Bennell injures leg in latest AFL setback

Fremantle midfielder Harley Bennell, pictured for the Suns, has hit another injury setback (File).A minor calf tear has again put troubled Fremantle midfielder Harley Bennell’s AFL career on ice – again.
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The Dockers say the latest injury on the 25-year-old’s left leg is in an area unrelated to a previous injury.

The grade one tear occurred while he was with WAFL team Peel, where the midfielder was banished in mid-January for a scuffle at a Perth nightclub and drinking excessively the day before a training session.

He was also fined $15,000 – a third of which was suspended.

At the time, Fremantle captain Nat Fyfe said Bennell would have to “fight for his career” during his eight weeks at the state league club.

The 2010 draft’s No.2 pick has played two games in two years for the club after spending five years at the Gold Coast Suns.

It had been hoped the move west would see an end to the off-field troubles that plagued his time at the Suns.

But in April, he was ejected from a Gold Coast-bound flight before it departed because he was intoxicated.

The club also ordered him to undergo counselling and fined him $10,000 – half of which was suspended – after bizarre behaviour while watching a WAFL game in 2017.

The 24-year-old interrupted the three-quarter-time huddle of a match involving the Dockers’ WAFL-affiliate Peel Thunder to speak to his cousin Traye Bennell.

In May 2015, the Suns dropped Bennell from their team after he drank alcohol after a game, breaking a team rule.

And in July 2015, pictures of Bennell allegedly preparing to snort an illicit substance were published.

The Suns traded Bennell after he was involved in a drunken altercation in September 2015 on the Gold Coast.

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“It is not good enough, only 20 per cent of concussions are diagnosed”

A SET of statewide guidelines for managing concussion in community sport competitions has been launched amid concerns only two out of 10 concussions at a local sportlevel are diagnosed.
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The NSW government has provided a $78,350 grant to Sports Medicine Australia to develop the guidelines and run awareness workshops in communities across the state.

“There is nothing tough about playing with a concussion,” Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said, announcing the initiative,on Friday.

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“I encourage players, sports officials and parents to remember the three ‘Rs’– recognise the symptoms, remove from play and refer to a medical professional.”

Mr Ayres said there needed to be a culture shift around the idea that players soldier on after a sporting incident.

“It is not good enough that only 20 per centof concussions are diagnosed in local sport and I hope these new guidelines will help trigger a sector-wide culture shift,” he said.

A series of more than 30 community workshops start next week and will be run by University of Newcastle clinical neuropsychologistDr Andrew Gardner.

The workshops will provide hands-on guidance and advice taken directly from the concussion protocols, which were developed by a panel of experts, including Dr Gardner.

In announcing the guidelines and workshops, Mr Ayres said it was vital that junior sporting groups understood what to look for when it came to possible concussion following incidents.

“We are proud to have partnered with Sports Medicine Australia to develop a recommended code of practice to assist sporting codes, parents, players and trainers in NSW in recognising the early signs of a head injury,” Mr Ayres said.

“We also need to protect junior athletes.

“We know that children and adolescents can have increased susceptibility to concussion and can take longer to recover.

“They may also be at risk of severe consequences such as second impact syndrome.”

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Sportts Medicine Australia board chairman Dr Andrew Jowett said the protocols recommend appointing a designated person at a local level to implement the guidelines.

“The guidelines cover all major concussion concerns, including understanding and recognising what concussion is, managing a suspected concussion and returning to sport safely,” Dr Jowett said.

The free workshops will be held across the state during the first half of the year.

The community workshops will be in Newcastle on February 20 and March 1, and in Cessnock on February 21.

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Murray Goulburn suitor questions $1-a-litre milk

The Canadian businessman leading the push to buy the Australian processor Murray Goulburn, Lino Saputo jnr, has questioned the sale of fresh milk for $1 a litre, telling a dairy conference, “I just don’t see how $1 milk could be viable.”
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He also told hundreds of people in the dairy industry his reaction to seeing milk selling at $1 a litre.

“As a consumer, when I walk into the retail outlet and I see that water is sold at $3 a litre, and milk is sold at $1 a litre, I think there is an imbalance there,” he said.

