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(NEW SOUTH WALES) NSW Police Report: Former Australian star cricketer Stuart MacGill was abducted and released in an alleged kidnapping in Sydney last month, police say as four arrested #AceNewsDesk report

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#AceNewsReport – May.06: Police said MacGill knew one of the men and the plot had been financially motivated: He sustained minor injuries in the incident but didn’t require medical care, police said: MacGill, 50, was a Test spinner for the national team between 1998 and 2008: At one point, he was ranked the world’s second-best bowler behind his team-mate Shane Warne:

Stuart MacGill: Ex-Australian cricketer kidnapped and released in Sydney: Four people have been arrested in connection with the incident which took place on 14 April

NSW POLICE REPORT: Latest News: Four charged after man allegedly kidnapped from Sydney’s Lower North Shore

Wednesday, 05 May 2021 02:21:35 PM:

Robbery and Serious Crime Squad detectives have charged four men following an investigation into the alleged kidnapping of another man from Sydney’s Lower North Shore last month.

About 8pm on Wednesday 14 April 2021, a 50-year-old man was allegedly confronted by a 46-year-old man near the intersection of Parraween and Winnie Streets at Cremorne.

A short time later the pair were approached by two other men who allegedly forced the older man into a vehicle. 

He was then driven to a property at Bringelly, where the two men, plus another unknown man, allegedly assaulted the 50-year-old man and threatened him with a firearm.

About an hour later, the man was driven to the Belmore area and released.

The incident was reported to officers from North Shore Police Area Command on Tuesday 20 April 2021.

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Robbery and Serious Crime Squad were notified and subsequently commenced an investigation under Strike Force Cain.

Following extensive inquiries, strike force detectives, with assistance from Raptor Squad and the Public Order and Riot Squad, arrested four men from 6am today (Wednesday 5 May 2021).

A short time later, officers executed search warrants at homes at Sutherland, Caringbah, Brighton Le-Sands, Banksia and Marrickville, and a crime scene warrant at a property in Bringelly.

During the searches, police seized mobile phones and a vehicle. All items will undergo further examination.

A 27-year-old man was arrested at Caringbah, while a 29-year-old man was arrested at Sutherland.

The men were taken to Sutherland Police Station and both charged with participate criminal group contribute criminal activity and take/detain in company with intent to get advantage occasion actual bodily harm.

A 46-year-old man was arrested at Brighton Le Sands, while a 42-year-old man was arrested at Banksia.

The older man was charged with take/detain in company with intent to get advantage occasion actual bodily harm, participate criminal group contribute criminal activity and supply prohibited drug (large commercial quantity).

The younger man was charged with knowingly direct activities of criminal group and take/detain in company with intent to get advantage occasion actual bodily harm.

All four men were refused bail to appear at Sutherland Local Court today (Wednesday 5 May 2021).

Investigations by the Robbery and Serious Crime Squad are continuing.

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Stuart MacGill speaking to English cricketer Mason Crane during a training session in 2017
Stuart MacGill (seen here in 2017) was released about an hour into the ordeal

‘Dragged into a car and assaulted’ 

New South Wales Police said the arrests, which took place after raids were conducted across Sydney on Wednesday, were the result of a two-week long investigation.

Police allege MacGill had been approached and confronted in the Sydney suburb of Cremorne one evening by a 46-year-old man he knew.

Two other men then appeared and the group forced the ex-cricketer into a car.

He was driven to a remote site in Bringelly, on the city’s outskirts, where he was allegedly assaulted and threatened at gunpoint by the “criminal gang”, police said.

After about an hour, he was driven to the south-west suburb of Belmore and released, police said.

Authorities said no money was handed over or obtained in the course of the attack, but the kidnapping attempt had been financially motivated. 

Police said MacGill reported the crime to authorities one week after it occurred, and that he had been worried about his and his family’s safety.

“To be standing on a street, to be dragged into a car, driven a remote location, physically assaulted, threatened with a firearm, held for a period of time and then dumped, I think you would be pretty worried,” said detective Anthony Holton.

“I know it is only an hour that he was held, but it would have been a horribly frightful hour to endure through,” he added.

