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Police will be targeting shop stealing as businesses reopen in the wake of COVID-19 restrictions being eased.Figures for Southern District over the past 12 months have shown the most popular items stolen from shops and businesses include perfume, makeup, alcohol and meat.Detective Inspector Rebecca Davis said that some of these items result in being advertised on local buy and sell pages like Facebook and Gumtree.“We’re asking members of the public to be mindful of items being sold on local buy and sell pages like Facebook and Gum Tree,” she said.“If it seems too good to be true, it usually is. Ask the buyer questions including proof of purchase before buying any products online. Otherwise there’s a risk you could be personally liable for receiving stolen goods.“If you don’t buy goods suspected of being stolen, it reduces the offender’s capacity to offload it –they’re are less likely to steal if they can’t get rid of it.”Detective Inspector Davis said that police were already undertaking proactive patrols in CBDs and shopping centres.“However, we can’t reduce volume crime on our own. By working together, we can all help businesses recover by limiting losses through theft which in turn will help keep prices affordable,” she said.“We’re asking shop owners to take steps to target harden their businesses to make it harder for thieves to steal.”If you see someone actively shop stealing, call police on 131444 or report anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or crimestopperstas.com.au See MoreSee Less

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Top brass advises that a male Tasmania Police officer aged 33 from southern Tasmania has today been charged with possessing and using a controlled drug and stealing.Deputy Commissioner Mr S Tilyard said “The matters are listed in the Hobart Magistrates Court on 11 November 2020. The charges arose as a result of an internal investigation. The constable has been suspended from duty on full pay.”“It is not appropriate to make any further comment given the matters are now before the court” Mr Tilyard said.Deputy Commissioner See MoreSee Less

Top brass advises that a male Tasmania Police officer aged 33 from southern Tasmania has today been charged with possessing and using a controlled drug and stealing.

Deputy Commissioner Mr S Tilyard said “The matters are listed in the Hobart Magistrates Court on 11 November 2020. The charges arose as a result of an internal investigation. The constable has been suspended from duty on full pay.”

“It is not appropriate to make any further comment given the matters are now before the court” Mr Tilyard said.
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TVN understands that Kelly Maree Rhodes, who was arrested as part of an alleged drug trafficking operation last week, has been granted bail in the Magistrates Court in Devonport in a second application for bail. Ms Rhodes has pleaded not guilty was committed to appear in the Supreme Court in October. TVN notes that police alleged when Ms Rhodes first applied for bail that she had travelled on a false name to Melbourne to source drugs. It is understood that her barrister, Fabiano Cangelosi, today presented to the court evidence that the “false name” was in fact Ms Rhodes’ birth name, and that she following marriage she had changed back to her birth name by deed poll. Mr Cangelosi argued that it was highly concerning that police presented this as a “false name” leading to Ms Rhodes’ initial remand. TVN understands that there is no direct evidence that Ms Rhodes ever possessed the drugs allegedly trafficked.©️The Vigilante NewsAll rights reserved See MoreSee Less

TVN understands that Kelly Maree Rhodes, who was arrested as part of an alleged drug trafficking operation last week, has been granted bail in the Magistrates Court in Devonport in a second application for bail. Ms Rhodes has pleaded not guilty was committed to appear in the Supreme Court in October. TVN notes that police alleged when Ms Rhodes first applied for bail that she had travelled on a false name to Melbourne to source drugs. It is understood that her barrister, Fabiano Cangelosi, today presented to the court evidence that the “false name” was in fact Ms Rhodes’ birth name, and that she following marriage she had changed back to her birth name by deed poll. Mr Cangelosi argued that it was highly concerning that police presented this as a “false name” leading to Ms Rhodes’ initial remand. TVN understands that there is no direct evidence that Ms Rhodes ever possessed the drugs allegedly trafficked.

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TFS are attending a well alight Structure Fire at Barrow Street, Gowrie Park See MoreSee Less

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A 25 year old Mowbray man has been charged over the theft of firearms from a Mowbray residence on Saturday.The man was interviewed by detectives from Launceston CIB and charged with:• the burglary and stealing at a residential address in Mowbray on Saturday 11 July, where some firearms were stolen. The firearms stolen in that burglary have not been recovered.• a burglary and stealing of a small amount of Pandora jewellery from a Launceston CBD jewellery store that occurred between 9 and 11 July 2020.• the burglary and stealing from a residence in Blackstone Heights that occurred between 9 and 12 July where approximately $35,000 in property was stolen, including bicycles, archery sets, power tools and electrical items, go pro and cameras, jewellery and coins.The man has been detained and will appear in the Launceston Magistrates Court on 31 July. See MoreSee Less

A 25 year old Mowbray man has been charged over the theft of firearms from a Mowbray residence on Saturday.

The man was interviewed by detectives from Launceston CIB and charged with:

• the burglary and stealing at a residential address in Mowbray on Saturday 11 July, where some firearms were stolen. The firearms stolen in that burglary have not been recovered.
• a burglary and stealing of a small amount of Pandora jewellery from a Launceston CBD jewellery store that occurred between 9 and 11 July 2020.
• the burglary and stealing from a residence in Blackstone Heights that occurred between 9 and 12 July where approximately $35,000 in property was stolen, including bicycles, archery sets, power tools and electrical items, go pro and cameras, jewellery and coins.

The man has been detained and will appear in the Launceston Magistrates Court on 31 July.

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Police yesterday detected a provisional driver travelling at over 60km/h above the speed limit on the Midlands Highway.Around 5pm police conducting speed detection duties near Symmons Plains detected a Holden Commodore sedan travelling at 176km/h in the 110km/h zone.The 22-year-old male driver from Devonport was fined $989 and 6 demerit points and was disqualified from driving for four months.“I urge all drivers to think before they put their foot down and put themselves and others at risk,” said Senior Constable Leigh Casboult. See MoreSee Less

Police yesterday detected a provisional driver travelling at over 60km/h above the speed limit on the Midlands Highway.

