Australian criminals and their Crimes. Con artists, scum bags, murderers, corrupt cops, pollies, rapists and paedophiles will find themselves in this blog. It was expanded to also cover those that ought to be charged for their idiotic disgusting behaviour. Usually high-profile people who think they are above the law
11 February 2016 | Updated: 20:00 EST, 11 February 2016
This is the campsite at Salt Creek where two women escaped with their lives, photographed by the 59-year-old man accused of their kidnap, rape and attempted murder.
The photograph was taken just over three weeks before he allegedly kidnapped, raped and attempted to murder a 23-year-old South American woman and her European travelling companion in the sandhills at Salt Creek 200km south-west of Adelaide.
Posted on one of the accused man’s social media accounts, the photo shows the man’s car, two small tents, picnic tables and eskies.
One of the man’s friends is posing in the picture at the spot where the alleged attacker has camped.
This is the campsite at Salt Creek where two women escaped with their lives, photographed by the 59-year-old man accused of their kidnap, rape and attempted murder more than three weeks before the alleged attack
A photograph of Salt Creek taken by the man accused of raping and kidnapping the female tourists taken weeks before the alleged attack and posted on his social media site
The man, who claims on dating sites to be an ‘outdoors’ and ‘athletic’ person interested in fishing, camping and swimming, has several photographs of himself camping with a young boy, believed to be his son.
In other photographs, the man is pictured on the beach or camping out with friends.
The accused has several profiles on dating websites in which he describes himself as ‘outgoing’ and looking for a woman between ’22 and 56′.
On different sites, he says he is ‘friendly and ‘respect people and other cultures’, as well as saying he is ‘respectful to women’ and able to ‘get along with anyone, well almost haha’.
He says that he wants to meet ‘a kind, loving and thoughtful woman ready for marriage and to start a new life with.
On the day of the alleged incident two women tourists, believed to be a 23-year-old South American woman and a European woman in her twenties, were in the company of the man at Salt Creek, which is in the vast Coorong National Park along the south coast of South Australia.
It was around 6.30pm on Tuesday, when nearby fisherman saw one of the women, naked and bleeding, running from the sand dunes towards them and screaming that she was going to be killed.
Ali Mohammed and Abdul-Karim Mohammed, were driving near the sand dunes at Coorong National Park when the naked backpacker ran towards them.
‘She didn’t know what was going on… She’s jumped in the car and is telling us “please get out of here”,’ Ali Mohammed told Seven News.
The woman screamed ‘Get me out of here, get me out of here. He’s going to kill us all.’
According to Seven News, the two women had split up to escape the man after he allegedly attacked them, with one getting away to alert the witnesses.
She told her rescuers that the man had allegedly hit one of the women over the head with a hammer, and run the other over with a vehicle
The second backpacker was recaptured later in the evening, when she was discovered barely conscious and seriously injured in the sand dunes. Seven News showed footage of a man being arrested on the beach by police.
The man was seen on his stomach on the ground, with his arms behind his back as two officers detain him. He was wearing a black and white t-shirt and grey pants.
Police also found a campsite about a kilometre from where the man was arrested. There was a fishing knife and hook left behind.
Both women are in hospital in a stable condition after they were rescued at Salt Creek in Coorong National Park.
The 59-year-old is in custody following a brief appearance via videolink in Adelaide Magistrates Court.
He is charged with charged with kidnapping, rape, causing aggravated harm to another and attempted murder and is remanded in custody until April 18.
Mother pleads guilty to murdering three children in lake crash
Submerged four wheel drive in a lake at Wyndham Vale in 2015
Mon 16 Jan 2017, 12:35pm
A mother has pleaded guilty to murdering three of her seven children, and trying to kill a fourth, by driving into a lake at Wyndham Vale in Melbourne’s south-west.
Akon Guode, 37, showed little emotion as she pleaded guilty to murdering her one-year-old son Bol and four-year-old twins, Hanger and Madit, and attempting to murder her five-year-old daughter Alual in 2015.
The mother’s plea in the Victorian Supreme Court came at a mention hearing before she was due to stand trial.
As the charges were read to her, through the help of an interpreter, the only words she said were “guilty” to each charge.
Passersby and emergency services frantically tried to help Guode and her children after her car plunged deep into Lake Gladman at Wyndham Vale.
