Elderly man dies in nursing home attack

April 28th, 2018 / / categories: 南京夜网 /

Wollongong detectives are investigating the death of an 84-year-old nursing home resident who was allegedly bashed by another resident.
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Mervyn Campbell died three days after allegedly being hit repeatedly with a wedge-shaped wooden door-stopper at the IRT Woonona nursing home.

Mr Campbell suffered head and arm injuries during the alleged attack in his bed at 11.30am on July 13.

A team of detectives has been set up to investigate the former Primbee man’s death.

Wollongong crime manager Tim Beattie confirmed an investigation was under way.

Officers were awaiting results of pathology and other medical reports, before determining the direction the investigation would take, he said.

Police could not confirm whether or not any charges would be laid.

“The investigation is on-going and being oversighted by the coroner,” Detective Inspector Beattie said. Detectives were speaking with Mr Campbell’s family on a regular basis to keep them up to date with the progress of the investigation, he said.

It is understood Mr Campbell was attacked in an area of the facility which is deemed high-care, but not in the section that houses dementia patients.

Other residents and staff have been deeply affected by the tragedy.

IRT group chief operating officer Craig Hamer said yesterday the death had been devastating for everyone involved.

“The safety and well-being of all our residents and clients is at the core of everything we do,” Mr Hamer said.

“This death and the circumstances around it has had tragic consequences for both men and their families, as well as the staff and other residents of our care centre,” Mr Hamer said.

“The incident happened on a weekday morning, which is a peak time for staff and resident activity.

“This is an isolated incident,” he said.

“The alleged offender is no longer a resident of IRT and is being cared for by the appropriate authorities.

“As it is under police investigation and the subject of a coroner’s report we are unable to comment.”

It is believed the man is in the care of the health system pending the outcome of police inquiries.

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Cricket club’s debt may be wiped

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THE Meander Valley Council will consider wiping a $4900 debt owed by the East Launceston Panthers Cricket Club when it meets on Tuesday.
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In a letter to the council, Prospect Park Sports Club president Daniel Smedley asked the council to write off the 2007 to 2009 clubroom rent debt left unpaid by the former Prospect Vale Eagles Cricket Club.

He said the cricket club had been an original tenant of Prospect Park but had left after the 2009-10 season owing the council money.

The cricket club was required to pay 15 per cent of the complex’s total use during the period.

Councillors will consider three options on Tuesday:

– Not to write off the debt.

– Forgive half of the debt.

– Completely write off the $4938.

Council recreation officer Bonnie McGee recommended that the council provide a once-off remission on the condition that any further debt incurred by the centre is their responsibility.

“In the past when these debt issues arose, the PPSC multi-sport model was being developed and they did not have a proper governance or management system in place,” Mrs McGee said in a report.

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SHINE LIGHT DINKUSSHINE LIGHT copy.jpgTHE Marist Brothers have issued private apologies to victims of a man known as Brother Leon by students at Marist Brothers Hamilton in the early 1950s.
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Five men are believed to have received compensation.

But there has been no public acknowledgement of the child sex crimes of the late Brother Leon, who started life as Noel Mackey, and what the Marist Brothers knew about him before his abrupt removal from the Hamilton school in September 1955.

He resigned from the Marist Brothers three months later, and moved to a Queensland mining town within a year. He also changed his surname and adopted his mother’s maiden name.

Brother Leon’s case is why victims’ advocate Bob O’Toole, 67, does not have much time for people who argue the Catholic church’s child sex crimes are “ancient history”.

After a life of suffering the consequences of being abused by Brother Leon at Marist Brothers Hamilton in 1953, it was only in 2008 he disclosed the offences to his wife.

And he has had contact with other men who have suffered in silence for decades while the Marist Brothers have also been silent.

“I believe his superiors were aware of his sexual proclivities long before he suddenly left,” Mr O’Toole said.

“It’s reinforced by his suspicious transfers through four Marist Brothers colleges between 1943 and 1947, before his appointment to Hamilton in 1948.

“It’s a long time between the offences and disclosure in this case, but it’s not ancient history. The truth about him is only occurring now, and we still don’t know how much the Marists knew and what they did with that knowledge.”

