Man charged over head stabbing

A young man who stabbed another man in the head during a fight in the Brisbane CBD early Monday morning has been charged with a string of offences.
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Police were called to the scene of the bloody altercation outside an apartment block on the corner of Mary and Albert Streets at about 3.30am.

They found a 27-year-old man had received puncture wounds to his head.

The 20-year-old alleged offender was also injured.

Both men were rushed to separate hospitals, and police began questioning several people and reviewing CCTV footage of the incident.

On Monday afternoon the 20-year-old was charged with two counts of assault occasioning bodily harm, acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm, wounding and two counts of threatening violence.

He is scheduled to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

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‘Find my mother’s killer’: Teen seeks justice

Source: Illawarra Mercury
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Kimberley Fesus will soon turn 18 – the same age as her mother, Jodie, when she was brutally murdered and buried in a shallow grave at a Gerroa camping ground.

The young Mount Warrigal mum’s murder in 1997 has since baffled police – and it’s had a profound effect on the young woman who only knew her mother through photographs and other people’s memories.

On Monday, Kimberley fronted a press conference at Lake Illawarra Police Station to plead for public help to finally bring her mother’s killer to justice.

“I’m speaking out today in the hope that someone can help the police in solving my mother’s murder,” Kimberley said.

“I was just two years old when my mum was taken from me. I don’t remember her. All I have is photographs to look upon and a few keepsakes that belonged to her.

“I am almost the same age that my mother was when she was murdered. The older I get the more questions I have.

“I hope that by appealing to the public today someone out there may have the answers I seek.”

Jodie Fesus disappeared from her home on August 12, 1997. Her husband, Steven Fesus, said he had left his young wife asleep and taken their children Kimberley, then 2, and Dylan, aged one, on an errand.

Jodie Fesus, from a 1997 photo.Jodie was gone when they returned – her purse was found two days later at Oak Flats train station and a month later an anonymous tip-off led police to a camping ground at Seven Mile Beach, where her remains were found on September 14, 1997.

Despite a lengthy police investigation, and a 2005 coronial inquest, no-one has been charged with the murder.

Kimberley, who bears much resemblance to Jodie, said growing up without a mum had been hard for her and her brother, Dylan. Every milestone they reached was bittersweet, without a mum to share in their achievements.

“It was really hard not having a mum around, especially when you go to your year 6 formal … or when you have your first boyfriend or something like that, it’s definitely hard,” she said.

Kimberley is forging her own path in life – she lives independently in Warilla and is studying sports therapy at TAFE. However, she yearns for answers – and justice.

“I want someone to be accountable for my mother’s death,” she said.

“Like the police, I believe there are people in the community who know something about the death of my mum. I am confident that the police will not rest until they have solved my mum’s murder.”

Kimberley Fesus is desperate for answers about the murder of the mother she never knew. Photo: SYLVIA LIBER

Dirty day for Navarre

MCDFL – A growinginjury list combined with a tough opponent resulted in what was a dirty day forNavarre in the annual Maryborough Castlemaine District Football LeagueHannett-Ross Shield clash against Natte Bealiba.
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The Grasshoppers were already missing Ben Scott (workcommitments) and Kris Brennan, who was a late withdrawal and they finished thematch with no rotations left on the bench.

The match was a low scoring, scrappy affair that saw Navarrelead by just one goal at quarter time before Natte Bealiba hit the front earlyin the second term.

It was then goal for goal throughout, with Natte Bealibagaining the upper hand going into half time.

In a blow for the Grasshoppers, Daniel Parkin dislocated hiselbow towards the end of the first quarter and it was left to assistant coachBrent Flood to rally his troops at half time, telling them to maintainpossession and concentrate on their disposal.

“The challenge has been laid out,” he said.

“It’s a test of character in this second half and itwill come down to who wants it more.”

Turnovers were the constant problem for Navarre – theirexecution into the forward line was letting them down and Natte Bealiba wereable to capitalise on the Grasshoppers mistakes.

Navarre’s day got even worse in the third term when forwardZane Bigmore was stretchered off with what looked like a severe knee injury,while defender Tom Kaye rolled his ankle and didn’t return.