Around 5pm police conducting speed detection duties near Symmons Plains detected a Holden Commodore sedan travelling at 176km/h in the 110km/h zone.

The 22-year-old male driver from Devonport was fined $989 and 6 demerit points and was disqualified from driving for four months.

“I urge all drivers to think before they put their foot down and put themselves and others at risk,” said Senior Constable Leigh Casboult.

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TFS are attending a fire alarm at Midwood Street, New Town See MoreSee Less

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Some Extinction Rebellion activists appeared in the Hobart Magistrate’s Court of Tasmania today. Two elderly women had their charges dropped whilst two others pleased guilty receiving $60 complaint cost fees with no convictions recorded. Hobart criminal barrister Fabiano Cangelosi said the women were very happy with the outcome. See MoreSee Less

Some Extinction Rebellion activists appeared in the Hobart Magistrate’s Court of Tasmania today. Two elderly women had their charges dropped whilst two others pleased guilty receiving $60 complaint cost fees with no convictions recorded. Hobart criminal barrister Fabiano Cangelosi said the women were very happy with the outcome.

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Ambulance Tasmania and Tasmania Police are attending a Crash at Central Avenue, Moonah. Reports of person/s trapped.TFS are attending a Structure Fire at Sadri Court, New Norfolk reportedly an electrical appliance in kitchenTFS are attending reports of a Structure Fire at Hutchins Street, Kingston also reportedly a kitchen appliance. See MoreSee Less

Ambulance Tasmania and Tasmania Police are attending a Crash at Central Avenue, Moonah. Reports of person/s trapped.

TFS are attending a Structure Fire at Sadri Court, New Norfolk reportedly an electrical appliance in kitchen

TFS are attending reports of a Structure Fire at Hutchins Street, Kingston also reportedly a kitchen appliance.

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Crash southern outlet just before Mt Nelson turn off See MoreSee Less

Crash southern outlet just before Mt Nelson turn off

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Falls Festival Tasmania cancelled for this year. See MoreSee Less

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TFS make statement on South Hobart Hazardous Materials incident overnightOne crew from Hobart Fire Brigade attended a hazardous materials incident on Hillborough Street in South Hobart at 02:15am today after Ambulance Tasmania requested assistance. Firefighters conducted gas monitoring at the scene and recorded carbon monoxide levels at least 4-5 times above what is regarded as safe. The elevated readings were caused by a solid fuel BBQ being used inside for cooking, causing carbon monoxide to build up in the room over several hours. Firefighters remained on the scene for about an hour ventilating the house and making the scene safe while paramedics attended to the patients."BBQs and grills designed for outside use should never be used inside because they need adequate ventilation to allow toxic fumes to escape. Cooking that requires the use of solid fuel or gas should only be performed outside unless the appliance is specifically designed to be indoors", said Acting Deputy Regional Chief Phil Smith."Carbon monoxide is a flammable and volatile gas, and in addition to the health risks associated with inhaling the toxic gas, there was a real risk of an explosion if the gas was ignited by a spark", he said. See MoreSee Less

TFS make statement on South Hobart Hazardous Materials incident overnight

One crew from Hobart Fire Brigade attended a hazardous materials incident on Hillborough Street in South Hobart at 02:15am today after Ambulance Tasmania requested assistance. Firefighters conducted gas monitoring at the scene and recorded carbon monoxide levels at least 4-5 times above what is regarded as safe. The elevated readings were caused by a solid fuel BBQ being used inside for cooking, causing carbon monoxide to build up in the room over several hours. Firefighters remained on the scene for about an hour ventilating the house and making the scene safe while paramedics attended to the patients.

BBQs and grills designed for outside use should never be used inside because they need adequate ventilation to allow toxic fumes to escape. Cooking that requires the use of solid fuel or gas should only be performed outside unless the appliance is specifically designed to be indoors, said Acting Deputy Regional Chief Phil Smith.

Carbon monoxide is a flammable and volatile gas, and in addition to the health risks associated with inhaling the toxic gas, there was a real risk of an explosion if the gas was ignited by a spark, he said.

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Tasmania Police and Ambulance Tasmania are attending a Motorcycle crash at Bridgewater. The rider has suffered non life threatening injuries and was taken to the RHH by Ambulance. See MoreSee Less

Tasmania Police and Ambulance Tasmania are attending a Motorcycle crash at Bridgewater. The rider has suffered non life threatening injuries and was taken to the RHH by Ambulance.

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Approximately 12.30am this morning Tasmania Police and Tasmania Fire Service attended to a Kenworth truck on fire in Stowport. The truck was completely destroyed as a result of the fire. Initial investigations determined that the fire was deliberately lit, and police investigations are underway. Anyone with information in relation to the fire or suspicious activity in the area last night or this morning is asked to contact Burnie CIB on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000. See MoreSee Less

Approximately 12.30am this morning Tasmania Police and Tasmania Fire Service attended to a Kenworth truck on fire in Stowport. The truck was completely destroyed as a result of the fire. Initial investigations determined that the fire was deliberately lit, and police investigations are underway. Anyone with information in relation to the fire or suspicious activity in the area last night or this morning is asked to contact Burnie CIB on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000.

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TVN Breaking News: We are told the Campania post office has tonight been robbed and understand from sources that thousands of dollars of cigarettes may have been stolen. Tasmania Police are at the burglary scene. See MoreSee Less

TVN Breaking News: We are told the Campania post office has tonight been robbed and understand from sources that thousands of dollars of cigarettes may have been stolen. Tasmania Police are at the burglary scene.

