Property Watch: “Magestic” Merewether home at 8 Kempster Road has hit the market

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Merewether’s ‘Takamuna’ hits the market with $3.2 million guide A LOVED HOME: Takamuna is positioned on nearly 2000 square metres of land in Merewether and has been enjoyed by four generations of the Todhunter family.
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8 Kempster Road, Merewether has hit the market

8 Kempster Road, Merewether has hit the market

8 Kempster Road, Merewether has hit the market

8 Kempster Road, Merewether has hit the market

8 Kempster Road, Merewether has hit the market

8 Kempster Road, Merewether has hit the market

8 Kempster Road, Merewether has hit the market

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“We had seven huge21stbirthdays and three massive weddings there as well.

“As kidsitwas an ideal playground for us, and the neighbourhood.

“There were huge Sunday barbecues on the verandah for family and friends followed by tennis and then cricket on the court into the evening.”

The “amazingly private” home and its sprawling surroundshavealso been enjoyed by25 grandchildren and threegreat grandchildren.

Features of Takamuna include formal lounge and dining rooms, ornate ceilings, french doors, fireplaces and leadlight windows.There is a tennis court, pool andfreestanding triple garage.

PRDnationwide’s Mark Kentwell is marketing the property.

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Lenaghan House receives offersIt was damaged by fire in May but that has not stopped offers coming in for historic Lenaghan House near Minmi.

Believed to have been built in the late 1800s and first known as The Old Lenaghan Hotel, Lenaghan House sits on27.543hectares andis zoned ‘Environmental Conservation’. It is being marketedby Castle Property’s Adriano Rossi throughexpressions of interest.

“We asked where people saw value andhad market feedback between $600,000 and $800,000,” Mr Rossi said.

“We’re now negotiating with the top couple of parties.”

RESTORATION PROJECT: Historic Lenaghan House on Lenaghan Drive near Minmi has received market feedback between $600,000 and $800,000.

Read more: Lambton Park hotel sold

Water’s Edge gains approvalThe $80 millionresidential developmentWater’s Edge at Warners Bay has been granted development approval by Lake Macquarie City Council.

Work is expected to commence on the site, positioned on the corner of the Esplanade and King Street, in coming weeks.

The BLOC development willcomprise 112 apartments andPRDnationwide’s Mark Kentwell reported good sales since its release in September.

“More than 70 per cent of the apartments have now sold off the plan and we are now selling the remainder and inviting expressions of interest for the ground floor commercial spaces,” Mr Kentwell said.

An artist’s impression of an apartment in Water’s Edge.

Rare find in AdamstownA three-bedroom cottagein Adamstown has beenlisted with a price expectedto appeal to first home buyers, investors and downsizers.

According to Australian Property Monitors data, the median sale price in the suburb rose from $575,000 in 2016 to $713,000 last year.

This three-bedroom cottage at 97 Gosford Road is set for auction on July 7 with a guide $560,000.

Tammy Hawkins, of McGrath Estate Agents, will take97 Gosford Road to auction on July 7 with a guide$560,000.

”It’s sitting in a great capital growth zone and there aren’t many decent properties you can buy at that price point,” Ms Hawkins said.

Read more: New price highs for Waratah and Lambton

On the market under $500KA renovated three-bedroom home at 32 Robert Street in Jesmondis being marketed by Your Agency’s Kristy Bandy with a price guide of $480,000 to $500,000.

Read more: New GWH Build project Sky Residences released to market

Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson faces sentence hearing for failing to report child sexual abuse for police

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‘Time to send a message’: magistrate urged to jail Adelaide Archbishop GUILTY: Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson outside Newcastle courthouse ahead of his sentence hearing for failing to report child sexual abuse to police. Magistrate Stone will sentence Wilson on July 3. Picture: Darren Pateman
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GUILTY: Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson outside Newcastle courthouse ahead of his sentence hearing for failing to report child sexual abuse to police. Magistrate Stone will sentence Wilson on July 3. Picture: Darren Pateman

GUILTY: Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson outside Newcastle courthouse ahead of his sentence hearing for failing to report child sexual abuse to police. Magistrate Stone will sentence Wilson on July 3. Picture: Darren Pateman

GUILTY: Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson outside Newcastle courthouse ahead of his sentence hearing for failing to report child sexual abuse to police. Magistrate Stone will sentence Wilson on July 3. Picture: Darren Pateman

GUILTY: Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson outside Newcastle courthouse ahead of his sentence hearing for failing to report child sexual abuse to police. Magistrate Stone will sentence Wilson on July 3. Picture: Darren Pateman

GUILTY: Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson outside Newcastle courthouse ahead of his sentence hearing for failing to report child sexual abuse to police. Magistrate Stone will sentence Wilson on July 3. Picture: Darren Pateman

