24 November 2018

Police deliver killer to victim's door

See article from 24 Nov 2018, by ABC News:

Photo below: Jim Martin's son Scott was stabbed to death by Damian Eric Maxfield (inset). (ABC News/Facebook)

In the 48 hours before Damian Eric Maxfield stabbed a sleeping man to death, he threatened to kill two women with a knife, had a handgun seized from his home and resisted arrest.

The murder of Perth father Scott Martin as he lay sleeping on a couch in his apartment in Halls Head, 75 kilometres south of Perth, was the climax of a life spiralling rapidly out of control.

Now Mr Martin's family want to know why Maxfield was released from custody right before he took their son's life.

Maxfield pleaded guilty and was sentenced in September to life imprisonment for stabbing Mr Martin to death with two knives.

 Photo: Perth father Scott Martin was killed during a home invasion by Damian Maxfield. (Supplied)

Key points:
  • Police released a man from custody to the wrong address, where a murder took place
  • No officers have been disciplined over the fateful decision
  • The family of the victim want details of an internal police investigation released
As his victim lay bleeding, Maxfield seriously assaulted the 40-year-old's partner, Erelle Mason, after she disturbed him, knocking out two of her teeth and bashing her repeatedly with a stepladder before she could break free and flee.

No one knows why Maxfield carried out the attack in the early hours of January 14 last year. Maxfield told police he doesn't know himself — he doesn't remember.

An investigation by the ABC has revealed police knew of allegations of serious criminality by Maxfield in the days before the murder.

Photo: Erelle Mason was punched, choked, and beaten with a stepladder by Maxfield in a drug-fuelled rage.

Maxfield's housemate told the ABC he reported him to police for keeping a handgun in their home.

He said officers arrived and seized the gun, less than 48-hours before Maxfield killed Mr Martin.

Less than two hours before the murder, police arrested Maxfield after he threatened to kill two women with a knife, throttling one of them and throwing her against a wall.

Officers took him to Mandurah police station 70km south of Perth, held him for about an hour and then released him.

He was driven back to an apartment block where had previously lived, but was not his current residence.

He then walked inside and stabbed Scott Martin to death.

Fantasies of Russian agents and diamonds

In the months before the murder, Maxfield had been living with a man in nearby Wannanup, about 10km south of Halls Head.

It had been a bad year. He had split up with his partner, lost his job and increased his use of methamphetamine to more than a gram per day.

Photo: Maxfield's life had become increasingly out of control since losing his job and his partner. (Facebook)

Maxfield's housemate, who the ABC has chosen not to name, said his behaviour was becoming increasingly bizarre.

He suspected drug abuse, and said neighbours told him Maxfield was babbling about Russian agents, diamonds and tunnels under the house.

"He would get granite rocks from around the Cut [a local water inlet] and scrub them and break them up and tell me that all the quartz was diamonds," he said.
"When we cleaned his room out … there must have been about a tonne of rocks in his room. On the floor, on his bed.
"All hours of the night he would be scrubbing these rocks."

Photo: Maxfield was obsessed with rocks he found at a nearby canal. (Facebook)

A disturbing handgun discovery

Maxfield had lived at the Blue Bay Apartments from February 2015 until mid-2016, and was officially evicted on August 12.

Mr Martin and Ms Mason moved in next door to Maxfield's old apartment shortly afterwards, but the two parties never met.

Locals at the apartment block said Maxfield reappeared in early January 2017 and asked about a guitar he said he gave his former neighbours.

He showed up at least twice more before the murder, knocking on people's doors.

Photo: The Blue Bay Apartments in Halls Head, where Scott Martin was killed. (ABC News: Rebecca Trigger)

Back in Wannanup, Maxfield's housemate was worried. He had just found a handgun at the house.
It was the final straw. He called Maxfield and told him he had to go.
"I didn't mention the gun because I thought he might use it on me," the housemate said.
He said $1,400 in cash that Maxfield had paid him for rent was also missing from a drawer.
The housemate said he called police, who arrived on January 12 to collect the gun and take his statement about the missing cash.

