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Steve Bosevski ‘stopped from

helping dying twin’ after cop attack

Natasha Wallace

June 29, 2011

POLICE used capsicum spray in a man’s eyes and a stun gun on his brother without warning or explanation during an NRL grand final celebration at St George Leagues Club, a court heard yesterday.

Steve Bosevski, 35, said he was arrested for assault but was never charged and the police never explained why they had taken him away after a violent brawl erupted at the club on October 4 last year that left his twin brother, Steven, dead.

Mr Bosevski told an inquest yesterday that he had argued with a man shortly before the brawl but there had been no physical violence between them or anyone else before police arrived on the scene and used batons, capsicum spray and stun guns on the crowd.

Steven Bosevski, left, with his twin brother Steve, right,  pictured in Greece.Steven Bosevski, left, with his twin brother Steve, right, pictured in Greece. 

The two brothers were so close that they still slept head-to-toe in the same bed at the Arncliffe home of their parents, Mr Bosevski told Glebe Coroner’s Court yesterday.

The three-week inquest is examining the circumstances of Steven Bosevski’s death, including if his fragile medical state had any significance and whether police used reasonable force. He had been held face down by two security guards and two police officers for four minutes, the court has heard.

An autopsy found he died from a combination of methylamphetamine toxicity and hypertensive heart disease.

Mr Bosevski broke down yesterday as he told of the moment he realised his twin was lying motionless on the floor with officers trying to revive him and he was prevented from going to him.

”I said: ‘please let me go and call my brother because, if he hears my voice, if he has any life in him he’ll come back’, and he [a police officer] said: ‘you shut the f— up’,” Mr Bosevski said.

He said his eyes ”burnt like hell” from the capsicum spray.

His brother, Tony, had moments earlier been shot with a stun gun, he said.

”I’ve never heard him [Tony] scream in my life the way he screamed in that much pain; it hurt me…”

Mr Bosevski said he had been out on the terrace when police approached him and asked him to leave but did not explain why.

He said he was pushed twice from behind by an officer.

”I said: ‘hey, what are you doing? I told you we are leaving’ … he got out his capsicum spray and he got me in the eyes.”

Philip Biggins, appearing for police, put to Mr Bosevski that on three occasions he had been asked by security guards to move away from the bar area and that, after he had argued with Robert Hristovski, a security guard said to him: ”calm down or leave”.

”No, no, that’s wrong,” Mr Bosevski said.

Mr Biggins said that one of his group said: ‘they’re f—ing kicking us out’ and one of you said ‘let’s f—en go back in’. You deny that?”

”It didn’t happen.”

Appearing for the family, Winston Terracini, SC, asked Mr Bosevski if at any point security, police or club staff had asked him to leave because he was intoxicated or because of bad behaviour.

”No,” he replied. He said he was ”not at all” intoxicated. The inquest continues

A Melbourne youth church leader who raped a 14-year-old girl, poured petrol on her and set her alight has been jailed for 21 years.

Michael Tuano Hermogenes, 25, plied the girl with alcohol before choking her with one of her stockings, raping her, taking photos of her while she was naked and unconscious, then setting her and her house alight to hide his crimes.

She suffered permanent injuries including burns to half her body, amputation of her right toes and spent almost a year in hospital.

Hermogenes pleaded guilty to charges including arson, attempted murder and rape over the attack at the girl’s home in Melbourne’s west in May last year.

He must serve 16 years before he is eligible for parole.

Hermogenes sat in the dock with his head bowed, hands clasped in a praying position.

He showed little other reaction as the sentence was handed down.

Justice Paul Coghlan said Hermogenes’ crimes involved a breach of trust and was satisfied he took alcohol to the girl’s home so he could take sexual advantage of her.

The judge described his photographing of his victim as “bizarre and disgusting”.

Justice Coghlan said the girl spent almost all of the 15th year of her life in hospital as a result of her horrific injuries.

“She will suffer from them for the rest of her life … and will need daily care,” he said.

