crime wave in South Eastern Suburbs Beaches, by Greg
- 13th May 2003
A member of The Bra Boys (1 of several gangs in the
Lexo Boys and LRA (Lexington Republic Army) are the
scourge of Maroubra's Lexington Place shops
*The crime wave continues with a body of a Sydney
crime figure found on the 9th August. Weekly bashings
and stabbing in the Lexington Place shops area continue,
and a baby and its father was bashed on the 18th August
to Reality TV, Maroubra Style!
featured in the news of Sydney's TV and radio stations,
newspapers, and the website of Greg Tingle, Media
recent string of gang activity and crime has reestablished
Sydney's South Eastern Beaches as another one of Sydney's
haven for gangs and a place to be feared!
the past three months there has been a wave of violent
crime and attacks occurring in the region, culminating
in the recent attacks on people of Oriental appearance
at Maroubra's Lexington Place
Shopping Centre, which happens to be just 600 metres
from Bob Carr's front
'Bra Boys frequent the
beach area. Lexington Place
has its Lexo Boys or
otherwise known as LRA (Lexington
Republican Army), which consists of 40 persons
of interest to the police, with an average age 12
to 18 years. There are older members up to 44 years!!
You will see the graffiti tags "LRA", "Lexo
Boys" and "born & raised in lexo"
on many buildings in the area. Another favourite is,
"Mull Up 2003".
Place Shops are situated at Maroubra South in the
centre of an unsightly outdated Department
of Housing Estate, built after WWII, with some
recent private development, a stone's throw from Maroubra
Police and Community Services agree the large concentration
of tenants contributes significantly to much of the
trouble and gang activity and epidemic use of illegal
drugs. This long established gang activity is on a
much broader scale covering 2 sometimes 3 generations
of tenants. One may pose the question, Carl
Scully, Minister for Housing, what are you
doing about this?
of this dangerous gang include public and private
tenants and all are known to the Maroubra and Mascot
Police. Some may say the names D.
Mitchell, M. Hollows and J. Baker come up time
and time again! (notice the
whole names are not disclosed, but to date we refuse
to let these scum go completely without accountability
and mention). You did the crime, now cop it sweet!
(wording in white text is by Greg Tingle, founder
and editor of Media Man Australia).
'gang leader', who's been around for almost 40 years,
is known as "Cap" (captain) and "Yeah
Cap" is another familiar tag seen on shop walls.
(name stay's - plenty of folks
who have the nickname, Captain)!
April 2003, after the particularly nasty robbery and
bashing of a family of 3 in their Mini-mart Store,
D Mitchell was sent off to Bundaberg, QLD, by his
mother for a while,was that because he was detained
at the scene of the crime by one of the victims?
Mitchell aka "Fonz"
is over 18 years and with his history and violent
nature, local residents believe he should be behind
collective bunch of hooligans is credited with the
verbal, physical, racial abuse and daily stealing
from the shopkeepers and breaks-ins at residents'
the 14th and 15th of this month, the Xu
family, of oriental descent, were all seriously
hurt during a bashing by this gang aka (LRA or Lexo
approximately 4pm on the 14 April 2003, the father
and shopkeeper, Wei Xu, was confronted by a violent
shop invasion of approximately 10 youths, when they
trashed the shop as a diversion to steal a recent
delivery of cigarettes being counted by his son at
the counter. His wife, Ming Gong was dragged outside
the shop, attacked and knocked unconscious and later
taken to hospital with severe bruising on her throat,
arms and body. The son was struck on the head with
a wooden mallet and viciously punched. The father
detained D. Mitchell but was asked to release him
when the police arrived. The next day at approximately
3 PM, the son, Xi Jun Xu, was bashed over the head
with a chair by D Mitchell after Xi was walking home
past the Lexington Place Takeaway
Shop. He was returning from a University exam
he couldn't cancel. When Mr Xu went to the rescue
of his son, he was kicked and punched by the gang
of approximately a dozen youth, and knocked unconscious.