Crossing paths with a killer

While this was happening, Maxfield was on his way north to Perth's Crown Casino, where he took an unspecified amount of methamphetamine, according to evidence tendered to the Supreme Court.

He met another man, and after many hours they left and boarded a train to take them back south to the sprawling coastal satellite city of Mandurah.

An old acquaintance, Cora Holmes, ran into the men on the train.

She said when she saw the state Maxfield was in, she took him back to her house because she thought he was a risk to himself.

Photo: Maxfield had been using meth in the lead up to the fateful night. (Facebook)

"I just thought, you know, I could maybe help him," she said. "Settle him down and get him up to the hospital."

'Do you want life or death?'

Ms Holmes said Maxfield became obsessed with finding a "package" in her house, and was rifling through a bedroom when he discovered a large knife.

"My daughter came in the room and he grabbed this knife off the ground and had it above her head, saying 'subdue, subdue'," Ms Holmes said.

"And she didn't know what that means.

"It means get on your knees."

At another point in the night, Maxfield attacked Ms Holmes, grabbing her around the throat and throwing her against a wall.

"He said, 'do you want life, or death?' Ms Holmes said.
"When he throttled me and squeezed my throat, that was not my friend standing in front of me anymore. That was just a bag of speed running around wanting to hurt and maim."

Photo: Maxfield's behaviour had worried friends and his former housemate. (Facebook)

Police were called but by the time officers arrived, Maxfield had already fled.

They found him in a nearby vacant lot out of breath and rambling and he was arrested, reportedly "with some resistance".

Ms Holmes told the ABC she begged police officers to get Maxfield to a hospital, that he was psychotic and had threatened to kill her and her daughter.

But Ms Holmes said she suspected police thought the situation was a domestic violence case, which coloured the way they dealt with Maxfield even though she repeatedly said he was not her partner.

"They just said, 'Well, when he comes back, and if you don't want to have a cup of tea with him, then I suggest you go when the courts open again [to] get yourself a domestic violence order'," Ms Holmes said.

Police took Maxfield back to Mandurah police station but less than an hour later released him from custody.

According to evidence presented in the Supreme Court during Maxfield's trial for murder, officers drove him to the Blue Bay Apartments and as he left the car he insisted on shaking their hands.

The officers drove away. Maxfield then walked inside, killed Mr Martin and attacked Ms Mason.

He was finally arrested after climbing out of the balcony of a 10th-storey apartment into the one below, where he had shut himself in the shower.

Photo: Maxfield attacked two people and resisted arrest hours before the murder. (Facebook)

Inquiry clears decision to take Maxfield to apartments

WA Police conducted an internal investigation into seven officers who dealt with Maxfield that night.

They did not address questions from the ABC about whether arresting officers were aware a handgun had been seized from Maxfield's home before they released him.

In a statement, a spokeswoman said the investigation "focused on the adequacy of inquiries conducted" at a property on Truarn Street, in Mandurah — the location where Ms Holmes was attacked.

The inquiry also looked at the circumstances leading to Maxfield being taken to the Blue Bay Apartments, where he killed Mr Martin.

"The conduct of seven officers was examined," the statement said.

"Managerial action was taken in respect of one of those officers related to events in Truarn Street."

No action was taken in response to Maxfield being taken to the wrong address by police on the night of Mr Martin's murder.

Family demand answers

For Scott's father Jim Martin, that is not good enough.

 Photo: Jim Martin struggles every time he talks about his son Scott. (ABC News: Hugh Sando)

"I don't know when the Western Australian police became taxis," he said.
"A person's acting erratic … incoherent, babbling, unsteady on his feet.

"You've already gone to another house to remove this person from those premises because … (of) threatening behaviour to somebody else about a knife.

"But you can't detain him, even for his own safety, or the safety of the public?"

He has called for a full explanation of officers' actions that night, and legislative change to beef up the powers of police to refer people to mental health services.

 Photo: Jim Martin and his wife Dianne have been devastated by Scott's murder. (ABC News: Hugh Sando)

Questions over police resources

Murdoch University Associate law lecturer Lorraine Finlay said under the state's Criminal Investigation Act 2006 police can detain a suspect for a reasonable period of up to six hours. That can be extended for another six hours with permission from a senior officer.

