Mr Cross, told the court that police had failed to hand over all documents, including anything relating to why the trial went ahead against advice.

“There were three prosecutors who advised that the matter should not go ahead but there was nothing in the disclosure that identified why it went forward,” he said.

“Now, my client has had the additional expense to request information that should’ve, ordinarily, been disclosed by the police about why the matter proceeded to trial despite all the prosecutors saying no assault ever occurred.”

Anthony Keane, for police, told the court that his client was unsure if the document being requested by Mr Cross actually existed.

“My friend is making a logical leap but at this point, it’s a leap,” he said.

“We’re content to go through the process of seeking any further documents.”

He also withdrew an application by police to put the civil case on hold until an internal investigation had concluded.

“Now that the stay, and the basis for that has fallen away, there’s no impediment in terms of talking to the individuals involved and getting it from the horse’s mouth as to whether anything has been disclosed,” he said.

The case was adjourned until March to allow police time to meet Mr Cross’s request for further documents about his criminal prosecution.

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Controversial Victor Harbor causeway works to pause for whales within 1 kilometre


Controversial works to replace the Victor Harbor causeway will be halted if a whale is spotted within 1 kilometre of pile driving, the South Australian Government has promised.

It follows warnings by Encounter Bay Right Whale Study (EBRWS) chief investigator Claire Charlton, from Curtin University, who said the bay was an established nursing ground for the endangered species.

“The noise from pile driving is an impulsive, low-frequency noise and it overlaps with the sensitive hearing range for the whales,” she told ABC Radio Adelaide.

“We are concerned about behavioural disturbances and the masking of communication.”

The causeway to Granite Island has long been a favourite for tourists.(ABC Radio Adelaide: Caroline Horn)

Whale exclusion zone increased

The Government wants to replace the 150-year-old causeway with a concrete and steel structure at a cost of $31.1 million.

In its revised Environment and Heritage Summary Report released in December, the Department for Infrastructure and Transport (DIT) said a 300-metre exclusion zone would be established during works to drive piles into the seabed.

If a whale, dolphin, seal or little penguin is observed within that zone, all pile driving works would cease and not recommence until the animals moved outside the zone and 30 minutes had passed since the last sighting.

A DIT spokesperson on Friday said a larger exclusion zone was being proposed for whales.

“The shallow water, combined with the modified piling gate to be used during piling works, will limit any potential noise impacts to whales to within 200m of piling works.”

‘Established’ calving area

The EBRWS considers Encounter Bay to begin south-west of Victor Harbor at Newland Head, from where it stretches nearly 40km to the Murray Mouth, east of Goolwa.

It believes that while the bay is currently listed as an “emerging calving aggregation area” for southern right whales — with fewer than three calves born in the area annually — locally collected data suggests the number was more than five.

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The EBRWS subsequently wants the area to be considered an “established” aggregation area.

Dr Charlton said the causeway’s construction schedule should be moved so that it did not occur within the May to November whale season.

“It could have a really significant and lasting impact for the whales that are still really establishing in the area of Encounter Bay.”

The DIT spokesperson said a start date would be confirmed once the State Commission Assessment Panel process had been finalised.

“With the proposed precautions and mitigation measures in place … there should be no need to stop piling from May to November, as any whales spotted approaching or within the exclusion zone would result in all piling works temporarily ceasing,” he said.

Protest petition passes 10,000

The Government last year declared that the 150-year-old causeway “was approaching the end of its useful life”, despite having recently undertaken repair works so that one of the world’s last remaining horse-drawn trams could continue to operate.

A horse and a tram, with people sitting on the open-air roof, cross a wooden causeway.
The horse tram crosses the Victor Harbor causeway.(Supplied: Brian Walker)

It was also despite Freedom of Information documents revealing that the same engineering company that recommended the causeway be replaced in 2019, in 2010 outlined how it should be preserved due to its importance for tourism and the local community.

A protest petition launched last year against replacing the heritage causeway has attracted more than 10,000 signatures.

The DIT spokesperson said the Government had been undertaking engagement activities with the community and key stakeholders since 2019, including an information session, uploading information to a website, and housing a project team at the local information centre for face-to-face contact.

He said further public information sessions would be held on February 12 and 14.

“The department is committed to continuing to engage with the community throughout the project,” the spokesperson said.

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Western United’s Victor Sanchez out of quarantine


Former Barcelona midfielder Victor Sanchez completes the “spine” required by Western United to win the A-League.

