Police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty were remembered today. NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione joined hundreds of his colleagues at the Wall of Remembrance in The Domain for a National Police Remembrance Day service this morning. Since 1862, 252 officers in NSW have died at work.
Violent night in Parramatta
A 60-year-old man was found unconscious in Church Street Mall, Parramatta, around 9:30pm last night. Paramedics treated him at the scene; he died at Westmead Hospital. Police believe the man was assaulted and appeal for anyone with information to come forward. In a separate incident in Parramatta, a 23-year-old man was found in George Street at about 2am suffering multiple stab wounds. He is in a serious but stable condition.
“Gay chat site” arrest
Police have arrested two men in relation to the assault and robbery on September 16 of a gay man who had arranged a meeting on an online chat site. The 34-year-old victim, a Wetherill Park resident, went to an Oxford Street, Surry Hills, hotel to meet the chat site contact. Once there he was attacked by two men who took property from him before fleeing. Police arrested a 29-year-old a short time later; a second arrest, of a 26-year-old, was made in Gosford yesterday.
Eastern Sydney theft spree
A 22-year-old woman will face Waverley Local Court on October 8 over a theft spree in Sydney’s east. Police allege the woman stole jewellery, a purse and three bottles of perfume from two stores in Bondi Junction earlier this month. She was charged with two counts of shoplifting.
Listen Out under the spotlight
Police will target alcohol-fuelled crime, drug use and anti-social behaviour at this weekend’s Listen Out Festival. Formerly known as Parklife, the over-18s event is expected to attract 10,000 revellers to Centennial Park on Saturday. There will be a large police presence, including drug-detection dogs. Police warn festival-goers that anyone who brings drugs or alcohol with them, or tries to jump the fence, ”can expect to be caught”.
Medich to stand trial
Millionaire property developer Ron Medich has been committed to stand trial over the 2009 murder of businessman Michael McGurk in Cremorne. In a passionate statement from the dock, Medich said there was “no believable motive for me to want to have Mr McGurk killed” and said he will be vindicated, no matter how long it takes. – Reports by Evan Zlatkis
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