The Protective Custody Act 2000 allows officers to detain somebody if they are intoxicated or need to be apprehended to protect the safety of others.

"I don't for a second think that police are releasing people in these situations simply because they're not giving it enough thought," Ms Finlay said.

"I think it does come down to resourcing, and the fact that police are dealing on any one night with a whole variety of potential offences, a whole variety of potential offenders, they're operating under a lot of pressure in terms of time and resources.
"[But] there are real questions to be answered about why the police didn't choose to exercise their powers to keep this person in custody.
"And I think both the family of the victim and the broader community deserve to have those questions answered."

Police did not respond to questions about whether Mandurah police station was under-resourced on the night.

Local media has previously reported the station was set to lose up to 25 officers under a restructure this year.

A family robbed of their son

Photo: Scott's family remember him as a loving father and skilled welder who loved cycling. (Supplied)

Jim Martin remembered his son as a creative and talented welder who worked for a long time with him in his mining business.

He loved cycling and kayaking, and was always fit and active, though Jim admitted his son loved a drink and couldn't always toe the line of the strict no-drugs policy that industry required.

Photo: Scott Martin (right) as a child. The family spent time in the Middle East for his father's work. (Supplied: Jim and Dianne Martin)

"Scotty was very, very talented as a young boy as a tradesperson, he created a lot of respect within the industry, wherever he worked, he was very well-liked," Mr Martin said.

He said time spent on his boat with his son were some of his happiest moments.

"He was the best deckie, and loved to do what I loved doing," he said.

"He was the first up in the morning wanting to go straight out fishing, … just the two of us talking about the good old days and our travels."

Maxfield has been sentenced to life in prison for Scott Martin's murder, and will face 20 years in jail before being eligible to be considered for parole.

 Photo: Scott Martin's funeral order of service. (ABC News: Hugh Sando)

LGBTI marriage keeping the 'wheels of industry' turning

Australia is a really funny* (penal) colony, where the people in government have been misbehaving for quite some time and the imperial government had enough of the rouge colonialists in power and installed the Colonial Laws Validity Act in 1865.

Not much has changed since then in terms of the people in government still misbehaving, except that now the Aussie plebs have the ability to publish words with the help of an undersea cable rolled out in the 1800's to the rest of the world, via this government monitored medium called the interwebs.

In any event, marriage is an ancient ecclesiastical affair, between man and woman for the purpose of breeding.

It would suffice to say that 'marriage' between man and man, or woman and woman, or maybe between woman and train station is not very Abrahamic (you know the three main religions).

Apparently in Australia, we're supposed to uphold the words of the King James bible, as this is what one swears by if one's arse is hauled into a court, or maybe even any other set of books written for whatever one's religious belief is, whether it's a man with an elephant's head or an extraterrestrial being.

Nowadays, one law that men and women actually sign subservience to is the Marriage Act of 1961, also acknowledging under Section 5A of that law, Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code.

See Marriage Act 1961 at:

So, how many young Australian men and women setting out into this big bad world, after staring into each other's eyes decide to get married for breeding purposes, go off into the sunset reading the Marriage Act of 1961, before they sign subservience to it?

While newly created 'human rights' may allow you to marry someone of the same gender, the rights of man are much higher than that of a human, but that's another topic outside the scope of this post.

If you think that the people in government care about what your homosexual arse marries, then you're sadly mistaken, where it's more of a business to them.

See article: Millions for LGBTI tourism and culture

If some boffin in the annals of government discovered that big bucks could be made from buggery, it would be legalised.

Now, now let's not get ahead of ourselves in saying that this post is homophobic, as no one here is scared of homosexuals.

Australia: The 'lucky' penal colony.

*- not haha but rather WTF

23 November 2018

Banks allowed to commit criminal activity for the economy's sake

Australia is literally one of the best places in the world to commit high level criminal activity, be it in business or politics, where you can get away with it on the proviso that you're part of the supported 'brotherhood'.