Part of a star-studded Barcelona squad that won La Liga and UEFA Champions League titles in 2009 with a Pep Guardiola-coached team that included Lionel Messi, Thierry Henry and Andres Iniesta, 33-year-old Sanchez is out of quarantine and ready to make his mark in Australian football.

“I feel really good,” Sanchez said via a translator.

“I’ve been training by myself the last four months, and it was great to be able to train with a team again.

“I’m very happy to be here. Everyone welcomed me really well.”

For Western United coach Mark Rudan, Sanchez – who has spent the past eight years at Espanyol – is the remaining piece in the puzzle for a club well placed for a title tilt in just its second year of existence.

“It (defensive midfield/central midfield) is clearly an area that we identified that we needed someone of real quality and experience,” Rudan said.

“You look down the central spine of any team and a strong team’s got a strong spine.

“We’ve already got (goalkeeper) Filip Kurto, (central defender) Andrew Durante, (playmaker) Alesandro Diamanti and (striker) Besart Berisha.

“We just identified that (heart of midfield) as an area that we needed to be better in and we were ecstatic with the acquisition of Victor.

“He’s a great professional and 300 games in (the Spanish) La Liga speaks volumes for his pedigree. He’s going to be a huge bonus for us.”

Sanchez may not have the necessary match fitness to play in his new club’s first match of the season on Monday night against Adelaide United in Geelong, but he’s not far away from being ready.

“He got out of quarantine, he’s fit, all his testing results came out extremely well,” Rudan said.

“If you compared him to the group that came in for the first day of pre-season, he’s in the top three in all those testing results, so he’s in good nick.

“He’s a super professional and he’s going at add a lot of quality to our team.
“We’ll make a decision whether he plays some part against Adelaide most likely the day before the game (Sunday).”



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Little penguins active on West Island near Victor Harbor for first time in seven years


Active little penguin burrows have been discovered on West Island south of Adelaide for the first time in seven years, six months after fox attacks put the population at nearby Granite Island in dire straits.

Both islands once supported thousands of the native birds, but seal and pest predation, as well as climate change, fish stocks and human interference, have been blamed for reducing their numbers to dangerous levels.

A recent census at Granite Island, for example, found 16 little penguins and eight active burrows remained — a population left hanging by a thread after two foxes crossed the causeway in July and killed 10 birds.

“We were out at West Island a week-and-a-half ago and found two active burrows and, in one of those burrows, they were sitting on eggs, so they’re actually breeding,” Fleurieu district ranger Paul Unsworth said.

“It is hoped that with further success and establishment, this may be an important insurance population for the little penguins on Granite Island.

West Island offers similar rock burrows to Granite Island for the little penguin.(Supplied: Department for Environment and Water)

‘Small but good signs’

Mr Unsworth said a camera would be used to monitor the eggs, with little penguins typically producing one to two chicks at a time and sometimes nesting twice during a breeding season.

He said several little penguin pairs on Granite Island had also been found sitting on eggs.

He said National Parks and Wildlife Service SA had been undertaking habitat restoration works on West Island for more than 17 years.

Mr Unsworth added that 50 adult Caspian tern had also been counted on West Island — one of the few nesting habitats for the bird — with 50 nests having fledged and another 39 eggs yet to hatch.

Decline blamed on several factors

Mr Unsworth said West Island hosted several thousand penguins in the early 2000s and their decline, “like all things in nature”, was attributed to a combination of events.

He said a large-scale pilchard mortality event in the late 1990s — attributed to herpesvirus — coincided with the big decline of the penguin populations.

“Obviously pilchards are food for these birds,” he said.

A little penguin peers out from inside a burrow.
Several thousand little penguins inhabited West Island in the early 2000s.(Supplied: Department for Environment and Water)

Mr Unsworth said the recovering population of New Zealand fur seals would also have had an impact.

“They’re recovering because they were hunted to near extinction last century,” he said.

“They are a native species here and they do cop a lot of blame, I guess, because they are obvious.”

Mr Unsworth said a gate had been installed at the end of the Victor Harbor causeway to prevent foxes making it onto Granite Island.

He said an ultrasonic deterrent had also been installed that emitted a high frequency that foxes and dogs did not like.



