Archive for March, 2019

Accused girlfriend killer ‘aggressive’

Thursday, March 7th, 2019

The mother of a young pregnant woman who was allegedly murdered by her boyfriend says he was frothing at the mouth during an argument just weeks before her daughter’s death.


Christopher John Anderson has pleaded not guilty to murdering Allira Green who died from a single stab wound to her chest in the early hours of August 3, 2013.

She was 20 weeks pregnant.

Her mother Nadia Green-Simms told Anderson’s Supreme Court trial on Tuesday that she had witnessed an argument between the pair on June 26.

That night the Sydney family had a dinner to celebrate Allira’s 23rd birthday, to which Anderson was not invited.

Later, after picking her daughter and her son up from the movies, Anderson pulled up in a silver car.

“Chris asked us if we had a good night with a smirk on his face,” Ms Green-Simms said.

“Allira turned to him and said, `What are you doing here? Get out of my life, please leave us alone’.”

When her daughter told him to leave again, Ms Green-Simms said “his face was unexplainable”.

“It became distorted. It was all white and there was like a froth at the corner of his mouth.”

“He was saying … `See how she is? See what she does? She is going to kill my baby’.”

Crying and trembling, Ms Green-Simms called the police.

She said she believed when her daughter became pregnant – about two months into her relationship with Anderson – she had stopped using prescription and illegal drugs.

If she had discovered this wasn’t the case she would have reported it to authorities, Ms Green-Simms later told police.

Forensic pathologist Dr Kendall Bailey, who carried out Allira’s autopsy, said the 23-year-old was 20 weeks’ pregnant with a boy.

High blood levels of methylamphetamine or “ice” was found in her body, as was Xanax and cannabis.

But Dr Bailey said she died as a result of a sharp force injury that penetrated her chest wall, pierced the right lung and went into her heart.

The crown says the pair had a “volatile relationship” and Anderson had struggled with two of her friends at the Maroubra unit before she was stabbed.

But Anderson’s barrister says he was trying to “rescue” his girlfriend and unborn child from her ice addiction.

The trial continues.

Key areas and match-ups for Origin I

Thursday, March 7th, 2019


Bench impact – Since Laurie Daley named a NSW bench who outweigh their opponents by over 40 kilograms, the Maroons have been preparing for a Blues ambush around the 20-minute mark.


Andrew Fifita, David Klemmer, Boyd Cordner and Trent Merrin will all be expected to break open the middle third before the halftime break and bring in capable support men in Mitchell Pearce and Josh Dugan. In contrast, intrigue surrounds the introduction of Mal Meninga’s wildcard in utility Michael Morgan and where he fits into his team once on the paddock.

Experience – Queensland’s vast Origin experience is well-documented, having played over 160 more games, scored 50 more tries, kicked over 80 more goals and piloted three field goals over to the Blues’ none, with their players totalling 443 points in Origin to NSW’s 54.

However the wide gap isn’t limited to the interstate rivalry. In the NRL, the Maroons’ squad have played over 1200 more games, scored almost 300 more tries, kicked over 1800 more goals and almost 10 more field goals.

Defence – Laurie Daley has already admitted that halfback Trent Hodkinson isn’t the man to lead the Blues to a points-scoring avalanche over the Maroons. Instead, much like NSW did last year, Hodkinson will form part of a Blue wall designed to hold Queensland to under 15 points (per game) for the third year in a row. Only three times since 2000 have the Maroons been held to a series total 44 points or less.

First half – It’s an 80-minute game, but these numbers don’t lie. The team leading at halftime has won 18 of the past 22 Origin matches. Just twice in the past five years have the Blues have gone into the sheds in front on the scoreboard, and twice they came away on top.


Mitchell Pearce (NSW) v Johnathan Thurston (Qld)

Pearce has struggled to make an impact at Origin level in 12 previous matches, nine of which the Blues lost. However he has been given another shot by coach Laurie Daley and his match up with the world’s best playmaker, Thurston, will be key. Pearce has matured and his game has improved since being dropped for last year’s series but whether he can convert his good club form onto the Origin stage is a lingering question.

Josh Morris (NSW) v Greg Inglis (Qld)

It’s no secret the Maroons will run most of their attack down their left edge through Inglis. Morris was superb in defence on Inglis last year and the way the Blues shut down Queensland’s attacking raids was key to them winning game one. Morris is a solid defender and has a big body outside him in Will Hopoate.

Robbie Farah (NSW) v Cameron Smith (Qld)

The two hookers are also the captains. Farah is one of only four Blues players with more than 10 Origin caps and they will need their stand-in skipper to take ownership of the game. He’s shown he’s tough and loves the responsibility. National team captain Smith’s impact on his side cannot be understated – he gives his side direction and his kicking game is highly valued.

Malthouse safe as alltime AFL great

Thursday, March 7th, 2019

It will be cold consolation right now for Mick Malthouse, but history will not remember him for the ugly nature of his departure from Carlton.


This will be but a footnote for the most experienced coach in AFL history, who led West Coast to their first two flags in 1992 and 1994 and then took Collingwood to the promised land in 2010.

Not to mention 174 games as a player with St Kilda and Richmond, the most memorable one being as a member of the Tigers’ record-breaking premiership team in 1980.

Who recalls that the great Allan Jeans ended his coaching career with a sorry single season with the Tigers.

Or that Doug Hawkins played one final year with Fitzroy after 329 games for his beloved Bulldogs?

Ditto Malthouse.

For the only man in AFL history to represent six clubs as a player or coach, the end – shambolic as it undoubtedly was – will be little more than a post-script.

Anyway, as the old saying goes there are only two types of coaches – those that have been sacked and those about to be sacked.

