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David Maddocks jailed for setting man on fire


A Melbourne man was asleep in his car when a nemesis doused him with petrol and lit him on fire in a cruel attack just days after Christmas.

Phillip Payet felt the cold liquid seconds before he was engulfed in flames outside his Frankston home in the early hours of December 27, 2016.

The 39-year-old survived the shocking crime despite his severe burns and his attacker, David Maddocks, was jailed for a decade this week.

“The facts in this case are horrific. Your behaviour was despicable and cruel,” Victorian County Court Judge Rachelle Lewitan told Maddocks.

While neighbours rushed to help the victim, who was screaming in the street, his 32-year-old attacker fled along with accomplice Clinton Phillips.

Prison letters suggested Maddocks believed his victim had “dobbed” him in over another crime and he even wrote a chilling warning letter before the attack.

“I just want you to know I’m going to get you one way or another and I will wait 10 years if I have to,” Maddocks wrote.

His victim was put into an induced coma with 68 per cent of his body covered in burns, and there were fears he wouldn’t survive. When he did wake up, he was put on suicide watch because he could not deal with what had happened.

He feels he is a burden and “looks like a freak show”, Mr Payet told the court in a statement.

Maddocks pleaded guilty to intentionally causing serious injury over the shocking drug-fuelled crime but is already in custody serving a separate sentence.

He was jailed for ten years but will be eligible for parole after serving seven-and-half-years.

His co-offender, Clinton Phillips, 41, has already been sentenced to seven years in prison.



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Man dead after two stabbings overnight


A late-night argument in South Yarra has left one man dead and another on the run.

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was stabbed to death on Friday night.

Two men were seen arguing on the corner of Essex and Malvern Roads about 11pm Friday.

One man, who police say is in his 40s, was stabbed in the upper body, and later died in hospital. The second man fled.

Police remain at the scene. Malvern Road is closed in both directions between Chapel Street and Williams Road.



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Man tried to lure schoolgirl into car


A young girl was walking to school in Sydney’s eastern suburbs when a man pulled up beside her and tried to lure her into his car.

Now police are on the hunt for the driver.

Police said the 12-year-old girl was walking along Clovelly Rd, Clovelly, just after 8am Wednesday when she was approached by an unknown male who was driving a black hatchback.

He pulled over on the opposite side of the road near Flood St, opened the door and motioned for the girl to come towards him.

She ran away and told authorities at her school before the incident was reported to police.

Officers are looking to speak to a man described as being of caucasian appearance, aged in his 40s, skinny to medium build with short light brown hair that has been shaved on the sides.

He was last seen wearing sunglasses and was driving a small black hatchback.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 180 on 333 000.



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Man charged over alleged assault of two female students


An alleged pushbike pest is accused of assaulting two young female students in Sydney’s west across two separate, terrifying broad daylight attacks.

An 11-year-old girl was walking along Elsham Rd, Auburn, when she was allegedly approached by a man on a bike who grabbed her in a headlock about 3.30pm on August 27.

She was able to free herself before running home and alerting police.

In a separate incident, a 17-year-old girl was walking on Stanley Rd, Lidcombe, when a man allegedly approached her from behind and grabbed her around the waist just after 4pm on September 11.

The teenager was also able to break free while the man fled the scene on his bike.

Police launched an investigation with the belief the two incidents were linked.

An 18-year-old man was arrested in Queen St, Auburn, just before 5pm Tuesday.

He was charged with two counts of common assault and two counts of stalking and intimidating.

The accused was refused bail and will appear at Burwood Local Court on Wednesday.



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Caller tells of moment man shot by police


A man allegedly armed with a “six-inch knife” has been shot by police at a shopping centre in Melbourne’s outer east.

Police were called to Lilydale Marketplace in Hutchinson St about 8.30am on Tuesday after reports of a man armed with a weapon.

“A police firearm was discharged and the man received an injury to the upper body,” a spokesman said.

A woman called 3AW radio just after 9am on Tuesday morning before multiple gunshots were heard ringing out over the call.

Caller Pauline said three police officers had their guns drawn outside Lilydale Marketplace and were yelling at the man to put the knife down.

She said police also had pepper spray drawn.

She said the man was wandering around the street allegedly holding a knife but did not appear to be waving it.

She said he refused to put the weapon down and after about five minutes two or three shots could be heard coming from the carpark of the shopping centre near the Caltex service station.

“Oh s**t they’re shooting,” a distressed Pauline said just seconds after gunshots could be heard in the background of her call.

“They’ve just shot. I can’t see if they’ve shot him … there’s just been three or four rounds … a lot of police are scurrying around now, not in any particular formation.”

Pauline mentioned an ambulance had moved in and officers had started to set up police tape when the call finished.

One local business owner, who did not want to be named, said the man looked calm as he interacted with police.

“There was a guy near the chemist and the medical centre with a knife, he seemed calm, lighting up cigarette after cigarette,” he told NCA Newswire.

The witness said the knife looked about six inches long.

He said it went on for about 15 to 20 minutes before the man walked over past the service station towards the high school.

“He was holding the knife up, it looked like he was waving it around, whether or not he was pointing it at himself, I’m not sure,” he said.

“The cops kept backing up, saying put the knife down, put the knife down.

