Police and courts

Missing Hedland man: Police suspect homicide

Police are now treating the Lindsay Judas case as a suspected homicide.

Photo: WA Police

Photo: WA Police

Mr Judas, 55, disappeared in January last year while on a solo fishing trip to Broome.

He was employed as a bus driver by a mining company, working out of Hedland.

His vehicle turned up later in Queensland.

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Monday, November 3rd, 2014 Broome, Police and courts Comments Off

Halls Creek: Charges dropped for concealing birth

Prosecutors have dropped charges against an Irish backpacker accused of concealing a birth.

Caroline Marie Quinn, 25, is said to have hidden her stillborn baby’s body for several days in May.

Prosecutors said it was not in the public interest to pursue the charges.

Caroline Marie Quinn, 25, is understood to now be back in Ireland.

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Friday, October 3rd, 2014 Halls Creek, Police and courts Comments Off

Sandfire: Road block nets stolen ute driver.

Police say a man stole a ute from a resort at Cable Beach yesterday morning.

After several high-speed pursuits they arrested him at Sandfire Roadhouse about eight hours later.

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Saturday, August 30th, 2014 Broome, Police and courts Comments Off

Springvale: Chopper pilot killed

A helicopter pilot was found dead and his chopper burned at 7:30 this morning.

A search started when the 34-year-old failed to return to Springvale Station at 6:00pm last night.

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Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 Halls Creek, Police and courts Comments Off

Warneke killer’s sentence delayed

The man who pleaded guilty to killing Josh Warneke could not be sentenced today as planned.

Justice Lindy Jenkins postponed the sentencing because Gene Gibson did not have an interpreter present.

He had previously had a murder charge downgraded to manslaughter because Justice Stephen Hall found he had been denied the right to an interpreter and had made involuntary admissions to police.

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Thursday, August 21st, 2014 Aboriginal, Broome, Police and courts Comments Off

Broome: Bell on trial for baby murder

A baby’s stepfather is on trial for the child’s abduction, torture, rape and murder.

Police say Mervyn Kenneth Douglas Bell took the 10-month old boy from his mother in Broome in March 2012.

The boy was found dead at the Fortescue River Roadhouse 15 hours later.

He is on trial at the Supreme Court

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Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 Broome, Police and courts Comments Off

Warmun: Flood rescuers’ bravery recognised

This years Australian Bravery Awards recognised nine people for their part in the 2011 flood rescues.

Christopher Churchill and Senior Constable Donald Couper received Commendations for Brave Conduct.

A group bravery citation went to Kathleen and Rodney Burnby, the late Christopher Clare, Tanya Couper, Cecil Mosquito, Julie Echo and Leon Pinday.

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Monday, August 18th, 2014 Police and courts Comments Off

Cape Leveque: Search for boat in distress

Police are coordinating a search for a boat that let off a distress signal near Cape Leveque this morning.

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Friday, August 15th, 2014 Police and courts Comments Off
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