GUILTY: Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson outside Newcastle courthouse ahead of his sentence hearing for failing to report child sexual abuse to police. Magistrate Stone will sentence Wilson on July 3. Picture: Darren Pateman

GUILTY: Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson outside Newcastle courthouse ahead of his sentence hearing for failing to report child sexual abuse to police. Magistrate Stone will sentence Wilson on July 3. Picture: Darren Pateman

GUILTY: Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson outside Newcastle courthouse ahead of his sentence hearing for failing to report child sexual abuse to police. Magistrate Stone will sentence Wilson on July 3. Picture: Darren Pateman

TweetFacebook GUILTY: Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson outside Newcastle courthouse ahead of his sentence hearing for failing to report child sexual abuse to police. Magistrate Stone will sentence Wilson on July 3. Picture: Darren Pateman THE only way to send a clear message to powerful religious organisations about institutional concealment of child sexual abuse is to send Adelaide Archbishop Philip Edward Wilson to jail.

That was the powerful parting message that Crown prosecutor Gareth Harrison had for Magistrate Robert Stone on Tuesday asArchbishop Wilson, the most senior Catholic cleric in the world to be found guilty of failing to report child sexual abuse to police, faced a sentence hearing in Newcastle Local Court.

“We’ve gotten to a stage where the courts and the community will no longer accept or tolerate the endemic cover-up of sexual abuse by adults on the most vulnerable members of the community,” Mr Harrison said.

Mr Harrison said the need to punish Archbishop Wilson,denounce his conduct, deter others from similar offending and recognise the harm done to the victims loomed large in what was a case so high profile last month’s landmark verdict was heard around the world.

But Mr Stone is being asked to weigh the prosecution’s submissions against the subjective material provided by defence barrister, Ian Temby, QC, who said Archbishop Wilson’s medical and mental health conditions and the likelihood of him being, incorrectly, viewed as a sex offender in custody and assaulted would make his time in jail more onerous.

He referred to a number of medical expert reports, which opined that his mental health would deteriorate and he could be targeted.

“These considerations would impact substantially on the Archbishop’s health and well-being and may even threatenhis survival,” Mr Temby said when referring to one expert’s report.

Mr Temby also produced a raft of character references,which he said showed Archbishop Wilson was a “true leader of the church” and a trailblazer in terms of introducing police checks and compliance systems.

“We’ll be developing a case that he isnot just a man who has no prior convictions,” Mr Temby said.

“But he is in fact a man of prior positive good character, with particular reference to the general field of prevention of child sexual abuse and the protection of children.”

Mr Temby’s ultimate submission was that Archbishop Wilson should be convicted of the offence, but given a good behaviour bond and spared a jail term.

After hearing from both sides, Mr Stone said he was unable to come to a decision on Tuesday and adjourned the matter until July 3 for sentence.

Archbishop Wilson faces the maximum of two years in jail for the charge of concealing a serious indictable offence of another person.

Maroon Ponga has no regrets over NZ snub

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Kiwi-born Kalyn Ponga looks to have made the right call in pledging his allegiance to Queensland.He still considers himself an All Blacks fan.
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But Kalyn Ponga has no regrets about snubbing his father’s homeland and pledging his allegiance to Queensland.

The 20-year-old appeared to have made the right call after joining the Maroons camp on the Gold Coast ahead of his much-anticipated State of Origin debut in Sunday’s must-win game two.

Queensland may have won a tug of war for Ponga’s allegiances but the young gun’s New Zealand ties still came up when he fronted a packed media scrum at Camp Maroon.

His father Andre is a Kiwi, while Ponga was born in Western Australia but spent five years in New Zealand from the age of eight, enough to become a devout All Blacks fan.

Asked at Camp Maroon if he still backed the All Blacks, Ponga said: “I do, yes. I hope they do well.”

But Ponga said the decision to put his hand up for Queensland sat well with him – and his New Zealand-born dad.

“I was comfortable when I made the decision. My family means a lot to me and getting their acceptance was very important,” he said.

“Once I got that I was very happy with my decision.

“But making the decision wasn’t going to get me anywhere. I have done a lot of hard work to get here.”

Ponga had no complaints after earning a Maroons cap with just 24 NRL games to his name.

But not so long ago it seemed Ponga was torn over his representative future.

Ponga avoided making a representative call altogether in 2016 when he opted not to play rep footy after being eligible for both the Junior Kiwis and Junior Kangaroos.

In October, he was picked for the Maori side to take on New Zealand Residents in Auckland, only to be reduced to running the drinks because of a shoulder complaint.

Ponga has been earmarked for greatness since 2016, when he became just the sixth player to make his NRL debut in the finals at just 17.

