Man charged with three indecent assaults on Sydney trains

A man has been charged with three indecent assaults on trains in Sydney, thanks to eagle-eyed officers from the Police Transport Command.

The plain-clothes officers were patrolling a train from Campbelltown to Central about 8.20am on Friday 30 October 2015.

They saw a man walking through carriages towards the rear of the train, and immediately recognised him as a person of interest in an investigation into alleged indecent assaults.

Police arrested the man and took him to Day Street Police Station in Sydney’s CBD.

The man was subsequently charged with three counts of indecent assault.

One of these incidents involved a 21-year-old woman travelling on a train between Leumeah and Central on Thursday 22 October 2015.

It’s alleged the man also indecently assaulted the same 17-year-old girl on two separate occasions between Wednesday 23 September 2015 and Wednesday 7 October 2015, on trains travelling from Minto to Central.

 

The 55-year-old Macquarie Fields man has been granted conditional bail to appear in Campbelltown Local Court on Tuesday 8 December 2015.

NSW high school evacuated following gas leak

MORE than 100 students and teachers have been evacuated from a high school in regional NSW this afternoon.

Emergency services rushed to Kelso High School, near Bathurst, following reports of a gas leak just after midday.

Reports suggest one teacher and three children had to be treated at the scene after being evacuated.

HAZMAT crews remain on scene.

 

Missing man’s body retrieved from Somerset Dam

Police have discovered a man’s body in Somerset Dam today.

A search had been underway at the dam after an empty boat had been located around 6pm last night.

PolAir made the discovery around midday today with water police recovering the man’s body, believed to be that of the missing man, a 69-year-old from Deception Bay.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

Man who killed his baby son by jumping from bridge sentenced

A man who plunged into a Queensland river cradling his baby son has been sentenced to seven-a-half-years’ jail for killing the infant.

David Paul Fisher, 42, pleaded guilty in Brisbane’s Supreme Court on Monday to manslaughter.

Fisher is alleged to have left his Brisbane home with the child in a pram and walked to a pedestrian bridge at the Logan River Parklands in June 2012.

The father then jumped from the bridge with his 7-month old son in his arms, before swimming to surface, leaving the infant in the water.

Fisher will be eligible for parole after three-and-a-half years which, considering time already spent in custody, means he could be released before the end of the year.

Outlaw motorcycle gang members targeted to pay their fair share of tax

More than 200 outlaw motorcycle gang members dodging their tax responsibilities have been targeted in a joint ATO and police operation.

Officers from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and state police made surprise visits to more than 200 individuals and business with links to outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMCG’s) as part of a week of action.

Together, more than 200 legal and other notices have been served involving millions of dollars, for failing to comply with their obligations that included lodgment of returns, paying taxes that are due and correctly returning the income they have earned.

This is the first time a nationally coordinated activity targeting the tax obligations of those involved in motorcycle gangs has been undertaken on such a scale. The operation has involved over 100 people from the ATO, AFP and state and territory police services.

It comes as the latest crackdown in National Taskforce-Operation Morpheus, a joint agency taskforce aimed at detection, deterrence and disruption of OMCG’s and their members.

Operation Morpheus chair NSW Police Detective Superintendent Deb Wallace said the action forms an important part of efforts to combat criminal wealth.

“These gangs rely on money to continue their illegal activities, so disrupting their resources is an example of another way law enforcement agencies are acting to dismantle their operations,” Detective Superintendent Wallace said.

“Operation Morpheus will continue to use every tool at its disposal to see the end of these criminal gangs.”

An ATO spokesperson said it was important people be held to account for defrauding the tax system and cheating the community of revenue.

“We are committed to ensuring that those involved in OMCG activities are made to pay their fair share of tax and are more open with their tax affairs. Improvements in technology enable us to better use data and intelligence to build an income, wealth and tax compliance picture so we can undergo targeted activities such as this.”

Agencies involved in Operation Morpheus include the Australian Crime Commission (ACC), Department of Immigration and Border Protection (Border Force), Australian Federal and State Police and the ATO.