The mother ran down to protect her husband's head
and she was again beaten until unconscious, for the
second time in as many days. For this latter incident
all were hospitalised.
a passer by broke up the scene. The residents called
the police, but no one was charged for either, even
with definite witness identifications. One asks the
question, "WHY NOT?" On the 23 April the
mother was hit with a missile from a 'slingshot'
daily habits of these 'Lexo Boys' include; shoplifting,
offensive graffiti, drug dealing and drug use, attacks
on individuals and shops and harbouring of weapons
The area is a "no go zone" for the elderly
and frail, Mums with prams
c'mon even the average
man in the street is at risk here, much the same as
murder of one brother and malicious wounding of another,
by machete knife was committed at Lexington shops
in April 2001.
least there is one positive note; on 31st June 2001
the 1st Community Lexington Place Working Bee took
place, an event organized by Community
Initiatives Group founder, R. Leoni. It was
attended by over 60 people, including Premier
Bob Carr and Michael
Daley, (Randwick City Council Deputy Mayor).
30 minutes of the officials leaving, a left over can
of paint was dumped over the head of "Annie",
a shopkeeper, by a man known as "Dicko"
another local Lexo Boy, who is well into adulthood.
resident, Y. Morgan, said, "All of the Asian
shopkeepers have been terrorised daily, but just lately
it is unbelievable. These criminal people can't be
streets off Lexington Place, townhouses are selling
for as high as $500,000+ to new homebuyers. Locals
say that if potential buyers, knew of the trouble
in the area, they would most likely buy elsewhere.
The same goes for the shops. The Lexington Place Shops
have a high rate of turnover and in recent years generally
are being bought by persons of oriental descent, who
don't know the history of the area. It's very much
a case of "buyer beware".
local gangs which identify with their local Housing
Estates include Coogee's "Elfo Boys", "Duffo
Boys", Estate opposite Duffy's Corner Anzac Pde,
"Matto Boys" from Matraville, "The
Nama Boys", Chifley Estate, "Mala Boys"
from Malabar and Bilga Crescent, and "Lapa Boys"
from La Perouse.
The Lexo Boys have also recently targeted R. Leoni,
affectionately known as "the community lady".
The walls of Lexington Place shops have been continually
graffitied with expletives including 'F**** off Leoni',
'Leoni the Martyr' and 'Rest in pieces.'
recent gang activity won't help Bob
Carr's commitment to encouraging new development
in the whole of the Maroubra area. These projects
use the terminology, "revitalization", or
as some spin-meisters are saying, "Just another
word for over development."
law and order somewhere on Bob Carr's agenda? It is
time something is done about this local shopping centre,
Lexington Place as many elderly rely totally on this
set of shops staying open!
Tingle is a member of the Community Initiatives Group,
based at Maroubra.
Tingle is a journalist, TV presenter, PR Man and concerned,
fromer resident of Maroubra. Greg is also a web author,
and operates Media Man Australia www.mediaman.com.au
information contained in the above article is believed
to be truthful, and has been communicated to the owner
of this website, by members of the Maroubra community.
issue has attracted some media coverage, including
Radio 2GB (Alan Jones), on the 29th April 2003, which
was facilitated by Greg Tingle. On the 7th of May
2003, The Daily Telegraph and Maroubra Police attended
(the area's local newspaper), finally
ran the story (front page) - "Crackdown
on suburban crime", on Tuesday 13th May
The article quotes include:
"Local angst has forced the premier to initiate
a crime-prevention plan in our troubled suburbs".
Debnam (the Opposition Police spokesperson and Liberal
MP for Vaucluse) asked Mr Carr is he was aware of
the distress of shop owners and the local community
around Lexington Place shopping centre resulting from
the ongoing criminal and antisocial behavior of a
Debnam said he had learned of the problems in South
Maroubra on talkback radio which prompted him to visit
the area on the weekend of May 3 and 4"...
Tingle (Journalist and owner of this website, Media
Man Australia), organised the call to 2GB
(Alan Jones) from Maroubra resident, and head of the
Community Initiatives Group, Rozita Leoni. Greg
had been campaigning for a cure to the Lexington Place
crime problems for many months.
would like to give a public thank you to Alan
Jones and the entire 2GB
team. The Daily Telegraph's
Mark Skelsey has also been helpful.
of the crime wave and concerned residents met with
Clive Small at Maroubra
Police Station on the evening of 15th May 2003. We
have been told that action has and will be taken.
