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The Police Commissioner Made A Deal With Leigh And Devine. In 1935, Police Commissioner McKay decided to speak with Devine and Leigh to get them to stop ordering attacks and cut the cocaine distribution. It was either they stop picking on each other and pedalling coke, or the entire police force would find a way to shut down every shady business they both had. So they agreed.

Tilly Devine ‘Queen of Woolloomooloo’

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Kate Leigh “Queen of the Underworld”

Brothel Madams to Crime Moguls: These Women Terrorised Sydney with Their Fierce Gang Rivalry. Dubbed the “Worst Woman in Sydney,” Tilly Devine was the Queen of the criminal underworld in Woolloomooloo in the 1920s. She spent years as a prostitute and ran a string of brothels, in addition to heading a razor blade gang.

Not far behind her in the criminal ranks, was rival razor gang leader and booze bootlegger Kate Leigh. Leigh was the Queen of Surry Hills, but she had her eye on becoming the crime lord of Sydney and would stop at nothing to dethrone Devine. In addition to terrorising Sydney, the two would have brawls in the streets and attack each other’s businesses.

Tilly Devine was born Matilda Twiss and began her career of prostitution as a teenager in England. She didn’t take on the name Tilly Devine until she met Jim Devine, an Australian serviceman, in 1917. She married him and followed him back to Australia in 1919, where she managed to accrue 79 convictions in just five years time. It wasn’t until 1925 that any of her arrests resulted in a serious penalty—she served two years jail time after slashing the face of a Sydney Corke with a razor blade.

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Melbourne cult ‘The Family’ was started in the mid-1960s by yoga teacher Anne Hamilton-Byrne and is well-known for the haunting similarities forced on the children to make them look like siblings ‘The tentacles of this cult were incredibly wide’: children who were in the cult The Family, at Lake Eildon. Photograph: Scribe Publications

The Family

‘Unseen Unheard and Unknown’

With its identically dressed blonde children and its use of LSD, The Family was one of the stranger outposts of the counter-culture. It’s got the children; it’s got the locations that are kind of dank and sinister but beautiful. It’s sort of like a Grimm fairytale.

Australia, 1987. Police swoop on a forest compound to rescue six abused children from The Family, an apocalyptic sect with the motto — unseen, unheard, unknown. Its guru, Anne Hamilton-Byrne, a beautiful Kim Novak blonde with an obsession for cosmetic surgery, has disappeared.

For 15 years, police received reports of strange home-schooled bleach-blonde children. But it’s only when Detective Lex de Man discovers children as young as 13 are being injected with LSD that police intervene.

For devotees, Anne Hamilton-Byrne is the reincarnation of Jesus Christ. They change their names, sign over title deeds and produce children with partners selected by Anne. They even adopt babies stolen from teenage mothers under her direction. At least 28 children are collected to fulfil Anne’s dream of raising a master race to survive the apocalypse.

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Once again: we don’t need tougher laws. We need enforcement

Feral gangs of young scum are terrorising Auckland dairy owners.   It is the same groups over and over again.  The solution seems simple… but why isn’t it?

An Auckland community is uniting and calling for tougher penalties after a dairy owner and his wife were beaten by a gang of robbers, leaving them unable to work.

Three dairies in the city were robbed within three days last week – including the Crown Superette in Mt Roskill.

Seven people entered the dairy at about 7am on Sunday morning, making off with the till and trays of cigarettes.

All the owners can do is phone the police.  And get calls from the insurance companies that they will no longer have cover.  And… that’s it really.   Just wait for the next assault and robbery.

the offenders hit Mr Arora over the head numerous times without saying a word, and pushed Mrs Arora to the ground before kicking her.

“They are still in the hospital. Jitesh has had two operations and needs a third, the muscle in his arm is completely dead, he can’t move it.

“Preeti is having nightmares that the people are coming back from her. It’s not good enough, why do they have to go through this?”

The blood of the victims was still all over the floor yesterday, alongside strewn chocolate bars and cigarettes.

“More needs to be done to deter this type of crime,” said Mr Chopra. “The law is too soft, because they are young, they will go to court and be walking the streets again within a week.

Don’t expect Labour to step up here.  But sadly, don’t expect National to either.   Crime has gotten away under National, especially crime that hits the community directly, like burglaries and robberies. Read more »

Assaults on guards up since SERCO got the boot

Who is going to be held to account for the massive increase in assaults on guards since Serco were given the boot?

Assaults on prison guards by inmates have increased by more than 100 in the last year.