Louis Hannett strained his hamstring again and he spent themajority of the final quarter on the bench.

A goal to Zach Parry on the three quarter time siren saw thehome side down by nine points at the final change.

Flood’s main message at the huddle was simple- Don’t giveup. “We’ve got 18 individuals, all of you know where we are,” hesaid.

“I’ve asked for that extra effort and got it, now it’sup to 18 blokes in a fight – one in, all in.”

Despite Flood’s plea, Navarre weren’t able to hold off NatteBealiba in the final term with the visitors running out winners 8.9 (57) to 6.9(45).

Flood praised Natte Bealiba’s performance.

Flood singled out defenders Bryce Tickner and Luke Hendyalong with Ash Driscoll as the Grasshoppers best players.

Navarre defender Luke Hendy was about to get his kick in despite a blocking attempt from a Natte Bealiba opponent in the clash at Navarre on Sunday. In a close contest Navarre lost out by 12 points. Picture: MARK McMILLAN

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Rain to continue in Brisbane

A low pressure system is set to continue battering the coast and bringing soggy conditions to Brisbane on Tuesday.
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Located about 180 kilometres northeast of Cape Moreton, the low is expected to slowly move away from land.

But before it does it will bring about dangerous surf conditions, significant beach erosion and squally showers.

“As soon as that low moves away we should see a little bit of improvement in conditions,” Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Ben Annells said.

“It’s not going to be dreary or cold all day.”

Since 9am on Monday, Brisbane recorded 15mm of rain in the city rain gauge, 40mm at the airport, and about 50mm on the Bayside he said.

Showers are expected to continue through the week as a high moves in off the back of the low, bringing easterly winds and moisture.

“May and June can tend to be fairly wet,” Mr Annells said.

“It does start to dry up in July, but we’re only at the start of July – July, August and September tend to be the driest as the westerly winds start to dominate.”

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for damaging winds peaking at 110km/h along the southeast coast.

Forecast for Tuesday

Mostly cloudy with a few squally showers, tending to rain at times, easing to a shower or two later in the day. Fresh and gusty S to SW winds, tending strong and gusty near the Bayside.

City: Max 20

Bayside: Max 19

UV Alert from 10.10am to 1.40pm, UV Index predicted to reach 4 [Moderate]

Wednesday

Fine, partly cloudy.

Min 14

Max 23

Thursday

Mostly fine, possible shower.

Min 13

Max 23

Friday

Mostly fine, possible shower.

Min 12

Max 24

Saturday

Mostly fine, early shower.

Min 12

Max 23

Sunday

Mostly fine, possible shower.

Min 11

Max 20

Monday

Mostly fine, possible shower.

Min 13

Max 21

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Driver’s lucky escape after level crossing crash

Source: The Border Mail
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A woman miraculously walked away without a scratch after her car collided with a freight train at a level crossing in south-west NSWyesterday.

The 71-year-old Wagga woman’s car was totalled in the front and back after the crash atHenty, but somehow the body of the car remained intact and she walked away unscathed.

“She has had a very close call,” said Brenten Meyer, Henty fire brigade deputy captain, at the scene.

“She is a very lucky lady.”

Albury highway patrol’s Sen-Constable Wayne Brady said the woman had turned right from Henty Walla Road, which runs alongside the train line, and over the Rosler Parade level crossing, when she hit the 1500-metre Melbourne-bound train just before midday.

The end of the train’s first car incurred minor damage.

The crossing has bells and lights, which were working, but no boomgates.

Sen-Constable Brady said it appeared the driver had been distracted.

“She was looking out for trucks but she didn’t look for the main thing,” he said.

“The train has taken 1.5kilometres to stop, so they can’t give way.

“She is really very lucky.”

The woman was treated for shocked but was quickly cleared by paramedics.

Sen-Constable Brady said the driver of the train was also shaken but “but it helps that (the car driver) isn’t dead”.

Resident Marie Solyk had herself just returned from a drive to Albury, only minutes before the crash.

“I was stopped at the (Sladen Street) crossing counting the cars go across, and then kept driving,” she said.

“I heard a bang, just a little bit after, but didn’t think anything of it.”

The woman was fined for entering a level crossing contrary to lights and bells.

