Alleged Crimes of the East
Mummy dearest: mother stabbed adult son, police allege
A Bellevue Hill woman repeatedly stabbed her 22-year-old son in the back after he told her he had killed someone, a court was told.
The extraordinary claim was made by Darren Emmery, representing Samantha Palmer, 55, who stood in the dock facing a grievous bodily harm charge after her son was rushed to hospital with multiple stab wounds.
The attack is alleged to have taken place in the early hours inside the family’s home in Drumalbyn Road after the son, Hugo Ball, arrived home and then confessed, according to Mr Emmery, that he had “committed a murder.”
But magistrate Paul Lyon did not see the unsubstantiated murder confession as justification for Palmer taking to her son with a knife. She was denied bail.
Watch out, shoplifters!
Police and retailers got together to discuss the latest measures to prevent and detect shoplifting in the lead up to the peak Christmas shopping season.
The crime prevention unit from Eastern Suburbs Police Area Command hosted the timely event at Westfield Bondi Junction.
Warning to yuletide boozers
Police will be targeting alcohol related crime in the coming summer months, warns the head of Eastern Beaches Police Area Command.
Superintendent Rohan Cramsie said officers will be focusing on licenced venues, public spaces and entertainment precincts to reduce anti-social behaviour and alcohol-related violence.
Speaking at a press conference at Coogee Beach alongside Randwick Mayor Danny Said, Superintendent Cramsie said, “We understand people are going to be coming out and celebrating the festive season, but we urge them to do so responsibly and safely.”
It started when two plain clothes officers from Eastern Beaches Police Area Command were patrolling the centre of Coogee at 11.20pm on a Saturday night. On Arden Street, they encountered a pair of “argumentative” young women from the Hills District.
Police say the females were told a number of times to move away and were warned about their language before one pushed a male constable in the chest. The 22-year-old was arrested.
The second woman, also aged 22, was being arrested when she twisted the arm of the other cop, a female constable. She then ran off, with the female constable in hot pursuit, and was arrested after a struggle, by which time the gutsy young female officer was not only nursing a swollen wrist but scratches to her face and body. She was taken to Prince of Wales Hospital as a precaution.
Both women were taken to Maroubra Police Station. The first woman, from Beaumont Hills, was charged with assaulting an officer in execution of duty and resisting an officer in execution of duty. The second woman, from Rouse Hill, was charged with using offensive language in a public place, assaulting police, causing actual bodily harm and resisting an officer in execution of duty.
Big party on Malabar headland busted by police
A large crowd of young people held a COVID-unsafe party inside one of the military bunkers on Malabar Headland, but police broke up the gathering at 12.30am after being alerted by reports of loud music.
With military precision, officers made their way up the headland. Their “assault” on the World War 2 bunker was led by Eastern Beaches Police Area Command, with assistance from the Central Metropolitan Operations Support Group (OSG), which specialises in public order.
“On arrival, police observed at least 150 people inside a disused military bunker, before the group scattered and attempted to run from the area,” police said in a media statement.
Officers issued $1,000 fines to the party organisers – four men aged 25, 28 and 35.
Man blows 3X alcohol limit after Bondi smash
A man who was almost three times the legal alcohol limit recently smashed up his car in a 3am Bondi Road prang, police allege.
The good news is that no people were injured or other cars damaged when the 38-year-old’s Chrysler Sedan slammed into a guard rail. After testing positive in a roadside breath test, the man was taken to Waverley Police Station, where police say he returned a breath analysis reading of 0.141.
Bondi motorbike theft warning
Eastern Suburbs Police are noticing motorcycle theft trends in the Bondi and North Bondi areas.
The National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council report that close to 9,000 motorcycles are stolen in Australia each year. Despite accounting for just 5 per cent of registrations, motorcycle thefts now amount to 1 in 6 of all stolen vehicles in Australia, and more than half of these motorcycles stolen are never actually recovered.