Lino Saputo Junior. Photo: Rob Gunstone

Mr Saputo made the comments on $1-per-litre milk in response to a question about what Saputo’s attitude would be on current Murray Goulburn liquid milk contracts.

Murray Goulburn, the dairy co-operative that Saputo wants to buy, has a contract to supply milk to Coles that the supermarket giant sells for $1 a litre.

Ever since $1-per-litre milk was introduced by the supermarket chains a few years ago, the product has been very popular with consumers, but has angered dairy farmers.

Mr Saputo said Saputo was “not privy” to MG’s contracts, and added that he wouldn’t like to say that he was for or against $1 per litre milk, “because I don’t know the economics of it”.

He also stressed that if Saputo became the new owner of Murray Goulburn, it would honour all contracts it had signed.

A spokesman for Coles declined to respond to Mr Saputo’s comments.

In a wide-ranging address to the Australian Dairy Conference,Mr Saputo discussed the early history of the Saputo dairy company set up by his family in Canada in 1954, its global growth, and the attractiveness of the Australian dairy industry.

Mr Saputo, who is the company’s chief executive and chairman, said his company heard repeatedly of Australia’s high-quality dairy produce.

“Australia has a reputation for high-quality [dairy] solids,”he said.

“Australia is a key dairy-producing country, high quality at a competitive price. So the infrastructure was here … And Australia also had the capability to supply the international markets, because there was excess production.

“So it was inevitable for us, ultimately, to consider Australia as an important platform for Saputo, in our ambitions to be a global dairy player.”

In 2017 Murray Goulburn revealed it had agreed to sell its operations to Saputo, in a $1.31 billion deal. The proposed deal is subject to regulatory approval from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the Foreign Investment Review Board.

To go ahead the deal would also need the backing of 50 per cent plus one of the farmers who supply MG with milk.

In an interview with Fairfax Media after the conference, when asked whether he believed farmers would back the deal, Mr Saputo said: “I think so, based on the feedback that we got when we did the supplier meetings back in November. I think the support for Saputo buying the MG assets there was very, very strong.”

He also said: “We’re not here to destroy markets. We like to build markets, we like to build good strong infrastructure for all stakeholders in the dairy space.”

Mr Saputo said his company was very excited about the proposed deal.

“We’re hoping it happens sooner rather than later, because there are a lot of people involved in MG that really have an uncertain future right now. We’d like this deal to close as quickly as possible, so that we can give them some certainty for the future,” he said.


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Gambling problem for 46pc of poker players

Of the seven million regular gamblers in Australia, 132,000 regularly gamble on poker.Poker players experience the highest rates of problem gambling, spending a total of more than $200 million per year on the card game, according to new analysis.
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A study by the Australian Gambling Research Centre (AGRC) found nearly one in two poker players (46 per cent) experience at least one gambling-related problem.

“Poker machines get a lot of attention, sports betting is starting to get more attention; poker, it appears has a population who are quite at risk of gambling problems as well,” said lead researcher, Dr Andrew Armstrong.

Researchers at AGRC looked at data collected through the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics (HILDA) Survey – overseen by the Melbourne Institute on behalf of the Department of Social Services.

For the first time in 2015, the survey included questions on gambling behaviour.

Of the seven million regular gamblers, 132,000 Australians regularly gambled on poker, the data showed.

The annual expenditure on poker averaged $1,758 per player in 2015, a total of $228 million over the year.

Poker players also regularly spent money on other gambling activities, with poker making up to 48 per cent of their total gambling spending.

In total, the average poker player spent $3673 on gambling.

While poker was the least popular gambling activity, the findings showed around 60,000 Australians are at risk of harm, says Dr Armstrong.

“Over a third bet more than they could afford to lose and tried to win back the money they had lost on another day, while around a quarter had been told that they had a gambling problem and had caused financial problems for themselves or their households,” he said.

Dr Armstrong said for a quarter of the poker players their gambling had caused physical or mental health problems, prompting him to call for greater awareness of this vulnerable group of gamblers.

Reformed gambler Ian Brett, 47, started playing pub poker as a “way out” of gambling because it didn’t cost to play.

But it didn’t take long before it became “full-on” for the Sydney resident.

“So it started off just a casual sort of social thing but before I knew it I was playing every night of the week at a venue, and paying for $12, $17 to $22 a night,” he told AAP.

