Sunday Territorian 23 Dec 2012
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4 Sunday Territorian. Sunday, December 23, 2012. www.sundayterritorian.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 3 -D E C -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 4 C O L O R : C M Y K Your newsagent. Were here. So youve started on a project, but you keep running out of tape. Theres somewhere close to home that has what you need. Problem Solver. NEWS sundayterritorian.com.au Boy, 4, flown to hospital after fall A FOUR-year-old boy was injured after he fell from a four-wheel-drive in a community about 200km southwest of Darwin. The boy fell from the window of the stationary vehicle on to concrete at Peppimenarti about midday yesterday. CareFlight said the boy suffered a head injury and was rushed to the communitys health clinic. His condition then began to deteriorate and the CareFlight helicopter was called in. The boy was flown to Royal Darwin Hospital for treatment and observation. He remains in a stable condition. Peter-James Lane holds his wifes wedding ring found in a Darwin Cash Converters store for sale a year after it went missing Picture: MICHAEL FRANCHI Pawned ring exposes light-fingered friend By MEAGAN DILLON A WOMAN only realised her $10,000 custom-made wedding ring had been stolen when she stumbled across it for sale at a Darwin pawn shop a year after it was pinched by a close friend. Peter-James Lane, 29, said he and his wife, Zira Voigt, knew straight away who had taken her diamond and sapphire ring when they saw it on display at Cash Converters. Its pretty frustrating we had all pitched in to help her out and she turned around and did that to us, he said. Ms Voigt, also 29, had been friends with Nicole Susan Hoffmann, 31, for two decades. Chief Justice Trevor Riley sentenced Hoffmann to two years and seven months in jail, suspended after serving 10 months, for pawning the stolen ring for $290. Hoffmann moved to Kath erine from Alice Springs after being convicted for creating plane tickets, treatment schedules and medical certificates to defraud a patient travel scheme and her boss of almost $20,000 in May 2010. The NT Supreme Court was told she would babysit the couples young children at their Katherine East home. But Ms Voigts wedding rings which she personally designed and were worth $10,060 went miss ing between December 2010 and March 2011. We thought the kids had hidden them you hear stories about other peoples kids flushing things down the toilet, Mr Lane said. We were hoping they were somewhere around the house. But it wasnt until a shopping trip about a year later that the couple found the unique ring sitting in a display cabinet at the Coconut Grove store. Straight away we had suspicions about who had taken them, Mr Lane said. We were dubious to some of the things she had said and done over the past year. He said it was good to get the ring back. Earlier this month Hoffmann was also convicted for forging two fingerprint history records to keep her criminal past a secret during checks to get jobs at the Roper Gulf Shire and an NT Government department. Streets flood as cracking storm strikes By ALYSSA BETTS A LIVELY storm cell blew Darwins skirt up yesterday afternoon with lightning zapping out traffic lights, water flooding roads and blackouts hitting several suburbs. The weather wobbler hit the city just before 2.30pm. NT News deputy editor Paul Dyer was waiting at a red traffic light, at the intersection of McMillans and Bagot roads, when a bolt struck nearby. It was pretty close there was lightning and thunder at exactly the same moment and the traffic lights went out, he said. It was absolutely bucketing down. Mr Dyer, 36, took that as a sign not to do Christmas shopping and began driving home down Dick Ward Drive. But the weather wasnt finished yet. I looked over to my left and at the exact same moment I saw a bolt of lightning hit the ground big flash, instant thunder about 30m to 50m away, he said. The car in front of me sh** themselves and swerved. Nearby residents in Bagot also reported the big lightning strike. Neighbouring Ludmilla local Jenna Tippet posted on Facebook the bolt had quite the effect on her. I nearly pooped my pants . . . sounded like a firework outside our window, she wrote. Police were also warning motorists to avoid McMillans Rd near Charles Eaton Drive and the Kimmorley Bridge because water was rising over the road. Meanwhile, some residents in Millner, Coconut Grove and Nightcliff were reporting power outages. Power and Water crews had mostly everyone back on the juice within an hour. Sikhs push for knives in schools By TANYA CHILCOTT AUSTRALIAS Sikh community wants to have religious knives allowed in schools. The Sikh Council of Australia and Queensland AntiDiscrimination Commissioner objected to the former state governments amendment preventing a ceremonial knife being worn in schools. The Weapons Act 1990 states: A Sikh may possess, in a public place, a knife known as a Kirpan to comply with the persons religious faith. However, the amendment now states: It is not a reasonable excuse to physically possess a knife in a school. But both the Sikh Council and the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner have warned the amendment is discriminatory to ordained Sikhs. It means that people of the Sikh religion cannot be teachers, or perform other work, or attend schools in Queensland, unless they compromise their religion, said AntiDiscrimination Commissioner Kevin Cocks. The Department of Education, Training and Employment said wearing of the bluntbladed Kirpan at school would be looked at case-by-case. Jet passenger claims injury from headset noise A MARINE surveyor claims his flight home from Bali was ruined when he was assaulted by the extreme volume of his headset. Gary Phillip Jago, 54, claims that on three occasions during his Jetstar flight in May the vol ume of music and announcements hurt his ears. He has launched a damages claim in the Supreme Court, including payment for loss of income and earning capacity. His ears were immediately assaulted by the extreme vol ume playing through the headset, the court documents say. The documents list his injuries as including acoustic shock and tinnitus in both ears, irritability and sleep disruption. Jetstar is not yet required to file a defence.
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