Alual survived after being pulled from the water and sent to hospital.
Sharon Yarnton had put two nine kilo gas bottles next to her husband’s car and doused it in diesel fuel
Two other women have also been charged with attempted murder and will face court today
Mrs Yarnton is a senior corrective services officer with 25 years experience
A CORRECTIVE Services employee with 25 years experience is now in a prison cell herself, charged with the attempted murder of her husband.
Sharon Joan Yarnton was refused bail in Bankstown Local Court, after Dean Yarnton awoke in Georges River National Park in the early hours of Sunday morning with his car covered by diesel fuel.
Sharon Yarnton and husband Dean on their wedding day / Picture: Supplied
Police allege he fell asleep in the Nissan Navarro at a Merrylands address during the night and awoke to find himself in the passenger seat at the park.
He allegedly found his wife nearby, and police were called to the park.
The 48-year-old was arrested and charged a short time later.
Sharon Yarnton and husband Dean / Picture: Supplied
It is alleged Yarnton placed two nine kilo open valve gas bottles close to the car and “did pour an amount of diesel fuel in the tray and exterior vicinity on the roadway of where (the car) was parked, with the intent to murder Dean Yarnton.”
Yesterday afternoon a further two people were charged with attempted murder over the incident.
About 4.40pm yesterday, a 48-year-old and a 23-year-old woman attended Miranda Police Station where they were met by detectives from Bankstown.
They were refused bail, and will appear in Sutherland Local Court today
The court heard Mrs Yarnton, of Menai, has been with Corrective Services for a quarter of a century and holds a “very senior” position.
She had asked to be released on bail, but had to “show cause” under the state’s new laws which came into action last week.
The court heard Yarnton has been suffering from depression, and had wanted to be on bail so she could continue to care for a young relative.
She offered to live with her parents but the court ruled “the defence has not shown cause.”
Mrs Yarnton will face Central Local Court on March 18.
Then Minister for Police and Emergency Service Michael Gallacher is given a tour of the holding cells at Central Local Court today by Senior Assistant Superintendent Sharon Yarnton.
What a sad but also appalling situation, for a mother (or father or both) to dump a baby physically down the drain, allegedly dropping the tot 2.4 metres. Thank god for a real hero and the babies guardian angel in cyclist family David Otte and his daughter Hayley who were riding past and heard the cries.
It is disgusting, but I understand the bleeding hearts who will rush to the mothers defence. This is bullshit.Take or leave the baby in hospital when it was born.
Dramatic moment miracle baby was pulled from storm drain after surviving five days
Newborn survived in five days before cyclists heard cries
Boy has bleeding on the brain but is in a stable condition
Mother, 30, made full confession, police tell court
She hid pregnancy from family and father
THE boy miraculously found alive in a storm drain after being allegedly dumped by his mother is bleeding from the brain but in a stable condition in hospital.
And as Sydney prays he recovers fully from his injuries this morning, a fresh image has emerged showing the dramatic moment rescuers pulled him to safety.
It shows a policeman holds aloft the boy, swaddled in a pink blanket, after going into the 2m drain after emergency services were tipped off by a couple of cyclists who heard the baby’s cries. The cyclists anxiously watch on.
The newborn’s 30-year-old mother was formally charged with the sickening incident in Blacktown Local Court yesterday.
Clip from The Today Show which captured the dramatic moment the drain baby was pulled alive from his home of five days. Picture: Jason DonnellySource: Twitter
Despite the charge, the Samoan woman has been given the privilege of naming him – and has chosen a biblical name.
For legal reasons we cannot reveal it, but it is associated with one of the most infamous child death cases in Australian history.
Police told the court she had made a full admission, saying that she had put “the less than 24-hour-old baby down the drain knowing it may kill the baby”.
She allegedly went straight from Blacktown Hospital to the drain.
Also yesterday, it emerged the woman had hid her pregnancy from her family.
Family and friends of the woman who dumped her newborn baby down a drain leave Blacktown Court. They cannot be identified for legal reasons. Picture: John Grainger.Source: Supplied
Her son lay for five days undiscovered inside the pit off a cycleway next to the M7 at Quakers Hill until bike riders heard him crying on Sunday morning and he was recovered, severely dehydrated.