A solution being considered is to split up the crime
gangs, but moving some of the Department
of Housing tenants out of the area, which will
assist in breaking up the crime network. This method
has some success when implemented in the same region
approx. 5 years ago.
received form Bob Carr's office on the 19h June 2003
- read below.
of Government crime prevention plan being implemented
the 5 May 2003 Bob Carr met with Superintendent Dave
Owens, Commander, Eastern Beaches Local Area
Command to discuss public safety issues including
the problems at Lexington Place.
then senior staff from the Premier's Department have
met with local police and representatives from the
Departments of Housing, Education,
Community Services and Aboriginal Affairs,
and Randwick Council.
package will be designed to tackle crime levels, street
safety, youth gang activity, school attendance and
retention, and drug and alcohol abuse.
will also be designed to improve the coordination
of government services, particularly family support
may be interested to know that community safety in
the area has been strengthened by the recent allocation
of 18 additional police into the area's two Local
Area Commands. These police are in addition to the
23 probationary constables assigned to the area in
have taken the opportunity to refer your letter to
the Minister for Police, the
Hon John Watkins MP, for his attention.
tuned for updates.
comments: It's great to see that the issue is now
being taken very seriously.
received from residents of Maroubra
just read your article on Maroubra, Lexington violent
have two more victims to add to the on growing list:
before 10:PM on Friday 18/07/03 My twin Brothers got
off the Bus at corner of Fitzgerald Ave. and Anzac
Parade to go to Astoria Crt when a gang of ten threw
a beer bottle at them then violently attacked them
, they managed to get inside the house and call an
ambulance the police also arrived but could not find
Police visited them at the Hospital 2 hours later
and told them they could go into the Police station
when they are feeling better and give a statement.
Brother's thought they were going to be killed , they
both have many stitches all over their face's not
a pretty sight at all.
Yes your worst scenario has happened Greg.
Friday night approx 11 PM Astoria Circuit.
resident of 15 Astoria was seen being chased by the
gang of kids into the building. Astoria is the main
thoroughfare from Anzac Pde bus stop from the city
/ Maroubra Jct.
man was holding his side, stumbling towards his building.
kids were making so much noise swearing and screaming
out obscenities to the man. Neighbours were awoken
by the noise. The youths were at the entrance of the
building and it was clear to one of the other tenants
(who has been involved in our community consultations)
there were 5 or 6 youths (one a tall dark skinned
(Aboriginal/African) and they all were armed with
were waiting for the man to emerge again and as the
person who saw the scenario stated, he would have
definitely be killed.
police were called and although the kid's noise was
so loud all the way onto Yorktown Pde and into Coral
Sea Park by the time the police attended 20 minutes
later, there was no evidence and no arrests made.
have been told we have the most heavily policed area
now yet the police were not on the Estate. They were
seen racing along Fitzgerald Ave from Maroubra Junction
approx 11.30 - 11.40 PM. How many cares were on that
evening and available? One would have needed to head
them off from Lexington Place and one to attend the
scene of the crime. To be told there was no evidence
except a wounded elderly resident has put fear in
all the residents. Even our informant's father is
totally paranoid now his son screamed out from the
window at the kids, that they/their car may be targeted.
He has also seen the kids attempt to hit a visitor
with a brick at his car.
months on we have escalating, violent out of control
police (Owens) says we have enough resources and are
satisfied with our current facilities. Well we the
residents exposed to this criminal youth crime disagree!
months later the gang is still free and able to bring
fear into our lives. Only 2 of the 10 have been charged.
For Ying and John's bashing again only 2. So the bulk
of the gang is out there with these 4 charged youths
(1 girl) as well still free still in control.
Thursday, July 10, 2003 5:29 AM
Re: Fw: More crimes 03 July 03 - potential solution
control it or demolish the center
Letters to the Editor in Courier/Telegraph and Sun
Herald. Department of Housing enquiry/ last two weeks
in Telegraph (one was from page) last weeks four pages.
The Sun had an article querying Bob Carr's big gun
(Community Solutions - Bob's big gun for Maroubra)
on Sunday. If you have both emails on file can you
email them to me also?
car story was one car taken away by the police and
one burnt in Coral Sea!!!. When the police attended
they drove very slowly with flashing lights on (warning
the kids they were coming) and then when they stopped,
got out waving flash lights around in the trees.
are young and fit they can be across Coral Sea Park
in a couple of minutes hiding in the trees on the
have a couple of 'safehouses' on the other side of
the park (Yorktown Pde).
don't the police come by two cars one at Yorktown
and the other Midway.
you want to see something disgusting, the flats (DoH
special needs are a haven for the kids (mattresses
under stairwells and another escape route for the
youths). The aged and disabled are really too afraid
to venture out of their flats. These are the units
opposite Ying's home.
have never been in there, but this is another place
they go after throwing stones/bottles at Yings.