Australian Rail Track Corporation signal technician Terry Wise said a small amount of damage was done to a signal wire, but it would be quickly repaired.

Mr Wise said all level crossings were monitored for any issues or break- downs and that “this level crossing was working fine” at the time of the crash.

A CountryLink spokesman said yesterday the train line had been disrupted for two hours.

Coaches were sent out to collect rail passengers.

The wreckage left after a car collided with a train at Henty. Photo: MARK JESSER

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So near, yet so far as Tomic falls to Berdych

Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, left, shakes hands with Bernard Tomic of Australia after defeating him during at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon. Photo: Sang Tan bernard tomic
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As the sun set on the Globe theatre-like court one, so it did on Bernard Tomic’s Wimbledon, but in a way to affirm in his mind that there will be plenty more tomorrows here for the Australian tyro.

Sixth-ranked Czech Tomas Berdych beat him 7-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, but afterwards was as relieved as he was exultant. “Bernard is a great player,” said Berdych. “He is using all the skills that you can possibly use on grass. That makes it so tough to play him, and makes me feel even better as a winner.”

For Tomic, it was so near, and yet so far. He had a point to win the first set, won the second and had another point to go ahead in the third. In the beginning, there was barely the width of a racquet string. In the end, there was Berdych’s experience; he has played five times as many matches on the pro circuit as Tomic. In the last hour of the match, he was able to assert himself as Tomic could not.

“I had chances in the third set, but I started to slip away,” Tomic said. “I was feeling a little bit tired out there. Tomas hitting the ball very big and low, so you have to be on your feet the whole time. I probably wasn’t the right physical shape in the fourth set. I was a little bit tired. That comes from playing three tough matches here at Wimbledon. Tomas played very good. There was nothing I could do in the end.”

Guileless to the end, Tomic said that if he had won the fourth set, he would have sought to slow the match, even asked for an injury time-out, until the light made it unplayable, and he could have resumed it fresh on Tuesday.

But Tomic exits a visibly improved player. His serve proved trustworthy; whenever he was in a corner in the first two sets, he served his way out of it. Twice, he saved from 0/40, almost nonchalantly. But Berdych’s delivery was nearly impregnable, and neither broke the other until the third set. Small differences told. If anything, Tomic had more trouble with Berdych’s second serve and the way it leapt off the court than he did with his first.

Conversely, Berdych pounced on Tomic’s second serve.

Tomic proved himself sound defensively, until worn down eventually by Berdych’s thumping groundstrokes. After losing his first service game in the fourth set, Tomic was not challenged again. But nor could he make a threatening impression on Berdych’s serve. Berdych was on the alert for Tomic’s patent variations, and forewarned proved forearmed. Some of the shots that Tomic got away with in earlier rounds, he was not given room or time even to play today.

Tomic said he still saw himself as a top-10 player-in-waiting; what he needed now was match miles. “I just need time and experience,” he said. “In every match I play now, you become more experienced. It will come I think as you work hard, as you play more tournaments, and get more experience.  It was my first time playing Tomas in actual match, so I’m sure down the years I will play him much more times.”

Berdych proceeds to play world No 1 Novak Djokovic on Wednesday, the second time this year their paths have crossed in a major quarter-final. For some, the draw this year opened as wide as main street in a country town, but not for him. He did not protest.

Tomic goes either home or to the US, fortified. “I’m very happy with the way I played this tournament,” he said. “It’s given me my confidence back, and I’m going to use this into the hard-court season now. At his best now, he has the look of a player who has been around, and seen it all, and might some days be outclassed, but will not be taken by surprise. He is young still, although youth will not last as alibi.

Immediately, he has to work out a way to negotiate the rest of the year with his father and coach, John, in his match-day corner. Tomic said that was manageable. To the idea that his father was at his matches here anyway, he smiled and replied: “It’s a bit like ‘where’s Wally?’, isn’t it?”

In the other men’s quarter-finals, British cynosure Andy Murray will play Fernando Verdasco, Juan Martin Del Potro will meet David Ferrrer and, in something of an exotica for Wimbledon and for tennis, two Poles will face off in the other. Lukasz Kubot and Jerzy Janowicz both won five-setters to get to their appointment, and the lanky Janowicz took up the theme of the day and tournament after outlasting Jurgen Melzer, burying his face in the court not once but twice.