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Mr O’Toole is a founding member of Clergy Abused Network, a Hunter-based support group established by victims of child sexual abuse, and run by them.

He supports a royal commission.

CONTACT: Victims’ advocate Bob O’Toole. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

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People hand out pre-poll leaflets yesterday. Picture: SYLVIA LIBERThe residents of Kiama Municipality go to the polls today to elect nine councillors to serve for the next four years.
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There are 32 candidates vying for election, and with the absence of Kiama’s long-serving mayor Sandra McCarthy and her team from the ballot paper, the race is wide open.

Kiama residents will know who will occupy at least six of the nine positions on council later tonight. However, the make-up of the full council is not expected until at least Thursday, when all postal votes have been counted and preferences distributed.

The new council will vote for Kiama’s next mayor and deputy mayor on September 25.

The Kiama Greens have distanced themselves from an unauthorised flyer distributed in the Gerringong area in the lead-up to today’s poll.

The two-page flyer, which has a heading “Danger, Danger. Say No To Shellcove [sic] in Gerringong”, claimed “many of the candidate groups nominating for council would work together to change the ‘green’ direction of the current Council”.

Kiama Deputy Mayor Brian Petschler said the flyer made “outrageous claims” about the councillors who were standing again and had created fear about the expansion of Gerringong’s boundaries south. “It contains half-truths wrapped in misrepresentation,” Cr Petschler said. “It paints a picture of my group and other groups which is simply not true.”

An angry Gavin McClure, The Right Direction’s lead candidate, said the flyers were “nothing more than scaremongering by a group who know they’re on their way out.”

“Some of the allegations on this leaflet could be construed by voters in such a way that it could mislead their votes,” he said.

Kiama Greens candidate Andrew Sloan said he had no idea of the flyer’s existence until it began appearing in letterboxes.

“Having said that, there are some sentiments that I do agree with – urban sprawl is a concern for the Gerringong community – but this flyer has nothing to do with us at all,” Mr Sloan said.

Cr Petschler said though he believed the Greens candidates were not involved, he feared for democracy in the Kiama Municipality when “faceless, hard-nosed” people – often involved with political parties – resorted to such tactics.

Although anonymous flyers were nothing new for election campaigns, Cr Petschler said it hadn’t been a tactic used in Kiama in recent times.

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Avondale coach James Patrick believes Tech Waratahs fly-half Lee Martin stands in the way of a Wombats victory in today’s major semi-final at Ocean Park.
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Avondale’s Daryl Sanft, Anthony Amone, Eli Sinoti, Waka Horne, Roger Cairns and Andre Itula. Picture: DAVE TEASE

Martin was superb in Tech Tahs’ triumph over University in last week’s qualifying semi-final and will have to be equally as good today if his side hopes to overcome the minor premiers.

Patrick was on hand to see the veteran playmaker dismantle Uni and knows his side’s title aspirations could be in trouble if they don’t minimise Martin’s impact on the game.

“Lee Martin was great against Uni. He was the little general out there,” Patrick said.

“He was very positive for their team and kept them going forward. He’s just got a calm head. He’s been around a long time and that experience counts for a lot.

“The Tech forward pack is very strong and dominant, and then you have Lee out there directing their forwards and backs.

“Their backline probably hasn’t been as classy as previous years, but their forwards and Lee make up for it.”

The Wombats claimed the minor premiership but the Tahs were hot on their heels for most of the year.

Avondale came from behind to beat Tech twice during the season, winning 49-37 on the Tahs’ home ground before prevailing 34-26 in the second clash.

Patrick has enormous respect for Tech Tahs and is taking nothing for granted today.

“I’m confident in the ability of our boys to do what they need to do, it’s just that you don’t know which Tech team is going to show up,” he said.

“If you get a Tech team that’s fired up and ready to go, they’re a hard team to beat. Even if you were to say we had their measure all year, it’s a different game in the finals. They’re built for finals.

“Obviously [captain] Timmy [Olsen] is the same as Lee. Those two blokes just keep Tech going. They’re the first to do things and wouldn’t put any of their teammates through anything they wouldn’t do themselves.

“It’s the same with [Tahs prop] Harry [Hawksworth]. He’s another good leader with a steady head because he’s played in a lot of finals and grand finals.”