Do you have the email address for the Shadow Minister
for Department of Housing? Also email for Andrew Tink
(patron of The Shack in Epping?)
Coral Sea Park is it possible to have the sports lights
on 'dim' during the night in the Park? There are four
spot lights on each pole. Just one light on each pole
(4) would at least improve security and safety.
I have sent this information to Randwick City Council.
for reading my ideas and comments, and asking the
anyone has discussed installing video cameras for
Lexington Place and other "hot spots" of
Maroubra, in that same way as has been done in Sydney's
CBD and parts of Redfern, I am unaware of it.
me, its a "no brainer".
would suggest install the video surveillance cameras
(heavy duty and "thug proof"), in secret
locations around Lexington Place as art of a pilot
capture some of these undesirables on film and in
the act etc, make some more positive ID'S, lock them
up, and send a message that the Government and the
people have teamed up, and that these criminals will
not be tolerated by society.
answer: I think I am the only one that has mentioned
option: demolish the Lexington Place shops and get
rid of the undesirables. It is / they are a scar of
Maroubra, and the great state of NSW.
look forward to following the progress of my ideas.
night - Ying's family home attacked with beer bottles
and stones. Police called a few times over the next
4 hours. When the kids came and attacked they disappeared
into the park only to turn up again after the police
drive by or stopped for awhile outside her home. the
kids have said we will drive you out of here!!
Ying's husband is ready to rent elsewhere and has
no confidence in the govt, the package, the police
anybody. He is really fed up!
attack Lexo yet again.
Peter Ying may have already informed you by phone.
1. Ben & Louie's Payless Supermarket,
2. Zu family South Mart,
3. Chris & Cathy Zhu's Lexington Pl Fruit Shop
have all been terrorised by the gang earlier today.
They enter the shops as a group and move through the
shops. The shop keeper can't be everywhere and the
kids use this to their advantage. The police were
called and stated there was not enough evidence. A
video they say is not clear enough. Sweets,chocolates
and drinks were taken.
Faisal one of the victims (bashed and had phone stolen
in Coral Sea Park earlier this year) who has
also been to the 13/06 and 30/06 Community Meetings
was bailed up again yesterday by three of the youth
gang and was punched and strangled (hands around his
neck), this was also reported to the police.
So that's threats to Reg and Newsagents and being
this is only two days after Clive Small, stated put
your faith in the 'package'.
Man Australia says:
to hear it.
wish I could say I was shocked or surprised.
days ago I witnessed a crime myself, on Marine Parade,
2 doors down from my place.
heard noises like a "space age" gun at 6am
in the morning, looked out the window, overlooking
the beach, and someone was shooting a fire flame fire
ball type guy onto 3 cars in the top part of the beach
car park (near the big roundabout), where I live.
could only see the gun and the flame balls coming
out. They were aiming at the cars body, tires and
fuel tanks, but the look or it, and the shooting went
on for 20 seconds.
there was petrol on the ground, I am confident that
the 3 or so cars would have gone up in flames.
bad for a Thursday morning, 6am at Maroubra Beach.
me sick when I read in newspapers about the "revitalization"
of Maroubra and Matraville area etc.
a way I am glad we have the Bra Boys - keeps the wowsers
and show-offs out of the area.
least Maroubra is not a "I'm better than you",
"keep up with the Jones'" area.
still will move to the country, some 300kms north
of Sydney in a month or 2 - Maroubra, but to a greater
extent, SYDNEY HAS GONE TO THE DOGS.
and use what you like from this.
- I still think video camera OR demolition of Lexington
Place Shops are the way to go.
what the update on South Maroubra shops, Walsh's etc
am surprised more "vigilante" stuff is not
going on in Maroubra, or maybe it is, and we are not
be dammed if I would let anything happen to my family,
and when "the law" can't protect you
adequately, you need to protect yourself...it is not
a crime, it is indeed survival, if you wan't to live
this place called Sydney!
Place will likely to be a major thorn in the side
of the Governments latest "get tough on crime
but this kind of activity some 600 meters from the
front door of the NSW Premier sends the wrong
the truth can hurt politicians can't it now!
of makes me appalled.
Government doesn't seem (or doesn't) get it.
those bastards up (the "kids").
they are old enough to do the crime, they are old
enough to do the crime, as the old clite goes.