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Aussie Gerrans wins third stage of Tour

Simon Gerrans and his Orica-GreenEDGE teammates produced a superb effort to deliver the Australian team its first win in the Tour de France on Monday.
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The stage win also avenged their embarrasing start to the Tour when their team bus became stuck under the finishing arch on stage one.In hot and sunny conditions, Gerrans won Monday’s145.5km third stage from Ajaccio to Calvi on the island of Corsica in a nail-biting sprint to the line, beating the fancied Slovakian Peter Sagan (Cannondale) who had to settle for second place and Spain’s Joaquin Rojas (Movistar) who finished third.Meanwhile, Belgian Jan Bakelants (RadioShack) who finished in the bunch, kept the overall race leader’s yellow jersey.

In second place overall going into Tuesday’s 25km stage four team time trial in Nice is Frenchman Julien Simon (Sojasun) at one second, while Gerrans is third at the same time.For Gerrans, his stage win was his second in the Tour, with his first in 2008 when he triumphed on the Alpine summit of Prato Nevoso on stage 15.It was also the 2011 Milan-San Remo champion’s third grand tour stage win after he took stage wins in 2009 in the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana.Asked what was the trick to beating Sagan who many felt would win the stage when a bunch sprint without many of the pure sprinters who had been dropped on the hilly course was set in place, Gerrans, 33, said: “I’m not sure if there is one trick to beating Peter Sagan.

“He can win in the mountains and he can win in full bunch sprints, but I guess today [Monday], the trick was great team work. I really had full support from my teammates right up until the last couple of hundreds metres.

“So … really just the final touches on some fantastic teamwork was the key to beating Peter Sagan.”As impressive and determined Gerrans’ sprint was, his victory really did cap off a superb day for the Orica-GreenEDGE team that disappointed last year by failing to win a stage in the Tour, even though they impressed in their first year with 33 victories.

Firstly, on Monday, they had Australian Simon Clarke in the day-long break of five riders that was only all reeled in when he – as the lone survivor after dropping his companions – was caught with a little under 15km to go.

Clarke’spresence up front took the pressure off Orica-GreenEDGE to lead the chase. And while he was away on the attack, that meant Gerrans could conserve as much energy as possible for his move when – or if – Clarke’s break was caught.Clarke’s efforts, that included him still being able to ride hard in the team’s chase of the final breakaway that escaped after he was reeled in, also saw him take the ‘most aggressive rider’ for the stage award – meaning Orica-GreenEDGE had riders on the podium in Calvi.Gerrans relished the finale after his teammates protected him in the bunch while Clarke was away.Their help meant thatwhen the final kilometre arrived and South African teammate Daryl Impey unleashed a brilliant lead-out for his sprint, he knew he could go full gas.

So close was the margin still between Gerrans and Sagan, who was on the Australian’s left, he dared not celebrate until the win was confirmed. “I had all the guys in the team protecting me throughout the stage. Simon Clarke had a fantastic ride in the breakaway all day and he was still able to ride in the final to make sure that group of four guys were caught for the sprint,” Gerrans said.

“Then I just followed Daryl, put my faith in him completely and he delivered me inside 200m from the line. I started my sprint just inside 200m. I saw in the final 50m Sagan came up beside me, and we drag raced to the line. We both threw [their bikes forward in a push].