But the Department of Corrections say that a three-year staff safety plan will “directly contribute to making prisons a safer environment”.

The Department of Corrections Annual Report was released at 4pm today and revealed that in the 2015/16 year just under 20 staff were seriously assaulted by inmates while on the job, and more than 450 minor and non-injury assaults were also reported.

In 2014/15 there were less than 10 assaults on staff classed as serious and just under 400 minor or non-injury incidents were recorded.

The report comes two days after three Corrections officers were assaulted – one of them seriously and requiring hospital treatment – by a group of prisoners at Auckland Prison.

The report, signed off by Corrections chief executive Ray Smith, revealed that the prison population has more than doubled since 1996.

Back then just 4079 people were incarcerated in New Zealand, compared with 9798 as of September this year.   Read more »

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Guest post: Losi Filipo

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I’m sure you’ve been keeping an eye on this Losi Filipo case.

Like most people, I was ready to lynch the kid on Monday. However…. the more I look at things and talk to people, the more some things don’t add up

There are two significant ‘issues’ with Mr Morgan’s story. Firstly – he was never in line for a Wellington contract. He was a middling club player and definitely no star. He also played No8 or blindside flanker, and there’s no shortage of them in Wellington. Tellingly he was never previously part of any grade side Read more »

Two wrongs don’t make a right, but hell, is it tempting

The mother of two who orchestrated a vicious attack on a drug dealer believed to be selling poor quality methamphetamine has been jailed.

In February 2015 Codie-Lee Greer arranged for four associates to attack the dealer because he owed money and they believed he was selling dodgy drugs.

The 25-year-old didn’t take part in the assault, which involved the assailants arming themselves with weapons including a baseball bat and a hammer, but her role was to arrange a meeting with the dealer at a school at night by text message.

The victim suffered a broken fibula in his left leg, cuts to his head, lips, arms, a broken tooth and bruising to his body.

“The victim was assaulted and he fell onto the ground where he was punched, kicked and struck with the baseball bat and hammer. Read more »

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Ok, seriously, what do you have to do to be sent to jail these days?

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A man who poured a kettle of boiled water over his partner after she grabbed him by the testicles has escaped jail time.

Luke Robert Lawrie, who recently moved to Greymouth, was sentenced to four months’ community detention, 12 months’ supervision and 150 hours of community work when he appeared in Greymouth District Court yesterday.

He was convicted of assaulting a female, breaching a protection order, illegally possessing a firearm, cultivating cannabis, possessing cannabis utensils and possessing the drug. Read more »

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Killing the cat was the worst of his crimes?

The NZ Herald ran a story about a cat killer…like that was the worst of his crimes.

A 17-year-old Otorohanga man is accused of strangling a kitten to death.

Tere Teropiha Poi appeared in the Hamilton District Court this morning charged with wilfully ill-treating the kitten by tying a belt around its neck, tightening it and causing it to die at Kawhia on June 19.

The charge has a maximum penalty of three years’ jail or a $50,000 fine.

Poi also faces charges of assaulting a female, possession of a cannabis plant and possession of two water bongs for smoking cannabis on June 20.

He was bailed and remanded to reappear in the Te Awamutu District Court on July 4.

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Throwing things at people – it’s a thing now

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A Wellington teen who threw an egg at the University of Otago’s deputy proctor was tackled to the ground and later arrested by police.

Hundreds of toga-clad students attended the annual toga party at Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium on Wednesday night.

Some of the first year students were pelted by eggs and water balloons as they chanted the name of their respective halls of residence.

One man was spotted throwing an object – understood to be an egg – at deputy proctor Andrew Ferguson who gave chase and grappled with him.

It appears Steve Joyce should have just thrown Dildo Girl to the ground and sat on her. Read more »

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Brash calls police on reverse racism and sexism over failure to charge dildo nurse

The woman who threw a dildo at government minister Steven Joyce may have escaped prosecution because she was Maori and female, former National leader Don Brash has suggested.

Police have dismissed the accusation, saying race and gender have “absolutely no relevance” when deciding whether or not to prosecute somebody.

Anti-TPPA protester Josie Butler, a nurse, hit the headlines after flinging the squeaky toy in Joyce’s face while he was at Waitangi.

Butler only received a pre-charge warning, while John Andrew Howland – the man who tipped brown sludge over Gerry Brownlee on Monday – pleaded guilty to assault after a decision to charge him.

He’s got a point.

Something was thrown at a minister.  One was charged, one wasn’t.  What is the difference?  Read more »

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