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STATE OF TASMANIA v R. COMMENTS ON PASSING SENTENCE 10 JULY 2020Mr R , you have pleaded guilty to the crimes of aggravated carjacking and dangerous driving. You have also pleaded guilty to the summary offences of evading police with aggravated circumstances, unlicensed driving, failing to submit to the taking of blood and failing to comply with a direction to submit to an oral fluid analysis.All the crimes and offences arise out of the same series of events, which took place on 1 January 2020. At 1:25pm, you called a taxi to your home. When it arrived, you got into the front passenger seat and asked the driver to take you to an address in the city. The driver asked for a prepayment, and you responded that you would need to get money from an ATM at a nearby service station. Before leaving your house, you had armed yourself with a knife, which you had hidden in the pocket of your jumper. During the journey to the service station, you produced the knife and said to the driver “I need your car, just get out of the car, I need your car. Leave your phone and wallet in the car”. As you said this, you were holding the knife in front of the driver’s stomach, moving it backwards and forwards, with the tip pointing towards him. The driver stopped the taxi in the middle of the road, and fled. He left his mobile phone and wallet in the car. You then got into the driver’s seat and drove away.You then engaged in a course of driving, which constitutes the crime of dangerous driving. The driving took place over a distance of approximately 33 km and a time period of approximately 30 to 35 minutes. You drove at high speed and in a highly dangerous and erratic manner. Some of the dangerous aspects of the driving are as follows:Soon after you drove off, you entered an intersection at Rokeby at speed, causing other traffic to take evasive action.A couple of minutes later, you drove at high speed towards an intersection and then entered the intersection by driving through a red light. As you did so, you veered into a left-hand turning lane, in order to speed past stationary vehicles waiting at the red light.You drove through a red light at another intersection, notwithstanding that a vehicle was lawfully entering from your left at the time. You swerved around that vehicle to avoid a collision.At another intersection, you again drove around vehicles which were stopped at the lights by using the left hand turning lane. A member of the public was so concerned that she recorded the driving on her mobile phone.You continued along the South Arm Highway. When you reached the Mornington roundabout, you proceeded straight through the roundabout without giving way to other traffic.As you drove along the Flagstaff Gully Link, you crossed the continuous white line into the path of oncoming traffic, in order to overtake another vehicle. You did this as both vehicles were turning right onto the ramp of the Tasman Highway. Other vehicles were forced to brake heavily to avoid a collision.You then drove along the highway in an aggressive and erratic manner, which included weaving in and out of lanes, causing other vehicles to take evasive action. At one point, when you were boxed in by two other vehicles, you travelled onto the gravel shoulder of the road to get past the traffic. At this point, you were driving at an approximate speed of 150 km/h in a 110 km/h zone. You continued to travel at this speed when you entered a 70 km/h zone.At Rose Bay, you turned onto the East Derwent Highway. You were driving at a speed of 120 km/h in a 70 km/h zone. It was at that point that a police vehicle attempted to intercept your vehicle by activating emergency lights and sirens. However, you accelerated away from the police, weaving through traffic at an estimated speed of 114 km/h. This action constitutes the offence of evading police with aggravated circumstances.As police followed you, the traffic was became heavy. This forced your speed to slow to 90 km/h, still in the 70 km/h zone. You continued to weave through the traffic.A little further on, you increased your speed again. You entered another intersection through a red light travelling at a speed of 117 km/h. You then drove onto the incorrect side of the road to overtake other vehicles. At this point, your speed had increased to 150 km/h. Shortly after, outside Risdon Prison, you executed a U-turn and accelerated away from police at a speed of approximately 145 km/h.At the intersection of the East Derwent highway and Golf links Road, you drove straight through a red light without slowing or braking at all. As you did so, a 10-year-old girl was riding her bicycle across a pedestrian crossing in the direction in which you were driving. You went through another red light at an intersection further along the highway, again without slowing at all.As you approached another intersection, you were forced to brake heavily due to traffic. Your vehicle travelled up and over a traffic island, before continuing through a red light at the intersection. Other vehicles were forced to take evasive action to avoid a collision.You continued to drive along the highway, weaving through traffic without indicating and travelling at high speed. An attempt to stop your vehicle by the use of road spikes was unsuccessful.While travelling on the Tasman Highway, you drove onto the shoulder of the road for approximately 200 m. At this point, you were travelling at 160 km/h in a 110 km/h zone.The driving eventually came to an end when the taxi crashed into a dividing wire separating the opposite flows of traffic on the highway. The vehicle spun out and came to a halt off the road. It sustained extensive damage as a result of the collision. You were apprehended by police almost immediately and have been held in custody since then.When you committed this crime, you were not licensed to drive a motor vehicle. Further, after your arrest, you refused to submit to the taking of a sample of blood and to an oral fluid analysis.The taxi driver has provided an impact statement. It is clear, as would be expected, that he found the carjacking distressing and traumatic. He was not able to work as a taxi driver for a significant period and this caused financial hardship and stress. When he was ready to return to work, it took him some time to find employment. Understandably, he still experiences considerable fear and anxiety when driving a taxi.You are 19 years of age. You have had long-standing problems with the use of cannabis and more recently amphetamines. You have also acquired a significant criminal history. In 2018, you were convicted of driving as an unaccompanied learner driver and with a prescribed illicit drug present in your blood. Three weeks before you committed the criminal conduct with which I am dealing, you were sentenced by the magistrates court for numerous offences, which include a number of assaults as well as bail offences and several breaches of restraint orders and family violence orders. The facts relevant to the assaults indicate a propensity for violence. They related to a number of different victims, and involved apparently gratuitous violence of some gravity. You were sentenced to a term of six months’ imprisonment, backdated to 27 July 2019. The remaining 49 days of that sentence was suspended for a period of 12 months. You breached the terms of that suspension when you committed these crimes, three weeks later, and the prosecution has applied to have you dealt with for that breach.Your mental health at the time of committing these crimes is the subject of a forensic psychiatric report prepared by Dr Mike Jordan. The potential relevance of your mental health arises from comments made by you at the time of your apprehension and subsequently, which suggested the presence of paranoid thoughts. For example, when you were first arrested by police after the collision which brought your vehicle to a stop, you continually repeated comments to the effect that you were being set up and that the police were trying to kill you. Nursing notes of an examination conducted two days later in prison contains a comment that you presented as “facile and appropriately smiling and giggling incongruent with his circumstances scattered with paranoid thoughts but no overt psychosis”. Dr Jordan’s conclusion is that at the time of this offending you were experiencing a drug induced psychotic episode in which you are experiencing paranoid thoughts. The psychosis is described by the doctor as transient and induced by drug taking, in particular amphetamines, which had occurred about 48 hours earlier. The