The judge accepted Hermogenes was remorseful, but was guarded about his rehabilitation prospects.

He said a “very stern” sentence was necessary to deter others from similar crimes.

The sentence takes into account more than a year Hermogenes has served in pre-sentence custody.


A man accused of raping a Sydney fashion designer in the toilets at Sydney’s Ivy club has been ordered to stand trial.

Christopher Scott Corben, 31, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of aggravated sexual assault without consent over the alleged incident in October 2009.

During a committal hearing last week the designer, who cannot be identified, said a stranger followed her into a cubicle of the unisex bathrooms, pulled her hair and held her arms during the alleged attack.

“He didn’t want to leave the bathroom until he had his way with me,” she said.

The designer said the man “used his body strength to undress me … and I must say I surrendered a bit because I feared for my life”.

Under cross examination on another day of the hearing last week, the designer said she was tipsy after drinking vodka sodas.

Corben’s defence lawyer, Winston Terracini SC accused the woman of putting on a ruse with her inability to recall what the man in the cubicle looked like, or whether or not he was naked.

“It’s a cock-and-bull story,” he said.

“If you were tipsy you would not lose your memory.”

The defence maintains the woman and the accused walked down the stairs together into the unisex toilet area.

But prosecutor Fiona Rowbotham insisted the woman walked down the stairs alone, with the man following her from a distance before he pushed his way into the cubicle.

Corben will appear in Downing Centre District Court next month. and AAP

Former Kings Cross underworld figure and convicted drug dealer Bill Bayeh is to be released on parole.

The NSW State Parole Authority today ruled the 55-year-old, who was jailed for cocaine and heroin trafficking, be released on parole next month.

Bayeh was in custody from 1996, but was sentenced in 1999. He was given 15 years in prison, backdated to 1996.

He will be eligible for release on July 17, the day his minimum sentence ends.

At a parole board hearing at Parramatta today, Judge Terence Christie said the authority had taken into account submissions by counsel for the police commissioner, who opposed parole on the grounds the release was not in the public interest.

But Judge Terence Christie said Bayeh had served a lengthy prison sentence compared to other sentences for crimes of a similar nature.

Bayeh, who appeared via videolink from Cooma Correctional Centre said, “thank you sir, God bless you”, when the decision was announced.

Judge Christie imposed several parole conditions on Bayeh, who he said would be closely supervised by Corrective Services NSW after his release.

A key condition is that he must not enter the Kings Cross area or gamble.

The authority also ordered Bayeh to undertake regular drug and alcohol testing and to undergo psychological assessment and testing at the direction of his parole officer.

Bayeh was arrested during the 1996 Wood Royal Commission into police corruption and pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply commercial quantities of cocaine and heroin between December 1, 1995 and July 24, 1996.

The charges followed extensive police investigations, including video and audio surveillance, into the activities of Bayeh and others centred on the Cosmopolitan coffee lounge on Darlinghurst Road in Kings Cross.

Sydney solicitor Stephen Alexander, who represents Kings Cross nightclub entrepreneur John Ibrahim, declined to comment on Bayeh’s impending release.

‘‘I think it’s inappropriate to say anything at this stage,’’ he said.

Mr Ibrahim was a frequent visitor to the Cross during the 1980s, when Bayeh and his brother Louis Bayeh were operating various businesses.

At the parole hearing today, counsel for Corrective Services, opposed Bayeh’s parole on the grounds of public safety.

In giving the parole authority’s decision, Judge Christie noted both the Probation and Parole Service and the Serious Offenders Review Council (SORC) supported Bayeh’s release.

He also said it was clear from a number of the sentencing judge’s remarks in 1999 that the sentence was ‘‘intended to be more punitive than rehabilitative’’.

Judge Christie referred to a report by the SORC that found Bayeh had a strong support network in the community.

The parole authority had also been informed that Bayeh had been offered a job, he added.S

everal members of Bayeh’s family were at the hearing.