Like many of the poker players with a gambling problem, Mr Brett had struggled with a gambling addiction for a long time – having started betting on the horses with his father from a very young age.

“It was the horses for a long time but once the casino come about I started playing blackjack, I was really addicted,” he said.

After suffering a nervous breakdown in his early 20s, Mr Brett said he wants to save other gamblers from a similar fate.

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Vigil for Florida school shooting victims

Community members have held a candlelight vigil for the victims of a shooting at a Florida school.Around 1000 people have attended a candlelight vigil near the Florida school where 19-year-old gunman Nikolas Cruz set off a fire alarm before shooting dead 17 people as classrooms emptied.
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The vigil outside the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Thursday night began with a moment of silence for those slain. Audible sobs rose from the crowd as the names of victims were read out.

Dressed in the school’s red colours, some held flowers while others carried signs asking for action to fight school violence, including gun control.

Members of the crowd spontaneously started shouting “no more guns, no more guns” at one point.

“Kids don’t need guns. No guns under 21,” read one sign.

After around six minutes of shooting Cruz, who had been expelled from the school, ditched his semi-automatic rifle and waslked out of the school.

He was later arrested without a fight elsewhere in Parkland.

Both students and teachers were killed including assistant football coach Aaron Feis, slain while shielding students from bullets and 35-year-old geography teacher Scott Beigel, who helped students enter a locked classroom to avoid the gunman, only to be shot himself.

Ernest Rospierski, a teacher at the school, took several bracing breaths at the vigil as he talked to a reporter about the horror in the school halls.

“Bang bang bang – all of a sudden the shooting stopped,” he said. “I looked down. He was reloading. I yelled run. And then I ran behind as many kids as I could.”

Authorities have not described any specific motive, except to say that Cruz had been kicked out of the high school.

Students who knew him described him as a volatile teenager whose strange behaviour had caused others to end friendships with him.

Cruz was ordered held without bond at a brief court hearing where his lawyer called him a “broken human being.”

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All the photos from the Newcastle Knights community season launch

All the photos from the Newcastle Knights community season launch Laura and Tim O’Donnell with son Johnny, 2, of Sydney. Pictures: MARINA NEIL
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The Newcastle Knights community season launch at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: MARINA NEIL

Cameron Matthews and Layla Smith of Cameron Park. Pictures: MARINA NEIL

The Newcastle Knights get a team photo with their fans at the community season launch at Hunter Stadium.

Mytia Mainey, 10, of Ashtonfield.

Margaret Finlay, Natalie Shoesmith, Linda Duke and Zac Shoesmith.

Knights cheerleaders, from left, Mackenzie Picton, Emily Shakespeare, Taylor Mansfield, Maddie Childs and Caia Khomoutov at the community season launch.

The Newcastle Knights get a team photo with their fans at the community season launch at Hunter Stadium.

The Newcastle Knights community season launch at Hunter Stadium.

The Newcastle Knights community season launch at Hunter Stadium.

Joel and Ashley Maber with their daughters Tayla, 5, and LIanna, 1, of Arcadia Vale.

The Newcastle Knights get a team photo with their fans at the community season launch at Hunter Stadium.

The Newcastle Knights community season launch at Hunter Stadium.

Mitchell Pearce with a fan at the launch.

Mitchell Pearce signs an autograph for young fan Sebastian Collier, 7.

Steven and Heather McCann with their sons Joel, 9, and Lucas, 6, of Cameron Park.

The Newcastle Knights community season launch at Hunter Stadium.

The Newcastle Knights community season launch at Hunter Stadium.

Thomas Loftberg enjoying tug of war footy with the support of Knights player Dylan Phythian.

Thomas Loftberg enjoying tug of war footy with the support of Knights player Dylan Phythian

Mitchell Pearce with a fan at the launch.

Thomas Loftberg enjoying tug of war footy with the support of Knights player Dylan Phythian.

Nathan Ross at the Newcastle Knights community season launch.

Paul and Elaine Edwards of Woodberry.

The Newcastle Knights community season launch at Hunter Stadium.

From back left, Nathan Henderson, David Henderson and Jenny Henderson; and front, Ashleigh Henderson and Matthew Henderson, of Maryland.