author suggests that the paranoia affected your capacity for reasoning and judgment.This opinion helps explain why you acted as you did. However, the psychosis was induced by your drug taking and you have a history of taking illicit drugs. Although there is no evidence that you have experienced psychotic episodes in the past, I indicated to your counsel that I would not accept that your mental state mitigates your moral culpability without evidence to establish that you could not reasonably have anticipated that taking drugs could affect your mental health in the way that it did. In view of your relatively extensive drug history, I considered it to be improbable that you would not anticipate that taking drugs could affect your capacity for judgment and reasoning. Your counsel has now indicated that you do not press an argument that your mental state reduces or mitigates your moral culpability or indicates that your case is not a proper vehicle for general deterrence. On the other hand, although drug taking can be an aggravating factor if there is evidence that the effect on your mental state ought to have been anticipated by you, I will not regard it as such. In my view, the evidence does not support such a conclusion. I have indicated to both counsel that I intend to proceed on the basis that the effect on your mental health is a neutral factor as far as the assessment of sentence is concerned. Neither counsel has sought to persuade me otherwise.However, your counsel did submit that your criminal actions were not premeditated. Although you called the taxi and had a knife with you, you did not plan the carjacking, but rather acted spontaneously once you were in the taxi. You took the knife with you for general protection, having regard to your paranoid thoughts. I accept this and will proceed on that basis. Further, your counsel submits that you are remorseful and points to your early pleas of guilty in that regard. Again, I accept that submission.Your young age, the disadvantages suffered by you in your childhood and your genuine remorse suggest that rehabilitation is and remains an important sentencing consideration. However, this was extremely serious offending. The carjacking was aggravated by the use of the weapon. It was carried out against a vulnerable victim. The taxi driver was directly and immediately threatened by the use of the knife. The dangerous driving was perpetrated over a significant distance and for an extended period of time. Almost all of the dangerous driving was perpetrated through built up residential areas and on major highways. It all took place through significant traffic flow. You entered a number of busy intersections at high speed and, on several occasions, by driving through a red light, and notwithstanding the presence of other traffic entering the intersection. On more than one occasion, you did not moderate your speed as you did so. The danger involved in doing this in particular, was extremely high. Invariably, other traffic was forced to take evasive action to avoid collision. At one such intersection, you endangered a child riding a bicycle. You put numerous innocent road users, police and yourself at high risk of death or serious injury. The fact that that risk did not manifest is a matter of pure luck. The course of driving only came to an end because you lost control of the vehicle after colliding with the dividing wire. You did not desist of your own volition. Taken as a whole, it is difficult to imagine a more serious case of dangerous driving, other than those where the driving actually causes death or serious injury. General deterrence and denunciation are important and predominant sentencing considerations. This is so notwithstanding your age and background. Further, you did all this 3 weeks after the completion of a sentence imposed for serious offending, which included acts of violence. I conclude that personal deterrence is also an important sentencing consideration.In my opinion, there is no option other than the imposition of a significant sentence of imprisonment. I will, however, allow for your release on parole at a time I consider appropriate having regard to the seriousness of the offending and the need for the protection of the public. I will do so as to permit the parole board the opportunity to support and encourage your rehabilitation. I will also suspend part of the sentence, and provide for supervision as a condition of suspension. I do so in the hope that after spending a significant amount of time in prison, you will be ready to commit yourself to a serious attempt at rehabilitation. In deciding to permit this opportunity, I have been heavily influenced by your still young age.The orders I make are as follows:You are convicted of the crimes and the offences to which you have pleaded guilty;The suspended sentence of 49 days’ imprisonment imposed by the magistrates court on 10 December 2019 is activated. It will be backdated to 1 January 2020. You are not eligible for parole in respect of that sentence.In respect of the charge of evading police with aggravated circumstances, you are sentenced to imprisonment for a period of six months. That sentence will be served cumulatively upon the activated suspended sentence. I order that you not be eligible for parole until you have served one half of that sentence. In respect of this charge, you are disqualified from driving for a period of two years, which is the mandatory minimum.For the crimes of dangerous driving and aggravated carjacking, and the summary offences of refusing an oral fluid test and failing to submit to the taking of blood, you are sentenced to a global term of three years and six months’ imprisonment, which will be served cumulatively upon the sentence imposed for the evade police offence. The last 12 months of this sentence will be suspended for a period of 2 years, commencing on the day you are actually released from prison. The suspension will be on the following conditions:1 That you are not to commit another offence punishable by imprisonment during that period.2 That you will be subject to the supervision of a probation officer. You must comply with this condition for a period of 2 years. That period will commence from when you lawfully cease to be imprisoned under this sentence. The Court notes that the conditions referred to in s 24(5B) of the Sentencing Act apply to this condition. These include that you must report to a probation officer within 3 clear days of the day that you lawfully cease to be imprisoned under the sentence. In addition to the core conditions the order shall also include the following special conditions:you must, during the operational period of the order, attend educational and other programs as directed by the court or a probation officer;you must, during the operational period of the order, submit to the supervision of a probation officer as required by the probation officer;the offender must, during the operational period of the order, undergo assessment and treatment for drug dependency as directed by a probation officer;the offender must, during the operational period of the order, submit to testing for drug use as directed by a probation officer;the offender must, during the operational period of the order, submit to medical, psychological or psychiatric assessment or treatment as directed by a probation officer;You will not be eligible for parole until you have served one half of the operative sentence.Further, in respect of those offences, you will be disqualified from driving for a period of two years. That period will operate cumulatively upon the two year disqualification imposed for evading police. That will make a total disqualification of four years, which will take effect on the day you are actually released from prison.In respect of the charge of unlicensed driving, which in your case because you have not been convicted of that offence before, is not an imprisonable offence, I impose no further penalty.For the purposes of s 92A(3) of the Sentencing Act, I specify that:the total term of imprisonment which you are liable to serve in respect of all of the above sentences is three years and 49 days, commencing on 1 January 2020 (excluding the term which is suspended).The total period that you must serve before you become eligible for parole is the aggregate of the non-parole periods relating to the operative parts of the said sentences, which is a total period of 18 months and 49 days.I make a compensation order in favour of in respect of the damage to the taxi in a sum to be assessed, and I adjourn that assessment sine die. See MoreSee Less

