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Attack on 20-year-old a case of mistaken identity

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DUO: Roberts and Miners
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A YOUNG man with an intellectual disability and foetal alcohol syndrome has been left scared to leave his home after being targeted in a case of mistaken identity.

The 20-year-old was attacked and told he would be shot during the incident in the main street of Gerogery on May 14.

The victim had driven to a toilet block, about 100 metres from the town’s pub, and heard voices coming from the hotel.

When he got back to his car, he saw a blue Ford and called his girlfriend.

He started his vehicle by reaching in through the window when the Ford turned its lights on and reversed towards him about 9pm.

The victim drove away, followed closely by Gregory Roberts, 29, in the Ford.

It’s alleged his partner Amina Miners, 30, was in the vehicle, which overtook the victim’s car and slammed its brakes on.

Miners allegedly got out, opened the door, ripped his seatbelt off and pulled the man from the car.

The victim was crying and shaking uncontrollably and didn’t understand what was happening.

Miners allegedly threw his phone into nearby bushland so the victim couldn’t call police, as Roberts told her it was the wrong person.

The victim fled and Miners allegedly took his keys and threw them awaybefore the pair got into their car and followed him.

He hid in grassland and the pair screamed at him, before Miners allegedly punched him in the side of the head.

“Jump in my boot before I shoot ya,” she allegedly shouted at the 20-year-old.

The man ran into a paddock and told someone in a nearby farmhouse to call Triple-0.

Roberts took full responsibility for the incident during a police interview – claiming he had been the one who had robbed and assaulted the victim, and that his partner wasn’t even in the car.

The following day, he admitted he had lied to police and made a fresh statement with comprehensive allegations against his partner.

The false statementto the investigators led to Roberts being charged with hindering a police investigation into a serious indictable offence.

Magistrate Tony Murray told Roberts he was at some risk of going to jail, noting it was “a serious matter”.

Miners is behind bars for her alleged role, and is yet to enter a plea.

Roberts will be sentenced on July 27 and Miners will return to court on July 10.

The Border Mail

‘It brings everything back’

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‘It brings everything back’ Memories: Lyn McKeon and daughter Marissa before their deaths in Bali in October, 2002.
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Survivors: Ross McKeon and daughter Kristie survived the 2002 Bali bombing, but their lives changed forever.

Grief: Ross McKeon and daughter Kristie at the funeral of Lyn and Marissa McKeon.

Injured: Ross McKeon in hospital after the 2002 Bali bombing.

TweetFacebook Memories of 2002IT’S been 15 years since Terrie Smith’s sister and niece, Lyn and Marissa McKeon, were killed in a bomb attack on the Sari Club in Bali, but the memories of 2002 came flooding back on Saturday with a simple news report.

American prosecutors had filed terror charges against the alleged architect of the 2002 bombings, Riduan “Hambali” Isomuddin, which killed 202 people including 88 Australians, the report said.

Mrs Smith and husband Warren were stunned by what they called “the good news”. But they were reminded again of what they lost when a cancelled flight back to Australia saw Ross and Lyn McKeon, their daughters Marissa, 14, and Kristie, 12, and 13 friends have dinner at the Sari Club –the only time the group went to anightclub during their three-week holiday.

“Hearing it like that without any warning, it brings everything back, but it’s not as raw as it was five yearsago, and five years ago it wasn’t as raw as it was five years before that,” Mr Smith said.

“We’re past the crying stage but it sort of all hits home.”

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop described the 2002 Bali bombing as the single greatest loss of Australian life in a terrorist attack, which had been a “scar on the hearts of all Australians”.

“I hope that, should this prosecution succeed, there will be some closure for those who were devastated by the loss of loved ones, family and friends,” Ms Bishop said.

Isomuddin is accused of directing the co-ordinated attacks on Paddy’s Irish Pub, the Sari Club and the US consulate in October, 2002, as well as the 2003 bombing of the Marriott hotel in Jakarta which killed 12 people.

Terrie and Warren Smith said they would follow the prosecution but the incarceration of Isomuddin at Guantanamo Bay since 2006 was “the best thing because he hasn’t been able to hurt anyone else”.

“Other people have been protected from this coward,” Mr Smith said.

Ross McKeon suffered serious injuries during the bombing while daughter Kristie was found by friends, distraught and alone, after the attack.

Mr McKeon still bears the physical and emotional scars and the simple act of looking at photographs at family events showed the extent of the grief felt by him and his daughter, Mr Smith said.

“He doesn’t saytoo much,” he said.

In an interview one year after the bombing Mr McKeon said the grief “comes up when you don’t expect it”.