Experts have said the combination of the lack of rain, insulation from the heat by concrete and babies’ natural ability to survive without food in early life all contributed to his survival.
Doctors confirmed his condition had improved in The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.
Family and community services minister Gabrielle Upton declined to comment when asked last night if she knew the mother had been allowed to name her baby.
Police will allege his mother left Blacktown Hospital on Tuesday afternoon, November 18, after giving birth at 1am that morning.
A soft toy is left at the site beside the M7 in Quakers Hill where the newborn was found on Sunday. Picture: Melvyn KnipeSource: News Corp Australia
She allegedly caught a bus and train to the stormwater drain, where she dumped the newborn. He was about 17 hours old when he was forced inside a small opening with a 200kg concrete lid covering the drain.
The woman broke up with a boyfriend in the early stages of her pregnancy this year and hid it from him, as well as from her family. It is possible he never realised he was to become a father.
The site where the drain is located along the M7 cycleway.Source: Supplied
“It’s shocking. We had no idea, she seemed fine. I just thought she had put on a bit of weight,” a close family member said.
The court heard the woman, who lives in Quakers Hill with her aunt, uncle and a cousin, had no community ties and was a flight risk
Her immediate family members live in Samoa, where her parents are heavily involved in church missions.
Grasping each other’s hands and holding back tears, her relatives sat in court yesterday as a mental health examination was ordered. Outside the court a bystander shouted: “Shame.”
She made no application for bail, which was formally refused. The woman is due to appear in Penrith Local Court on Friday. The baby will remain in the care of the state.
Inside the drain you get a clearer indication of the 2.4m drop the child endured after being dumped beside the M7. Picture Cameron RichardsonSource: News Corp Australia
Westlink M7 staff use a crane to put the cover back onto the drain after it was removed earlier to save the baby. Picture: Cameron RichardsonSource: News Corp Australia
Patrick Morgan, Mark McAllister and Darren McIntyre were the first police officers on the scene. Picture: Cameron RichardsonSource: News Corp Australia
THE mother of a baby found in a drain at Quakers Hill this morning has now been identified by police.
There are fears the newborn baby boy may have suffered internal injuries after being dropped down a 2.4m-deep drain near the M7 Motorway.
The dad and daughter who found the baby visited the Children’s Hospital at Westmead this afternoon to deliver a package of baby clothes.
David Otte and his daughter Hayley, as well as her mum Michelle, dropped off three sets of baby clothes, a new baby blanket and a face washer and towel.
“We wanted to see him, but the hospital said we weren’t able to at the moment,” Mr Otte said outside of hospital.
“We’d all really love a chance to see him again. Today has been such an emotional experience for everyone.”
Mrs Otte said the family was moved to give the little boy the gifts because “he really doesn’t have anything”.
“We have family, we have each other. He didn’t have anything.”
As a result of hospital record checks and doorknocks, the mother has been identified as a 20-year-old Quakers Hill woman.
She is currently assisting police with inquiries at Blacktown Police Station.
Mr Otte was cycling along the path with his 18-year-old daughter this morning when he heard the baby screaming.
“We were going on a leisurely ride, my daughter and I, and came across a noise that we could hear,” Mr Otte said.
“We actually thought it was a kitten and when we went down there we could hear exactly what it was, you could definitely tell it was a baby screaming.”
Mr Otte said he cycles on the path once a month and was about to turn around and head home when he heard the baby’s cries.
“Luckily we were there, someone was looking over us and told us to stop and have a look,” he said.
Cyclist David Otte and daughter Hayley found a baby boy whilst riding along a bike track beside the M7. Picture: Cameron Richardsonbloody heroes!
Inspector David Lagats, from Quakers Hill police, said the boy was malnourished and undergoing medical tests at Westmead Children’s Hospital.
“He’s said to be in a serious but stable condition. The hospital estimates the baby to be two to three days old,” Insp Lagats said.
“He was already malnourished and dehydration would have taken effect so I would have had grave fears for the child’s welfare had it been exposed to this weather for the rest of the day.
“The umbilical cord had been cut and had been clamped. It appears to have had some medical intervention since its birth.”
Of concern is the height that the baby may have fallen from, Quakers Hill duty officer Inspector David Lagats said.
There was a gap between the ground and the concrete slab, big enough to put the child through, and police believe he dropped 2.4m.