STATE OF TASMANIA v     R. COMMENTS ON PASSING SENTENCE 10 JULY 2020
Mr R , you have pleaded guilty to the crimes of aggravated carjacking and dangerous driving. You have also pleaded guilty to the summary offences of evading police with aggravated circumstances, unlicensed driving, failing to submit to the taking of blood and failing to comply with a direction to submit to an oral fluid analysis.
All the crimes and offences arise out of the same series of events, which took place on 1 January 2020. At 1:25pm, you called a taxi to your home. When it arrived, you got into the front passenger seat and asked the driver to take you to an address in the city. The driver asked for a prepayment, and you responded that you would need to get money from an ATM at a nearby service station. Before leaving your house, you had armed yourself with a knife, which you had hidden in the pocket of your jumper. During the journey to the service station, you produced the knife and said to the driver “I need your car, just get out of the car, I need your car. Leave your phone and wallet in the car”. As you said this, you were holding the knife in front of the driver’s stomach, moving it backwards and forwards, with the tip pointing towards him. The driver stopped the taxi in the middle of the road, and fled. He left his mobile phone and wallet in the car. You then got into the driver’s seat and drove away.
You then engaged in a course of driving, which constitutes the crime of dangerous driving. The driving took place over a distance of approximately 33 km and a time period of approximately 30 to 35 minutes. You drove at high speed and in a highly dangerous and erratic manner. Some of the dangerous aspects of the driving are as follows:
Soon after you drove off, you entered an intersection at Rokeby at speed, causing other traffic to take evasive action.
A couple of minutes later, you drove at high speed towards an intersection and then entered the intersection by driving through a red light. As you did so, you veered into a left-hand turning lane, in order to speed past stationary vehicles waiting at the red light.
You drove through a red light at another intersection, notwithstanding that a vehicle was lawfully entering from your left at the time. You swerved around that vehicle to avoid a collision.
At another intersection, you again drove around vehicles which were stopped at the lights by using the left hand turning lane. A member of the public was so concerned that she recorded the driving on her mobile phone.
You continued along the South Arm Highway. When you reached the Mornington roundabout, you proceeded straight through the roundabout without giving way to other traffic.
As you drove along the Flagstaff Gully Link, you crossed the continuous white line into the path of oncoming traffic, in order to overtake another vehicle. You did this as both vehicles were turning right onto the ramp of the Tasman Highway. Other vehicles were forced to brake heavily to avoid a collision.
You then drove along the highway in an aggressive and erratic manner, which included weaving in and out of lanes, causing other vehicles to take evasive action. At one point, when you were boxed in by two other vehicles, you travelled onto the gravel shoulder of the road to get past the traffic. At this point, you were driving at an approximate speed of 150 km/h in a 110 km/h zone. You continued to travel at this speed when you entered a 70 km/h zone.
At Rose Bay, you turned onto the East Derwent Highway. You were driving at a speed of 120 km/h in a 70 km/h zone. It was at that point that a police vehicle attempted to intercept your vehicle by activating emergency lights and sirens. However, you accelerated away from the police, weaving through traffic at an estimated speed of 114 km/h. This action constitutes the offence of evading police with aggravated circumstances.
As police followed you, the traffic was became heavy. This forced your speed to slow to 90 km/h, still in the 70 km/h zone. You continued to weave through the traffic.
A little further on, you increased your speed again. You entered another intersection through a red light travelling at a speed of 117 km/h. You then drove onto the incorrect side of the road to overtake other vehicles. At this point, your speed had increased to 150 km/h. Shortly after, outside Risdon Prison, you executed a U-turn and accelerated away from police at a speed of approximately 145 km/h.
At the intersection of the East Derwent highway and Golf links Road, you drove straight through a red light without slowing or braking at all. As you did so, a 10-year-old girl was riding her bicycle across a pedestrian crossing in the direction in which you were driving. You went through another red light at an intersection further along the highway, again without slowing at all.
As you approached another intersection, you were forced to brake heavily due to traffic. Your vehicle travelled up and over a traffic island, before continuing through a red light at the intersection. Other vehicles were forced to take evasive action to avoid a collision.
You continued to drive along the highway, weaving through traffic without indicating and travelling at high speed. An attempt to stop your vehicle by the use of road spikes was unsuccessful.
While travelling on the Tasman Highway, you drove onto the shoulder of the road for approximately 200 m. At this point, you were travelling at 160 km/h in a 110 km/h zone.
The driving eventually came to an end when the taxi crashed into a dividing wire separating the opposite flows of traffic on the highway. The vehicle spun out and came to a halt off the road. It sustained extensive damage as a result of the collision. You were apprehended by police almost immediately and have been held in custody since then.
When you committed this crime, you were not licensed to drive a motor vehicle. Further, after your arrest, you refused to submit to the taking of a sample of blood and to an oral fluid analysis.
The taxi driver has provided an impact statement. It is clear, as would be expected, that he found the carjacking distressing and traumatic. He was not able to work as a taxi driver for a significant period and this caused financial hardship and stress. When he was ready to return to work, it took him some time to find employment. Understandably, he still experiences considerable fear and anxiety when driving a taxi.
You are 19 years of age. You have had long-standing problems with the use of cannabis and more recently amphetamines. You have also acquired a significant criminal history. In 2018, you were convicted of driving as an unaccompanied learner driver and with a prescribed illicit drug present in your blood. Three weeks before you committed the criminal conduct with which I am dealing, you were sentenced by the magistrates court for numerous offences, which include a number of assaults as well as bail offences and several breaches of restraint orders and family violence orders. The facts relevant to the assaults indicate a propensity for violence. They related to a number of different victims, and involved apparently gratuitous violence of some gravity. You were sentenced to a term of six months’ imprisonment, backdated to 27 July 2019. The remaining 49 days of that sentence was suspended for a period of 12 months. You breached the terms of that suspension when you committed these crimes, three weeks later, and the prosecution has applied to have you dealt with for that breach.
Your mental health at the time of committing these crimes is the subject of a forensic psychiatric report prepared by Dr Mike Jordan. The potential relevance of your mental health arises from comments made by you at the time of your apprehension and subsequently, which suggested the presence of paranoid thoughts. For example, when you were first arrested by police after the collision which brought your vehicle to a stop, you continually repeated comments to the effect that you were being set up and that the police were trying to kill you. Nursing notes of an examination conducted two days later in prison contains a comment that you presented as “facile and appropriately smiling and giggling incongruent with his circumstances scattered with paranoid thoughts but no overt psychosis”. Dr Jordan’s conclusion is that at the time of this offending you were experiencing a drug induced psychotic episode in which you are experiencing paranoid thoughts. The psychosis is described by the doctor as transient and induced by drug taking, in particular amphetamines, which had occurred about 48 hours earlier. The author suggests that the paranoia affected your capacity for reasoning and judgment.