Speaking briefly outside court, his brother Said Bayeh said he was pleased with the result.

Bayeh would be working for a ‘‘fruit man’’, he said.

AAP and Paul Bibby


A key witness in the appeal trial in Italy of Amanda Knox has told the court in a dramatic confrontation that the young American woman killed her British housemate Meredith Kercher.

“This splendid, marvellous girl was killed by Raffaele Sollecito and Amanda Knox,” Rudy Guede, already convicted separately for his part in the murder, said in a letter read out by prosecutors on Monday as he sat in the witness stand.

In a fierce cross-examination by lawyers for Knox and Sollecito, her former boyfriend also convicted for the murder, Guede said: “I’ve always believed this. I’ve always said who was there in that house on that cursed night.”

Amanda Knox ... maintains her innocence.Amanda Knox … maintains her innocence. Photo: Getty Images

Guede has admitted to being in the house Kercher and Knox shared at the time of the 2007 murder but says he did not take part in the gruesome killing, which shocked this medieval university town and has drawn international attention.

“The only time that Rudy Guede, Raffaele and I were in the same space has been in court. I’m shocked and anguished. He knows we weren’t there and have nothing to do with it,” Knox told the court after Guede’s testimony.

Sollecito also said: “[Guede] always talks about a shadow that could be me and a voice that could be Amanda’s … we’ve been fighting shadows for four years. Our lives have been destroyed in a subtle and absurd way.”

Raffaele Sollecito  ... "our lives have been destroyed".Raffaele Sollecito … “our lives have been destroyed”. Photo: Getty Images

The details of the killing remain highly disputed but prosecutors have said they believe Kercher was killed as part of a drug-fuelled sexual assault and that Guede, Sollecito and Knox all took part.


$50,000 of cannabis found

as car flips after police chase

June 28, 2011 – 12:21PM

Police have recovered six kilograms of cannabis with an estimated street value of $50,000 after a high-speed car chase in rural NSW.

The driver sped off after police stopped his Nissan 200SX for a traffic violation 40km east of Walgett on the Gwydir highway, in the state’s northwest, about 6pm yesterday.

Police pursued the driver but ended the chase soon after when the vehicle accelerated to high speeds.

The car was found later after it left the highway and rolled several times.

The driver had already fled, but police found about 6.1kg of vacuum-packed cannabis in the vehicle worth an estimated street value of $50,000.

Police and SES volunteers resumed a search of the area for the man today.



British teenager Ryan Cleary is released on bail following charges of hacking into a law enforcement agency’s website.

The group claiming to be behind attacks on Sony and CIA are anxious over anonymity but thrive on publicity as leaked chatroom logs show.

Leaked discussions between members of the internet hacking group LulzSec, seen and published by The Guardian, provide the first insight into the team behind a series of audacious online attacks.

LulzSec claims to have been behind attacks in recent weeks on websites around the world, including the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca), the US Senate and the CIA, as well as the games firms Nintendo and Sony.

Some of the imagery used by LulzSec online.Some of the imagery used by LulzSec online.

Leaked logs from LulzSec’s private chatroom reveal how one hacker known as “Sabu“, believed to be a 30-year-old security consultant, in effect controls the group of between six and eight people, keeping the others in line and warning them not to discuss their exploits.

Another, “Kayla“, provides a large botnet – a network of infected computers controlled remotely – to target websites with distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, which make those sites work inefficiently or not at all.

A third member, “Topiary“, manages the public image, including the LulzSec Twitter feed.

Bailed ... Ryan ClearyAccused … Ryan Cleary. Photo: AFP

The logs reveal that the members are obsessed with their coverage in the media, especially in physical newspapers, sharing pictures of coverage they have received in the Wall Street Journal and other papers. They also engineered a misinformation campaign to make people think they were a US-government-sponsored team.

