Alleged Crimes of the East
Dog sniffed out Maroubra cash and drugs haul – police
Labrador cross Leo was the hero of an Australian Federal Police raid on a Maroubra home. Leo, aged six, has been trained to sniff out cash as well as drugs. His nose led him to $100,000 hidden cash along with 1.3 kilos of cocaine, the AFP said.
Brett Smith, 48, was arrested and charged with trafficking marketable quantities of controlled drugs and possessing money intended to be used as an instrument of crime.
UNSW rape accused granted bail
A court has heard that an overseas male student at the University of NSW raped a young woman in her dorm on the uni campus after she passed out from drinking.
In the dock in the NSW Supreme Court was Arshdeep Singh Bhogal, a 21-year-old computer engineering student from India. He is said to have taken advantage of the woman while she was “insensible” and is charged with sexual intercourse without consent.
The accused is claiming the woman was conscious and the sex was consensual. He and his alleged victim had been drinking together that night.
Bhogal was bailed on strict conditions, one of which is to not go within three kilometres of UNSW’s Kensington campus.
Maroubra shooting, Bondi stabbing: welcome to lockdown!
Lockdown may be passing quietly for most Eastern Suburbs residents, but there were exceptions. At around 9.15pm on Sunday, July 4, a gunshot reverberated through the hallway of a unit block on Marine Parade, Maroubra. A male resident there had been shot in the leg. His gun-toting visitors fled.
Officers from Eastern Beaches Police Area Command and NSW Ambulance paramedics treated the 37-year-old man, before he was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital in a stable condition.
Detective Inspector Rod Pistola, crime manager at Eastern Beaches Police Area Command, said “the victim and the shooter were known to each other”, and described the incident as a “targeted attack”.
On July 8, police arrested two people during a vehicle stop on the Central Coast Highway, Kariong. A 27-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman were taken to Gosford Police Station, where they were charged with a number of offences including discharging a firearm with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm and possession of an unauthorised firearm.
A block of flats in Bondi was also the scene of lockdown violence. Police and two ambulances raced to a unit on Bondi Road at about 10.20am on July 13 following reports a man had been stabbed.
Officers from Eastern Suburbs Police Area Command found a 52-year-old man with a number of stab wounds to his torso and head. After being treated at the scene he was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital. Police say he suffered a punctured lung, fractured skull and bleeding on the brain.
On July 26, detectives attended a unit on Elphinstone Road, South Coogee, and arrested a 35-year-old woman. She was taken to Waverley Police Station, where she was charged with wounding with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Parked car becomes airborne in Rainbow Street smash
A motorist smashed into a parked car with such force that the other vehicle was flipped onto its roof. The crash happened in Rainbow Street, Randwick just after 3.15am on July 14.
Officers from Eastern Beaches Police Area Command arrived quickly at the scene. The driver of the out-of-control SUV, a 31-year-old woman, suffered serious injuries and was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital in an ambulance.
Driver was high as kite as he lived out scene from Fast and Furious – police
Police gave chase to a Hillsdale driver after he was pinged racing down Bunnerong Road, Pagewood at 109km/h. During the brief pursuit, he clocked up even higher speeds of 120km/h-plus. Some vestige of good sense then appeared to prevail as he brought the black VW Golf to a halt.
Speaking to the man, officers from Botany Bay Highway Patrol could immediately see, and smell, that this was not someone who should be behind the wheel of a car – an observation confirmed by a breath test that found he was more than three times over the legal alcohol limit. He also tested positive to cocaine and cannabis.
After being taken to Mascot Police Station, the 29-year-old was charged with numerous offences and had his registration plates confiscated. His driver’s licence has been suspended pending a court hearing.
A male passenger who had been beside the man as he lived out his alleged Fast and Furious fantasy was charged with disobeying stay at home directions and not wearing a face mask.