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NRL 2020: Casualty ward, injury updates, return dates, Latrell Mitchell, Victor Radley, Roosters, Rabbitohs, Jack Bird Dragons


There’s good news for Rabbitohs fans with superstar fallback Latrell Mitchell reportedly ahead of schedule in his recovery from a ruptured hamstring.

The 23-year-old suffered the nasty injury in August and wasn’t expected to start running until early next year. However, Wide World of Sports reports Mitchell began light field drills this week.

“It’s great to see him back out there and moving around,” Souths assistant coach Jason Demetriou told Wide World of Sports.

“He has been spending a lot of time working on his farm in Taree and that has cleared his head and also been great for his body.

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“He looks in good shape and it is probably his best off-season in a few years, despite the injury. He hasn’t had to contend with rep footy at the end of the year and a short turnaround and he is very keen and fresh.



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Victor Davis Hanson warns of elites using COVID crisis to enact unpopular globalist policies


Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is holding a global event called the “New Economy Forum,” Laura Ingraham reported on Tuesday, as she warned of an attempt at a worldwide “reset” by elites to install what they see as a more equitable economic system internationally amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“As we meet, governments around the world or mobilizing trillions of dollars to address the economic effects of the pandemic. It’s an unprecedented opportunity not only to repair the damage, but also to address problems that existed before the pandemic hit,” Bloomberg said at the forum.

To that extent, Hoover Institution senior fellow Victor Davis Hanson remarked that the forum and the policies discussed therein remind him of how former Obama White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel once said “never let a crisis go to waste.”

Hanson said on “The Ingraham Angle,” that at the time, Emanuel was harshly criticized for the remarks, and that many of the top Democratic proposals at the time like ‘Cash for Clunkers’ and socialized medicine were highly unpopular.

“[T]hey had to push it on people under the guise of a crisis. Everyone thought, ‘That’s a deplorable thing to say’,” he said.

“Twelve years later, everyone from Justin Trudeau in Canada to Gavin Newsom in California, to Hillary Clinton and Michael Bloomberg, they are proud of it. They are saying ‘we are going to use this crisis and pushed on your throat something that has no popular support’.”

Hanson said that part of the reason Joe Biden “stayed in his basement” was because his platform includes some of the ideas disseminated at Bloomberg’s forum and at the World Economic Forum.

“He didn’t campaign on these issues,” Hanson said. “That’s why Kamala Harris crashed in the primaries,” he said, adding that even Bloomberg was able to muster a primary win in American Samoa before he eventually ended his bid for the White House.

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“[Voters this election] were saying we don’t want open borders driving down American wages, we don’t care about the WTO and the W.H.O. And the UN, and we are going to honor the Constitution first, and we don’t think giving these endless concessions to China is going to make them democratic and a world partner — We are not going to deindustrialize the middle west, there’s no reason to do that. We want to save this trillion-dollar energy sector. It’s given us all this freedom in the Middle East. It’s given us jobs. And you know, you don’t have to reset anything.”

Hanson said the globalists suffered a setback when President Trump “recalibrated” the Republican Party and retooled the labor market in the working-class citizen’s favor.

This is a guy, Michael Bloomberg, who said ‘you drop a seed and it’s really easy to farm’. You put him on a tractor, he would crash into the wall,” Hanson said.

“He doesn’t know anything about the practical lives of millions of Americans. It’s pathetic. It really is.”



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Boat involved in SA’s largest search runs aground in Victor Harbor


A boat that sparked South Australia’s largest search operation has run aground in Victor Harbor.

The Margrel hit a sandbank when owner Tony Higgins attempted to come ashore in the south coast town for supplies yesterday.

Authorities conducted a four-day search for Mr Higgins and friend Derek Robinson that stretched between South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula and Kangaroo Island after a friend reported them missing.

They were eventually found off the Coorong, south-east of Victor Harbor on September 10.

Tony Higgins is angry at the attention his misfortunes have received.(ABC News)

Mr Higgins has remained on the boat off Granite Island since to carry out repairs on the 10-metre wooden-hulled boat he bought in Coffin Bay.

He had planned to sail it to Goolwa but damage to a propeller slowed down the journey’s progress, sparking the search.

He had been using a bicycle tied up on the Granite Island causeway to get supplies, unable to walk because of his “bung foot”, but the bike was stolen.

He tried to bring the Margrel into the Victor Harbor foreshore yesterday but it became stuck in shallow water.

“[I’ll] just wait for the tide and come and get my stuff and then go,” Mr Robinson said as people watched his predicament.

