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Married At First Sight star Stacey Hampton arrested, charged for flouting coronavirus restrictions


Married At First Sight star Stacey Hampton is facing three charges of breaching coronavirus restrictions after going on an interstate shopping trip when she should have been self-isolating.

Police arrested the 26-year-old at Adelaide Airport on May 6 on her way back from Melbourne, the Daily Mail reports.

At the time, essential travellers were allowed to enter South Australia without quarantine. Non-essential travellers needed to self-isolate for 14 days.

South Australia Police confirmed a 26-year-old woman had been charged with three counts for failing to comply with a direction under the Emergency Management Act.

“She has been bailed to appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on 30 October. No other details will be released at this time as the matter is now before the court,” a spokesperson said.

Instagram was reportedly the undoing of the law graduate, after images uploaded to her social media accounts and those of friends tipped off police to the possibility of her flouting quarantine laws while out shopping.

Text messages to a friend, revealed by the Daily Mail, lay bare the TV bride’s fears she may be in trouble.

“They have photos of us shopping at Culture Kings and Dior. This is why I got fined,” Hampton apparently wrote.

Hampton — who had been photographed at Adelaide airport wearing designer gear — had reportedly attempted to classify herself as an essential security worker through her then partner’s security business, but police allege that her position was not essential.

South Australian police reportedly held her for two hours for “failing to comply with a direction.”

“Fkn form didn’t work,” Hampton wrote to a friend on WhatsApp.

“I’m meant to be self quarantine (sic) for 14 days … I’ll be ringing them tomorrow fighting it … they tried to say security isn’t an essential service.

“I’m not isolating lol, iso aint (sic) stopping me, we have business to do.”

Police will allege that they ordered her to go directly home and isolate upon arriving in Adelaide, but officers who followed the reality star witnessed her then go and pick up her children from two separate residences.

A week after police her to self-isolate at her home in Adelaide, Hampton was pictured again at Melbourne airport.

The 26-year-old will now face Adelaide Magistrates Court on October 30, facing fines of up to $20,000 and two years jail for each count.



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Frankston anti-masker charged with police assault


An anti-masker who allegedly assaulted a police officer when asked to wear a face covering has been hit with a string of charges including assaulting police, affray and breaching lockdown.

The 58-year-old Frankston woman fronted court on Wednesday and was further remanded to appear on August 21 where it will be alleged she lashed out at a police officer after being asked to wear a face mask.

The woman allegedly attended a cafe on Beach St about 12.20pm on Tuesday and “was spoken to” by another woman at the cafe about not wearing a mask.

The incident then escalated and police were called where the woman allegedly refused to state her name before assaulting a police officer.

Victoria Police issued 184 fines in the past 24 hours, including two dozen for failing to wear a face mask.

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Fifth man charged over Riverstone stabbing


A fifth man has been charged over the alleged stabbing murder of a 39-year-old man in northwest Sydney earlier this year.

Police were called to a home on Langton St in Riverstone just after midnight on May 24 after reports Greek national Kevin Kourtis had been fatally stabbed during a break-in.

Paramedics at the scene also treated a 34-year-old woman for minor injuries, while a 42-year-old woman also at the home was not injured.

Following an extensive investigation, detectives arrested a 21-year-old man at a home in St Clair about 8am on Wednesday, August 12.

He was taken to Riverstone police station and charged with murder and accessory after the fact to murder.

The man was refused bail to appear at Blacktown Local Court later on Wednesday.

A 20-year-old man and three boys, two aged 17 and one aged 16, have also been charged with murder over the alleged stabbing and remain before the courts.

A GoFundMe set up to help with Mr Kourtis’s funeral costs revealed the 39-year-old had moved back to Australia eight years ago and started his own concreting business.

“Kevin was hard working and was kind hearted, He would give you his last dollar if you needed it,” the post read.

“He didn‘t deserve such a tragic ending to his life.”

Inquiries are continuing.



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Three charged and over $1 million seized


Three Sydney men have been charged, accused of trying to move $1 million cash in cooler bags, following a federal police investigation into an offshore crime syndicate operating through New South Wales.

Police intercepted an Audi SUV on Smithfield Rd, Prairiewood, in the city’s southwest, on Monday afternoon.

Detectives searched the vehicle, seizing mobiles phones and foreign currency.

The 21-year-old driver was arrested and taken to Fairfield police station.

Officers later searched at a home in Jannali, where detectives seized another $116,000 cash found in several safes, as well as electronic devices, documents and a passport.

The 21-year-old man was charged with recklessly dealing with proceeds of crime and dealing with property proceeds of crime.

Police allege he was involved in an international money laundering enterprise.

Two other men, aged 37 and 40, were also arrested on Monday at Auburn and Ermington where AFP officers seized two cooler bags containing $1 million in cash.

Detective Superintendent Martin Fileman said police in NSW would continue to work with partners abroad in a bid to dismantle international criminal syndicates.

“Our priority is to keep the people of this state safe from threats both locally and abroad,” Supt Fileman said.

“Those who attempt to benefit from criminal activity in NSW should know that we are working closely with our partnering agencies to pull apart their operations and put them before the courts.”

The 37-year-old and 40-year-old men were charged by the AFP and will appear in court today.

The 21-year-old man was refused bail and will appear in Fairfield Local Court today.

Investigations under Strike Force Aldred continue.



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Man charged with rape after terrifying attack on woman in state’s north


A man has been charged with aggravated burglary and rape following the alleged sexual assault of a woman while she was in bed.

The woman was asleep in a private residence on Monash Street in Shepparton, in the state’s north, when she woken by a man who was in her bed in the early hours of Saturday.

She was then sexually assaulted about 3.30am.

