April 21, 2013
A MAN accused of shooting another man in the shoulder in a crowded strip club has been found not guilty by a Sydney jury.
Ricky Anthony Ciano, 31, was acquitted of wounding Amer Tashman with intent to cause grievous bodily harm at Bada Bing nightclub in Kings Cross on April 9 last year.
He was also acquitted of using a pistol without a licence, in a verdict handed down in the District Court in Sydney earlier this month.
The crown had alleged Mr Ciano got into a fight with Mr Tashman in the strip club before approaching him a few minutes later and shooting him in the shoulder.
No one in the crowded nightclub reported witnessing the shooting, although some said they heard a shot.
In his opening address, defence barrister Graham Turnbull SC told the jury there was a “host of people” involved in the scuffle and there were “lots of people coming and going that night”.
Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres takes a walk along Manly Beach in Sydney. Picture: Michael Rozman/Warner Bros Source: Supplied
WEARING a striped shirt and beaming smile, Ellen DeGeneres led Sydney fans on a mad game of “Where’s Wally” yesterday as she popped up at Manly Beach but was a no-show to watch Russell Crowe’s Rabbitohs at Penrith.
After surprising fans with her impromptu beach promenade, with wife Portia de Rossi and a camera crew in tow, the visiting talk show host had been expected to take up an invitation to see Crowe’s beloved South Sydney clash with the Panthers at Centrebet Stadium.
A game source confirmed club officials had made arrangements to host DeGeneres in the Chairman’s Lounge, where “the table was set and the meal ordered” but her party failed to arrive. Federal Sports Minister Kate Lundy and NRL boss David Smith were among the waiting VIP guests ready to welcome the star to western Sydney.
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White lives in Melbourne but she’s in Sydney for the Sexpo adult lifestyle exhibition.
“As the name suggests,” she says, “it revolves around sexxx.” She draws out the word on her tongue. “So there’s a lot of sexual products, lifestyle products for adults: dildos, vibrators … “
White is cagey about her background, but says she was born in Sydney and comes from “a loving family”. Her mother was a photographer, her father a carpenter. She wasn’t molested or drugged or or trapped, but she’d wanted to be in porn since she was 14.
In 2010, she stood as the Sex Party candidate in the Victorian state election and won 2.9 per cent of the vote. She ran specifically to oppose local Greens aspirant Kathleen Maltzahn who – in a departure from Greens policy – advocated banning brothels which, White feared, would drive prostitution underground.
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Monday March 25, 2013
SIA employee charged with trafficking heroin
A 50-YEAR-OLD Singapore Airlines cabin crew member arrested in Sydney for drug trafficking was charged in an Australian court last week.
That was confirmed by the Australian Federal Police yesterday.
He was arrested last Sunday at Sydney International Airport for attempting to import 1.6kg of heroin into the country.
The Australian Federal Police spokesman said the cabin crew member had been charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug, namely heroin.
She also said the police would not be able to comment further as this matter is now before the court.
If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and/or an A$825,000 (RM2.68mil) fine.
If he was caught and charged here, he would have faced the death penalty for trafficking above 15g of heroin.
IN the middle of 1962, when I was studying medicine at Sydney University to become a psychiatrist (I’d previously been an industrial psychologist for a couple of years), I was involved in events that changed the trajectory of my life.
When our issue of March 1964 was again prosecuted, and Richard, Martin and I faced similar charges, we decided to stand our ground this time. Today that particular issue could be passed around among kids in a pre-school without causing alarm; but what was truly amazing was that the NSW Vice Squad, which took responsibility for pressing these charges, had found enough time to get affronted by our puny efforts: they devoted most of their daylight hours to organising prostitution and illegal gaming houses for their mutual benefit. But a magistrate sentenced Richard and myself to six months’ hard labour and thus began a truly titanic legal struggle. Civil libertarians were horrified; many fine people gave evidence for us and there was a wide appeal for funds to support us. Eventually, after four hearings, the convictions were quashed.
In a match where both sides were eventually reduced to 10 men, Sydney FC’s marquee man Alessandro Del Piero pounced on a mistake in defence to silence the home fans on 33 minutes.
A UNIVERSITY manager could face prosecution, with NSW’s corruption watchdog finding that he solicited $225,000 in cash, travel and gifts from suppliers.
Nabil Faysal corruptly received the money and benefits between 2006 and 2011 when head of engineering services at the University of Technology (UTS) Facilities Management Office in Sydney, the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) said in a statement on Tuesday.
He allegedly solicited and received $119,000 of the money through his family company from UTS contractors Cady, KB Electronics, Rega Controls and Mr Wayne Hood.
The funds were “disguised as payment for work carried out, or goods supplied by Mr Faysal that he did not do or supply,” the ICAC found.
During those years, all four contractors invoiced UTS for a total of $17.8 million for work they performed for the university.
Sydney Adult Entertainment: Deadly schoolboy fight that killed Aaron Jones a tragic and terrible accident
April 17, 2013
THE death of a 15-year-old Sydney schoolboy, who collapsed during a pre-arranged fight with another teen, was a “terrible coincidence”, a coroner ruled yesterday.
Aaron Jones died in November 2011 after losing consciousness in the middle of the fight with a younger boy from Sarah Redfern High School, near his Minto home in Sydney’s southwest.
Aaron was taken to Campbelltown Hospital and pronounced dead less than an hour later.
In handing down his findings at Glebe Coroner’s Court yesterday, Deputy State Coroner Hugh Dillon described the circumstances surrounding Aaron’s death as a “terrible coincidence” – saying it was not the other boy’s fault.
“The cause of death is more probably than not a cardiac arrhythmia, which occurred while involved in a scuffle with another boy. It’s a tragedy for everyone involved,” Mr Dillon said.
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Five arrested after protests at University of Sydney By Megan Levy and Josephine Tovey March 27, 2013, 12:16 a.m.
The union set up pickets at seven main entrances to the University of Sydney campus in Camperdown from 7am on Tuesday, and were joined by protesting students.
A University of Sydney spokesman said the five people who were arrested had been issued with notices banning them from the campus until the end of the current strike.
Two of those arrested were University of Sydney students, and three were neither students or staff and had no association with the university, the spokesman said.
“The University of Sydney does support a modest pay rise for staff but regrettably the union’s pay proposals are unrealistic. If we were to meet the demands for 7 per cent pay rise it would cost the University $35m more next year than the 2 per cent rise proposed by the university.”
The financial woes of brothel owner and leviathan punter Eddie Hayson, of Dural, continue with the repossession of his luxury car on Monday.
Mr Hayson has also run up millions of dollars in gambling debts to other betting agencies, including Sportsbet. He is also being pursued by the owners of Sydney escort business Boardroom Escorts over a $2.3 million debt incurred when Mr Hayson tried to sell shares in Stiletto.
Apart from Mr Hayson’s regular appearances at racing inquiries, he is close to a number of sporting figures, including football players and jockeys who are known to frequent his Camperdown brothel.
Racing NSW chief steward Ray Murrihy has warned a number of Sydney jockeys about frequenting Mr Hayson’s establishment. ”Let’s just say that it is not in the interests of racing to have jockeys associating with a major punter at a venue that may be a brothel,” Mr Murrihy has said.