Monthly Archives: September 2018

Traumatised police officer forced to resign after having loaded gun pointed at his head

A senior police officer traumatised after having a loaded gun pointed at him by an ice addict during a routine surveillance operation was suffering from severe post traumatic stress disorder and had to resign from his job of 25 years, a court has heard.

An emotional Sergeant Sean Raab, 46, told the Supreme Court on Thursday he has violent nightmares every night since the dramatic confrontation with Joseph Christiansz in a Docklands car park in November 2012.

Sergeant Raab said that whenever he saw the letter O on a signboard it reminded him of the end of the barrel of Christiansz’s revolver.

He suffers anxiety attacks and rarely leaves his home because he is worried about being attacked, and has installed CCTV cameras and large gates at his house to protect his family.

Sergeant Raab said he had always been someone who liked to help others but now he could not even help himself.

Christiansz, 37, also known as Mark Christian who was shot at least twice by police during the incident, was found guilty by a jury of one count of using a firearm to prevent arrest and one count of assault for pointing the gun at Sergeant Raab’s head.

Three other officers claimed Christiansz had pointed the gun at them but the jury found this could not be proved and found him not guilty of three other assault charges.

Christiansz had also been charged with attempted murder but Justice Betty King ordered this charge be dropped because of insufficient evidence.

Sergeant Raab, Detective Senior Constable Simeon Parker, Detective Senior Constable Warren Normoyle and Senior Constable Sarah Rogers had set up a surveillance operation on level two of the Victoria Point Docklands apartment complex where two luxury cars stolen by Christiansz were parked on November 12, 2012.

The officers saw Christiansz get out of the lift from his rented 40th floor penthouse suite just after 3pm and walk to the car park.

Sergeant Raab told the jury that when he confronted Christiansz, the ice addict pulled out a loaded revolver from the front of his jeans and pointed the gun directly at him from two metres away.

Sergeant Raab believed Christiansz tried to shoot him but the gun failed to discharge.

“I think I’m going to be shot in the face so I spin …” the police officer told the jury.

“I didn’t want to be shot but hopefully if it did hit me it would hit me in the back rather than in the back of the head.

“I had my head down and was concentrating on nothing else than waiting to get a bullet.

“I obviously thought if I was shot, I would be killed.”

Constable Parker then opened fire on Christiansz, who was struck in the buttock and arm.

Justice King said on Thursday that Christiansz, who was on bail at the time for other offences and claimed he was unarmed when shot by police, was “one of the most obvious liars I have seen in a long time”.

The judge said Christiansz had claimed he was the victim and police had tried to murder him but this was not true.

Justice King remanded Christiansz, who has been diagnosed with a narcissistic personality disorder, for sentencing on a date to be fixed.

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Police News: stolen car found at caravan park

The latest police news from Chifley LAC:

■ On Tuesday, March 31 at 10am, a visitor staying at a pub in Oberon overnight had his wallet stolen from his room. The wallet contained a very large amount of cash. A suspect was immediately nominated and police located the suspect soon after in possession of a large amount of cash. An investigation has commenced.

■ On Saturday, March 28 at 5.30pm, an Oberon youth was seen loitering around the side of a shop in the main street of Oberon and acting suspiciously. Police stopped and spoke to the youth, submitting him to a search. Nothing of interest was located and the youth was issued a move on direction. There has been a recent increase in the number of undesirables making Oberon their home and these people will not hesitate to find weaknesses in the security of your business and relieve you of anything that’s not bolted down.

■ On Sunday, March 22 at 2.30pm, a tourist visiting Jenolan Caves was sitting alone at an outdoor table at the cafe and placed her handbag on the seat next to her. She stood to walk into the cafe for a few moments and when she returned to her table her handbag was gone. A report was made to police and an investigation has commenced.

■ On Sunday, March 22 at 4pm, a report was made to police that a 33-year-old Oberon man, who is before the court on numerous charges, has made threats towards several of the prosecution witnesses in his case. The Criminal Justice System of NSW has a zero tolerance policy for any defendant who attempts to interfere with the judicial process. If proven, intimidating witnesses carries a penalty of seven years’ imprisonment. An investigation is underway.

