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04 NEWS MONDAY SEPTEMBER 24 2018 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 THE long arm of the law has finally caught up with a man living on the lam in South Australia for 23 years after he stole almost $13,000 in audio equipment from a Darwin business. Michael Cole, 43, pleaded guilty in the Alice Springs Supreme Court to burglary earlier this month, having come to police attention after fly Guilty plea after life on run ing back into the Territory for work. Documents tendered to the court reveal Cole planned the break-in at North Coast Sound in Fannie Bay with two other men on February 20, 1995. The three men then used a concrete building block and several large sandstone boulders to break the businesss front window and removed numerous expensive items of car sound equipment before driving off with them. The trio took the loot to a mates caravan where they hid the gear. They divvied up the haul the next morning, including a cut for the friend who fenced the goods, and one of Coles co-accused fitted some of the audio equipment to his blue Holden Torana. An SAS bazooka bass tube was later found in Coles car which he told police he had brought from Brisbane, while the rest of the equipment was sold or given away to friends and acquaintances. One of the co-accused told police he bought the subwoofer found in his car from a male person called Pedro at the Nightcliff boat ramp, before the stories quickly began falling apart, documents reveal. It was then that Cole made full admissions and was charged and bailed but never turned up to court. Police recovered $3795 in stolen goods but $9068 in gear remained unaccounted for. In wholly suspending Coles two-year sentence, acting Justice Anthony Graham noted the Crown and the accused had sensibly decided to finalise the case today. Justice Graham said a suspended sentence with conditions that Cole be of good behaviour and not commit further offences seems a sensible course in the circumstances. The accused has pleaded guilty and the Crown urged that on one hand, this is a case that should involve a jail term, but on the other hand, that it should be wholly suspended, he said. JASON WALLS Winda, a Year 5 student in Labuhan Pandan Village, East Lombok, was one of the beneficiaries of supplies collected in Darwin Top End donations bring relief THE Darwin community has rallied behind the people of Lombok, who were devastated by a magnitude 7.0 quake on August 5 where more than 450 people died. In the weeks following the event, the Indonesian community in the Top End and the Indonesian Consulate Darwin pulled together to provide support and supplies for hundreds of families and schools. Representatives delivered five tonnes of rice, one tonne of sugar, 100 litres of cooking oil and 1000 blankets for up to 100 families, as well as school packs for 650 primary school students. One Islamic boarding school, which was left badly damaged by the earthquake, was provided with 10 whiteboards and tables, as well as two large tarps that were brought from Darwin to create a temporary mosque. Indonesian Consul Dicky Soerjanatamihardja said they had been surprised with the amount they were able to raise, at one point pulling in about $29,000 in one day. It was not only Indonesians but all of the society in Darwin, including Palmerston, he said. I was very surprised that this happened so fast and we got much more than we expected. The supplies were delivered to the hardest-hit areas. CHELSEA HEANEY Were for giving members more. *Entries open at 9.00am on 3 September, 2018 and close 11.59pm on 30 September, 2018. Australian residents 18 years and over only. 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