Drug-freaked yellow racer killer jailed for 8; update: 3 stabbed in Fitzroy

Dale Phillip Ward, formerly of Nicholson St, Abbotsford, fell into difficulties when his brother was convicted of murder, and committed suicide in jail in a drug overdose. His brother’s girlfriend was murdered too, her dismembered body dumped into the lake at Monash University. Ward used dope, amphetamines, ecstasy and ice, and developed a drug induced psychosis. Almost 2 years ago, in 2005, he stabbed Alex Cooper four times in the chest and once in the arm and killed him. He was charged with manslaughter and other offences from what the Herald Sun describes as “a crime spree”, and pleaded guilty. Sounds awfully like a plea bargain to me.  Update,  29 April  2007: more stabbings at more public housing estates. Continue reading “Drug-freaked yellow racer killer jailed for 8; update: 3 stabbed in Fitzroy”

One kilogram of methamphetamine posted to Collingwood address

A Melton South man and a Tasmanian stand charged with imorting a kilogram of methamphetamine worth $400,000 in a lever arch folder posted from Canada. Pretty poor disguise I would have thought — drug importers should at least make the effort to conceal drugs in hollow statutes. Customs detected the drugs, substituted salt or somesuch for the methamphetamine, made a controlled delivery, and nabbed the pair whom they associate with the alleged importation.

Wet skater corpse linked with Dights Falls tattooed lady corpse

Not exactly fresh news, this, a week old in fact, but I got a bit busy recently. The things we don’t know: apparently the Homicide Squad was earnestly looking for fallen skater Ben Pappas (pictured here and here) since not so long after his ex-girlfriend’s — Lynette Phillips’s — corpse was removed from Dights Falls and he promptly disappeared.

Pappas once earned $15,000 a month ranked second on the international skating circuit, but he said that at 13 he was smoking marijuana “flat out” every day, first used coke at 15, was a regular user two years later, and by 18 it was “part of my diet”. In 1999, when he was 21, the County Court confiscated his passport for 3 years for smuggling 100g of the stuff into Australia in his shoe.

A small patch of blood, Continue reading “Wet skater corpse linked with Dights Falls tattooed lady corpse”