“He started walking back towards the marketplace. At that point you could hear the police voices really getting raised, he went behind the service station and we couldn’t see him, but at that point we heard what sounded like three pops.

“That’s when the ambulance came in.

“He seemed quite calm, just had the knife the whole time and police were keeping their distance, it didn’t look like he was lunging at them in any way but in that last moment of 15 to 20 seconds I’m not sure what happened, that’s when we lost visual.

“To me he didn’t show any aggression towards the police, what he was saying I don’t know.”

Local cafe worker Vishal Vishal said a customer alerted him to the shooting just outside the shopping centre.

He said he saw an ambulance drive the man over to the school oval across the road where he was loaded into a helicopter and flown to hospital.

“There were three helicopters circling and heaps of police,” he said.

Ambulance Victoria said paramedics were called to the scene about 8.45am.

“A man, believed to be in a serious condition, is being treated for upper body injuries,” a spokesman said.

The man was put in an air ambulance, which left to transport him to hospital just after 10.15am.

Special operations police remain on scene with Hutchinson St blocked to traffic.



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Melbourne man on 19 charges for child abuse material


“Child exploitation material can have a devastating, life-long impact on its victims,” AFP Detective Superintendent Jayne Crossling said.

“In this case, not only are they victims of self-produced child exploitation material, but it has been doubly weaponised against them to facilitate so-called sextortion.

The man faced Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday after being charged with 17 different charges related to child abuse material, including nine counts of transmitting child abuse material using a carriage service and two counts of soliciting child pornography material using a carriage service.

The AFP began the investigation in April after receiving tips from both the London Metropolitan Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation about girls aged between 12 and 14 allegedly receiving threatening messages.

Investigators traced the messages to a Burwood address, and during a search of the property, a number of devices were seized for forensic examination.



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Man critical after suspected drowning


A man in his 60s is fighting for life after a suspected drowning at an ocean pool in Double Bay on Thursday afternoon.

Emergency services were called to the Murray Rose Pool, formerly known as the Redleaf pool, just before 1pm to reports of a man struggling in the water.

Five ambulance crews, a rescue helicopter and police attended the scene and began CPR on the man.

A spokesman for NSW Ambulance said the man was in a critical condition and had not yet been taken to hospital.

More to come



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Man on mobility scooter punched over cigarette


A 53-year-old man is accused of punching another man on a mobility scooter in the face in Sydney’s CBD on Monday after he was refused a cigarette.

Police will allege the accused attacker approached two men on the corner of George and Bathurst streets before asking for a cigarette.

The 63-year-old man in the mobility scooter asked the younger man to leave but he allegedly refused before punching the scooter rider in the face.

He was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital to be treated for a cut on his lower slip.

A short time later officers arrested the 53-year-old man who was taken to Day Street Police Station and charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The Darlinghurst man was refused bail and will appear in Central Local Court on Tuesday.



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Frankston man Daryl Rivett fatally punched his friend over affair claims


A Melbourne man punched his friend in the head, dragged him off a road and left him to die under a shrub over claims of a love affair.

Frankston man Daryl Rivett, 55, was on Thursday jailed for up to 9 years in Victoria’s Supreme Court after pleading guilty to manslaughter.

Rivett admitted repeatedly punching his 53-year-old friend Lamin “Lee” Mastertom-Bojang, who hit his head on the ground and died in hospital 3 days after the attack in December.

The pair had known each other for several months and had shared drinks and “banter” before the attack.

But Rivett’s attitude soured after 5 litres of cask wine when he stormed the squat where his former partner and Mr Mastertom-Bojang were drinking and chatting in the early hours.

“I know you two are screwing,” he yelled at the pair.

His victim replied: “I love you bro. I wouldn’t do this to you bro.”

In a “fit of drunken pique” Rivett punched his friend as they were walked to his tent on the foreshore, Justice Michael Croucher said.

The blows knocked Mr Mastertom-Bojang to the ground. Rivett dragged him off the road and left him under shrubs. An hour later, he called paramedics who found the unconscious man.

Mr Mastertom-Bojang was born in Gambia but raised in Sweden, speaking the language fluently and enjoyed golf. He moved to Australia in 2007 and was a dad of 6 children.

The day after the attack, Rivett handed himself in to police. He later apologised for his actions.

“What happened haunts me every day. I say sorry to the victim every day,” he said.

The judge took into account Rivett’s traumatic childhood when he handed down his sentence.

His alcoholic father beat him and his mother, he was severely bullied at school and at one point tried to take his life at a school camp. For that he was suspended for 2 weeks.

No one showed him “any solace”, Justice Croucher said of the man.

He jailed Rivett for up to 9 years, but he will be eligible for parole after 6 years.



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Melbourne man an alleged festival and tram sex pest


A 39-year-old man is accused of being a sex pest who indecently assaulted women at Melbourne festivals and on public transport.

Muhammad Khan, of Keilor, did not appear in court on Thursday but left it to his lawyer Liliana Dubroja to represent him.

He is accused of committing a sexual offence against a 21-year-old woman at the St Kilda Festival in February 2015.

He is also accused of indecently assaulting a 25-year-old woman in a tram in February 2017.

Police say he then indecently assaulted a 27-year-old woman at the Brunswick Street Festival in March 2018.

Khan will next appear in court in January.



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