This opinion helps explain why you acted as you did.  However, the psychosis was induced by your drug taking and you have a history of taking illicit drugs. Although there is no evidence that you have experienced psychotic episodes in the past, I indicated to your counsel that I would not accept that your mental state mitigates your moral culpability without evidence to establish that you could not reasonably have anticipated that taking drugs could affect your mental health in the way that it did. In view of your relatively extensive drug history, I considered it to be improbable that you would not anticipate that taking drugs could affect your capacity for judgment and reasoning. Your counsel has now indicated that you do not press an argument that your mental state reduces or mitigates your moral culpability or indicates that your case is not a proper vehicle for general deterrence. On the other hand, although drug taking can be an aggravating factor if there is evidence that the effect on your mental state ought to have been anticipated by you, I will not regard it as such. In my view, the evidence does not support such a conclusion. I have indicated to both counsel that I intend to proceed on the basis that the effect on your mental health is a neutral factor as far as the assessment of sentence is concerned. Neither counsel has sought to persuade me otherwise.
However, your counsel did submit that your criminal actions were not premeditated. Although you called the taxi and had a knife with you, you did not plan the carjacking, but rather acted spontaneously once you were in the taxi. You took the knife with you for general protection, having regard to your paranoid thoughts. I accept this and will proceed on that basis. Further, your counsel submits that you are remorseful and points to your early pleas of guilty in that regard. Again, I accept that submission.
Your young age, the disadvantages suffered by you in your childhood and your genuine remorse suggest that rehabilitation is and remains an important sentencing consideration. However, this was extremely serious offending. The carjacking was aggravated by the use of the weapon. It was carried out against a vulnerable victim. The taxi driver was directly and immediately threatened by the use of the knife. The dangerous driving was perpetrated over a significant distance and for an extended period of time. Almost all of the dangerous driving was perpetrated through built up residential areas and on major highways. It all took place through significant traffic flow. You entered a number of busy intersections at high speed and, on several occasions, by driving through a red light, and notwithstanding the presence of other traffic entering the intersection. On more than one occasion, you did not moderate your speed as you did so. The danger involved in doing this in particular, was extremely high. Invariably, other traffic was forced to take evasive action to avoid collision. At one such intersection, you endangered a child riding a bicycle. You put numerous innocent road users, police and yourself at high risk of death or serious injury. The fact that that risk did not manifest is a matter of pure luck. The course of driving only came to an end because you lost control of the vehicle after colliding with the dividing wire. You did not desist of your own volition. Taken as a whole, it is difficult to imagine a more serious case of dangerous driving, other than those where the driving actually causes death or serious injury. General deterrence and denunciation are important and predominant sentencing considerations. This is so notwithstanding your age and background. Further, you did all this 3 weeks after the completion of a sentence imposed for serious offending, which included acts of violence. I conclude that personal deterrence is also an important sentencing consideration.
In my opinion, there is no option other than the imposition of a significant sentence of imprisonment. I will, however, allow for your release on parole at a time I consider appropriate having regard to the seriousness of the offending and the need for the protection of the public. I will do so as to permit the parole board the opportunity to support and encourage your rehabilitation. I will also suspend part of the sentence, and provide for supervision as a condition of suspension. I do so in the hope that after spending a significant amount of time in prison, you will be ready to commit yourself to a serious attempt at rehabilitation. In deciding to permit this opportunity, I have been heavily influenced by your still young age.
The orders I make are as follows:
You are convicted of the crimes and the offences to which you have pleaded guilty;
The suspended sentence of 49 days’ imprisonment imposed by the magistrates court on 10 December 2019 is activated. It will be backdated to 1 January 2020. You are not eligible for parole in respect of that sentence.
In respect of the charge of evading police with aggravated circumstances, you are sentenced to imprisonment for a period of six months. That sentence will be served cumulatively upon the activated suspended sentence. I order that you not be eligible for parole until you have served one half of that sentence. In respect of this charge, you are disqualified from driving for a period of two years, which is the mandatory minimum.
For the crimes of dangerous driving and aggravated carjacking, and the summary offences of refusing an oral fluid test and failing to submit to the taking of blood, you are sentenced to a global term of three years and six months’ imprisonment, which will be served cumulatively upon the sentence imposed for the evade police offence. The last 12 months of this sentence will be suspended for a period of 2 years, commencing on the day you are actually released from prison. The suspension will be on the following conditions:
1 That you are not to commit another offence punishable by imprisonment during that period.
2 That you will be subject to the supervision of a probation officer. You must comply with this condition for a period of 2 years. That period will commence from when you lawfully cease to be imprisoned under this sentence. The Court notes that the conditions referred to in s 24(5B) of the Sentencing Act apply to this condition. These include that you must report to a probation officer within 3 clear days of the day that you lawfully cease to be imprisoned under the sentence. In addition to the core conditions the order shall also include the following special conditions:
you must, during the operational period of the order, attend educational and other programs as directed by the court or a probation officer;
you must, during the operational period of the order, submit to the supervision of a probation officer as required by the probation officer;
the offender must, during the operational period of the order, undergo assessment and treatment for drug dependency as directed by a probation officer;
the offender must, during the operational period of the order, submit to testing for drug use as directed by a probation officer;
the offender must, during the operational period of the order, submit to medical, psychological or psychiatric assessment or treatment as directed by a probation officer;
You will not be eligible for parole until you have served one half of the operative sentence.
Further, in respect of those offences, you will be disqualified from driving for a period of two years. That period will operate cumulatively upon the two year disqualification imposed for evading police. That will make a total disqualification of four years, which will take effect on the day you are actually released from prison.
In respect of the charge of unlicensed driving, which in your case because you have not been convicted of that offence before, is not an imprisonable offence, I impose no further penalty.
For the purposes of s 92A(3) of the Sentencing Act, I specify that:
the total term of imprisonment which you are liable to serve in respect of all of the above sentences is three years and 49 days, commencing on 1 January 2020 (excluding the term which is suspended).
The total period that you must serve before you become eligible for parole is the aggregate of the non-parole periods relating to the operative parts of the said sentences, which is a total period of 18 months and 49 days.
I make a compensation order in favour of in respect of the damage to the taxi in a sum to be assessed, and I adjourn that assessment sine die.