Banks have been committing criminal activity against the good people of Australia for quite some time, where only now the 'authorities' have decided to launch a theatre called the royal commission into banking.

At the end of the day if the general population is the victim, it's business as usual, where if you rip off a corporation for say unlawfully issued fines arising from an unlawfully enacted tollway, you can be incarcerated for over a year, as in one case of a Melbourne motorist.

See article from 22 Nov 2018 by The Australian:

19 November 2018

Know thy judge

If you ever find yourself in a position that you must attend court it may pay to know who you are being judged by.

A while ago in the  VCAT (Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal) a matter was heard by a 'town planner' a person who had no authority to hear the matter let alone issue an order.

You could've even been judged by a paedophile, a Victorian magistrate Simon Mitchell Cooper (pictured above), where as a result of his actions / preferences to abuse or molest boys have effected your case or the victims if any allegations were sexual in nature.

The Australian mainstream media are very hesitant to report on paedophiles in government or authority.

What about if you were in Tasmania, where for 30 years judges had no authority to preside in matters, but have created many victims as a result of their actions.

See post:

How do you know that your judge is not on a last chance as a result of judicial reviews?

How do you know that your judge is not up for misconduct?

See article from 16 Nov 2018 by The Australian of the headline, Judge faulted again over family:

NAB to pass your banking details to corporations such as Amazon Microsoft Google

One of the greatest lies in the IT world is the insistence to use the term 'cloud computing', where one would be falsely under the impression that data is stored in some sort of 'heaven' or nondescript place where the is no person nor corporation responsible for 'your' data.

You should be aware that Mastercard has already made a secret deal with Google to use 'your' data, which was not covered by the Australian mainstream media.

See article:

Now the NAB (National Australia Bank) will be putting data on corporation's servers where other people / corporations, such as Amazon, Microsoft or Google will have access to this data, in effect also passing this information to other apparent government players.

The push to go cashless is for monitoring, controlling and manipulating the movements of the tax slave population.

Many people nowadays choose to enslave themselves willingly by using credit cards or the old term of 'plastic' with reference to whatever type of bank card, as opposed to (paper) cash.

Only less than a generation ago, people were considered just 'consumers' where now they are the product, data providers, basically corporate slaves providing data for whatever purposes the corporations (Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, etc) see fit.

All this is done with the warm and fuzzy feeling of convenience, and the corporate catch phrase "for a  better end user experience" where in reality it is just a [meta] data gathering action to use this data against your person at a later point in time, to whoever requires it or has the cash to purchase the data.

Please note that the ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics), an apparent 'government agency' sold 'your' data for $41 million profit.

See article:

Despite what the 'authorities' and the companies will tell you, the data will also be at risk of theft.

See the following article from 15 Nov 2018, by The Australian:

Australia becoming more corrupt warns former judge

Australia is becoming more corrupt because successive federal governments have failed to create an effective national anti-corruption body similar to the NSW Independent Commission against Corruption, a leading jurist has argued.

Writing in support of a national anti-corruption body, David Harper, a former Court of Appeals justice at the Supreme Court of Victoria, noted that in 2012 Australia ranked seventh in Transparency International’s global corruption index, but that today we were ranked 13th.

“The lack of a federal anti-corruption agency remains a reason why we have never come close to being corruption-free,” he has written in an opinion piece for the Herald.

Mr Harper writes that the lack of an effective federal anti-corruption watchdog had allowed corruption to flourish undetected and, in turn, allowed federal politicians to hide behind the myth that the federal sphere is free of corruption.

“In NSW, Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland, extraordinarily serious instances of corruption have been unearthed by royal commissions or broad-based anti-corruption authorities,” he writes.

“A survey by the Victorian Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) found that 40 per cent of past, present and prospective suppliers to government agencies believed corruption in public sector procurement to be either a major or moderate problem.

“Corruption in the states is certain to be replicated federally and if procurement in the states is a problem, federal procurement is necessarily fraught. In 2009, the Defence Department alone sought tenders for more than $45 billion. When money of this magnitude meets power and greed, as inevitably it will, corruption or attempts to corrupt are the result.”