Government and Crime Authorities - I think you need
to put surveillance all over the Lexington
Place area (much like to did with Sydney's CBD and
parts of lovely downtown Redfern (what a hole that
the Government is afraid that video cameras of the
Maroubra Lexington Place area will be stolen on vandilized?!
you can't control the DOH and Lexo shops, demolish
these unsightly scars on our otherwise beautiful 'Bra.
a REAL SOLUTION QUICK BEFORE THERE ARE MORE MURDERS
a great thing freedom of speech is : )
- spread this message around town.
like the Telegraph and Sydney Morning Herald and the
radio stations will have some more Lexo news to report
on soon, in this version of Maroubra Reality TV!
article published at:
Politics Inside Politics.com.au
Place Action Committee
Initiatives Group (original website)
Police (Eastern Beaches)
of Parliament (Bob Carr profile)
Southern Courier (the Southern Courier is the
Hansard Articles - Consideration Of Urgent Motions
Chamber of Commerce .com
and Districts Chamber of Commerce Incorporated
Builders NSW - La Perouse/ Maroubra
man charged with police attack: Herald Sun
to fight case over fight with police: Sydney Morning
bashing leaves family broken - Sydney Morning Herald
- 6th October 2002
the thin blue line ran into the Maroubra stomp: SMH,
24th December 2002
Murder, by Tony Wall - The Daily Telegraph: 9th August
brave fight - The Daily Telegraph - 18th August 2003
help save this guy - The Daily Telegraphy - 18th August
for baby hurt in dad-bashing - The Advertiser - 18th
'didn't know' about baby - News Interactive - 18th
of fear - The Daily Telegraph - 19th August 2003
roam streets - The Daily Telegraph - 19th August 2003
of conscience - The Daily Telegraph - 19th August
to the doubters out there, that implied this is a
"media beat-up", get your head out of your
*rse. This is real. Members of the community have
asked me to publish this. (Some members of the media
have been slow to report on the crime wave in the
Maroubra area). If you want to find out first hand
the Maroubra crime wave is, move here!
Tingle (note, a real name and person, not hiding behind
checking weekly for Maroubra's version of "Reality
the Greenleft website)
fact, according to the Australian Institute of Criminology,
Vietnamese Australians have a significantly lower
crime rate (including violent crime) than other Australians.
As for Cabramatta being the crime capital,
its rate of 2.44 burglaries per 100 population is
comparable to Campbelltown (2.69), Liverpool (2.56),
Maroubra (2.43) and Kingswood (2.37), to name just
residents had enough - report by Greg Tingle - September
residents once took their complaints about crime in
the local suburb to the local police, council and
local "rag" (newspaper).
disillusioned, Maroubra residents have started to
take matters into their own hands.
now directly contact contact Australian and international
media outlets such as newspapers, radio stations,
TV stations and news media websites, to ensure their
voice gets heard.
told talk radio stations that it was no longer safe
to walk the streets of some neighborhoods. Rozita
Leoni, of a community lobby group leader, said gangs
of males in their teens and early 20s were robbing
people and intimidating shopkeepers and families in
get full of drugs or alcohol on Thursday, Friday and
Saturday É we have this reign of terror,' she
'There's always been a generation of youth, it's just
that this generation of youth now are very vicious,
they have no conscience they're dealing drugs openly,
they're bashing people.' State crime experts, however,
insist that Elizabeth's (6 week old baby bashed) assault
was an isolated incident.
haven't seen any increase in assaults in any area
of Sydney in the past 24 months,' said Jackie Fitzgerald,
a manager at the Bureau of Crime Research and Statistics
for New South Wales state, of which Sydney is the
capital. 'We're certainly not on the back of any crime
wave. There will always be horrific incidents of crime,
but they don't necessarily represent an upward trend.'
Man Australia disagrees with Jackie Fitzgerald,
and will be contacting her office.
residents, and indeed Sydneysiders are well aware
of the level and frequency of petty and serious crimes.
known crimes in Maroubra in 2003 include:
September - Lexington Republic Army destroying stolen
car at Lexington Place in broad daylight
September - Ambulance robbed while attending emergency
or 2nd September - police arrest trouble makers on
Marine Parade, Maroubra Beach
August - murdered body found at Maroubra Beach cliffs
August - father and baby bashed on way back from shops
July - more bashings at Lexo Place
from living in Maroubra, speaking to other community
residents and leaders like Rozita Leoni, websurfing
and reading papers such as SMH, The Telegraph, The
Arab Times, Southern Courier, The Australian etc.