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“Officers found a significant number of video files stored on the phone that were allegedly filmed from outside Adelaide residences and show the occupants in the homes in various stages of undress and performing sexual acts.”A 45-year-old man accused of possessing child abuse material and covertly filming adult women inside their homes is expected to face Adelaide Magistrate’s Court this week.The South Australia Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (SA JACET) arrested the man at his Adelaide home on Friday (10 July) after an investigation sparked by a tip to the Australian Federal Police-led Australia Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE).The report alleged a person had been uploading abhorrent content to an online platform and SA JACET allegedly identified the 45-year-old as the man sharing the material.He was allegedly using a female persona online to conceal his identity.Investigators will allege that during the search of the man’s home, they found child abuse material stored on his mobile phone.They also found a significant number of video files stored on the phone that were allegedly filmed from outside Adelaide residences and show the occupants in the homes in various stages of undress and performing sexual acts.SA JACET will allege the 45-year-old spied on the occupants and filmed the videos from outside the homes without their knowledge.The man was arrested and charged with:One count of possessing or controlling child abuse material obtained or accessed using a carriage service, contrary to section 474.22A of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth);One count of using a carriage service to access child abuse material, contrary to section 474.22(1)(a)(i) of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth);One count of indecent filming, contrary to section 26D of the Summary Offences Act 1953 (SA).The offences carry a maximum penalty of between two years and 15 years imprisonment.Australian Federal Police Detective acting Superintendent Gavin Stone said children who are sexually abused have their innocence and childhood stolen from them.“The person viewing this abhorrent material is as complicit as the person making and distributing the product,” he said.“Protecting children is paramount and everyone has a role to play because these are crimes against our common future.”Detective acting Superintendent Stone said adults also have a right to feel safe and should not be spied upon in their own homes or have their private activities exposed for another person’s sexual gratification.“We will continue to be relentless in our pursuit of anyone who tries to exploit or abuse others and this shows offending online or remotely has real-world consequences.”Detective Superintendent Mark Wieszyk, Officer in Charge of the Public Protection Branch of South Australia Police stated: “SAPOL and AFP investigators work tirelessly together to stop the exploitation of children and will continue their efforts to keep children safe”.The SA JACET comprises Australian Federal Police and South Australia Police officers.The ACCCE, which is headquartered in Brisbane, is committed to stopping child exploitation and abuse and is at the centre of a collaborative national approach to combatting organised child abuse.The Centre brings together specialist expertise and skills in a central hub, supporting investigations into child sexual abuse and developing prevention strategies focused on creating a safer online environment.Members of the public who have any information about people involved in child abuse and exploitation are urged to call Crime stoppers on 1800 333 000. See MoreSee Less