“I got no dinghy, mate, until I go and buy one.”

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Police find Tony Higgins and Derek Robinson off the Coorong.(ABC News)

He had a message for the thief who stole his bicylce.

“Thanks very much to you, scumbag, whoever it is,” he said.

“I hope you crash and break your arm.”

The tide came in and Mr Higgins’s boat is now tied up at the Granite Island wharf.

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The Margrel tied up at the Granite Island wharf.(ABC News)

The search earlier this month covered more than 120,000 square kilometres. It involved the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), Royal Australian Air Force and Kangaroo Island and Volunteer Marine Rescue, as well as police.

Police found the men after they responded to a text message once they got back into range off Encounter Bay.

Mr Higgins was fined $1,000 fine after being rescued for having an out-of-date emergency position indication radio beacon (EPIRB) and also for having only expired flares on board.

SA Police also discovered Mr Higgins did not hold an appropriate recreational boat licence.



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Two more men charged with murdering Victor Codea in Adelaide High School car park



Two more men have been charged with murder over the fatal bashing of Victor Codea at Adelaide High School last month.

The two Salisbury North men, aged 23 and 29, are expected to appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court today.

Police said Mr Codea, 24, of Ridleyton, was set upon by up to four men in the school car park and beaten on August 28.

He was taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital on the night of the incident, but died a few days later.

There are now four men charged with Mr Codea’s murder.

On Wednesday, SA Police arrested and charged a 24-year-old man with murder.

A 23-year-old man from Adelaide had a charge of aggravated assault causing harm upgraded to murder on September 7.

Police believe Mr Codea, who had faced drug charges, was wrongly accused by his assailants of being a police informant.

Police are seeking further information from the public as investigations continue.



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Police charge second man over alleged bashing murder of Victor Codea at Adelaide High School


A second man has been charged with murder over the alleged bashing of a man at Adelaide High School last month.

The 24-year-old man from Adelaide’s CBD is expected to face the Adelaide Magistrates Court tomorrow charged with murder.

Police allege Victor Codea, 24, of Ridleyton, was lured to the front car park of Adelaide High School between 9:30pm and 9:40pm on August 28.

Alleged murder victim Victor Codea.(Supplied: SA Police)

Detective Inspector Brett Featherby said four men were present at the time of the assault and Mr Codea was “violently assaulted by three of them”.

“The males left the scene in an older-model sedan and one of Victor’s friends took him to the Royal Adelaide Hospital, where he received emergency surgery,” he said.

“Following the assault, the vehicle was driven back to the Welland shopping centre where it was recovered by police.”

Mr Codea remained in a coma after his surgery. He died from his injuries on September 5.

Earlier this month, a 23-year-old man, also from the CBD, had his charge of aggravated assault causing serious harm upgraded to murder after Mr Codea’s death.

Police say they expect to make further arrests.

Inspector Featherby said police suspected the assailants wrongly believed Mr Codea, who had faced drug charges, was a police informant.

“We believe that he’s actually been wrongly accused of providing information to police and we have no knowledge whatsoever that he’s provided any information to police.”

His Facebook account appears to have been hacked, with his occupation listed as “police informer”.

Police urged anyone who was near Adelaide High School or the Welland Plaza Shopping Centre on the night of August 28 and noticed Mr Codea’s white 2019 Toyota Corolla with South Australian registration S331CAE to contact Crime Stoppers.



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Victor Davis Hanson argues Biden is being ‘held hostage’ by his own party


Presidential nominee Joe Biden is being held hostage by the Democrats as a political strategy, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow Victor Davis Hanson told “The Ingraham Angle.”

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Hanson said it seems  Biden is unable to speak freely on his own terms and that “screen image we see” during Zoom meetings is akin to “The Wizard of Oz.”

“It’s a false illusion. There’s somebody manipulating it,” he said.

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Hanson said the Biden campaign had to make a “calculated decision” that running a virtual campaign is a safer option than “letting him be out and be a regular candidate.”

Biden also has to walk a fine line when it comes to condemning police violence so he does not compromise his base, Hanson said.

Biden campaigns on the idea that America’s troubles, including protest violence, the coronavirus pandemic and the economic recession will all “magically disappear” upon his election, Hanson said.

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“He may be right about that because I think a lot of the agents of that chaos and anarchy are subordinate,” Hanson said.



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