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The Northern Territory news Sat 22 Dec 2012



The Northern Territory news Sat 22 Dec 2012

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12 NT NEWS. Saturday, December 22, 2012. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 2 -D E C -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 1 2 C O L O R : C M Y K NATION l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l ntnews.com.au Onion ring with bit of metal PERTH: Fast-food chain Hungry Jacks has been fined $75,000 for selling food that contained a small piece of metal. Hungry Jacks was convicted in the Perth Magistrates Court for selling unsuitable food after a woman nearly choked on the 1.5cm piece of metal in an onion ring bought in February at its outlet at Beechboro, northeast of Perth. A spokesman for Hungry Jacks said the company was surprised and disappointed by the findings and that it intended to appeal the decision. Store Santa assault charge Weare just alerting the public to the circumstances ADELAIDE: A 75-year-old man working as a store Father Christmas has been charged with indecently assaulting a child at an Adelaide shopping centre. The assault allegedly occurred in front of the mother of the seven-year-old child on Tuesday at the Southgate Plaza in Morphett Vale, Superintendent Graeme Adcock said yesterday. It will be alleged that the man was working as a Father Christmas at the shopping centre at the time of the incident, he told reporters. The man has been charged with aggravated indecent assault on a child and is due to appear before the Christies Beach Magistrates Court on January 30. He was given bail with strict conditions preventing and controlling his contact with children. Supt Adcock said the man was employed by a contractor external to the centre and is known to have worked as Father Christmas at the plaza on seven other days in December. He also worked at two other venues on two other days in December. Asked if the release of the mans previous appearances meant there were other potential victims, Supt Adcock said it was very early in the investigation to be able to say that. We are just alerting the public to the circumstances, he said. The alleged assault was concerning as it impacts on the innocence of the relationship between Father Christmas and children, he added. A pair of puggles who weighed less than a gram each when they hatched in August are the result of Perth Zoos first successful echidna-breeding program. Proud-as-punch keepers have been helping rear young Babbin, who is thriving Picture: JUSTIN BENSON-COOPER Justice as serial killer loses his appeal MELBOURNE: After a 15-year battle to bring her murderer to justice, Mersina Halvagis can finally rest in peace. Although it took two Victorian Supreme Court jury trials and two Court of Ap peal hearings, justice was served at long last yesterday as serial killer Peter Norris Dupas lost an appeal against his second conviction for her murder. Ms Halvagis was brutally stabbed to death as she tend ed to her grandmothers grave at Fawkner cemetery, in Melbournes north, in 1997. Ms Halvagiss youngest brother, Bill, said the family, and Ms Halvagis, could be at peace now. Finally, Mersina can lay to rest, he said. We can get on with our lives and remember her and move on, and cherish the moments we had. Dupas is also serving two life jail terms without parole for murdering Nicole Patterson and Margaret Maher. TODDLERMAIMED SYDNEY: A toddler has lost three fingers after they became jammed in an escalator in a Sydney shopping centre yesterday. The three-year-old boy was taken to Westmead Childrens Hospital in a serious but stable condition. LANETOAPPEAL SYDNEY: A former water polo champion jailed for killing her newborn baby is appealing her conviction. Keli Lane was sentenced last year to at least 13 years and five months behind bars for murdering her second baby, Tegan, on September 14, 1996. WOMANQUIZZED MELBOURNE: Homicide detectives are quizzing a 43-year-old woman over the disappearance of a father of five from Victorias Bellarine Peninsula. Detectives arrested the woman yesterday as police continued digging up a back yard at Indented Head, southwest of Melbourne, believed to be the last known address of missingman Douglas Kally. INQUIRYDELAY CANBERRA: The Federal Government has delayed settlement of the terms of reference for a Royal Commission into child sexual abuse until next year. Attorney-General Nicola Roxon yesterday said the terms of reference wont be available until January. Ashby takes Slipper case to Fair Work SYDNEY: Lawyers for James Ashby plan to file his sexual harassment case against former parliamentary Speaker Peter Slipper with Fair Work Australia. A spokesman for Mr Ashby said an appeal against the courts recent dismissal of the case would be lodged in midJanuary. Anthony McClellan, a spokesman for Mr Ashby and Harmers Workplace Lawyers, said Mr Ashbys sexual harassment case against Mr Slipper had not been heard in court. No judicial finding has been made as to whether James was sexually harassed by Mr Slipper, he said. He said the only matter that had been heard over the past eight months was Mr Slippers abuse of process case. Mr McClellan said the aim of filing the case with Fair Work Australia was so the whole evidence and witnesses could be tested in open court. Federal Court judge Steven Rares last week dismissed Mr Ashbys case and said it amounted to a political attack against Mr Slipper.