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The Centralian Advocate Tue 28 Sep 2021



The Centralian Advocate Tue 28 Sep 2021


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06 NEWS TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 28 2021 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 NT POLICE have recovered a vehicle that was stolen in Darwin CBD after the driver left the keys inside and the engine running. Police received a report of a vehicle stolen from Shadforth Lane at 5pm on Sunday. CCTV footage showed what appeared to be two youths entering the running vehicle. About 11pm Sunday, police found the vehicle and identified the alleged offenders. A male youth was arrested and will face a string of charges, including unauthorised use of a motor vehicle, driving unlicensed, and other traffic offences. The youth remains in custody while bail is being considered. Northern Watch Commander Richard Howie said the arrest of the alleged offenders prevented further offences being committed. Police CCTV operators and investigators worked diligently to apprehend these offenders prior to further traffic or other offences being committed, he said. This was an opportunistic stealing of a motor vehicle and the public are reminded to ensure that keys are not left in vehicles and any opportunity for thieves are removed. Car left running stolen LEE ROBINSON Treatment for cancer A GAME-CHANGING lowcost and non-toxic treatment could offer people battling cancer a new alternative to chemotherapy. Researchers at The Australian National University have discovered a way to use dead bacteria to help kickstart the bodys immune system and shrink the cancer. Lead ANU researcher Aude Fahrer said an ongoing clinical trial of the Complete Freund Adjuvant treatment had shown promising results and could significantly improve outcomes for patients battling the disease. Cop metres from alleged murderer A POLICE officer was just metres away when Ben Hoffmann allegedly fired the shot that killed Michael Sisois in the Buff Club carpark in 2019, a court has heard. Hoffmann has pleaded not guilty in the Supreme Court to Sisoiss murder and that of three other men during an alleged killing spree throughout Darwin on June 4. On Monday, witness Sharon Ninham told the jury she was on her way to play bridge at the Buff Club when she passed a police car as she en tered the carpark and saw Sisois lying on the ground. I was about to get out of my car to help but there was a man standing next to him talking to him, she said. Then the man standing lent down to the man on the ground and he had a knife and put it on to his neck and spoke to him. He said I told you not to f**k with me c**t. Ms Ninham told the jury she then quickly reversed out of the carpark and flagged down the police officer shed passed on her way in. I saw the police car with the flashing lights starting to drive off and Im thinking to myself Dont go, dont go, I need you, I need you and so I slammed down on my horn, she said. I jumped out of the car opened the passenger door and just yelled at him that theres a man being killed in the carpark out the back. He told me to get back into my car and just go and park and go into the club. The police officer, Senior Constable Merwan Kazem, also took the stand on Monday, telling jurors he had been asked to attend the Buff Club after reports of shots fired in the Darwin CBD. Constable Kazem said he remembered Ms Ninham approaching him before hearing the shot that killed Sisois but he had to wait for back-up after being unable to find a bulletproof vest in his patrol car. She told me words to the effect that there were a couple of men fighting and she had to reverse the vehicle out of the rear of the Buff Club and she had to leave suddenly, he said. From there I just assumed he might have been in the Buff Club. Constable Kazem said he did a U-turn and parked about 60m away from the club where he radioed for back-up. He and two other officers are later seen on CCTV approaching Sisoiss body. We decided to go in basically with guns drawn and just walk through and just see whats actually happened, he said. It looked like some coloured blankets that were all bunched up but as we got closer we just noticed the deceased was there. By then, Hoffmann was on his way to Woolner, where the prosecution alleges he would brutally murder his fourth victim, Rob Courtney. The trial continues on Tuesday. Police outside the Buff Club for a walk-through of the crime scene during the Ben Hoffmann (inset) trial. Sketch: Stuart Thornton JASON WALLS Create a legally binding Will in less than 15 minutes. Fully reviewed by expert wills & estate lawyers from just $159. Protect Your Loved Ones with a Legally-Binding Will Get Started mytributes.com.au/GetAWill