Alleged Crimes of the East
Gas bottle causes car explosion
A man was injured when a gas bottle exploded in his car parked at the south end of Maroubra Beach. Police said it was a self-harm attempt.
Miraculously, the 63-year-old man did not suffer much in the way of harm. He escaped with minor burns when the gas bottle exploded with huge force as he sat in the driver seat. An ambulance took him to hospital.
The explosion destroyed the vehicle, blowing out the windows, bending the doors and launching the boot lid into the air.
TV presenter charged with assault
Andrew O’Keefe, host of the Seven Network quiz show The Chase Australia, has been charged with assaulting a woman in a Randwick unit.
Police said 41-year-old Dr Orly Lavee “had allegedly been assaulted in a domestic violence-related incident.” The offence is said to have taken place in the early hours of the morning.
O’Keefe, 49, was arrested at 3.30am in a street near the unit. He was taken to Maroubra Police Station where he was charged with common assault and granted conditional bail to appear at Waverley Court. Police applied for a provisional apprehended violence order which prohibits O’Keefe from approaching or contacting Dr Lavee, a haematologist at St Vincent’s Hospital.
A former lawyer and son of a NSW Supreme Court judge, O’Keefe was a founder and one-time chairman of domestic violence charity the White Ribbon Foundation.
Manhunt over Coogee stabbing
Police have released the description of a man believed responsible for a frenzied knife attack in a Coogee unit.
Police say the man demanded money before launching his attack on the 33-year-old male occupant of the Mount Street unit. His victim did not hand over any money and the knifeman fled. The stabbed man was rushed to hospital where he underwent multiple emergency surgeries for wounds to his stomach, back and arms.
Officers from Eastern Beaches Police Area Command attended and established a crime scene which was examined by specialist forensic police. Investigators believe the man used a ride-share service to attend and leave Mount Street and are treating the incident as targeted.
Police describe the attacker as being of Mediterranean/Middle Eastern appearance, aged in his early 20s, between 170cm and 180cm tall, of medium build, with short black hair that is shaved on the sides and back.
Alleged paedophile appears in court
A 38-year-old Bondi man has appeared in court charged with four counts of indecently assaulting a young boy.
Police alleged in Waverley Court that the man indecently assaulted his victim – then aged between nine and 12 – on several occasions between 2014 and 2016.
Tigers go wild outside pub
Wests Tigers players Zane Musgrove and AJ Kepaoa were arrested after allegedly abusing police outside the Coogee Bay Hotel in the early hours of the morning.
Officers attended the pub at around 3am and spoke to security guards who had refused entry to several people.
“Police spoke to a group of people outside, directing them to leave the vicinity when two men allegedly became abusive, refusing to do so,” police said.
Musgrove, 24, and Kepaoa, 20, were arrested and taken to Maroubra Police Station. Both were released without charge but Kepaoa copped a $550 on-the-spot fine for remaining in the vicinity of a licensed premises after being excluded.
Lock your car and don’t leave valuables inside
Eastern Suburbs Police have noticed a recent increase in thefts from parked vehicles.
Suburbs targeted include Watsons Bay, Bondi and North Bondi, Bondi Junction, Queens Park and Centennial Park.
Police urge drivers to take the following steps when they park:
• Lock up every time.
• Never leave valuables in your vehicle.
• Park in a safe, well-lit area close to your destination.
Report all thefts to the Police Assistance Line on 131 444 or via the online Community Portal at portal.police.nsw.gov.au.
The Bomb Squad was called in after a suspicious-looking apparatus was reported in a garbage bin outside a home on Anzac Parade, Maroubra.
Anzac Parade was closed as bomb disposal specialists wearing Kevlar vests approached the device, which turned out to be… two discarded smoke alarms. Better to be safe than sorry!