Members express their enmity towards a rival called the Jester – an ex-US military hacker who usually attacks jihadist sites, but has become embroiled in a dispute with WikiLeaks, LulzSec and the notorious hacker group Anonymous over the leaked diplomatic cables and, more recently, LulzSec’s attacks on US government websites, including those of the CIA and Senate.

A lone-wolf hacker, originally thought to be the Jester, temporarily crippled LulzSec’s website at the weekend. Another activist known as Oneiroi later claimed responsibility for the attack but did not give an explanation.

Guilty … a police officer takes off the handcuffs of defendant Jan O, whose face has been blurred in accordance with German law. Photo: AFP

A German court has ruled that a 26-year-old man who murdered two teenagers, chewing on parts of one of them and drinking her blood, will never be free again.

Jan O, dubbed the “Cannibal Killer”, was given a life sentence by the court in Goettingen, central Germany.

He will be sent to a psychiatric unit and will never be released because of the danger he posed to the public.

The defendant had admitted to strangling 14-year-old Nina last November, drinking her blood and chewing bits of flesh from her neck in order, the court found, to “satisfy his sexual desires”.

Five days later he strangled 13-year-old Tobias when the boy stumbled across Nina’s body in woodland. He initially thought the boy was a girl because of his long hair.

Presiding judge Ralf Guenther said that the alcoholic and drug addict had committed “unimagineable crimes, taking a daughter from her mother and a son from his parents.”


Jurors guided by flashlights and wearing face masks have toured the home of a US man charged with killing 11 women and hiding their bodies around his Ohio property.

Winding their way through rooms buzzing with flies, they walked past a stained microwave with a high-heeled shoe on top.

The jury in the trial of Anthony Sowell, 51, returned from the dramatic crime-scene visit and listened intently in a Cleveland court to opening statements by both sides as Sowell sat impassively.

Accused ... Anthony Sowell appears in court.Accused … Anthony Sowell appears in court. Photo: AP

The prosecution presented a triple litany for jurors — when the victims disappeared in an impoverished, drug-ridden neighbourhood, where their remains were found at his home and how Sowell allegedly killed them.

“You are about to begin a rather disturbing journey,” a frowning assistant Prosecutor Richard Bombik warned jurors.

The case will create an indelible impression, he told the jury in an opening statement accompanied by colour photos of the victims displayed on two flat-screen television sets.

Anthony Sowell's home ... jurors toured it at the start if his trial.Anthony Sowell’s home … jurors toured it at the start if his trial. Photo: AP

“It will be burned into your memory for as long as you live,” Bombik said.

The prosecutor said the evidence would make jurors believe beyond any doubt that Sowell is guilty.

Defence attorney John Parker told jurors there is no fingerprint, DNA or other scientific evidence linking Sowell to the 11 women.

Sowell, dressed in dark slacks and a white top, sat with his hands on his lap as both sides presented opening statements to the jury. The prosecution also displayed photos of Sowell’s parents and drawings with stick characters showing where the remains were found.

After opening remarks, the first witness to testify was Richard Butler, a Cleveland police officer who was part of the SWAT team that found the first two bodies in Sowell’s home on October 29, 2009. Butler said he and another officer discovered the bodies when they kicked open a locked bedroom door on the third floor.

“I knew that there were a couple people laying on the floor in front of me,” Butler said. “My first response was to stop and shout, ‘Police, don’t move.'”

It took the officers a couple of seconds to realise that the people on the floor were dead, Butler said.

Prosecutors showed jurors photographs of the third-floor bedroom, which revealed a shovel on the floor next to the bodies. Butler said one of the victims was wearing a house dress that was pulled up to her waist. Black plastic wrapping covered the windows, Butler said.

Next on the witness stand was Raymond Cash, the owner of Ray’s Sausage, a sausage shop next door to Sowell’s home that was repeatedly blamed for the foul odour that often filled the street before the bodies were found. Cash told the court that he had been forced to spend nearly $US30,000 ($28,500) replacing a grease trap after neighbours asked the city’s health department to investigate the smell.