“I really wasn’t sure who won. I wasn’t going to celebrate too early until I was sure that I had won. I am really happy to have finished off some fantastic work from Orica-GreenEDGE teammates and to get out first win in the Tour.”Gerrans also paid special tribute to Impey with whom he swapped roles after trying to help him win Sunday’s second stage to Ajaccio.”In the last kilometres I really put all my faith in Daryl Impey actually,” Gerrans said. “He is one of the best lead-out men going around.”We had a little roll reversal from the first couple of stages where I was looking after Daryl, and the plan [Monday] was that he was to look after me.”Orica-GreenEDGE’s historic Tour stage win could not pass without reference to Saturday when the team’s Spanish driver Garikoitz ‘Gary’ Atxa tried to drive the team bus through the stage finish gantry after being directed to do so by race officials, only for it to become stuck.Gerrans smiled as he agreed that: “It was definitely a bizarre day, the first day of the Tour de France, and not something that anybody in the team was expecting, nor anybody around the world. Fortunately we have a fantastic bus driver and he handled himself really well, and we didnt really find out what happened until we finished the first stage. We had a little communication problem with our race radios, so we didn’t know what was happening throughout the stage. We just assumed the finish was as normal. Then, afterwards, we saw the footage of the bus being stuck under the finish line. “You can really do nothing but laugh at the situation. It was such a bizarre scenario for that to happen. But like I said, the bus driver, Gary, he did a fantastic job. We are all really proud of how he conducted himself … and for sure he was really embarrassed. So we really felt quite sorry for him.”Twitter: @rupertguinness

Simon Gerrans (left) of the Orica-GreenEDGE team sprints to win the 145.5-kilometre third stage of the Tour de France. Picture: Getty Images

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First quarter blitz hurt CKS Swifts 

HDFL – CKS Swiftsjoint coach Ben Martin said that although the Baggies lost to Kalkee by 52points on Saturday, they aren’t that far away from the top Horsham DistrictFootball League side.
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“People look atit and say ‘Swifts got beaten by 50 points’ but it doesn’t particularly tellthe story,” Martin said.

CKS Swifts did startbrightly, kicking the opening two goals before the Kees responded emphaticallywith seven of their own to lead by 28 points at the first break.

The Baggies managedto compete against Kalkee for the remainder of the match, but in the end it wasthe six-time reigning premiers who proved too strong, coming away with the win19.12 (126) to 11.8 (74).

Martin wasdisappointed to lose, but found plenty of positives to come out of Saturday’sgame at North Park.

“The first fiveminutes I thought we were pretty good. We were up and about,” he said.

“Then theykicked seven straight.

“Other weeks,we’ve been able to get a couple of goals back, but we weren’t able to do thatagainst a quality side.

“We’ve got toget better and be able to stem the flow and control the game a littlebit.”

Following Kalkee’sfirst quarter blitz, Martin said the Baggies ‘broke pretty much even’ in thesecond quarter.

This was reflected onthe scoreboard with Kalkee booting six third quarter goals to CKS Swifts fiveand the final quarter the Kees just had the edge, adding four to two.

It was turnovers thatproved costly for the Baggies, with Kalkee able to rebound the ball and quicklymove it down the other end with a goal the result.

“We’ve just gotto learn that you can’t turn the football over, especially going into theforward line,” Martin said.

Missing from the CKSSwifts line up was Jack Kelly, who was a late withdrawal with a rolled ankle,while Martin has a minor knee issue that hampered his game and may see him missthe Pimpinio clash this week.

Among those to standout for CKS Swifts was Nick Pickering, who managed to nullify Steve Schulz’sinfluence on the match, while Ricky Whitehead and Scott Carey played solidgames.

It was a tough dayfor Baggies defenders, with Kees Adam Carter booting nine goals in a best onground performance.

Nathan Ringin was again a solid performer for CKS Swifts at the weekend, with the Baggies going down to Kalkee by 52 points at North Park.

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Car may be key in Orient Point missing person case

Police are renewing appeals for information as they continue their inquiries into the disappearance of Orient Point woman Debra Kirby.
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The body of a woman, believed to be aged in her 40s, was found at the bottom of a cliff off Scenic Drive about 12.15pm onSunday by police on a routine patrol of the showground area.

While the body is yet to be formally identified, police have been appealing for public assistance after Ms Kirbywas reported missing late last week

As part of their inquiries police are seeking assistance from anyone who may have seen Debra Kirby’s black 2007 model Toyota Yaris with NSW registration plates. BCR66M.

Police are particularly interested in hearing from anyone who might have seen the car at or near Nowra Showground on Scenic Drive at Nowra during the past week.

Police would also like to speak with anyone who saw or spoke to Ms Kirby on or since Wednesday, June26, 2013.

Anyone with information about this incident should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page:https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/.

Shoalhaven Police want to know if you have seen this car.

Debra Kirby

Police search for clues.

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