Detectives from Victoria Police’s sexual crimes squad arrested a man on Monday, several days after the terrifying attack.

The 28-year-old man, of no fixed address, was charged with aggravated burglary, burglary, sexual assault and two counts of rape.

He has been remanded and will face Shepparton Magistrates Court on Tuesday.



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Central Station: Alleged Sydney ‘upskirter’ charged


A Sydney man has been charged with several ‘upskirting’ offences after an an alleged incident at Central Station prompted an investigation.

Authorities were told the man allegedly filmed up a woman’s skirt at the Sydney train station on December 24 last year.

Following investigations officers from the Police Transport Command allege the man had committed at least 10 additional offences on trains and in other public places across Sydney’s inner west between January and May this year.

Police arrested a 46-year-old man at a property in Ashfield on June 1 before he was taken to Burwood Police Station.

Later that day police executed a search warrant at the man’s Park Ave address where they seized a number of number of electronic storage devices and clothing that will undergo forensic examination.

He has since been charged with 11 counts of recording an intimate image without consent.

The man was granted conditional bail and will appear in Burwood Local Court on Monday.



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Chaouk family member charged with ramming police car and fleeing during curfew


A member of the Chaouk​ crime family has been charged with a string of offences after allegedly breaking Melbourne’s strict curfew and ramming a police car before leading officers on a pursuit.

Omar Chaouk, 39, who shot himself in the groin in 2015 while reaching for cigarettes in his pocket, was apprehended in Derrimut, north-west of Melbourne, on Sunday morning.

Police say Omar Chaouk has been charged with 21 offences.

Police say Omar Chaouk has been charged with 21 offences.

Police allege they had initially found Mr Chaouk asleep at the wheel of his car in Kealba about 12.30am, when he rammed the police vehicle and sped off.

He allegedly got out of the car on Boundary Road in Derrimut, where he was arrested.



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Brisbane teenager charged over alleged revenge porn video of Broncos player Kotoni Staggs



A Brisbane woman has been charged over an alleged revenge porn incident involving Brisbane Broncos player Kotoni Staggs after an explicit video was circulated of him online.

The sensitive footage was released online earlier this week without Staggs’s consent.

Police said an 18-year-old Newstead woman was charged with distributing a prohibited visual recording.

The non-consensual sharing of explicit images online is a criminal offence in Australia and is considered to be a form of image-based sexual abuse.

The offence can carry a maximum penalty of two years in prison.

In a statement, the Broncos said they alerted the NRL’s Integrity Unit to the issue and were now working closely with Staggs.

Staggs, 21, is unlikely to face repercussions from the league over the incident.

The woman is expected to face the Brisbane Magistrate’s Court next month.



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Teenage girl charged after allegedly spitting in police officer’s face


A 15-year-old girl has been accused of breaching a COVID-19 direction after she allegedly spat at police at a shopping centre in western Sydney.

Officers spoke with the teenager in Blacktown about 2.30pm on Friday and “ascertained she was in breach of her bail conditions”.

“As police arrested the girl, it is alleged she assaulted police by kicking and punching, as well as spitting in the face of an officer,” NSW Police said in a statement on Friday.

Nine reports the incident occurred at Westpoint shopping centre.

The teenager was taken to Blacktown Police Station and charged with two counts of assaulting police in execution of duty, resisting an officer in execution of duty and not complying with a noticed direction “re spitting/coughing – COVID-19”.

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NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard made the public health order back on April 9.

“The object of this order is to deal with the public health risk of COVID-19 and its possible consequences by giving a Ministerial direction about intentionally spitting at or coughing on public officials in a way that is reasonably likely to cause fear about the spread of COVID-19,” it states.

The offence carries a fine of $5000 or is punishable in court with a maximum penalty of six months behind bars and/or a fine up to $11,000.

The 15-year-old was refused police bail was due to face a children’s court on Friday.

TWO WOMEN ISSUED $1000 FINES

Two women were separately issued $1000 Penalty Infringement Notices in NSW on Thursday after allegedly breaching public health orders.

Police said a 31-year-old woman coming from Victoria was stopped at a border checkpoint in Albury last Saturday.

She listed a Nimbin address on her entry permit, in northern NSW, where she was to self-isolate for 14 days.

However, she didn’t go and stay at the property.

Police instead found her 470 kilometres away on Thursday in a vehicle at Nabiac on the state’s mid north coast.

She was issued with the $1000 fine for not complying with a noticed direction and was also instructed to return to Victoria.

Meanwhile, a 50-year-old woman playing a gaming machine at a licensed venue in Albury at 1pm yesterday was spoken to by patrolling police.

“The woman produced a Victorian licence and a permit allowing cross-border travel for work purposes only,” police said.

“She was issued with a $1000 PIN and removed from the club, to return to Victoria.”



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Four charged with murder one year after man’s body found in Scoresby caravan


Four people have been charged with murder and armed robbery nearly one year after a 43-year-old man’s body was found in a caravan in Melbourne’s east.

The man’s body was discovered inside the caravan which was parked in the driveway of a home on Borg Crescent in Scoresby on September 15 last year.

The 43-year-old man was found dead in the caravan on September 15, 2019.

The 43-year-old man was found dead in the caravan on September 15, 2019.Credit:Tate Papworth

Homicide detectives arrested three men – a 23-year-old Clyde North man, a 26-year-old Mount Martha man and a 23-year-old Hastings man – during the early hours of Friday.

The trio were expected to front Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday charged with murder and armed robbery.

Their arrests follow the apprehension of a 29-year-old Mornington woman who was arrested at Melbourne Airport on Thursday.

She was also charged with murder and armed robbery and faced court on Thursday where she was remanded in custody.



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