Inside the drain you get a clearer indication of the 2.4m drop the child endured after being dumped beside the M7. Picture Cameron Richardson
Westlink M7 staff use a crane to put the cover back onto the drain after it was removed earlier to save the baby. Picture: Cameron Richardson
The child is thought to be of Indian or Middle Eastern appearance.
Some of the cyclists who found him saw an Indian male in an orange shirt walking on the cycle track moments after they heard the baby’s cries.
Senior-Constable Mark McAlister was among the first on the scene and climbed into the drain with another detective to pull the distressed baby out.
“When I arrived there were several bike riders, cyclists and pedestrians standing around the drain. Myself and several other police have come up, we heard something coming from the drain,” Sen-Constable McAlister said.
Patrick Morgan, Mark McAllister and Darren McIntyre were the first police officers on the scene. Picture: Cameron Richardson
BUBS THAT WENT BEFORE…
August 2012:Six-week-old baby dumped on Joseph St, Lidcombe. Parents found arguing at Lidcombe station and child removed from family.
March 2013:Baby Ahn, abandoned hours after being born at Canterbury Hospital. 30-year-old Korean mother left him at the hospital.
April 2014: Baby “Mai”, 18-month-old left on the doorstep of a Western Sydney home. Mother was taken to immigration detention but released on a bridging visa.
“At least six of us have then lifted up the concrete drain lid, when we’ve opened it we’ve sighted the small baby wrapped up in a hospital blanket. He appeared very young.
“How could someone do it? I, myself, have kids and we’re expecting a baby in a few more months so it’s not good that someone’s going through this and has done this to a little one.
“It was a bit surreal really. It’s great that someone actually stopped and heard it and had the initiative to give us a call.”
A photo of the baby boy in Sen-Constable McAlister’s arms has been widely circulated on social media this morning as police attempt to find the baby’s parents.
Lisa Charet, district director from the Department of Families and Community Services, said it was likely the child would be released from hospital into the care of the state.
“At this stage we are really worried about his welfare and mum’s. We can give her the help and support that she needs. She must be feeling enormously distressed,” Ms Charet said.
The child’s cry was heard coming from beneath the concrete slab to the right. Picture: Cameron Richardson
“When this sort of thing happens, people are in a place of desperation.”
With temperatures tipped to peak above 40C in Western Sydney today there were concerns the child would have died if he had been found later in the day.
Brian Vincent Attwell, 74, was in November found guilty by a jury of the rare offence of attempting to procure the commission of a crime, following a five-day trial in the Albany Justice Complex.
The court heard the accused had asked a truck driver, who approached him desperate for work with his civil contracting company AD Contractors, to kill 50-year-old Michelle Patreena Attwell after becoming frustrated with a protracted, bitter legal dispute between her and his son following the breakdown of their marriage.
The driver informed police, who instructed him to set up a meeting between Attwell and an undercover policeman.
Attwell met the policeman twice at a beach near the woman’s home and paid $10,000 in two instalments as a down payment on a $30,000 job, telling the officer to bind her in duct tape, strangle her and bury her in a 30-foot hole dug by an excavator.
During the trial, Attwell argued his comments were “huff and puff”, while defence lawyer Tom Percy said his client was “a crotchety old bugger” and “a classic grumpy old man”, but he was not homicidal.
Referring to Ms Attwell’s victim impact statement, Justice Simmonds said she had suffered continuing trauma from her ordeal, including feeling vulnerable, losing sleep, a disrupted eating pattern, and fears for her children’s safety.
The court heard during sentencing submissions on Friday that she had been immensely frightened – not even even listening to music so she could hear if someone was approaching her house.
Justice Simmonds said Attwell had been held in high regard in the Albany community, where he was known for his generosity and successful business, but he had shown no remorse and no empathy towards his intended victim.
Justice Simmonds said he had taken into account Attwell’s ill physical health, with the frail diabetic suffering from limited mobility, however that could be satisfactorily managed in prison.
Attwell said via video link from Albany that he was “not very happy” and intended to appeal.
Well known WA sentenced to eight years and six months in jail, for attempting to hire a hitman to have his estranged daughter-in-law murdered.
Brian Vincent Attwell was found guilty last November of attempting to procure the murder of Michelle Patreena Attwell, the former wife of his son.