(as incorrectly mentioned elsewhere, Maroubra crime
is NOT A MEDIA BEAT-UP).
Man Australia heard this morning at a local cafe in
Maroubra, that a body was found on the rocks at Maroubra
Beach. It had gunshots in it. The body was apparently
murder - republished
without permission, but with full credit to The Daily
Telegraph and Tony Wall
FOR three days, a huge pool of blood on a clifftop
road at Maroubra had people puzzled.
marks leading up to the cliff and more blood splattered
on its ledges suggested someone, or something, had
been thrown over it.
locals were shocked to learn that the blood was human
and an apparent murder mystery was unfolding around
9.30am, police divers recovered the naked body of
a man from an underwater cave off the Mistral Point
headland at Lurline Bay, north Maroubra.
had severe head injuries and is believed to have been
had still not identified him last night. He was described
as a 183cm-tall middle-aged white man of solid build
with dark hair and a short, dark moustache.
is understood that police are investigating a possible
link between the death and the dumping of a car with
what appeared to be a bullet hole in the windscreen
at Kirrawee on Thursday night.
Daily Telegraph has also learned of a possible link
between the vehicle and an apartment directly opposite
the cliffs where the body was dumped.
apartment door was covered in police fingerprint dust
yesterday and detectives are understood to have searched
neighbour said the occupant was a woman in her 20s.
told me that she was supposed to be an air hostess
but an air hostess doesn't leave for work at 6pm and
come home after midnight," she said.
neighbour said the woman drove a silver 4WD. She has
not returned to the apartment since the blood was
were first alerted to the large amount of blood on
Marine Parade on Wednesday morning.
conducted forensic tests and spent two days searching
for a body but because of a large swell were unable
to send in divers until yesterday morning.
residents speculated there might have been a hit-and-run.
thought a dog must have been hit," resident Craig
Brinkworth said. "But when I saw all the blood
I thought it must have been a bloody big dog and why
would you throw a dog over a cliff?"
resident, who asked not to be named, said it seemed
odd that people were able to walk through the crime
scene until it was cordoned off again yesterday.
Eastern area commander Superintendent Dave Owens said
a full scene examination had already been completed
could not discuss whether police had made links between
the abandoned car and the apartment for "operational
appealed for anyone with a missing friend or relative,
or anyone who had found dumped clothing, to contact
crime wave continues
folks, Maroubra's reputation as a touch suburb continues,
despite the local council attempting to pretty up
Saturday 13th September, I drove to the infamous Lexington
Place, to pick up my mail from the PO Box, and what
did I see
.the LRA (Lexington Republic Army)
and "Lexo Boys" jumping up and down on a
call, spray painting all over it with their L.R.A
"TAG", pulling panels off the car, smashing
windows etc (and guess what - I have photo's this
time). After leaving the area I reported the crime
Maroubra Police Station. The office said that someone
had reported their car stolen. Aw well, I guess that's
the emergency services in Maroubra aren't safe. On
the 8th September when an ambulance was called to
an emergency in a Maroubra street, when the ambulance
officers returned to the vehicle they noticed that
equipment has been stolen including a defibrillator.
are used to pass an electric shock through a person's
heart, once the heart stops beating after they suffered
a heart attack.
is estimated that the theft cost the ambulance services
on the story at the ABC website http://www.abc.net.au/nsw/news/200309/s940875.htm
another report from News Interactive
robbed at emergency scene
9th September 2003
suffering an epileptic fit in her home, Lisa Hill
was shocked to hear that while ambulance officers
treated her, equipment was stolen from their ambulance.
seven-year-old daughter Madison Farmer called the
ambulance to the Fitzgerald Ave, Maroubra home shortly
after 3am on Monday after hearing her mother having
an epileptic fit.
Ms Hill was not taken to hospital after the fit and
was unaware of the theft.
"Why would anyone want to steal the equipment?"
Ms Hill said.
A Zoll brand defibrillator valued at $13,000 and used
to revive heart attack patients was stolen, as well
as a portable radio, a small quantity of drugs and
personal items belonging to the officers.
officer Steve Cardy said when he and his partner Priya
Titheradge returned to the ambulance after treating
Ms Hill, they opened the doors and found the defibrillator
and other items had been stolen.
