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Judge slams prosecutors over court delays

Courier Mail Vanda Carson 27 August 2016

Justice David Boddice told Crown prosecutor Caroline Marco “the Crown might actually have to work hard, might actually have to switch the light on and get the indictment going and have the sentence dealt with”, during the review of a case this week.  Legal sources claim some public servants working for the DPP routinely wait until days before the deadline before presenting indictments in court.

Read more:  http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/crime-and-justice/judge-slams-prosecutors-over-court-delays/news-story/25e30779a00f36bcd094d01236d05d01

Court hears evidence of drug deal that led to stabbing

Queensland Times Emma Clarke 27 August 2016

A SELF-confessed drug dealer who was present at the alleged murder of Kieran Pye last year told a committal hearing the victim wanted to sell drugs to pay his rent.   Four people, Redbank Plains man Wayne Lemaga, 30, Bellbird Park woman Cassandra Renee Levelle, 37, Gailes man Tupu Sauaga, 24, and Goodna man Paul Anthony Benecki, 41, appeared in court in day three of a committal hearing in Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday.

Read more:  http://www.qt.com.au/news/court-hears-evidence-of-drug-deal-that-led-to-a-st/3082565/

Home Hill hostel owner: Stabbing frenzy ‘lasted hours’

News.com.au Liz Burke 29 August 2016

THE owner of the north Queensland hostel where a woman was murdered in a stabbing frenzy has revealed the excruciating extent of the torturous attack.  British tourist Mia Ayliffe-Chung, 21, was stabbed to death in the rampage and fellow backpacker Thomas Jackson was left in a critical condition after receiving more than 20 stab wounds in a bid to save her.

The hostel’s manager, Grant Schultz, 46, also suffered stab wounds while attempting to help Ms Ayliffe-Chung. He reportedly required more than 100 stitches.

Witnesses reported he had smoked cannabis on the night of the alleged stabbing frenzy, though drug testing to determine if he had consumed any other illicit drugs was still yet to be concluded.  Ayad has been charged with the murder of Ms Ayliffe-Chung, the attempted murders of Mr Jackson and Mr Schultz and 12 counts of assault, stemming from attacks on police officers.

Read more:  http://www.news.com.au/national/queensland/crime/home-hill-hostel-owner-stabbing-frenzy-lasted-hours/news-story/a8b50e417c9ed2e87aa12bbb4d41dd99

Home Hill stabbing: Smail Ayad was due to check out the morning before: Owner  (Brisbane Times 28 August 2016)

Home Hill Stabbing: Professional cleaners called in to clear bloody bathroom (Brisbane Times 27 August 2016)

Clandestine laboratory located, Gladstone

QPS News 28 August 2016

Police from the Gladstone Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) have charged a man after locating an alleged clandestine drug lab in Gladstone Central yesterday.

At about 9am police executed a search warrant at a Central Lane address. It will be alleged a quantity of glassware and chemicals suspected of being associated with the production of a methyl amphetamine were located.  Police evacuated the unit upon locating the items and contacted the Illicit Laboratory Investigation Team (ILIT) to conduct further investigations.

A 22-year-old man from Gladstone Central was charged with one count each of producing dangerous drugs, possessing relevant thing and possess suspected property.  He is expected to appear in the Gladstone Magistrates Court on September 19.

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Home Hill stabbing: Alleged killer bit police while being moved from hospital

Brisbane Times AAP August 25 2016
The man accused of killing British backpacker Mia Ayliffe-Chung was Tasered and sprayed with pepper spray after lashing out at police and biting an officer.
Townsville Regional Crime Co-ordinator Ray Rohweder said Smail Ayad became violent against officers as they drove him from hospital to the Townsville Police Station, where he was expected to be formally questioned on Thursday.
Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/home-hill-stabbing-alleged-killer-bit-police-while-being-moved-from-hospital-20160825-gr0rff.html

Townsville Bulletin: http://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/news/no-evidence-of-radicalisation-police/news-story/06210431c3e8d0aaa9d6fef5bbc7d91f

ABC News 25 August 2016
Queensland backpacker killing: Man charged over Home Hill stabbing of Mia Ayliffe-Chung
A man has been charged with murder, attempted murder and animal cruelty over a stabbing attack at a north Queensland backpackers hostel.
Mia Ayliffe-Chung was stabbed to death in front of about 30 people at Shelley’s Backpackers in Home Hill, south of Townsville, after 11:00pm on Tuesday.
Tom Jackson, a 30-year-old British man who came to her aid, received critical head injuries in the attack, and another man was stabbed in the leg.
Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-25/man-charged-over-home-hill-stabbing-murder-queensland-backpacker/7785298

News.com.au Nathan Paull Australian Associated Press August 26, 2016
Qld stab murder accused won’t front court
A Frenchman accused of the stabbing murder of British backpacker Mia Ayliffe-Chung won’t appear in court after allegedly assaulting police repeatedly since his arrest.
The 29-year-old man will instead appear in Townsville Magistrates Court via videolink on Friday after being charged over a stabbing attack at Shelley’s Backpackers in Home Hill, south of Townsville, on Tuesday night.
Ms Ayliffe-Chung, 21, died in the attack, while 30-year-old British man Tom Jackson was critically wounded, another man was injured and a dog was killed.
Read more: http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/qld-stab-murder-accused-wont-front-court/news-story/52852e63b0538c3526122ae6367aa7b1

Townsville Bulletin CHRIS McMAHON August 26, 2016
Accused backpacker killer Smail Ayad was a trained fighter
Mia Ayliffe-Chung the beautiful, young backpacker who was on the trip of a lifetime, had her life horrifically cut short, allegedly at the hands of an extremely violent, strong and well trained Smail Ayad, 29.
The man who ran to her aid as she lay dying in the Home Hill hostel bathroom after being stabbed nearly a dozen times, Thomas Jackson, never stood a chance either.
Read more: http://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/news/accused-backpacker-killer-smail-ayad-was-a-trained-fighter/news-story/0cff0adb3678dbfa6913d439f0bba0a3

 

 

 

Drug and weapons charges, Ingham

Qld Police Media 24 August 2016

Detectives from Ingham Criminal Investigation Branch this afternoon charged a local man with a number of drug and weapon offences following the search of an Ingham residence yesterday.
Police attended a home in Atkinson Street around midday where it will be alleged they located a quantity of dried cannabis, ammunition, a conductive energy device, a rifle, knives, gun powder and a number of hazardous chemicals.

Read more: http://mypolice.qld.gov.au/blog/2016/08/24/drug-weapons-charges-ingham/

Grandfather grew cannabis in concrete bunker

The Courier Mail Daniel Knowles August 24, 2016

A GRANDFATHER who grew cannabis in a concrete bunker under his home has escaped a fine to help wean him off the drug he first smoked as a nine-year-old.
Sage Ian Bahid Wilson appeared before Caloundra Magistrates Court charged with producing dangerous drugs, possessing dangerous drugs, a pipe and grinder as well as fireworks.
He told Caloundra Magistrates Court he was ready to quit using the drug because he needed to help his daughter stop using drugs.

Read more: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/crime-and-justice/grandfather-grew-cannabis-in-concrete-bunker/news-story/f49edb836a738150bcd1d05306de75ef