“There was a strong stench that was in the air. Because we’re in the meat business, people assumed that it was us,” Cash said. “But when they walked into our factory, there was no smell like that. It was always outside.”

Cash testified that he had known the Sowell family for years and was friendly with Anthony Sowell’s father, Thomas, and stepmother, Segerna, both of whom are now deceased.

Cash said Anthony Sowell helped him keep an eye on the sausage shop and had once called the police after a break-in. When Segerna Sowell became ill a couple of years ago, Cash said he would stop over at the house to find Anthony sitting on the front porch.

“I used to ask Anthony over there about it all the time to see how she was doing, and he would fill me in on how she was coming along,” Cash said. “I talked to him all the time.”

Earlier on Monday, under a sunny blue sky, a motorcade of four vans under police escort travelled to Sowell’s three-storey home.

Jurors wore protective coverings over their shoes as they entered the home, which is surrounded by a towering metal fence. Reporters who accompanied the jury said the house smelled of mildew – and the smell grew worse as the jurors ascended from the basement to the third floor, where flies buzzed around the filthy rooms.

Some rooms were in complete disrepair, with men’s and women’s clothing piled on the floor and dresser drawers flung open. A can of malt liquor stood next to a bed on the third floor, and the mattress was covered with papers. In the basement, a wrench hung from a nail on the wall and a dead rat was found on the floor. Some rooms had pieces of foam insulation and dirt on the floor and large holes in the walls.

There were also signs of the home’s former inhabitant: food crusted over in a Pyrex dish, a Ray Charles album, a pamphlet about substance-abuse programs.

Prosecutors say Sowell lured women from his neighbourhood into his home with the promise of alcohol or drugs, then killed them. He has pleaded not guilty to killing the women and faces the death penalty if convicted.

The bodies were found buried throughout the home and backyard in November 2009. The women disappeared one by one, starting in October 2007, with the last one vanishing in September 2009. All of the victims were black, and most had traces of drugs in their bodies.

The jurors were accompanied by the judge, sheriff’s deputies and trial attorneys. The attorneys were warned in advance not to discuss the case with jurors or point anything out, and jurors were told that the visit was meant to help provide perspective for the trial. As they toured the home, jurors were instructed to take note of which room they were in.

What jurors see at the house “is not evidence, since conditions may have changed since the time of the events in this case”, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Dick Ambrose said in a court order.


Vernon Silich is led away by police at the time of his arrest.

Photo: Channel Ten

A Nollamara man who kicked his parents to death while drunk has had an appeal on his double murder conviction quashed and instead has been handed a longer jail term.

Vernon Robert Silich was found guilty by a Perth Supreme Court jury in April 2010 of wilfully murdering his parents, Faye Lorraine Silich and Robert George Silich, while they were asleep in their Yokine home in April, 2008.

Justice John McKechnie initially imposed a life prison term on Silich, but set a minimum term of 15 years.

Silich had appealed against this conviction, while the state launched a cross-appeal over his sentence, saying it was too lenient for a double murder.

The Court of Appeal today dismissed Silich’s application and instead allowed the state’s cross-appeal, extending his minimum prison term by four years, taking the sentence to 19 years.

On the night in question, Silich, who worked as a taxi driver, went to his parents’ home where he drank a considerable amount of beer and some whiskey. He admitted to smoking three extra-sized joints of cannabis and being “very drunk” on the night in question.

During sentencing, Justice McKechnie said it was not known exactly what time he murdered his parents, but said Silich had “kicked each of them into unconsciousness, and then to death”.

Both were kicked to the upper body and head, with the judge noting they were “not random kicks, but were directed in a manner that would cause death” with his steel-capped boots.

Silich’s lawyer Tom Percy, QC had previously claimed his client was sleepwalking when he carried out the brutal attack.

“His recollection of the event is almost non-existent,” Mr Percy said, adding Silich had offered to plead guilty to manslaughter at a previous hearing.

“The moments leading up to the event will forever remain a mystery.”

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