The Newcastle Knights community season launch at Hunter Stadium.

TweetFacebookThe Newcastle Knights held a community season launch at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday.

The day included a variety of entertainmentincluding a jumping castle, mobile zoo, junior clinic, cheerleading clinic, bungee try activity and a mechanical football.

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The 2018 playing squad attended, giving members and fans the opportunity to meet some of the team’s newest faces and catch up with their favourite Knights players for a signed autograph.

In the lead up to the eventKnights forward Jamie Buhrer said the team was looking forward to meeting everyone.

“We’re thankful for their continued support and we can’t wait to see them on the day.”

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Fire Rescue NSWHunter report

Senior Firefighter Ana Batterham
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On Sunday afternoon crews from Newcastle, Lambton and Carrington stations responded to a reported building fire.

On arrival crews found large volumes of smoke issuing from the roof.

On inspection, the fire was found to be pig on a spit, well alight.

The fire was quickly brought under control using water and a carbon dioxide extinguisher.

Meanwhile, Maitland firefighters this week were kept busy, freeing a person trapped in a motor vehicle accident, extinguishing bush and electrical fires and responding to a snake in a house at Gillieston Heights.

Newcastle Communications CentreFire & Rescue NSW Communications Centres at Newcastle and Sydney are manned by fully trained firefighters.

Firefighters at the call centres have the specialist knowledge required to determine how many resources will need to be deployed to an incident, what type of appliances to send and provide advice to concerned callers.

Newcastle Communications Centre operator Senior Firefighter Ana Batterham recently received high commendation for her actions in locating a boy near Armidale.

“Six weeks after completing my communications training, I received a call on nightfall from a young boy who was walking home to the mission in Armidale and had found himself trapped in some mud,” she said

“He gave his name and I kept him on the line for approximately 10 minutes, keeping him calm whilst using the white pages to try and find some family in the area with the same surname.”

Fellow operators Senior Firefighter Billy Sluyter and Senior Firefighter Adam Scott-Young spoke to a family member on the phone who was able to give a better indication of his position. Firefighters then used mapping software to pinpoint his location.

Crews from Armidale were assigned, and the boy was instructed to use the light on his phone to attract the attention of the local crews when he saw the lights on the trucks approaching.

Once crews arrived, they were faced with the difficult situation of removing him from the pit, as they were unable to walk over the mud safely without sinking. Firefighters used a combination of ladders and salvage sheets to access the teenager and remove him from the mud. He was suffering severe hypothermia and shock.

“Anna’s compassion and concern for another human being was exceptional,” said Response Coordinator Inspector Glen Lord.

“The teamwork displayed by the Newcastle Communication operators in this situation was also outstanding.”

The Newcastle Communications Centre attends to calls all over the state of NSW. In the event of an emergency, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

The Newcastle Communications Centre attends to calls all over NSW. In an emergency, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

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Stanlake positive despite Shield exile

Australian paceman Billy Stanlake is set to miss another first-class cricket season.Australian pace sensation Billy Stanlake is set to go another season without playing first-class cricket but remains optimistic he can build towards a long international career.
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Regularly hitting the 150km/h mark and producing lethal bounce and swing, the 204cm quick has been a revelation during the current Twenty20 tri-series with New Zealand and England.

The challenge for Cricket Australia is managing his fragile body with an eye towards eventually unleashing him on the Test arena.

Stanlake has gone more than two years without first-class cricket after multiple back injuries and, most recently, a toe infection that almost led to the digit being amputated.

The 23-year-old is desperate to add to his two first-class matches but this week confirmed he won’t play any part in Queensland’s remaining Sheffield Shield campaign.

“I don’t think so. It doesn’t look like it at this stage,” Stanlake told AAP.

“Unfortunately, my workloads aren’t quite up to scratch just due to the fact that I missed that first half of the season because of the toe infection.

“I’d love to be able to play Shield cricket. It’s always a goal for me to get back to playing that. But I’m also realistic and know everything that’s been put in place is looking out for my best interests.

“The important thing for me at the moment is I’m playing a lot of white-ball cricket and I’m really enjoying it.

“I’ve got another big off-season of Twenty20 cricket again, so hopefully with that coming up I can have a really good base to build off for the start of next season.”

