Court

Man accused of ‘having sex with dogs’ wants a plea deal

A MAN who is accused of going on a seven-year spree of deviant behaviour, which includes charges of bestiality, is trying to negotiate a plea deal.

The matter returned to Tweed Heads Local Court on Wednesday, when Dean Anthony Sellenthin’s solicitor submitted requests to prosecutors.

Police allege the 43-year-old from Bangalow preyed on tourists, locals and dogs in nearby Byron Bay over a number of years, before he was arrested in 2017.

Sellenthin is accused of having sex with dogs at least 19 times, with court documents describing the canines involved, without revealing how they know he committed acts of bestiality

It is further alleged, he stole hundreds of pairs of women’s and children’s underwear and swimwear.

Other charges relate to the alleged indecent assault of a person with a disability, the electronic recording of people in private and producing child abuse material.

The matter has been adjourned until June 19, with Sellenthin to remain in custody until his matter is again heard.

He has not entered a formal plea to the charges.

Driving Tired Drunk Drink

Woman charged with drug driving over serious crash

A WOMAN, who was allegedly under the influence of drugs when she crashed her car into another vehicle, has been charged.

Police say the vehicles collided head-on on Myocum Road at Ewingsdale, just south of Tweed Heads, on 25 October 2018.

Following extensive investigations, a 32-year-old woman from Sydney has been charged.

She’s accused of dangerous driving after her Suzuki Vitara smashed into a Suzuki Swift driven by a 19-year-old woman from Mullumbimby.

The younger woman was taken to The Gold Coast University Hospital with serious injuries, including a fractured spine and sternum.

The older woman suffered minor injuries and was taken to Tweed Heads Hospital for treatment.

Tweed Police have confirmed, the Sydney woman was arrested this week and charged with a total of 21 offences, including drive under the influence of drugs, dangerous driving and possession of prohibited drugs.

She was given bail to appear in Byron Bay Local Court on 27 June 2019.

If you have information for Police, please contact NSW Police on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day. 

You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via nsw.crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

Tweed election result decides new hospital site

THE NEW TWEED Valley Hospital will be built on a parcel of land at Cudgen, after the Coalition was returned to power in New South Wales.

Incumbent Nationals member Geoff Provest was re-elected to the seat of Tweed in Saturday’s state election.

As at 9am on Sunday, initial counting has Mr Provest, who was first elected to the seat in 2009, leading his Country Labor rival, Craig Elliot by around 15% (47.12% to 32.20%).

In an exclusive interview with myGC, Mr Provest said that the election had been a ‘referendum on the hospital’, the location of which had been the cause of much debate for the local community.

“The site, picked by Health Infrastructure NSW, is going to go down south at Cudgen,” Mr Provest confirmed.

“There was a lot of debate, for and against, and the people made a wise decision, I believe.”

An artist’s impression of the new Tweed Valley Hospital. Image: Health NSW

The parcel of land, on Cudgen Road opposite Kingscliff TAFE, will allow space for the $534 million facility to undergo future expansion as necessary.

It will house 450 beds on seven-and-a-half hectares of land, leaving 10 hectares around the site vacant.

“Some believe it should have been protected as state agricultural land. But if the choice became between a sweet potato and a hospital bed, a hospital wins it for me every day of the week,” Mr Provest told myGC.

“We will virtually see a doubling of the staffing numbers (from the old hospital) and during construction, there will be 900 jobs.

“The big thing now, is just get on and build the hospital.”

The hospital is due to be completed in 2022.

 

Court

Man accused of having sex with dog among 200 other offences

A NSW man, accused of having sex with a dog multiple times along over 200 other offences, has had his case briefly mentioned in court.

Bangalow man Dean Anthony Sellenthin, 43, didn’t appear in Tweed Heads Local Court on Wednesday.

Sellenthin is charged with a range of sexual offences including stalking, numerous counts of possessing and producing child exploitation material, indecently assaulting a person with a disability and break and enter.

He is also facing 19 counts of alleged bestiality for allegedly having sex with a golden retriever and numerous theft charges for stealing large amounts of underwear and swimwear from homes around the Byron Bay area.

His lawyer appeared on his behalf and asked for the matter to be adjourned to April 17 for committal.

Sellenthin will remain in custody.

Police Tape

Public appeal to find machete-wielding servo robber

POLICE will issue a fresh call for help finding the person responsible for the armed robbery of a service station on the Tweed.

About 8.45pm on Saturday 3 March, a man armed with a machete, entered a service station on Tweed Valley Way, South Murwillumbah, and threatened the attendant and a male customer.

The armed man stole cash and cigarettes before leaving.

No one was injured during the incident.

Detectives from Tweed/Byron Police District are appealing for witnesses or anyone with dash cam footage from Tweed Valley Way, to come forward and contact Tweed Heads Police.

Inquiries suggest the armed man may have travelled to the service station on a bicycle.

If you have information for Police, please contact NSW Police on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day. 

You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via nsw.crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.