The Northern Territory news Sat 12 Dec 2009
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22 Northern Territory News, Saturday, December 12, 2009 www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 2 -D E C -2 0 0 9 P A G E : 2 2 C O L O R : K RTO - Master Builders Group Training Ltd, RTO Num. 88163 For more information, please contact the MBANT office on (08) 8922 9666 or firstname.lastname@example.org White Card Training Available! Master Builders NT offers a Nationally Accredited training package OH&S White Card Induction Course and Recognition of Prior Learning. The White Card Training (CPCCOHS1001A - Work Safely in the Construction Industry) is available at MBANT each Thursday in our Training room in Winnellie. The training is at a cost of $140 for members and $170 for non members. Master Builders NT also now has the capability to provide Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to past recipients of the defunct blue TCA Induction Card. We have compiled an RPL tool to assist recipients to gain their White Card without the need to undertake the one day training course. The assessment process will take approximately one hour to complete in a oneon-one interview with each client either at their work place or in our training room. Master Builders in the only organisation in the Territory currently providing Recognition of Prior Learning assessment for the White Card as an alternative to sitting a six hour training program. m g 2 4 0 6 2 5 Evil child killer back DISTRAUGHT: Jean Priest, mother of Linda Stilwell who went missing from the St Kilda foreshore in 1968, leaves the County Court with her son Gary on Tuesday. Derek Percy, who was named as the man police believe abducted and murdered Linda, was summonsed to the inquest Familys emotions spill over as girls suspected slayer enters By JEFF TURNBULL inMelbourne LIFE STOLEN: Linda Stilwell went missing from the St Kilda foreshore in August 1968 FACE OF EVIL: A December 2005 photograph of convicted child murderer Derek Ernest Percy It was a chillingexperience being in the same room with the man he sat emotionless, eyes closed, his gaunt face framed by a long grey beard as he looked straight ahead TRUSTING TRIO: Karen, Gary and Linda Stilwell, a fewmonths before Lindas abduction LIFE TAKEN: 12-year-old schoolgirl Yvonne Tuohy was murdered in Warneet by Derek Ernest Percy in 1969 T HE emotions of Linda Stilwells family finally spilled over the moment they knew the man believed to be their little girls killer was heading for the courtroom. Their collective shiver was almost palpable and when Derek Ernest Percy was finally escorted into the court from the cells below, Lindas mother Jean Priest had tears welling in her eyes. Lindas two sisters, Karen and Laura, dabbed handkerchiefs at their eyes while brother Gary sat bolt upright, all looking straight ahead and not to the side where Victorias longest serving prisoner sat. It was a chilling experience being in the same room with the man he sat emotionless, eyes closed, his gaunt face framed by a long grey beard as he looked straight ahead. He made no attempt to make eye contact with anyone in the crowded room at Melbournes County Court on Friday. Percy, by his own admission, is linked to many of Australias most notorious child murders including the disappearance of the Beaumont children Jane, nine, Arnna, seven, and Grant, four from Glenelg Beach in Adelaide in 1966. He is also linked to the murders of Christine Sharrock and Marianne Schmidt on Sydneys Wanda Beach in 1965 and was in the area when Simon Brook, three, was killed in Sydney in 1968. He has told police that he was in the vicinity of all those disappearances and murders when they occurred. Percy, 61, has been in custody for the murder of 12-year-old Yvonne Tuohy since 1969. He was not convicted but was found unfit to plead due to insanity. In this weeks coronial inquest into Lindas disappearance, coroner Iain West found that Percy was around the St Kilda foreshore on August 10, 1968, when Linda, just four days shy of her eighth birthday, disappeared. That interim finding has come as a huge relief for the Stilwells after decades of anguish and suffering. One witness, Linda Reid, recalled how, in 1969 as a 12-yearold girl riding her bicycle home in Bittern near the Cerberus naval base southeast of Melbourne, she had been stalked by a man in a panel van claiming he was lost and pleading with her to get in the car. She recalled navy stickers on the window of his car and after getting away from him she told her father, also in the navy, who reported it to the base. But nothing was heard about it again. She remembered the man had a skinny lean face and a pathetic lost voice.
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