Stanlake will again play in the IPL this year after being snapped up by Sunrisers Hyderabad in last month’s auction.

A debut campaign with Yorkshire in the UK’s T20 Blast is also understood to be on the cards.

Arguably the most exciting young fast bowler on the domestic scene, Stanlake’s talent was underscored when Cricket Australia last year awarded him a coveted central contract.

The towering Queenslander hopes to follow a similar path to fellow quick Pat Cummins, who is thriving in Test cricket after being carefully managed through years of injuries.

“We had a very similar, pretty much identical, injury path,” Stanlake said.

“I think they did a great job with him. You see how good he is now. He’s getting through Test matches, he’s been bowling beautifully for a couple of years now. That gives me a lot of confidence.

“I know he’s done a lot of hard work too so to see him out there doing well and injury-free, it’s great to see.”

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Banned builder Matthew Rixon slapped with new charges

Banned builder Matthew Rixon has been charged with six new offences.SERIAL shonk Matthew Geoffrey Rixon is facing new charges and court dates after his extradition to Newcastle.
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The convicted conman –who was permanently banned from building in NSW after leaving a conga line of angry customers across the state– was refused bail afterbeing charged with six counts of dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception on Friday.

Rixon, 33, was taken into custody on theGold Coast after the NSW Supreme Court issued a warrant for his arrest for twice failing to appear in court on a contempt of court charge.

Rixon’s location was made known to authorities after a Fair Trading NSW alert on February 2 warned customers not to deal with the convicted conman.

“This warning prompted someone to come forward with vital information which allowed Queensland Police, with the help of the Queensland Office of Fair Trading, to find and arrest Rixon,” NSW Minister for Better Regulation MatthewKean said.

Matthew Rixon leaves Newcastle court house after a previous apperence.

Rixon, who has often targeted elderly and vulnerable victims, was arrested at an office atBundall and frontedat Southport Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

He was refused bail and extradited to Newcastle where he will appear at Newcastle Local Court on March 1to face the six new charges.

He will also appear at the NSW Supreme Court the next day.

Rixon has been the target of numerous investigations and court actions by Fair Trading NSW.

He has been subject to a Supreme Court injunction banning him from working as a builderand was given a suspended jail sentence for contempt in 2014 when he breached that.

Previous court appearances have heard Rixon traded under a number of companies and names including “Andrew Gough”, “Matt Geoffrey”, “Matthew Ewing”, “Patrick James Harding” and “Patrick Harding”.

He has victims in the Hunter, southern Sydney, Brisbane, the Illawarra and the ACT.

In 2014, he was declared bankrupt with a court hearing he haddebts of $400,000.

He had previously pleaded guilty to contempt of court charges for defying court orders banning him from doing residential building work in NSW.

Rixon was banned from conducting or being engaged in any residential building work or specialist work in April 2013.

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Justice at long last: Bernard McGrath jailed for 33 years

A TERRIFIED eight-year-old boy waited to be raped as another boy’s screams could be heard from a nearby room where two St John of God Brothers had taken him.
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It was 1981 and Brother Bernard McGrath’s shockingreign of terror as principal of Morisset’s Kendall Grange boys’ home still had five years to run.

The boy was raped that day in a typically brutal attack that left him bleeding and limping. On another occasion he vomited after choking when McGrath forced him to have oral sex.

In a Sydney courtroom on Friday mothers wept, fathers hung their heads andvictims gasped, cried and left the room as a judge recounted how McGrath rubbed the boy’s face in the vomit, before ordering the sobbing childto clean up the mess.

There was anger that McGrath’s crimes against Kendall Grange boys between 1978 and 1985 occurred after the St John of God order transferred him to the Morisset facility after allegations against him at a St John of God facility in New Zealand in 1977.

But by3pm on Friday, after hours of a gruelling sentencing hearing, there were cheers, applause and spontaneous calls of “Thank you” to Judge Sarah Huggett after McGrath, 70, was sentenced to 33 years’ jailfor 64 offences against 12 boys at Kendall Grange over seven years.

McGrath, 70, must serve a minimum sentence of 21 years, and will be 88 before his earliest release date in 2035, after his sentence was backdated to December, 2014 when he was taken into custody in New Zealand and extradited to Australia to face more than 250 charges.

