Police appeal to identify man found in critical condition

Police are appealing for information after an unidentified man was located unconscious on the North Coast today.

About 11.25am, ambulance paramedics were called to a man who was located unconscious in the water at the footbridge on Fingal Street, Brunswick Heads.

The man was taken to Tweed Heads Hospital in a critical condition with a bleed on the brain. It is believed he suffered a medical episode.

Police have canvassed the scene but at this stage the man is still unidentified.

The man is described as being aged about 65, Caucasian appearance, 175cm tall, 80kg, grey/black shoulder-length hair tied back in a pony tail with a red band, grey/black full beard, thick black eyebrows, blue eyes, and scars on his chest from a prior medical procedure.

He also had a tattoo on his lower abdomen of two apples with two leaves, and a tattoo on his right inner forearm of a love heart with wings. At the time he was found he was wearing black shorts with blue stripes on the side.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Byron Bay Police on (02) 6685 9499 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Man stabbed to death in NSW

Police are investigating following the death of a man who was stabbed at Greenacre this afternoon.

Just before 2pm Friday 13 November 2015, emergency services were called to Wangee Road, following reports of a stabbing.

Officers arrived a short time later and found a man, believed to be aged 22, with a stab wound to the chest.

CPR was commenced, however the man died at the scene.

Two crime scenes have been have been established; one on Wangee Road and another on Roberts Road.

Both scenes will be examined by specialist forensic officers.

Detectives have launched an investigation into the man’s death.

Police would like to speak with a man who left the scene immediately after the incident.

He was last seen heading on foot down Roberts Road.

Whilst no description is available, anyone with information is urged to come forward.

Man who murdered autistic teen with axe jailed

A man who murdered an autistic teenage boy with an axe has been jailed for a minimum of 20 years.

Joel Henderson, 42, killed Timothy “Timmy” O’Brien, 14, in 2013, in “retaliation” for the teens defence of his stepfather Peter Williams.

Mr Williams was lured by two men, Darren Wilson and Joel Henderson, to a home in Scarsdale, near Ballarat in Victoria, where they planned to attack him.

Wilson, wearing a pillowcase over his head, punched Mr Williams, prompting Timmy to hit Wilson on the head with a baseball bat.

Wilson then picked up an axe and hit Timmy with the blunt edge while Wilson started punching the boy before killing him with the weapon.

Wilson was in July sentenced to spend 30 years and six months in jail.

Today Henderson was sentenced to 24 years behind bars with a minimum of 20.


Man caught filming children in Sydney shopping centre toilet

A 28-year-old man has been arrested and charged for allegedly filming and photographing young boys in toilet cubicles in the Sutherland Shire.

Around 3pm on Friday 30 October 2015, an eight-year-old boy was confronted by a man inside a toilet block at a shopping centre in Menai.

The man allegedly photographed the boy inappropriately before the boy fled and alerted his mother.

Nearly a week later, on Thursday 5 November, a 16-year-old boy was also inappropriately filmed by a man inside a public toilet within the same shopping centre.

Police commenced an investigation into the incidents, calling for witnesses who may have seen suspicious activity near the shopping centre toilets on the dates in question.

Yesterday, Thursday 12 November 2015, officers arrested a 28-year-old Illawong man.

He was taken to Sutherland Police Station and charged with a number of offences relating to committing acts of indecency against children.

The man was granted strict conditional bail and is scheduled to appear before Sutherland Local Court on 10 December 2015.

Minister recognises 50 years of women police in Queensland

Police Minister Jo-Ann Miller has joined with female officers past and present to celebrate a significant milestone for the Service – 50 years of sworn women police.

Minister Miller said in some ways it was difficult to believe female officers had only been part of the QPS for 50 years.

“It was way back in 1911 that the idea of women police was first floated by the National Council of Women in Queensland.

Three years later, the Police Commissioner William Cahill rejected an idea of employing women following an inquiry by the government of the day,” Minister Miller said.

“While the first two women police were appointed in 1931, it wasn’t until 1965 that women finally got the same professional privileges as their male colleagues with the swearing in of eight plainclothes policewomen.”

Minister Miller said the battle for equality did not end there, with it taking another five years for women officers to be paid the same as men.

“Regrettably, during the 70s and 80s the advancement of female officers stalled. By 1987, the number of female officers dropped from over eight per cent to just five per cent,” Minister Miller said.

“It took the Fitzgerald Inquiry and a Labor Government under Wayne Goss to kick start things again when in 1990 the first five female Inspectors were appointed, and two years later women finally reached the rank of Superintendent and Chief Superintendent.

“In 2008, Kathleen Rynders became the first female Deputy Commissioner and in 2013, Gayle Hogan became the first woman to lead a Crime Command.”

Minister Miller said there were now more than 3000 female officers in Queensland making a difference in their communities.

“I can’t help but wonder what Commissioner Cahill and his contemporaries would think today –100 years after he rejected the idea of employing women as police officers.

“Could he imagine it? A female police minister, and a police service with more than 3000 female officers.”

At the special ceremony, Minister Miller also made a gift presentation to the mothers of fallen Constables Sondra Lena and Sally Urquhart to recognise their daughters’ contribution to policing.