He said MacGill’s ordeal was “not involved in any back story that leads to him having a personal debt to other people,” and that he was solely being treated as a “victim of a targeted kidnapping”.

Police said the arrested group members – aged 27, 29, 42 and 46 – would be charged later on Wednesday.

Australian media reported MacGill, who retired from cricket in 2008, works as the general manager of a restaurant in Sydney’s northern suburbs.

MacGill is yet to provide public comment on the incident.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: May.06: 2021:

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(NEW SOUTH WALES) JUST IN: A police officer has been charged over the alleged assault of an Indigenous teenager in inner Sydney last June #AceNewsDesk report

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#AceNewsReport – May.05: The male constable was issued with a court attendance notice today for the offences of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault:

NSW Report: A police officer has been charged over alleged assault of Indigenous teen: Video of the incident, that occurred at Ward Park in Surry Hills, went viral and showed an officer performing a “leg sweep” in a statement, NSW Police said the officer’s employment was “under review”.

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NSW police officer kicks boy’s legs out from under him during arrest

In the video, the boy can be heard telling the police officer he was going to “crack his jaw”.

The officer then walks towards the boy, grabs him, and uses his leg to “sweep” him to the ground.

The boy can be heard wailing as officers kneel on him and place him in handcuffs.

After the incident, the teenager who can’t be named under law, was treated for minor injuries at St Vincent’s Hospital and released without charge.

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Doctors attend to the boy at St Vincent’s Hospital.(Facebook: Justice for Buddy, Lewis Kelly Jnr)

The video drew significant attention, and came amid a backdrop of Black Lives Matter activism in the United States.

At the time, NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller noted officers sometimes used the “leg sweep” technique, but also said: “Not for one minute am I saying the officer’s actions were correct.”

After seeing the footage last year, NSW Police Central Metropolitan Region Commander Mick Willing said he was “concerned”, while Premier Gladys Berejiklian said “we still have a long way to go in our country”.

The Aboriginal Legal Service said it welcomed charges being brought against the officer.

“Police should be subject to the same laws that apply to the community. We welcome this step towards justice,” Karly Warner, CEO of the Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT said.

The boy’s family also welcomed the charges.

“We look forward to the law being applied with fairness and justice,” a family spokesperson said.

The officer is due to appear in Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court on Thursday, June 24.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: May.05: 2021:

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(SYDNEY) JUST IN: BOM Report: Heavy fog and smoke covers the city today and drivers are warned about poor visibility and ferry services are cancelled #AceNewsDesk report

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#AceNewsReport – May.03: : Fog developed in the western suburbs, and it’s currently making its way eastward and moving over eastern suburbs, so expecting driving conditions to be a little bit hazardous,” meteorologist James Taylor said:

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Sydney covered by thick fog, smoke from hazard reduction burns: The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has warned that road conditions will be dangerous and motorists are advised to take extreme care.

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Heavy fog and smoke haze blankets Sydney

“When we get cool air and clear sky it’s good for trapping smoke down close to the surface, it’s also very good conditions for fog formation.”

F3 Parramatta River, F4 Pyrmont Bay and F8 Cockatoo Island ferries have resumed after services were stopped earlier this morning because of fog.

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Sydneysiders woke up this morning to find the city covered in smoke.(AAP: Mick Tsikas)

The Electrical Trades Union this morning advised members to down tools if they are affected by smoke.

The fog has started to clear but is being replaced with smoke from hazard reduction burns.

A poor air quality alert has been issued for Sydney’s east and south-west, with ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’ conditions at Chullora, Randwick, Earlwood and Lidcombe. 

People in those areas are advised to avoid outdoor exercise, while those who are sensitive to smoke should stay indoors as much as possible, with windows and doors closed. 

A ferry in fog
Ferries were cancelled because of the fog.(ABC: Mick Tsikas)

The Rural Fire Service (RFS) is carrying out hazard burns in areas including Sutherland, Campbelltown, the northern beaches and the Blue Mountains. 

A spokesperson for the RFS said they were “conscious of smoke impact” but that it was important to conduct these hazard reduction burns to areas not affected by the 2019-2020 bushfire season. 