■ On Saturday, March 21 at 4.10pm, Oberon Police and Chifley Highway Patrol attended the Oberon Caravan Park where they located a stolen Mitsubishi ASX station wagon parked next to a caravan. Police entered the caravan and found a 20-year-old Oberon man hiding behind a door. The man was in possession of the key to the stolen vehicle. He was arrested and taken to Oberon Police Station where he was charged with numerous offences. He was refused bail and taken to Bathurst Police Station where he had a sleep-over. He appeared before the bail court at Bathurst the next morning and was granted strict conditional bail.

■ On Wednesday, March 18 at 9am, staff at Oberon High School discovered a broken window and bent louvre on a building within the school grounds. A report was made and police would like anyone with information to contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or Oberon Police on 6336 1000.

■ On Monday, March 16 at 6.50pm, a 20-year-old resident of Oberon Caravan Park returned home to find his caravan had been broken into and his hunting knife stolen. The man reported this to Policelink by calling 131 444. A report was taken over the phone and a job sent for Oberon Police to attend his caravan and conduct an examination of the scene to determine whether or not forensic services should attend. No surfaces were found suitable for forensic examination. Anyone with information about this is urged to contact Crimestoppers 1800 333 000 or Oberon Police on 6336 1000.

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Talent shines on

ACHIEVE: Southern Sports Academy co-coach Brendan Sims, with Leeton players Lucy Preston, 13, and Emily Clyne, 13.

LEETON’S Lucy Preston and Emily Clyne will take to the court this weekend representing the Southern Sports Academy on the Central Coast.

The talented pair were selected in the academy last year following trials and have been regularly training in Wagga and Canberra for the past six months in preparation for this weekend’s games.

Southern Sports Academy co-coach and Leeton resident Brendan Sims said the duo had improved on their skills since their selection.

“It’s definitely a big achievement for them to be selected in the academy,” Sims said.

“They’ve taken part in a number of camps in the lead up to this weekend’s competition.

“I can definitely see that they have improved by being part of the academy.

“They don’t just learn about playing the game of basketball, but there is a focus on health, fitness, nutrition and things like that.”

The pair will compete at the 2015 ClubsNSW Academy Games, which include a number of sports and not just basketball.

The girls will play numerous teams from across the state as part of the event.

Emily, who hopes one day to be a professional basketball player, was looking forward to getting on the court.

“I’m looking forward to it,” she said.

“It should be a really good experience.

“We’ll get to meet new people as well.”

A round-robin format of matches will be played throughout the weekend.

Lucy said being part of the Southern Sports Academy had been a beneficial experience.

“It’s been really good … a lot of fun,” she said.

“I’ve learned a lot.”

The ClubsNSW Academy Games are an initiative of the Regional Academies of Sport NSW Incorporated.

It is expected more than 700 athletes, coaches and team officials will be part of this weekend’s event.

Sims was confident the Leeton contingent would perform well.

“The girls have definitely grown as players since they were selected in the academy,” he said.

“In the past we’ve had the Marks brothers (Ben and Luke) be selected in the academy for basketball, so it was nice to see some more Leeton representatives.

“The academy can lead to really good things, so the girls should be really proud.

“It would be good if we had even more Leeton players be selected in the academy in the coming years.

“It’s a great learning experience for them and allows them to bring back the skills they learn to their Leeton teams.”

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Bombers face mountainous start

Leitchville/Gunbower will start its Heathcote District Football League season tomorrow at Gunbower against Mount Pleasant.LEITCHVILLE/GUNBOWER will open its 2015 Heathcote District Football League season tomorrow, hosting fellow 2014 finalists, Mount Pleasant.

The Bombers will be looking to emulate its 2014 efforts, with the side losing to eventual premiers, Lockington-Bamawm United by 31 points in the preliminary final.

Matt Hawken, who led the side between 2003 and 2009, will return to the coaching fold tomorrow following Marty Shadbolt’s decision at the end of the 2014 season not to not coach the club.