The 74-year-old from Albany was found to have paid $10,000 to an undercover police officer, posing as a hitman, to have the woman killed.
The court heard Attwell was angry over legal action after his son’s divorce and he was motivated by “sheer hatred” of Michelle Attwell.
The trial was played recordings of the businessman saying his daughter-in-law had cost him hundreds of thousands of dollars through Family Court proceedings, and he wanted her “strangled and buried”.
Justice Ralph Simmonds said Attwell had not accepted responsibility for his actions or shown any empathy or remorse.
He said Attwell’s offending was serious, aggravated by premeditation and planning, and he had behaved in a calculated way.
The judge said while he accepted time in custody would have a significant effect on Attwell, he said the seriousness of the offense was a stronger sentencing factor.
Justice Simmonds said the victim had suffered through “a loss of sleep, significant fear and difficulties returning to a normal life”.
After the verdict, Attwell told the judge he was “not very happy” and he planned to appeal.
Attwell said there were “anomalies in the courtroom” during the trial, which he said affected the way it played out.
Police interview reveals motive
An interview with police on the day he was arrested revealed Attwell admitted to meeting a man he knew only as Josh and paying him $2,000 to “do some investigations”.
The businessman was asked if he had requested Josh to kill his daughter-in-law, which he denied.
“I wouldn’t say ‘kill Michelle’, I’d say ‘bring her to her bloody senses’. Killing her would be a bit rich,” Attwell said.
“[Killing someone] is obviously not the right thing to do.”
But Attwell also described his daughter-in-law as a “nuisance to society”, “a bloody animal” and “a maggot” who he wanted “put to sleep” and “got rid of”.
He also said “there were about 40 blokes who would like to get hold of” Mrs Attwell.
During the trial, Detective First Class Constable Jon MacMillan testified that a police search of the businessman’s vehicle found a news article from the coverage of Lloyd Rayney‘s murder trial.
Mr Rayney was tried and acquitted of murdering his wife Corryn in November 2012.
Constable MacMillan told the court the article detailed evidence on Mrs Rayney’s body being exhumed from its Kings Park burial.
The officer also said police found a wooden axe handle in the vehicle and “a significant quantity” of cash in another premises that was searched.
Defence counsel Tom Percy argued his client’s statements that he wanted Mrs Attwell killed were “puff” and “an exaggeration”.
He told the jury Attwell had paid the officer to “keep his options open” but had no desire to have his daughter-in-law killed.
Part of the trial was held behind closed doors to allow a police officer, identified only as Officer 429, to testify.
Attwell will be eligible for parole after six years and six months, while the sentence was backdated to last August due to time spent in custody during the trial.
The earliest he can be released is early in 2020.
Albany businessman Brian Vincent Attwell found guilty of attempting to hire hit man to murder daughter-in-law Michelle Patreena Attwell
Updated Fri 29 Nov 2013,
A prominent Albany businessman has been found guilty of attempting to hire a hit man to murder his estranged daughter-in-law.
Brian Vincent Attwell was on trial in the Supreme Court in Albany, accused of paying $10,000 to an undercover police officer, posing as a hit man, to kill Michelle Patreena Attwell.
During the trial, prosecutor James McTaggart told the court Attwell was motivated by “sheer hatred” for the woman and told the “hit man” he wanted her strangled and then buried in a hole.
The court heard Attwell’s interview with police on the day he was arrested, in September last year.
In that interview, the accused admitted to meeting a man he knew only as Josh, and paying him $2,000 to “do some investigations”.
Attwell was asked if he had asked Josh to kill the woman, which he denied.
“I wouldn’t say ‘kill Michelle’; I’d say ‘bring her to her bloody senses’. Killing her would be a bit rich,” Attwell said in the interview.
“[Killing someone] is obviously not the right thing to do.”
But Attwell also described the woman as a “nuisance to society”, “a bloody animal” and “a maggot” who he wanted “put to sleep” and “got rid of”.
He also said “there were about 40 blokes who’d like to get hold of” Ms Attwell.
Trial told daughter-in-law cost hundreds of thousands
The trial was also played recordings of Attwell saying Ms Attwell had cost him hundreds of thousands of dollars and he wanted her “strangled and buried”, which prosecutor James MacTaggart has argued was his intention in paying the undercover officer.