“We’ve worked closely with NSW Health to try to reduce the impact of smoke across, in particular the Sydney basin, but also surrounding areas,” Angela Burford said.

Larger planned burns have been broken up and carried out across a number of days in an effort to reduce the smoke impact. 

Smoke is likely to linger for most of this week, depending on the rain forecast for mid-week which will affect the RFS’ hazard reduction efforts. 

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: May.03: 2021:

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(AUSTRALIA) Court Report: A 23-year-old man was yesterday handed a two years and two months’ sentence, to be served by way of an intensive corrections order, for his involvement as the creator, administrator and primary financial beneficiary of a number of online subscription services which relied on stolen credentials from Australians and others around the world #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.26: The investigation began after the FBI referred information to the AFP, in May 2018, regarding an account generator website called WickedGen.com.

Sydney man sentenced for selling online subscriptions using stolen credentials in international investigation: The man, who has also been ordered by the court to serve 200 hours of community service, was arrested in 2019 following international cybercrime investigations by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

The account details belonged to unknowing victims in Australia and internationally, including the United States’

WickedGen operated for approximately two years selling stolen account details for online subscription services, including Netflix, Spotify and Hulu. The account details were confirmed through a process of credential stuffing, which allows a list of previously stolen or leaked usernames, email addresses and corresponding passwords re-used and sold for unauthorised access.

Throughout the investigation, the AFP further identified the Sydney man to be the creator, administrator and primary financial beneficiary of a further three “account generator” websites; HyperGen, Autoflix and AccountBot. Across the four subscription services, the offender had at least 152,863 registered users and provided at least 85,925 subscriptions to illegally access legitimate streaming services.

The man received at least AUD $680,000 through PayPal, by selling subscriptions through these sites. He converted some of these proceeds into various cryptocurrencies.

On 12 March, 2019 the AFP executed a search warrant at Dee Why, on Sydney’s northern beaches and seized the laptop which was used to run the operation and around AUD $35,000 in cryptocurrency.

The man was charged with unauthorised access to (or modification of) restricted data, dealing in proceeds of crime etc. – money or property worth $100,000 or more, providing a circumvention service for a technological protection measure, dealing in identification information and false or misleading information.

On 9 December 2020, the AFP-led Criminal Assets Confiscation Taskforce (CACT) obtained restraining orders under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Cth) over various assets, including cryptocurrency, bank accounts and Paypal accounts. 

The combined assets of the restrained property has a current value of approximately AUD $1.65 million.

The AFP-led CACT was formed in 2011 as part of a multi-agency crackdown on criminal assets, bringing together the resources and expertise of the AFP, Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, Australian Taxation Office, Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre, and Australian Border Force.

Together, these agencies trace, restrain and ultimately confiscate criminal assets.

The 23-year-old man has been sentenced to two years and two months to be served by way of intensive corrections order, as well as 200 hours of community service.

AFP Commander Chris Goldsmid, Cybercrime Operations, said the operation relied upon hacked credentials of millions of people around the globe.

“The harvesting and selling of personal details online was not a ‘victimless crime’ –these were the personal details of everyday people being used for someone’s greed,” Commander Goldsmid said.

“These types of offences can often be a precursor to more insidious forms of data theft and manipulation, which can have greater consequences for the victims involved.”

“This investigation is an example of the importance of our relationship with the FBI. These partnerships are critical to law enforcement being able to respond to a rapidly-evolving crime type.”

 “We would also like to thank the affected companies for their cooperation with the investigation.”

The matter was prosecuted by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.

Deputy Director of the CDPP, Mark de Crespigny said “This case demonstrates the ability of the police and prosecutors to unravel and address sophisticated transnational cybercrime.”

Information security is vital for individuals and companies. For more information visit the Australian Cyber Security Centre’s website: https://cyber.gov.au/

Media enquiries:
AFP National Media: (02) 5126 9297

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Apr.26: 2021:

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(NEW SOUTH WALES) Inquest Report: A coroner has found missing girl Quanne Diec died by homicide, after she disappeared on her way to school in Sydney’s west more than two decades ago #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.20: In 2019, former nightclub bouncer Vinzent Tarantino was found not guilty of her murder, despite the fact he confessed to police.