Shadbolt moved pre-season to Loddon Valley Football League powerhouse, Bridgewater during the pre-season, joining Joel Donehue (Echuca), as well as Lancaster-bound Ryan Hocking, Russell Lee and Brad Perry in vacating the side.

However, the Bombers’ recruiters have found more than suitable replacements.

Reigning Mitiamo best and fairest, Matt Perri will boost the Bombers’ midfield and forward options, whilst Superoos teammate, Daniel Meroli will become one of the club’s key backmen, joining former Heidelberg player, Tom Shepherd.

Other new key recruits include former Reservoir best and fairest, Daniel Couwenberg, Castlemaine’s James Oliver and former Bombers captain Keiran Treacy, who will be used across the half-back line.

Tomorrow’s opponents, who lost to LBU in last season’s first semi-final, have lost 10 of its 2014 playing group.

Gone from the Blues side that secured the club’s first finals berth since 2008 are reigning best and fairest Kain Robins, HDFL interleague captain Tim Hill, leading goalkicker Matt Gretgrix and former coach Shaun Young.

However, returning coach Derrick Filo and his recruiting team have secured the services of goalkicking midfielder Simon Seddon, who has played representative football for the Goulburn Valley Football League and spent 2014 playing for Labrador in the Queensland AFL.

If the home side can stop Seddon, the Bombers will be on track to secure a second consecutive win at Gunbower against the Blues.

PREDICTION: Leitchville/Gunbower should win by 30 points.

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Brigadoon magic in Bundanoon today

The green fields of Brigadoon will be revealed when the fog lifts in the Highlands today.

The Scottish Highlands will be brought to life in a small local village for the 38th Annual Highland Gathering known as ‘Bundanoon is Brigadoon’.

Pipe bands, games, clans and dancing will be among the festivities, which will go ahead in all their kilted glory whether the day brings rain, hail or shine.

Bundanoon Highland Gathering vice president and publicity officer Alaistair Saunders said although he hoped for good weather, “the skin is waterproof, it’s only the clothes that get wet”.

“With any luck the gods will be kind to us and the sun will shine down.”

As with many events in the Southern Highlands, the volunteer power behind Brigadoon was the single reason the gathering will take place this year.

“Without the volunteers, Brigadoon wouldn’t happen – that’s just a fact of life,” Alaistair said.

“Having said that, if it wasn’t for the volunteer committee who put in all the extra hours and conscientious commitment then the volunteers would have nothing to do.”

“It really is a team effort.”

The well-known and well-loved events including egg throwing, shot put, water toss, the kilted dash and ‘brigaball’ will return, along with a selection of special events for 2015.

As this year marks 100 years since the Gallipoli campaign, a Centenary of Anzac Display will take place at 12.15pm dedicated to the honour and memory of the Anzacs to acknowledge the sacrifice made by all service men, women and their families.

The Ingleburn RSL Club along with Campbelltown Community Pipes and Drums will present the display, along with lone piper Dr Stephen Ross from the Canberra Celtic Pipe Band.

Dr Stephen Ross will perform a tune he composed especially for the event, called ‘Brigadoon Remembers 100 Years’.

“In many ways it is a ‘new look’ Brigadoon,” Alaistair said.

“We have three new musical acts, a new heavy event from the Tartan Warriors and there’s plenty for the kids to do.”

The new music acts include Pumpkin Juice, a Celtic fiddle group from Newcastle and Lavoz, a ladies drumming group comprised of women aged between 40 and 80.

“It is a family friendly day out, there are 100 and something stalls covering everything you could imagine.

“Food is no problem and if you happen to have a Scottish heritage in your family we have the Clan Site set up so you can trace what clan you belong to.”

The cost for admission to the Brigadoon event is $20 for an adult, $10 for a child, $18 for aged pension card holders and $50 for a family (two adults, two children). Admission can be purchased at all entry gates.

To pre-book call 1300 657 559 or purchase your badge at the gate.

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