“We might be at a sporting event or something like thatandI’ll think, 12 months ago Marissa was running around, Lyn was hereandwe were watching this together as a familyandenjoying life together. Andnow they’re not here.”

Mr Smith said Kristie’s marriage and the recent birth of her first child were times when she keenly felt the loss of both her mother and sister.

“Marissa is badly missed by her sister. Things have happened in Kristie’s life and it would have been nice for her to have her mother and sister there.”

Terrie Smith said July 7 will be another reminder of the permanent losses from October 12, 2002, when Lyn McKeon would have celebrated her 60thbirthday.

In 2003 Ross McKeon said he had constant memories of his wife and daughter.

“They are sweet memories but you have to let them be sweet rather than hold on to them, because then they go sour because you start thinking about what you’ve lost. You have to let it pass and not dwell on it.”

In November, 2008 three men were executed on the island prison ofNusakambanganin for their parts in the 2002 Bali bombing, and a fourth man died in a police shoot-out in 2010. Other conspirators were sentenced to lengthy jail sentences.

In October, 2005 another bomb blast in Bali claimed the lives of Newcastle residents Colin and Fiona Zwolinski and Jennifer Williamson, and left members of nine other Newcastle families with serious injuries.

Turning fear into hope after cancer diagnosis

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TERRY WHEELERHunter Prostate Cancer Support GroupTERRY Wheeler is the man you want in your corner when the going gets tough.
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As a founder of the Hunter Prostate Cancer Support Group, Mr Wheeler has backed hundreds of men –and their partners – who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

One of those men was Maitland man John Leeks, who described his diagnosis as “sheer terror” as he struggled to come to terms with it.

LEADERSHIP: Terry Wheeler, right, with support worker Greg Milan at a meeting of the Hunter Prostate Cancer Support Group.

But, thanks to Mr Wheeler,he turned “giving up” into renewed optimism about the future.

It is a story that has been repeated hundreds of times over within the support group, Mr Leeks said.

“Terry has spent 20 years speaking to people over the phone, visiting them at their home, visiting them in hospital, he makes every contact he can –even though he himself has severe prostate cancer,” Mr Leeks said.

“I think the only way you can describe that is extreme charity and generosity.”

According to Cancer Australia, more than 16,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year.

It is estimated that 3400 men die from prostate cancer every year.

Mr Leeks said the value of the support group founded by Mr Wheeler was the camaraderie between its members.

“Terry basically set me straight; he got me talking to other people,” he said.

“The first thing that happens when you hear prostate cancer is you go blank.

“It comes out of the blue, so it’s critical that you talk to people.

“Doctors are very good at giving medical advice, but when you’re in there all you’re hearing is cancer.

“When you talk to people about it, you know what to expect, you become more optimistic.”

Mr Wheeler said the group was designed to be encouraging –not only for men, but their partners as well.

“The strength of the group, for the last 20 years or more, is that people, including their wives, can talk about things important to them about their prostate cancer journey,” he said.

“We do this on a one to one basis or in a group discussion environment … it is purely at what our members and especially new members want to do.

“We cater for all people and we don’t push anyone in any way.

“We find that the doctors cannot provide the sort of fellowship and time that is provided by our group.”

The Hunter Prostate Cancer Support Group meets on the second Tuesday of the month at Maryland Community Centre. Attending the meeting is free.

To find out more, visit hunterprostatesupport.org

Weather watchers wowed by stunning sunsets

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Weather watchers wowed by stunning sunsets The fading light reflected on mid-level clouds creates a stunning sunset on the Manning River on Saturday evening. Photo by Janine Watson.
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Photo by @katrina_begg of last night’s sunset #nature_perfection

Photo by @gbake1974 / ‘Sunset over the Macleay Valley. Nothing but natural, no filters #sunset sunset #macleayriver’

Photo by @alexchiswell taken at Oakdale.

Photo by @sue_take2 taken at Port Macquarie and shared on Instagram – ‘Pelican photobombing my sunset #pelican #bird #sunset #nofilter #portmacquarie’

Another stunning photo of Saturday night’s sunset captured at Port Macquarie by @ruthandturbo

Image by @_denise_fg taken at Port Macquarie.

Saturday night’s sunset captivated photographers including @sophie.smiles who shared this photo taken at Port Macquarie on Instagram.

More #sunset_brilliance by @ _denise_fg

Sunset over Kempsey captured by @chrissy636363 and shared on Instagram.

Another stunning Kempsey sunset captured by @chrissy636363

Photo by @shell2444 ‘Winter weekends …. the end of a sensational Saturday in #portmacquarie ‘

By @gbake1974 ‘As the evening egrets flock by #sunset #macleayvalley’

Clouds flushed with colour as the sun sets near Kiama.