“He’ll die in jail,” said the mother of one of his victims who was nine years old when he was sent to Kendall Grange, shockingly molested by McGrath and told that if he spoke to anyone about the abuse he would be “taken to the Morisset mad houseand never see the light of day again”.

Paul, a victim of St John of God Brother Bernard McGrath

The mother repeatedly wept in court as Judge Huggett detailed offences against her son, Paul, including when he choked and vomited when McGrath forced him into oral sex. He was one of two of McGrath’s victims whose evidence includedvomiting after violent forced oral sex.

Paulcheered after Judge Huggett completed the sentence and McGrath was led away.

“I didn’t think he’d get more than 10 years because he had to be sentenced according to what they gave them in the 1970s and 1980s. I was very surprised but it’s brilliant. We got justice today,” Paul said.

Another of McGrath’s victims yelled at McGrath as he was led away.

“I hope you rotin hell you f…ing piece of shit,” the man said after struggling to control his emotions throughout the sentencing hearing.

Judge Huggett described McGrath as a predator who moved from victim to victim, often in circumstances where the risk of detection was high, and in some cases in the company of other Brothers. He did so because there was “little to no danger” of him being held accountable for his crimes, she said.

“The particular offences committed by this offender took place where other abuse was being meted out by persons other than this offender,” Judge Huggett said.

“I have no doubt at all that systemic abuse of children at Kendall Grange was taking place during the relevant years.”

McGrath was guilty of “deliberate, determined and to varying degrees predetermined” offences against children, some with intellectual, social, academic and behavioural difficulties, Judge Huggett said.

She said McGrath joined the order in 1966 when he was 18. Although he wanted to be a veterinarian his father –who felt that he was a failure because he did not complete training to be a Catholic priest –filled out the paperwork for him to become a St John of God Brother.

McGrath’s father was a violent and abuse man, the court heard.

Judge Huggett said she accepted McGrath’s evidence that he was indecently assaulted as a child by at least one neighbour and another man.

She recounted the St John of God order’s knowledge of McGrath’s offending over many years, including attempts at treatment in New Zealand and a Catholic facility known as the Servants of the Paraclete in New Mexico in 1993.

McGrath was forced to leave the order in 1997 after he was convicted in New Zealand of 21 offences against nine victims at a St John of God facility, and convicted again in Australia of another six offences against a Kendall Grange victim.

In court on Friday the sister of the Kendall Grange victim from the 1990s trial was stunned and relieved when McGrath received a 33 year sentence, after he was sentenced to nine months’ jailin the 1990s for crimes against her brother.

“It’s unbelievable. It’s great. It is such a vindication of all these men who had the courage to speak about what happened to them as children. Finally there’s justice for them,” she said.

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Killer smiles at ruling

MURDERER: Daniel Petryk, 25, of Windale, was on Friday sentenced to a maximum 26 years in jail for the murder of Robert Parry at Wickham in March, 2015. Inset, police investigate the home invasion shooting in Dickson Street.HE has shown no remorse, still maintains his innocence and on Friday, as he was being sentenced to a maximum 26 years behind bars, a wry smile spread across Daniel Petryk’s face.
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Petryk, who snuck into Robert Parry’s Wickham home in March, 2015, and shot him in the stomach at close range with a .22 shortened single-shot firearm, was sentenced to a non-parole period of 19 years and six months in Newcastle Supreme Court on Friday.

The 25-year-old from Windale, who was found guilty last year of murder and armed robbery after a five-week trial,will be 43 when he first becomes eligible for parole.Mr Parry was 41.

MISSED: Robert Parry (right) with his father, Alan Parry. On Friday, Robert Parry’s nephew, Ashley Clarke, said he was a “very generous, well-loved individual”.

“Hopefully those 26 years in that jail cell might wipe the smile he had on his face up there,” Mr Parry’s nephew, Ashley Clarke, said outside Newcastle Supreme Court on Friday.

“For someone to do what he did …and to have a smile on his face when he gets 26 years is quite pathetic.”

Looking for an easy target to commit a drug-rip home invasion before fleeing to Queensland after breaching his parole, Petryk recruitedarmed robber Jesse Nikolovski and a female to help him rob Mr Parry, awell-known Wickham identity who was deaf in one ear and left his front door unlocked.It was about 3am on March 7, 2015, when Petryk, a mask covering his face, snuck into Mr Parry’s Dickson Street home in search of drugs and cash.

