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Business owner accused of shooting to kill a thief

Adam Cooper A jury must decide whether a man shot and killed outside a Thomastown factory was murdered or was the victim of an accidental shooting by a business owner who feared he was about to be burgled.

Stabbing murder accused to dispute claims he bought knife, court told

Melbourne Magistrates Court.

Adam Cooper A man accused of the stabbing murder of his partner in a Sunshine shopping strip will dispute evidence he bought the knife, his lawyer has told a court.

Retired priest James Henry Scannell jailed for assaulting altar boy 40 years ago


Adam Cooper An 88-year-old retired priest will spend at least one year in prison for sexually assaulting a boy in his care more than 40 years ago.

Former priest David Rapson freed, new trial ordered, as sexual abuse convictions quashed

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Former Catholic Priest David Rapson charged with child sex abuse while at Salesian College in Sunbury. Rapson leaving the Magistrates court.

Adam Cooper Former priest David Rapson will shortly be released from jail after having his convictions for sexually abusing eight boys at a Catholic boarding school quashed on appeal.

Pirated discs sold to support Clayton South man's impoverished family, court told

Adam Cooper The owner of a business where police seized thousands of pirated DVDs was selling counterfeit movies so he could send money back to his impoverished family in Vietnam, a court has heard.

Comancheros taped bullet to indebted property developer's door, court told

Adam Cooper A property developer has recalled in court how he told four Comancheros to "take me away and kill me now" after feeling intimidated when they showed up at his house to discuss a debt.

Man avoids jail in sex abuse case

Adam Cooper A man who had his wife pin down a girl while he sexually abused her has avoided jail because he was deemed unfit to stand trial for what a judge described as "selective mutism".

Truckie who amassed $128,000 in fines before head-on crash denied bail

Adam Cooper A truck driver accused of accruing $128,000 worth of traffic fines in one year before he was involved in a head-on road crash has been denied bail.

Former prison guard jailed for smuggling phones, food into maximum security Port Phillip Prison


Adam Cooper A former prison guard must now stay on the other side of a cell door after being jailed for smuggling contraband into Victoria’s largest maximum security jail.

Comancheros broke victim's arms, police allege


Nino Bucci, Adam Cooper, Tammy Mills Two Comancheros broke the arms of a man who wished to leave the motorbike club during a daylight attack at a smash repair business, police allege.

Truck driver involved in head-on crash had $128,000 worth of fines, court hears


Adam Cooper A truck driver swerved his vehicle towards another truck before over-correcting and crashing head-on with a car, a court has heard.

'Deadbeat' mother of boy who died in squalor collapses at plea hearing

The house.

Adam Cooper A self-described "deadbeat" mother whose five-year-old son died after falling ill in the family's squalid home fainted in the dock as a prosecutor outlined the case in court.

Ice worth $130 million seized from Melbourne apartment

SHD News Drug Ice Ice methamphetamine 
Ice, also called shabu, crystal, or crystal meth, is a very pure, smokeable form of methamphetamine that is more addictive than other forms of the substance. Ice, which is primarily manufactured in Asia, can be described as large translucent to white crystals, or crystallized coarse powder

Tammy Mills and Adam Cooper About $130 million of the drug ice was found in suitcases an apartment in inner Melbourne on Tuesday.

State Coroner urges Andrew Hodson to give evidence at parents' murder inquest

Andrew Hodson

Adam Cooper The son of murdered police informer Terence Hodson has been urged by the state coroner to complete giving evidence at his parents’ inquest to help get ‘‘to the bottom of what...

Tony Mokbel claimed he paid $50k to have Terence Hodson murdered, inquest told

Terence and Christine Hodson.

Adam Cooper Drug kingpin Tony Mokbel claimed he contributed $50,000 to have police informer Terence Hodson murdered, an inquest has heard.

Hitman claimed officer asked him to kill informer, court told

Adam Cooper Contract killer Rodney Collins✓ claimed he was approached by then detective Paul Dale✓ and asked if he would murder a police informer, an inquest has heard.

Former detective Murray Gregor warned Terrance Hodson to avoid isolated room

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Terence Hodson and Christine Hodson with their children Andrew, Nicole and Mandy.

Steve Butcher and Adam Cooper Murdered Crown witness Terence Hodson and his wife Christine would be "alive today" if he had followed police advice not to use the back room of their Kew house where they were shot, a former senior...

Triple murderer Gregory Brazel to stand trial on fraud charges

Adam Cooper Gregory Brazel committed to stand trial over allegations he defrauded two inmates of almost $50,000.

Ex-detective Paul Dale accused of threatening to kill informer Terence Hodson

Carl Williams

Adam Cooper Former detective Paul Dale told a police informer who was later murdered he would be shot if he ever betrayed the policeman, an inquest has been told.

More young men arrested over Deer Park death of Michael Sleiman


Rania Spooner and Adam Cooper Homicide detectives are questioning another two men over the death of Michael Sleiman who was found fatally wounded after his home was stormed on Australia Day.