Another stunning image taken by @gbake1974 at Kempsey and shared on Instagram.

Sunset on Wollongong Harbour by @turaumus

Sunset near Kempsey. Photo by Ronnie Grammatica Photography.

Photo by @lisamary64life.sun.beach #livesunsets #bythelakeside #forsternsw

Sunset photo taken at Forster by @emilytheone

TweetFacebook Photo gallery – sunsets have been captivating photographers across the south-east of the country.Related:

Your photos capture the changing seasonsYour photos show the strength of the oceanSome stunning sunsets have been snapped in recent days across the south-east of Australia.

Saturday night was no exception and according Weatherzone senior meteorologist Jacob Cronje, it’s all to do with the clouds.

“There’s the right amount of mid-level cloud around at the moment for the light to reflect off and make for some brilliant sunsets.”

If you have any sunset photos you would like to add to our gallery email [email protected]南京夜网.au

Forty-one Victorian lives would have been saved last year by this one safety measure

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Forty-one people died on Victoria’s roads last year because they were in a car that did not have electronic stability control.
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The braking technology, which has been mandatory in new cars in Victoria for six years, has been compared to seatbelts and drink-driving laws for its role in saving lives.

Electronic stability control could have saved 41 lives in Victoria last year. Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong

Victoria suffered a horror year on the roads in 2016, with 291 people killed, the highest number of lives lost in a decade.

New research has revealed a staggering 14 per cent of those deaths can be attributed to the absence of electronic stability control (ESC).

The average age of a car in Victoria is 10 years, with most cars built well before 2011 when the safety feature became mandatory.

Last year just 31 per cent of registered cars in Victoria hadthe technology, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Victoria’s Transport Accident Commission, Sweden’s Transport Administration and the Monash University Accident Research Centre combined to analyse the circumstances of all 291 fatalities on the road last year.

Their research, which was based on Victoria Police crash data, is the first time a study of its kind has been done in Australia.

Itfoundthat 140 of last year’s291 deaths occurred after a vehicle veered out of itslane, and that 41 of those 140 deaths –29 per cent –could have been prevented if the vehicle had electronic stability control.

Ten of those 41 deaths were from head-on crashes and 31 were from vehicles running off the road.

The research suggests an enormous cut could be made to the state’s road toll if more people drovea car with ESC technology, particularly on country roads.

Thirty of the 41 preventable deaths occurred on rural roads, which consistently have a higher death toll than Melbourne roads, and where veering out of the lane is the cause of 85 per cent of fatal crashes, according to TAC data.

ESC technology senses when a driver is losing control and a vehicleis beginning to skid sideways, and automatically applies the brakes to individual wheels to put the car back on its intended path.

Monash University crash investigator David Logan said although the stability control doesnot prevent everycrash or save every life, the study indicated it plays a huge role in reducing road trauma.

“ESC has the ability to prevent about a third of those run-off road crashes,” Dr Logan said.

“It doesn’t work all the time … you might still be seriously injured but you’re likely to be less seriously injured and you might turn a fatality into a serious injury.”

Samantha Cockfield, the TAC’s road safety director, said the study proved that a shift to newer, safer cars iscrucial in reducing the road toll.

“We know people will continue to make mistakes on our roads and that is why the cars we drive and the safety features in them are so important,” Ms Cockfield said.

“Features like ESC intervene at that critical moment and can turn a potentially fatal mistake into a bit of a fright for the people inside the car.”

The TAC has set a long-term goal of zero road deaths and Ms Cockfield said that through technology, society would ultimately reachthat goal.

“ESC is just one feature and it could have saved 41 lives –other technologies are emerging like automaticemergency braking that have even greater potentialin saving lives,” she said.

“This is why one day we will get to a point where no onewill be killed on our roads.”

The RACV’s manager of vehicle engineering, Michael Case, said electronic stability control was one of the most profound advances in vehicle safety in recent decades.

“Everyone in road safety is looking for a silver bullet, that’s what seatbelts were, and drink-driving regulations,” Mr Case said. “I would put ESC up there.”

So far, there is no way to retrofit older cars with this technology.

He said there was a misconceptionthat large, high-priced cars were safest but new small cars with highsafety ratingscould be bought for as little as $13,000.

The Andrews government has set a target to reduce the state’s road toll to 200 or fewer lives lostby 2020.

So far 116 people have died on Victoria’s roads this year.

In January, while noting a sharp rise in Australia’s road toll, the Turnbull government’s Federal Transport Minister Darren Chester urged parents to “spend a little bit more” if buying their child’s first car, and purchase one with modern safety features.

The Age