But when Mr Parry appeared in the lounge room, raised a can of drink above his head and told the trio to “f— off out of his house”, Petryk shot him once in the stomach at close range.

Mr Parry dropped to the ground and Petryk stepped over him and went into his bedroom where he stole $50 worth of cannabis and cigarettes.

“That a man could be killed for such property is deeply shocking,” Justice Helen Wilson said during sentencing on Friday.

Petryk then threatened Mr Parry’s elderly father, Alan Parry, telling him “you’re next”.The trio fled to Nikolovski’s car where Petryk told the others Mr Parry “wouldn’t die”.

“He said he shot him in the belly so he wouldn’t die,” a witness told the trial.

With no physical evidence tying Petryk to the scene, the prosecution case rested on the shoulders of a woman who said she was with Petryk and Nikolovski, 24, of Mayfield, during the home invasion.

The witness, who cannot be identified, told the jury she was armed with an axe when she snuck into the home behind Petryk and watched as he pulled the trigger and Mr Parry fell to the ground.

Petryk had maintained he wasn’t there that night.

But the woman’s evidence sunk him and wholly exonerated Nikolovski on the murder charge, with the woman telling the court Nikolovski didn’t know the firearm Petryk was carrying was loaded.

IN JAIL: Jesse Nikolovski, of Mayfield, was found not guilty of murder and then pleaded guilty to armed robbery over the home invasion in Wickham.

That evidence led to Justice Wilson giving the jury a directed verdict of not guilty in relation to the murder charge against Nikolovski.

Nikolovski then pleaded guilty to armed robbery in relation to the home invasion at Mr Parry’s house and disappeared from the court dock.

Nikolovski will be sentenced on May 21.

But that jail term might not begin until December, 2020, when he is eligible for parole for a string of armed robberies he committed on Sydney pubs and clubs in the wake of Mr Parry’s murder.

He was jailed in December for amaximum of eight years and six months, with a non-parole period of five years and six months for the pub robberies.

Mr Clarke said it was a relief that his uncle’s murderer had been dealt with.

“We are relieved that it is finally over for one of them and we’re quite happy with 26 years,” Mr Clarke said.

“[Robert]was a very generous, well-loved individual. “He would do anything for anyone and for this to happen to such a great member of the community is very distressing for everyone. Over something so pathetic.

“[The jail term]isn’t going to bring Rob back, but at least it gives us some faith in the justice system.”

Robert Parry’s nephew, Ashley Clarke

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Furious coach slams disgraceful VAR calls

ON THE BALL: Jets defender Daniel Georgievski fires a cross past Wanderers midfielder Marcelo Carrusca in the controversial 2-all draw at Spotless Stadium on Friday night. Pictures: AAP ANDREW Nabbout scored a contender for goal of the year but his sublime effort was overshadowed by a series of controversial decisions against the Jets in a pulsating 2-all draw with Western Sydney at Spotless Stadium on Friday night.
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ON FIRE: Dimi Petratos scored a brilliant goal in the 2-all draw with Wanderers.

The visitors were on the wrong end of three contentiousdecisions,two involving the Video Assistant Referee.

Two of the rulings led to Wanderers goals –penalties to Oriol Riera in the 7thand 67thminutes – and the other resulted in a goal being taken awayfrom Jets winger Jason Hoffman.

Furious @NewcastleJetsFC coach slams disgraceful VAR calls in controversial draw with @[email protected]@newcastleheraldpic.twitter南京夜网/oEnEMetbSV

— James Gardiner (@JamesGardiner42) February 16, 2018TweetFacebook Newcastle Jets v Western Sydney WanderersPictures: AAPThen, with the scores again level at 2-all, the VAR judged that Jason Hoffman had fouled Vedran Janjetovic after the keeper knocked a cross into his own net. Green had given the goal.

The Jets had earlier benefited from a VAR call when a Chris Ikonomidis goal was correctly pulled back for offside.

In among the controversy, Petratos (48th) and Nabbout (68th) scored two wonder goals.

With the Jets down and in need of a lift, Petratos curled a left foot shot into the right corner in the 48th minute.