"All the doors were closed but when we got back
in the vehicle we found the defibrillator was missing
and personal items," Mr Cardy said.
Abberton, the older brother of surfing star and Bra
Boys member Koby Abberton, has been charged with murdering
Maroubra standover man Anthony (Tony) Hines.
naked body was found at the base of a cliff near Marine
Parade in Maroubra on August 8.
discovery came two days after a local resident told
police about a large pool of congealed blood at the
edge of the street near the cliff top.
Abberton was arrested and charged at Surry Hills police
station yesterday afternoon.
made no application for bail, which was formally denied
during this morning's brief court appearance.
Abberton was remanded in custody to reappear on October
7, when a police brief is expected to be handed up.
On Murder Charges (Courtesy
to Tracks Magazine / Buzz)
Abberton, brother of Koby and Sunny Abberton, was
arrested yesterday over the murder of fellow Maroubra
resident Anthony Hines.
is alleged Hines was shot in the head and thrown over
the cliffs at North Maroubra sometime around the night
of August the 5th.
a former NSW State surfing representative and a long
time member of the Maroubra Boardriders, appeared
in the central court yesterday charged with the murder.
his brothers Koby and Sunny, Jai is an accomplished
big waves surfer, recently seen in this months Tracks
taking on a huge bombie at a secret reef near Maroubra.
of the boys are in total shock. No one can really
fathom what has happen, there is a feeling of disbelief
floating around at the moment." Maroubra based
Tracks photographer Glenn Duffus said when asked what
the general vibe was like in Maroubra at present.
Duffus added, "there is nobody really surfing
at the moment, I surfed this morning and it was unusually
quiet, I think everyone is keeping low key at the
did not apply for bail and was remanded in custody
where he will appear again in the Central Local court
on October 21st.
will keep you posted on the news as it happens.
to challenge bail for baby bashers
will seek to challenge the bail given to two men charged
over the assault of a father and his five-week-old
baby, amid anger that the men were freed yesterday.
claim one of the men, David James Betts, when told
he had the wrong man, said: "F--- it, let's get
Benischke, 21, a Mascot spray painter, and Betts,
20, a Kingsford locksmith, were released on $1000
bail after facing Waverley Local Court.
chief out to collar the fear factor - courtesy
SMH website - 23rd August 2003
NSW Police Commissioner, Ken Moroney, has called for
Australia's first comprehensive survey into fear of
crime, conceding that unease over crime rates is a
debilitating problem for some.
Moroney also wants other government agencies enlisted
in the fight.
government expertise could help deter crime through
policies to improve street lighting and open spaces,
comments come after a spate of high-profile crimes
in recent weeks, including the bashing of a five-week
old baby and her father in Maroubra.
Moroney, whose work performance is judged on "overall
crime rates as well as perceptions", outlined
high-visibility policing operations, public education
and closer liaison with other government departments.
the entire article
Mean Streets of Maroubra:"Lexo Place" (home
of the Lexington Republic Army)
the thin blue line ran into the Maroubra stomp
By Les Kennedy, Chief Police Reporter
December 24 2002
Waverley police and a beach gang dubbed the Bra Boys
decided to hold functions on the same night at Coogee
RSL Club, it became the ultimate Christmas bash.
least 30 officers are now "walking wounded"
after a running brawl erupted between the gang and
off-duty police just before 1am on Saturday.
began on the first floor and spilt onto the street,
with as many as 120 combatants spotlit by police helicopters
buzzing overhead. Female officers were allegedly among
it was described in a weekend statement by the city
east region commander, Dick Adams, as a brawl that
broke out "as people leaving a police Christmas
function were accosted by a group of men who were
attending a 21st birthday party".
now allege that many of the Bra Boys gang - the Bra
standing for the last three letters of Maroubra -
were in the first-floor bar area, where the birthday
party was being held.
presence had been unknown to more than 80 off-duty
Waverley officers who had booked the second-floor
function room for their end-of-year party.
least half the officers had left before the fight
erupted, said one officer, who did not wish to be
police copped an absolute flogging. They were outnumbered
four to one. Even if we had been there we would be
called victims today. There were too many of them."
local area commander, Bob May, refused to comment
yesterday, but confirmed the brawl was the subject
of a major investigation by detectives from the eastern
beaches command at Maroubra Junction.
video from the club has been seized by police and
an officer from the professional standards branch
is also investigating.
police helicopter was sent to illuminate the street
outside the club while dozens of police rushed to
the club and tried to break up the fight, a source
arrived after female officers had tried unsuccessfully
to call 000 and then phoned the main police switch,
which issued a "signal-one" - officers under
attack - alert.