‘Missing Granville 12-year-old Quanne Diec died by homicide, inquest finds she was last seen walking from her home in Granville to a railway station in July 1998’

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Quanne Diec disappeared on her way to school in Sydney two decades ago.(ABC News)

An inquest into her death commenced last week and Deputy State Coroner Derek Lee found although the evidence did not allow for a finding for the place or precise cause for her death, she died by homicide on or after July 27, 1998.

Mr Lee has recommended the case be referred to the unsolved homicide team in the state crime command.

Detective Inspector Andrew Mackay confirmed Mr Tarantino remained a person of interest in the case.

“The disappearance and suspected murder of Quanne Diec remains an open case with the NSW police,” he said.

“We’re committed to the Diec family and we’re seeking to provide them the answers they so dearly need.

“The matter is an open investigation and there’s a number of lines of inquiry and (Vinzent Tarantino) is a person of interest.”

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Vinzent Tarantino was found not guilty of murdering Quanne Diec.(AAP: Bianca De Marchi)

The Diec family did not attend the closure of the inquest.

“It is a very challenging time, they’re beautiful people, today wasn’t for them,” Detective Inspector Mackay said.

“The findings were expected, they’re very detailed and I acknowledge and thank the coroner for their good work.

“As a matter of course the investigation will proceed to the unsolved homicide team at the state crime command.”

Mr Tarantino confessed to Quanne’s alleged murder at a Sydney police station in 2016.

But at trial, he pleaded not guilty and his defence team argued he made the false confession because he feared for his safety and thought bikies were after him.

The court heard Mr Tarantino allegedly told a girlfriend he had done something “really bad” during a “botched ransom” and the girl was not meant to die.

It took the jury almost six days to return a verdict of not guilty.

The inquest findings reference “alleged admissions” made by Mr Tarantino, by calling his two brothers while he attended Sydney Police Centre.

“When I was out of it on drugs I did a horrible thing,” he said.

“I have to go in and open up … I’m going to be charged with murder … I killed a f***ing kid.”

In his police interview, Mr Tarantino made admissions to strangling and killing the 12-year-old at the back of his father’s house as part of a ‘stupid ransom attempt’ that went wrong. 

In his findings, Mr Lee extended his “most sincere and respectful condolences” to Quanne’s family.

“The unbearable anguish, uncertainty and loss that a family experience after a loved one is reported missing is indescribable,” he said.

“This is particularly so when that loss is felt by a parent in relation to a child.

“It is hoped that one day some further information will be provided to Quanne’s family to hopefully allow them to find some measure of solace from such a tragic and devastating event.”

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#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Apr.20: 2021:

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(NEW SOUTH WALES) NSW Police Report: A western Sydney man has been charged after a nearly nine-hour standoff with police, who allege he was threatening them with a machete #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.20: Shortly after 1pm (Thursday 15 April 2021), officers from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad, assisted by Corrective Services NSW, attended a home on Denison Street, Carramar, to conduct a check on a 35-year-old man:

NSW Police Report: Man charged following siege incident – Carramar: ‘A man faced court on Friday following a siege in Sydney’s west on Thursday’

Friday, 16 April 2021 12:40:39 PM:

Police will allege they were threatened by the man, before he armed himself with knives.

Additional officers attached to Fairfield City Police Area Command attended the scene.

Upon arrival, officers were allegedly threatened by the man, now armed with a machete, before he entered a unit.

A 22-year-old woman, known to him, was also inside the unit.

A perimeter was established, and specialist police units were deployed to the scene.

About 9.45pm, specialist police entered the premises and deployed a taser before the man was arrested.

He was taken to Fairfield Police Station before being transferred to hospital with minor injuries.

Upon release from hospital, the man was returned to Fairfield Police Station and charged with use offensive weapon to prevent lawful detention and two counts of fail to comply with extended/interim supervision order.

The man was refused bail to appear at Fairfield Local Court today (Friday 16 April 2021).

The woman inside the unit at the time was uninjured and assessed by NSW Ambulance paramedics at the scene.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Apr.20: 2021:

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