His effort paled in comparison to Nabbout’s strike. The winger burst into the box, exploding past two defenders, and then hit a shot with the outside of his right boot that curled beautifully inside the left upright.

The Jets double meantthey are now only the sixth side in the history of the A-League to scored in 20 straight games.

The point moved them to 38 points, five clear of third placed Melbourne City with seven games remaining.

As expected Ernie Merrick made two changes from the 2-0 win over Melbourne Victory a fortnight ago. Daniel Georgievski returned from suspension atfor Lachlan Jackson and Wayne Brown covered for Ben Kantarovski.

Wanderers coach Josep Gombau, chasing a third straight win, stuck with the XI that thumped Wellingtonb.

Gombau spokeabout gaining revenge in the lead-up after the Wanderers were belted 4-0 by the Jets in Newcastle in late December.

The Jets received an early let off when Ikonomidis collected a defence-splitting through ball from Carrusca and slid an angled shot past jack Duncan in the fourth minute.

Green awarded the goal only for the VARto intervene.

However, the reprieve was only brief. A minute later Riera converted from the spot.It was the Spaniard’s 10thgoal for the campaign and fourth in four games.

Nigel Boogaard went close to an equaliser five minutes later when he met a Petratos freekick with his head but was denied by the crossbar.

Ikonomidis continued to cause problems with his pace in behind.

The Jets started to come to life in the closing stages of the half.

Pato Rodriguez went close in the 37thminute when he skipped past two defender and hit a stinging shot, which forced a diving save at the near post by Vedran Janjetovic.

Janjetovic had to react quickly two minutes from half-time when a left-foot shot from Petratos deflected off a Wanderers defender.

The Jets needed a lift it came in the first minute of the second half, when Roy O’Donovan and Janjetovic clashed after the keeper reacted to a challenge by the striker.

A minute later, the Jets were on level terms.

O’Donovan played a ball to Petraton on the edge of the area and he curled a first-time left footer into the right corner.

The Jets were starting to get on top when the second penalty went against them.

Riera made no mistake. But as they have done all season the Jets found a way back.

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Vic waste issue linked to China import ban

Victorians residents can expect to pay more on their rates after China banned recyclables.Ratepayers could be slugged with increased fees as local governments struggle to maintain recycling services after China’s reduced intake of waste.
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China’s decision has affected Victoria’s three recycling companies and councils are already experiencing flow-on problems, especially in rural areas, the Municipal Association of Victoria said on Friday.

Ratepayers could be asked to pay an increase of up to 2.5 per cent, on top of the 2.25 per cent state rate increase cap, if councils were forced to pass on costs, association chief Rob Spence said.

Council waste charges are not included in the cap, he added.

Mr Spence called on the state government to provide assistance so councils don’t have to pull funding from other services or dump recycling in landfill.

“While rural councils have been the most directly affected to date, it has become clear that the impacts will be statewide, with significant cost implications likely for all councils and ratepayers,” he said.

“A number of rural councils are already having to consider costly short-term arrangements in order for their recycling services to continue beyond this week.”

Mr Spence also said the the state’s landfill levy income should be used to bolster the recycling industry.

Mayors in the state’s southwest, where the effects of the waste problem are being felt, also pushed for the levy to be put toward a solution.

“Proceeds from the levy could be used to resurrect recycling, and to assist councils to transition to new cost structures over a two to three-year period,” Warrnambool Mayor Robert Anderson said in a statement.

Moyne Shire Mayor Mick Wolfe suggested the state government could suspend the landfill levy charge to offset increasing costs faced by councils.

Premier Daniel Andrews flagged the possibility of taxpayers stumping up cash to solve the problem, confirming ministers in his government were meeting with councils and recycling companies.

“We’re hopeful of being able to have some positive things to say quite soon,” he told reporters in Ballarat on Friday.

“The notion that we may have to step in and do more, which would potentially come at expense to Victorian taxpayers, we may have to do that, but we’re working through those issues in a careful way.”

Victorian Greens waste management spokeswoman Nina Springle said it was archaic to rely on landfill in the 21st century.

“A container deposit scheme and large scale composting are simple measure the Andrews Government can introduce to reduce waste quickly,” she said in a statement.

Australian Associated Press

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