“Officers found a significant number of video files stored on the phone that were allegedly filmed from outside Adelaide residences and show the occupants in the homes in various stages of undress and performing sexual acts.”

A 45-year-old man accused of possessing child abuse material and covertly filming adult women inside their homes is expected to face Adelaide Magistrate’s Court this week.

The South Australia Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (SA JACET) arrested the man at his Adelaide home on Friday (10 July) after an investigation sparked by a tip to the Australian Federal Police-led Australia Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE).

The report alleged a person had been uploading abhorrent content to an online platform and SA JACET allegedly identified the 45-year-old as the man sharing the material.

He was allegedly using a female persona online to conceal his identity.

Investigators will allege that during the search of the man’s home, they found child abuse material stored on his mobile phone.

They also found a significant number of video files stored on the phone that were allegedly filmed from outside Adelaide residences and show the occupants in the homes in various stages of undress and performing sexual acts.

SA JACET will allege the 45-year-old spied on the occupants and filmed the videos from outside the homes without their knowledge.

The man was arrested and charged with:

One count of possessing or controlling child abuse material obtained or accessed using a carriage service, contrary to section 474.22A of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth);
One count of using a carriage service to access child abuse material, contrary to section 474.22(1)(a)(i) of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth);
One count of indecent filming, contrary to section 26D of the Summary Offences Act 1953 (SA).
The offences carry a maximum penalty of between two years and 15 years imprisonment.

Australian Federal Police Detective acting Superintendent Gavin Stone said children who are sexually abused have their innocence and childhood stolen from them.

“The person viewing this abhorrent material is as complicit as the person making and distributing the product,” he said.

“Protecting children is paramount and everyone has a role to play because these are crimes against our common future.”

Detective acting Superintendent Stone said adults also have a right to feel safe and should not be spied upon in their own homes or have their private activities exposed for another person’s sexual gratification.

“We will continue to be relentless in our pursuit of anyone who tries to exploit or abuse others and this shows offending online or remotely has real-world consequences.”

Detective Superintendent Mark Wieszyk, Officer in Charge of the Public Protection Branch of South Australia Police stated: “SAPOL and AFP investigators work tirelessly together to stop the exploitation of children and will continue their efforts to keep children safe”.

The SA JACET comprises Australian Federal Police and South Australia Police officers.

The ACCCE, which is headquartered in Brisbane, is committed to stopping child exploitation and abuse and is at the centre of a collaborative national approach to combatting organised child abuse.

The Centre brings together specialist expertise and skills in a central hub, supporting investigations into child sexual abuse and developing prevention strategies focused on creating a safer online environment.

Members of the public who have any information about people involved in child abuse and exploitation are urged to call Crime stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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TVN Breaking News: Tasmania Police confirm they are attending a Midway Point address following a report of a sudden death of a man in his 40s. As is our usual process, forensic officers and the Police Command Bus are on the scene in Brady Street to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death. More information will be made available when appropriate. See MoreSee Less

TVN Breaking News: Tasmania Police confirm they are attending a Midway Point address following a report of a sudden death of a man in his 40s. As is our usual process, forensic officers and the Police Command Bus are on the scene in Brady Street to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death. More information will be made available when appropriate.

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TFS Tasmania Police and Ambulance Tasmania attended a house fire at Tecoma Road, Risdon Vale this afternoon. TFS say the house and a car were fully engulfed on arrival. See MoreSee Less

TFS Tasmania Police and Ambulance Tasmania attended a house fire at Tecoma Road, Risdon Vale this afternoon. TFS say the house and a car were fully engulfed on arrival.

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Michael Ferguson, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport – More support for disadvantaged learner driversSixteen organisations have been awarded funding through the latest Learner Driver Mentor Program 2020-21 grant round to help more Tasmanians get their licence.The program allows local community-based organisations to provide disadvantaged learner drivers with access to a car and a supervisory driver to help them reach their required on-road hours.A driver’s licence can be an important part of getting a job, becoming more independent and keeping up important family and social connections, but the cost of lessons can put pressure on the household budgets of lower-income families.This program has proven incredibly successful over a number of years and has gone from strength to strength, with more learners and mentors engaged in it than ever before.The hardworking volunteer mentors are the backbone of the program and provide disadvantaged learners around Tasmania with the on-road hours needed for them to achieve their P1 licence.The Tasmanian Government is providing $1 million a year through our $75 million Road Safety Action Plan to support these local programs and Driver Mentoring Tasmania.A further $113,000 will be provided for the program in 2020-21 to assist with one off purchases, including new five star vehicles to improve fleet safety, and improvements for mentor recruitment and induction.LDMP 2020-21 funding round successful applicants Provider:‘Ready Set Go’Clarendon Vale Neighbourhood House‘Drive Time’Derwent Valley Community House‘Jump Start’Geeveston Community Centre‘Greenlight’Goodwood Community Centre‘Gearing Up’Huon Valley Council‘Top Gear’Jordan River Services‘Top Gear’Migrant Resource Centre Southern Tas‘Drive 4 Life’Migrant Resource Centre Northern Tas‘PCYC Hobart’PCYC LDMP‘Wheels 4 Work’Starting Point Neighbourhood House‘L2P’Northern Suburbs Community Centre‘Get In 2 Gear’Break O’Day Council‘Easy Ps’Devonport Chaplaincy‘A2P’s’Australian Red Cross‘Strive to Drive’Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation‘Ucaan Drive’*Bucaan Community House See MoreSee Less

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