Adams's statement said only six off-duty officers
were taken to Prince of Wales Hospital with cuts,
bruises and facial injuries.
one is still in hospital with a broken leg, and one
officer said: "There are about 30 hurt. You should
see them at the station. Even the women copped it.
couple of blokes are getting x-rays for suspected
broken jaws. Some of the girls had their heads slammed
into tables. A couple of blokes had their heads slammed
are people here still traumatised by it. The next
day some blokes were crying on the phone to their
friends about what happened."
is understood that one version of the fracas has officers
leaving the second-floor party trying to intervene
in an argument on the first floor.
has the fight erupting when a female officer and a
colleague were dragged out of a lift on the first
floor as they were leaving.
men, aged between 18 and 25, have been charged with
offences ranging from assault to affray. One allegedly
assaulted two policewomen, They will appear in Waverley
Local Court on January 21.
Legislative Assembly Questions and Answers for 8 May
2003 (republished from NSW Parliament website
REPORTING REQUIREMENTSMr Debnam to Minister
In relation to the Government reporting requirements
under the Police Act (1990):
(a) As required under section 222, was a review of
the Act's objectives undertaken and tabled by 31 December
(b) If not, what is the timetable for completing your
obligations under section 222 of the Act?
(2) (a) As required under section 223, have all annual
reviews of the Police Commissioner's functions been
completed and tabled ?
(b) If not, what is the timetable for completing your
obligations under section 223 of the Act?
SOUTH MAROUBRA CRIMEMr Debnam to Premier, Minister
for the Arts, and Minister for Citizenship
In relation to South Maroubra crime:
Are you aware of the distress of the shop-owners and
the local community around Lexington Place Shopping
Centre due to the ongoing criminal and anti-social
activity of a teenage gang?
(2) Are you aware the Village Shopping Centre employs
a security guard each day to protect local shops?
Are you aware a Lexington Place shopowner and his
family were robbed and bashed on 14 April, bashed
again on 15 April and attacked using a sling-shot
on 23 April?
Is there ongoing intimidation of some shopowners and
do some shopowners live in fear of further robberies
Will you agree to fund a security guard from midday
to midnight for the Lexington Place Shopping Centre
or fund a police shopfront to operate between midday
and midnight seven days a week in the vacant TAB premises
at Lexington Place Shopping Centre?
Are you aware that the identity of the gangleader
and several gang members are well known to shopowners
and the local community?
Do you agree Maroubra police require additional resources
to urgently investigate recent criminal activity at
and around Lexington Place Shopping Centre and arrest
and charge offenders?
Were you aware the Maroubra Chamber of Commerce met
Tuesday 6 May at Lexington Place to discuss Maroubra
crime and you were not represented?
What is the status of the promised community centre
to be built on vacant land at the corner of Minneapolis
Crescent and Midway Drive, South Maroubra?
PROCEDURES FOR REPORTING SECURITY INCIDENTSMr
Debnam to Premier, Minister for the Arts, and Minister
In relation to Premier's Department Circular no. 2003-03,
"Procedures for Reporting Security Incidents":
(a) Which individuals are members of each of the Cabinet
Standing Committee on Counter Terrorism, the Chief
Executive Officers' Counter Terrorism Group, the Police
Counter Terrorism Coordination Command, the State
Emergency Management Committee and the "special
project group" of the State Emergency Management
(b) For each of the groups listed in (a) above, how
many times have they met as at 7 May 2003 and how
frequently will they meet in the future?
What consultants or expert advisers have been retained
to assist any of the groups listed in (a) above and
what is the area of their expertise?
Since the circular was issued, which CEOs have judged
it necessary to inform their minister of a security
incident and in each case, what was the date and nature
of the information?
On how many occasions has the NSW Police advised the
Premier's Department and other appropriate organisations
of credible information about a threat and in each
case, what was the date of the advice?
comment: Media Man Australia, Greg Tingle says, "what
are the answers"?!
Man Australia www.mediaman.com.au
website you are now on)
soon - photos of what some of Maroubra's youth do
to cars parked on the mean streets of Maroubra!
in the Ranks: Australian Council's Run Amuck, by Greg