Mr Harper’s piece was written in support of a briefing paper prepared by the Australia Institute, which is lobbying for a similar federal body, for federal crossbenchers, who last month announced their support for a federal anti-corruption body. Labor also supports the proposal. So far the government has opposed such a body, or discussed one with far more limited powers.

The paper finds that the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption remains the most effective of all the state-based anti-corruption bodies.

According to the paper, between 2012-17 the ICAC started 290 investigations, held 30 public inquiries and made 96 referrals for prosecution. The next most effective state anti-corruption body, Queensland’s Crime and Corruption Commission, launched 293 investigations, held two public inquiries and made 33 referrals for prosecution.

“The design of a National Integrity Commission is critical to ensure its success in investigating and exposing corruption,” says the Australia Institute report, prepared by a panel of former judges and corruption fighters from across the nation.

“Design features such as broad jurisdiction to investigate any conduct that may affect the impartial exercise of public office, and strong investigative powers contribute to NSW ICAC being the most effective state anti-corruption agency.

“Regular public hearings make NSW ICAC more effective in exposing corruption to the public.

These design features have led to NSW ICAC being the most effective of the state bodies, despite receiving less revenue than the other large state agencies.”

18 November 2018

NSW deputy premier John Barilaro covers up illegal asbestos dump

So many sayings can be applied, like;

  • What's good for the goose is good for the gander,
  •  No one is above the law,
  •  Ignorance of the law is no excuse.

You may as well throw all those sayings under a bus when it comes to the authorities, especially in Australia.

Some people (meaning a minority) should know that the 'authorities' have not been all that honourable since they took possession of this continent way back on the 28th of April 1770.

In fact they've been misbehaving so much that the imperial government had enough of the lawlessness of the 'authorities' that it installed the Colonial Laws Validity Act in 1865.

Not much has changed since then, apart from the serfs now communicating via Apple and Google powered devices, instead of whispering into each others ears as the 'guvna' strolls past, where corruption, cronyism and cover-ups are all part and parcel of a normal business day.

An article in the public news media by the ABC, shed some light to the illegal asbestos dumping by the Cooma-Monaro Shire.

What was not mentioned is always interesting, where the local MP John Barilaro happens to be the deputy premier of the state of New South Wales, where he was part of the cover-up as the Mayor and councillors at the time were national party aligned.

"John Barilaro is part of the protection racket that exists across NSW that allows all councils to act with absolute impunity", as quoted by one source.

Just another corrupt 'city council' that should be thrown under a bus, as was done to the Brimbank council in Victoria in 2009.

If you are interested in curbing the misbehaviour of people in 'city councils' see the following link:

See article from 5 Jul 2011 by abc.net.au of the headline:

Questions over Council asbestos dumping

A Nimmitabel property owner is calling on the Cooma-Monaro Shire Council in the New South Wales south east to explain why it dumped contaminated material at a work site.

An assessment by WorkCover and a Government hygienist has confirmed asbestos in crushed concrete at the town's Clarke Street bridge.

Andrew Thaler says the rubble is inappropriate for use as landfill, and contains weeds the shire is struggling to control.

He says he is also concerned the material has been dumped elsewhere.

"The stockpile at Polo Flat has got asbestos all the way through it, and from my observations, about a third of the stockpile is now missing," Mr Thaler said.

"I am wondering where else this is being used in the community, because they took 60 or 80 tonnes to Nimmitabel and dumped it on the side of the road to use in a creek fill.

"Where else have they done that similar action?"

"The Cooma-Monaro Shire Council says the discovery of asbestos has come as a surprise.

The Director of Engineering Services, David Byrne, says staff will remove the material as soon as possible, but he doesn't believe there was a safety risk.

He says the Council has responded appropriately.

"As soon as we got the advice, council sought advice from both WorkCover and the Office of Environment and Heritage," Mr Byrne said.

"Council also organised for a hygienist to come to site, and do an inspection there and take some samples away to confirm that there was some asbestos present."

WorkCover says it has outlined a number of steps Council is required to take to ensure safety at the Nimmitabel site, and within its industrial area at Polo Flat.