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v. 17 issue 34
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He believed that was a result of his family being blamed for the death of Mr Hargrave. He also reported certain incidents of threatening or offensive remarks and behaviour to members of his family. For a time, the family moved out of Alice Springs, but since then had returned and he had obtained a small amount of casual work. Justice Blokland founds the incidents "concerning" but again concluded that the initial antagonism had lessened significantly. She also noted the submissions from The Crown that no antagonism had been evident in and around the court at the committal. A lot of civilians had been in the court room however "there were more family for the accused than the victims family", according to the court's Officer in Charge. The applicants' concerns around the prominence of Mr Hargrave and the expressions of grief, loss and regret over his death did not mean "the trial will be unfair if conducted in Alice Springs", said Justice Blokland. "Over a year after the critical events, in my view these are all matters that if the trial judge deems appropriate, may be raised with jurors concerning whether they can bring an open mind to proceedings or whether they believe there is some reason why they would not bring an open and impartial mind or be perceived not to bring the same. "It is open to the applicants to draw any of these matters to the trial judges attention for formulation of any instruction to potential jurors." She quoted counsel for Mr Woods, Russell Goldflam, on the racially skewed composition of juries in Alice Springs and noted that the Crown did "not appear to disagree that Alice Springs jury panels often do not include Aboriginal persons". Said Justice Blokland: "Mr Noble for the Crown referred to his observation that many Aboriginal persons excuse themselves from jury service. "The ultimate jury selected and drawn from the array will be subject to the directions of the trial judge. "There is no reasons to conclude that whatever the racial make up of the panel, they will not comply with the trial judges directions. "I am not satisfied good cause exists to change the venue of the trial at this time." Casino: Will multi million project go interstate? By ERWIN CHLANDA. Rumours that a $35m contract for extensions and refurbishments of Lasseters Casino has been let to an interstate company have been denied by Lasseters manager, Brad Morgan. He says no decision has been made as yet, but a Sydney firm, Metrovic Constructions, is advertising on the internet for a production manager Alice Springs. Mr Morgan confirmed that Metrovic is one of three tenderers for the work due to start in January, competing against two local firms. Mr Morgan says the casinos Malaysian owners are likely to make a decision within two weeks. In the first year the project will include 70 more rooms and suites, relocating the swimming pool, a new reception, a day spa with a commercial gymn and creche. In the second year there will be extensive works to the casino, a new restaurant, bar and gaming facilities. The advertisement by Metrovic says: The successful applicant will be required to work for Hotel project in Alice Springs. This role will suit an ambitious, driven site manager who has already completed at least two or three projects over $20m in value on a variety of sectors. The applicant needs to have experience on hotel construction [and] on fitout and refurb. She was a top trainer for more than 50 years, now shes demoted to a strapper. By ERWIN CHLANDA. On the wall of the Members Lounge at Pioneer park is a row of photos of local racing identities. One of them shows Emmie Wehr, now 72 years old, who has spent most of her adult life training race horses, has many wins to her name, and is held in high esteem by aficionados of the Sport of Kings in The Centre.