Patrick believes the Wombats learned valuable lessons in the 2011 grand final loss to Vikings.

“Playing Vikings last year, we were way out of our depth … but there’s a different feeling this year. The boys are confident without being cocky,” he said.

“We’ve got about seven blokes who were in last year’s grand final team and they’re better for it this year.

“We’re at full strength so there’s certainly no excuses. We’re fielding the strongest team we have and we’re looking forward to the tussle.

“Training has been full of nerves and excitement. As long as our boys put in the efforts I know they can, I won’t be disappointed. If the effort’s there I’ll be happy either way.”

Meanwhile, University will be aiming to bounce back from last week’s loss when they meet Shoalhaven in tomorrow’s minor semi-final at Camden.

Uni kept Tech Waratahs honest in last week’s qualifying final but still went down 31-16.

Shoalhaven overran Shamrocks in extra time

of the elimination final after the teams were

tied at 18-all at the end of normal time.

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LOUIS Cahill says he is happy doing his bit for Cobden— and it shows.
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The 21-year-old has successfully played forward and midfield roles for the Bombers this year and last year played in defence.

Entering today’s second semi-final against minor premier Warrnambool at Koroit, Cahill can expect a role up forward. Last week he kicked 2.1, including a crucial goal that gave the Bombers breathing space during a 12-point win over Camperdown.

You won’t hear Cahill complaining about where he’s positioned or asking for a preferred spot.

“I’m not a star,” he said.

“If I get a role down forward I will do that as well as I can. It doesn’t bother me where I play as long as we are winning. I’m happy to do my bit.”

Cahill is one of a majority of the Bombers who fly under the radar of opponents. While they have a core group of gun players, including ruckman Levi Dare, midfielder Joe Dare, captain Paul Foster, vice-captain Paul Hinkley, forward Tim Horan and defender Greg Tongs, the rest of the side is largely made up of hard-working, team-oriented players aged between 16 and 21.

“If everyone does their job, we are going to win,” Cahill said.

“It’s not a matter of a handful of us doing our jobs, we all have to do our roles. Everyone just has to stick to Wayne’s (coach Wayne Robertson) game plan, we just back him.”

Cahill was a Colac boy, who after playing at Irrewarra-Beeac where Robertson coached, found his way to Cobden through his cousin Paul Hinkley. He played under 18s with the Bombers in 2009 after starting a building apprenticeship with Hinkley.

In 2010 under coach James Gellie he made his debut and last year found a regular spot in the senior team as he broke into the midfield.

This season, like many of his teammates, he has enjoyed a good second half.

“The last two months my fitness has been better,” he said. “I try and do an extra session on a Wednesday and the body is not too bad.”

Cahill said a strong bond between teammates had underpinned Cobden’s rise this season.

Today he hopes the Bombers will make it nine wins from their past 10 matches when they confront Warrnambool.

“We are all pretty confident. We know Warrnambool is the benchmark but we are confident internally we can knock them off.”

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Louis Cahill is constructing solid foundations with Cobden.

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POLICE need help catching thugs responsible for a sickening late night street attack on a Ballarat man.
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The king hit was caught on a Lydiard Street North camera at 4am on August 24. The footage shows a group of three men gathered on the footpath as the victim approaches after leaving a nearby nightclub.

Ballarat Criminal Investigation Unit Detective Senior Constable Phil Canny said the victim, a 28-year-old Ballarat man, was accosted by the trio and engaged in conversation. He said one of the offenders directed the victim’s attention elsewhere, then punched him to the side of the head.

“Its terrible … he’s very lucky he wasn’t killed or seriously injured.”

Detective Senior Constable Canny said the confrontation began when the group “demanded” a drink off the victim.“This man did nothing to provoke the attack, it was just an innocent bystander who left a nightclub, walked along the street, was accosted by these guys … then king hit.”

The footage shows the victim get up, chase the offenders down a lane. The two offenders, who were not involved in the king hit, then threw the victim to the ground kicking him repeatedly.

“As a result, he got stitches above his right eye, really bad swelling to the right side of the face, chipped teeth and general bruising over his upper body from being kicked,” he said.

