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WEDNESDAY JULY 9 2014 NEWS 07 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Dad claims police lied over bum steer at club A DARWIN father has accused police of lying in official reports to avoid investigating an incident at a Darwin nightclub he claims left his son injured and traumatised. The NT News has footage of the incident at Shenannigans on June 2 last year, in which Gary Williams son, who he asked not be named, was forcibly removed by a bouncer. The younger Williams had been drinking with five friends and said in his police statement he had about five Strongbows. The CCTV footage shows the bouncer walking past Mr Williams, stopping, then turning around to grab him and thrusting him into another patron and through the front doors of the club. The footage shows no evidence of information contained in the police reports that the younger Williams provoked the bouncer by obviously touching him on the bottom. The younger Williams has since visited doctors several times with headaches and concussion and has also missed work. For a year, father and son have requested police charge the bouncer with assault but have been told the force used was not excessive. In police files, also seen by the NT News, an officer makes the claim: It is obvious that Williams slaps the guard on the bum ... the guard then turns and is quite obviously trying to talk Williams into leaving. Williams resists and is physically removed It continues by saying At no stage is Williams ... thrown through the front doors or grabbed around the neck Williams Sr said he was told by three other officers as it moved through police ranks that they supported the first account, until, he said, it was later admitted there may not have been a slap to the bum. The CCTV vision shows no evidence of the slap and captures Mr Williams son being violently removed head-andback first through the doors. I have got no idea why theyve done this ... it appears as though theres some sort of relationship with the bouncers, Mr Williams said. A later NT Licensing Commission hearing found undue force was proven, albeit on the lower end of the scale. The bouncer also acknowledged he should have acted differently but main tained that he was twice touched on the backside. Last year, Police Assistant Commissioner Peter Bravos apologised to Dean Vlassco after police failed to appropriately investigate a nightclub assault. You would remember last year they had Bravos talking about lack of investigations, Mr Williams said. Police did not address NT News questions asking if the investigation was carried out professionally. A decision was made by police not to prosecute the complaint of assault and that was upheld by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Superintendent Scott Pollock said. Darwin Chorales members warm up their pipes ahead of their Darwin Entertainment Centre performances Picture: JUSTIN SANSON Groups bringing forth the brilliance of piano men JOIN the Darwin Chorales latest performance, which pays homage to the timeless melodic flair of musical superstars Elton John and Billy Joel. The Darwin Chorale will showcase classic hits from the two artists at the Darwin Entertainment Centre on Friday and Saturday. Musical director Michael Loughlin said the well-known hits will such as Crocodile Rock, Piano Man, Candle in the Wind and Just the Way You Are, will bring back memories for everyone. The Darwin Chorale has taken these favourites and many others and explored new harmonies and dynamics, Mr Loughlin said. The Chorale in Cabaret will feature local choral talent as well as soloists and guest performers from interstate. Pianist David Horowicz and Baritone David Eckstein, from Melbourne, will join Chorale members and Darwin chanteuse Fiona Wake to produce a cabaret event not to be missed. Events such as Chorale in Cabaret are made possible through the generous support of sponsors and the we are very grateful to our major supporter H Hotel and other sponsors SCTV, Charles Darwin University and Cavenagh Theatre Trust, Mr Loughlin said. Curtain will go up at 8pm. Tickets are $37.50 and are available at DEC Box Office 8980 3333. Drinks available at the venue and BYO supper. Snapping Spider due to descend Keeper no stranger to danger Labor says costs will test health WATCH the skies. Toy drones that can take photographs are on the way. The Parrot company is releasing The Rolling Spider which is controlled by a smartphone app, can fly up to 20m from the user and can take digital photographs of objects directly below it. Parrot also released another app-controlled smart toy, the Jumping Sumo, which can leap into the air. The Rolling Spider weighs just 55g and is slightly larger than a palm. While the Rolling Spider is likely to be used mainly as a toy, Parrot also owns commercial UAV companies which make unmanned flying vehicles for business applications. The products should be in Australian stores next month. THE zookeeper attacked by a huge crocodile in NSW on Monday had a similar brush with death at the jaws of a much smaller, but just as deadly, reptile a decade ago. Trent Burton, 31, was yesterday undergoing surgery in Sydney after 3.7m behemoth John bit him on the hand and dragged him into the water during a feeding demonstration at the Shoalhaven Zoo. The experienced reptile handler once spent three days in intensive care after he was bit on the lip by a highly venomous diamondback rattlesnake during his stint at the Australian Reptile Park in Gosford, NSW. This thing just lunged out of the cage and just grazed the bottom of his lip, said fellow employee Phil Harrington. HEALTH costs are rising to the point more people will skip seeing a doctor and in turn become more of a burden on the already strained healthcare system, the Labor Party says. Responding to new figures presented by the NT Council of Social Services, Labor spokeswoman on Health Nicole Manison said numbers that show more people are actually seeing doctors will diminish as costs continue to rise. Those niggling health problems can become big problems and expensive problems and people end up in hospital, she said. That places more pressure on RDH. Ms Manison slammed a Federal Government proposal to slap a $7 tax per doctor visit. Adding a $7 GP tax to get health treatment is not going to help, she said. WHAT A SHOW OVER 40 singers. FIVE-PIECE band. PERFORMERS include pianist David Horowicz and David Eckstein. DARWIN talent includes Fiona Wake, Martin Gore and Nimila Heys. By DANI McDONALD
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