Detective First Class Constable Jon MacMillan testified that a police search of the businessman’s vehicle found a news article from the coverage of Lloyd Rayney’s murder trial.
Mr Rayney was tried and acquitted of murdering his wife, Corryn, in a high-profile case in Perth.
Constable MacMillan told the court the article detailed evidence on Ms Rayney’s body being exhumed from its Kings Park burial site.
The officer also testified that police found a wooden axe handle in the vehicle and “a significant quantity” of cash in another premises which was searched.
Attwell denies the accusation he was attempting to have Ms Attwell killed, with his defence counsel Tom Percy arguing his client’s statements along those lines were “puff” and “an exaggeration”.
Mr Percy told the jury Attwell had paid the officer to “keep his options open” but had no desire to have his estranged daughter-in-law killed.
Part of the trial was held behind closed doors to allow a police officer, identified only as Officer 429, to testify.
Attwell was found guilty by a jury and is due to be sentenced in January.
A prominent Albany businessman accused of trying to hire a hitman to kill a woman has been committed to stand trial.
Brian Vincent Attwell, 73, appeared in the Stirling Gardens Magistrate’s Court today via video link from the Albany courthouse.
The earthmoving business owner is charged with attempting to procure the commission of murder.
The court was told Mr Attwell, who was recently released on bail that includes strict conditions such as a $500,000 personal undertaking with a similar surety and a $100,000 cash deposit, intends to plead not guilty.
It is uncertain at this stage whether the trial would be held in Perth or Albany, with the court told Mr Attwell’s defence keen to have the case heard in the Great Southern city.
Magistrate Jan Whitbread committed Mr Attwell to stand trial and adjourned the case for a first appearance in the Perth Supreme Court next month.
The identity of the alleged victim remains suppressed.
The court has previously been told Mr Attwell allegedly paid $10,000 to a man, who unbeknownst to him was an undercover police officer, to kill a woman.
He allegedly requested the woman be strangled to avoid any blood being spilt and said he would use his work equipment to dig a 30-foot grave.
Maybe one day soon we will know why this bloke Travis Pedley ran over another man over and over in his commodore, when all the victim was doing was moving a strip of grass near a bus-stop. Pedley did u turns repeatedly and went back an ran over him again just to make sure he did the job on the defenceless victim and then allegedly said to the victims son, who had also been mowing close by “Let that be a lesson” Obviously you could conclude there is some bad blood there, certainly though, it was a cowards act to go about any for of revenge or payback. With several witnesses seeing the whole thing I think he is in a bit of strife
Travis Pedley, 39, who sat impassively in the prisoner’s dock in Melbourne Magistates’ Court, made no application for bail.
He was ordered by magistrate Luisa Bazzani to reappear in the same court in January next year.
Police allege Mr Pedley deliberately drove his Holden Commodore at Ian Coe, 56, as he was cutting grass around a bus stop on vacant land at Canterbury Rd, Venus Bay, last Friday.
They say the incident was witnessed by Glenn Coe, who was cutting grass across the road, and he bravely dragged his father out of the path of the oncoming car and probably saved his life.
Mr Coe is in a coma in the Alfred hospital, where he has undergone a number of operations for a shattered pelvis, swelling of the spine, broken ribs and internal injuries.
His condition is listed as “critical” and it is believed one of his legs has been almost completely destroyed.
Police allege on the first occasion the mower was hit full on and Mr Coe was catapulted into the air and landed a number of metres away, where he lay motionless on the ground.
It is then alleged Mr Pedley, of Venus Bay, circled his car on the block and ran straight over the top of Mr Coe.
All four wheels went over the victim and witnesses say he was spat out of the back.
Glenn Coe saw what had happened and as he rushed to his father’s aid police allege Mr Pedley then did another U-turn and ran across Ian Coe’s abdomen and legs.
He lifted up his father, who was screaming in pain, and police allege that as he was being dragged to safety Mr Pedley did another U-turn and ran over his legs again.
Glenn Coe then dragged his father to their work car, which they used to transport the mowers for their grass-cutting business.
It will be alleged Mr Pedley drove up to Glenn Coe and said “let that be a lesson”.
Mr Pedley was intercepted by police driving towards Inverloch in his badly damaged car and it will be alleged he did not know the victim.
He is also charged with intentionally causing serious injury.