And given the combative nature of Malthouse as a coach, player and man, he was never going to go quietly.

His departure from Collingwood in 2011 was also a messy affair, with Malthouse falling out very publicly with president Eddie McGuire over the succession plan to replace him with Nathan Buckley.

Those wounds have taken a long time to heal, but Malthouse will always hold an honoured place at Collingwood as a flag-winning coach, especially having arrived at the Magpies when they were a basket-case in 2000.

He is even more revered at West Coast.

As Eagles legend Glen Jakovich told AAP last month on the eve of him breaking Jock McHale’s record for the most games coached, Malthouse taught him life lessons he followed to this day.

“Mick changed the whole dynamic of football in Western Australia,” Jakovich said.

“He knew how the Victorians operated, how it all worked, and he brought a hard-nosed edge to our organisation.

“He’s an intimidating figure but it’s what makes him so good at what he does.”

Malthouse has always been seen as a players’ coach, rather than one who spent time currying favour with club powerbrokers.

Even as the hapless Blues slipped to last spot on the ladder this year, the likes of Marc Murphy and Bryce Gibbs went out of their way to back Malthouse in public.

Sure it would have been preferable if the players had backed up those words with better performances on the field where it really mattered.

But given the sorry state of Carlton’s playing list – one that Malthouse has to take some of the responsibility for – it likely wouldn’t have made much difference.

The board’s insistence that the club needed to rebuild – a concept which Malthouse insisted was a big part of the problem, demoralising players – will now be the responsibility of his successor.

Carlton have historically been seen as a club which eschewed the need for patient rebuilding, preferring instead to flex their financial muscle to attract the biggest names.

It was the approach that saw them make the disastrous decision to appoint Denis Pagan as coach back in 2003.

The same strategy saw the Blues chase and land Chris Judd. And Dale Thomas. And Malthouse himself.

But that Carlton’s messiah complex turned out to be a failed strategy should not be seen as a slight on Malthouse.

His place in the annals of the sport is assured.

Batty backs domestic violence leave

Thursday, March 7th, 2019

Domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty has joined the union push for paid leave, saying it would have helped in her year from hell.


The 2015 Australian of the Year told a women’s lunch at the ACTU Congress on Tuesday, it’s time to bring the issue of family violence into the nation’s boardrooms and cafeterias.

The ACTU has lodged a claim as part of the modern award review for 10 days paid domestic violence leave.

Ms Batty said she spent countless days in court and making statements to police in the year before her son Luke was killed at the hands of his father.

“It was like my second job,” she told the gathering, arguing paid leave would have made a big difference.

Later Ms Batty told reporters she thought it would be far more expensive to have to sack a worker, rather than supporting them through a difficult time.

She acknowledged some people might be reluctant to have a conversation with their boss.

“It’s very important that it’s handed sensitively and confidentially,” she said.

ACTU president Ged Kearney said the last thing women, who are now using up their annual leave, need is to lose their job as they are deal with the trauma of violence.

She urged businesses to see it as an “investment” into their employees.

More than 1.6 million workers have access to paid family violence leave through existing union negotiated workplace agreements.

Ms Batty urged federal politicians to come out of their “ivory tower” and see first hand what she dubbed “domestic terrorism”.

The domestic violence campaigner welcomed a $30 million national awareness campaign, but said it was in conflict with the federal government’s cuts to legal aid.

“We can’t raise awareness … without supporting and investing in the services which are currently already undervalued,” Ms Batty told reporters later on the sidelines of the Congress.

She said women would not come forward while there was inadequate help for them.

Federal politicians would learn a lot from visiting frontline services instead of looking at “spreadsheets and juggling figures”.

“I think they would make potentially a lot of different decisions if they got out from their ivory tower,” she said.

Ms Batty plans to launch a major campaign in June inviting people who want to make a difference to join her in an advocacy group.

BB King death probed as homicide

Thursday, March 7th, 2019

Police in Las Vegas have launched a homicide investigation into the death of BB King after the blues guitar legend’s daughters accused his aides of poisoning him.


King died at age 89 on May 14 in Las Vegas, where he lived while he kept up a gruelling schedule of tours that ended only last year.

Two of King’s daughters – Karen Williams and Patty King – allege he was poisoned by his business manager Laverne Toney and his personal assistant.

“I believe my father was poisoned and that he was administered foreign substances,” Patty King and Williams say in affidavits provided to The Associated Press by their lawyer, Larissa Drohobyczer.

“I believe my father was murdered,” they say.

“I believe my father was poisoned and that he was administrated foreign substances to induce his premature death,” the daughters wrote in separate but identical affidavits.

Drohobyczer said she represents Williams, Patty King and most of King’s nine other adult children and heirs.

“The family is sticking together … to oust Ms Toney based on her illegal conduct, conflicts of interest and self-dealing,” she said.

She alleged that Toney hastened King’s death by “misconduct, or by failing to properly attend to his medical needs”.

Toney, who is the executor of King’s estate, shrugged off the daughters’ charge.

“They’ve been making allegations all along. What’s new?” Toney said.

A lawyer for King’s estate also dismissed the daughters’ accusations as “ridiculous”.

“I hope they have a factual basis that they can demonstrate for their defamatory and libellous allegations,” Brent Bryson said in a statement.

Earlier the local coroner confirmed the homicide investigation and said that King’s remains would undergo an autopsy.

Given the timeframe for the autopsy, King’s funeral in his beloved Memphis has been postponed, local media reported.

Riley B King was born in poverty and grew up working in cotton fields, but went on to master the guitar and entered the music business after travelling to Memphis and working for radio stations.

He became known as the Beale Street Blues Boy, which eventually earned him the moniker BB King.