The main offender is described as wearing mustard or beige coloured jeans, a burgundy or maroon top and a dark beanie or beret. The other two offenders were wearing jeans and light coloured tops with three-quarter length dark sleeves.

Anyone with information can call 5336 6080 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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FOOTAGE: A scene from the footage taken in Lydiard Street North.

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Medowie high school campaign

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MOTHER-of-three Bobbie Antonic doubts that her year 5 daughter will attend a public high school in Medowie, but she hopes one might be built for her twin sons in year 1.
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The Medowie Public School P & C president is among community members who have been campaigning for a public high school in the growing suburb for more than 15 years.

The high school is among the educational infrastructure for which the Newcastle Herald is campaigning to get rid of a backlog of building needs.

More than 750 high school students leave Medowie by bus each day to attend high schools as far away as Newcastle.

The area’s population is predicted to double in the next decade and with RAAF Williamtown nearby it is likely to house young families for some time to come. The best option is for a year 7 to 10 school next to Wirreanda Public School.

Parents were dismayed to learn in November last year a demographics report found a high school would not be needed for at least five years, despite projected growth including a new town at Kings Hill.

There was also concern a new high school would impact on enrolments at the nearby Hunter River High at Heatherbrae and Irrawang High at Raymond Terrace.

Parents said two primary schools in Medowie have more than 1000 enrolments between them.

DOUBTS: Bobbie Antonic with children Harley and Sunny. Picture: Peter Stoop


Lake ecosystems rated

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ONLY two of 45 ecosystems in Lake Macquarie have been given a top rating, inspiring the city council and Landcare to keep working to improve the environment.
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A forest at Wangi Ridge and a rainforest at Swansea Heads were rated as having ‘‘excellent health’’.

A further 28 sites were rated as having ‘‘good health’’ and 12 sites had ‘‘fair health’’.

Two sites at Caves Beach (coastal headland heath) and one at Wyee (wetland) had ‘‘poor health’’.

The ratings are part of Lake Macquarie City Council’s ecosystem monitoring program, which measures the health of natural areas.

Council staff and volunteers evaluate the sites to create the ratings.

A council statement said the benefits included identifying flora and fauna species, measuring fallen logs and hollow-bearing trees for habitat, observing ground and canopy cover and regeneration of native species.

A new map and ecosystem health scorecards have been posted on the council’s website to enable people to see how natural areas rate in their neighbourhoods.

Wangi Ridge Preservation Board has been working to restore native vegetation on Wangi Ridge since 1987.

‘‘The longer you work on an area, the better it becomes,’’ board secretary Garth Chapman said.

‘‘It’s a relatively big site that has a lot of different features like a historical gun emplacement, a temperate rainforest and an old pig farm we are rehabilitating.’’

During World War II, the area was a secret military installation with an anti-aircraft command centre built to protect the Rathmines RAAF seaplane base from invading Japanese.

Mr Chapman, who is also Lake Macquarie Landcare Network chairman, said the organisation’s aim was to restore native vegetation.

MONITORED: A possum in a tree hollow at Coal Point.

EXCELLENT RESULT: Wangi Ridge Preservation Board secretary Garth Chapman said the organisation’s aim was to restore native vegetation.


Geale may be given key to Launceston

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LAUNCESTON dual world middleweight boxing champion Daniel Geale could soon become only the second person to be awarded a Key to the City.
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Mayor Albert van Zetten will take a motion to council on September 24 and suggest Geale receive the symbolic gift for his efforts in the world boxing ring.

Alderman van Zetten said that he has been in contact with Geale’s management, who are more than happy to be involved in some kind of ceremony when he returns to the state later this year.

The Rocherlea gloveman became Australia’s first boxer to unify two world titles when he beat German’s Felix Sturm on Sunday.

“Appropriate recognition could involve many different things, however, the scale of Daniel’s achievements mean that we will be looking to hand him the Key to the City,” Alderman van Zetten said.

“The Key to the City is an honour which recognises the contribution of individuals, groups or organisations, or outstanding achievements in sport, entertainment, and humanitarian work at a national or international level.”

On Thursday, Alderman Rob Soward suggested building a statue or offering a scholarship in Geale’s name.

Tasmanian solo round-the-world sailor Ken Gourlay became to first person in 2007 to receive the key to Launceston.

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