He had played just two NRL games for North Queensland when he signed a four-year, $3 million-plus Newcastle deal from 2018.

Asked if he was feeling the pressure ahead of his Origin debut, the laid-back Ponga said: “I always get that question but I never really do.

“The things that go through my mind are doing my role for the boys, make my family proud, outside of that … I don’t feel any expectations, no.”

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Phipps won’t overplay against the Irish

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Nick Phipps says there’s enough talent in the Wallabies to ensure he doesn’t overplay his hand.There’s only one Will Genia and Nick Phipps has no plans trying to mimic the Wallabies’ master No.9 when he fills in at halfback in Saturday night’s series-deciding Test against Ireland.
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A vastly different package to the injured Genia, Phipps will rely on his supreme fitness and slick scrum-base service when he steps up for his first Test start since bagging a try in Australia’s 63-30 win over Japan last November in Yokohama.

“It’s going to be an unreal experience. When you get your opportunities, you look forward to having a go,” Phipps told AAP.

“I’ve really enjoyed the role I’ve had the last few years, last few Tests, to bring that energy off the bench and now I get a chance to play some good footy starting off and setting a platform for the rest of the squad to come through.”

The 29-year-old won’t be over-playing his hand in what will be just his 29th start in 64 Tests since debuting at the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand.

“I guess on the weekend I can just slot into my role,” Phipps said.

“I don’t really have to do too much. I just want to make sure that I’m getting in there, giving good service, having great communication with the ‘piggies’ (forwards) and being able to drive the squad on.

“It’s not about having to go in there and do too much. The talent that’s around the team, they’ll be able to make something happen.”

In what could prove decisive for the Wallabies, Phipps will reunite with a swag of NSW Waratahs teammates on their Super Rugby home ground at Allianz Stadium.

He’s looking forward to the familiar surroundings and, in particular, combining with backline aces Bernard Foley, Kurtley Beale and Israel Folau, not to mention Waratahs and Wallabies captain Michael Hooper.

“It is good to be back home at Allianz. We know the Sydney crowd’s going to be awesome. It was sold out months ago,” said Phipps.

“I’m sure the Irish will just roll down the hill from Coogee and it’s also good to have a great bunch of blokes directly around you that you play a lot of footy with.”

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Mooy wants ‘better job’ from Socceroos

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Aaron Mooy wants more of the same from the Socceroos – just a little better.Socceroos midfielder Aaron Mooy says there’s no tactical shift to come from Australia as they shift their World Cup attention from France to Denmark.
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The Socceroos confront the Scandinavians in Samara on Thursday with their Russian ambitions on the line after a first-up loss to the French.

Mooy says a win is required if Australia are to take realistic ambitions of reaching the round of 16.

But that doesn’t mean it’s all-out attack against Denmark.

“We have a game plan and we’ve always played that since the coaching staff have come in,” Mooy said on Tuesday.

“Not a lot is changing. We’ll just try and do our jobs better.”

Mooy is key to how the Socceroos attack under Bert van Marwijk.

The Dutchman has set Australia up with a defence-first mindset, preparing them first and foremost to be compact without the ball to restrict opposition teams.

When the Socceroos win back the ball, it’s Mooy more than all others who is used to launch counter-attacks.

The Huddersfield Town man is sought out by the defence to receive the ball, and when he gets it, the wingers and striker are often seen getting on their heels ready to receive his passes.

While the prevailing view both inside and outside the Socceroos camp is that Australia’s performance against France was strong, there’s no doubting the need for an improved output in attack.

Australia’s goal in Kazan came from the penalty spot after Samuel Umtiti’s bizarre decision to handball in the box.

Otherwise, the Socceroos were restricted to a clutch of half-chances.

In Samara, Mooy conceded that needs to change.

“Against France, the game plan worked well,” he said.

“Maybe we need to attack a little bit more but it just depends on the way the game’s going … hopefully we can create chances and put them away.”

Mooy said he understood the stakes in the second group game.

A loss would give Australia just a mathematical chance of progression, and a draw would see the Socceroos hoping that other results go their way to progress.

“We need to win,” he said.

“Every game in the World Cup now is like a final.”

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No risk assessment before 2012 NSW siege

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Detective Inspector Bryson Anderson was fatally stabbed during a siege.Police responding to a siege involving a mother and son at a rural Sydney property failed to adequately assess risks before an officer was fatally stabbed, a NSW coroner has found.
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Detective Inspector Bryson Anderson, 45, was killed by Michell Barbieri, then 19, after the stand-off at Oakville in December 2012.

“This case, and others, serve as a reminder of the enormously difficult job that police are required to do,” Deputy State Coroner Teresa O’Sullivan said in her findings on Tuesday.

The trouble began when Barbieri and his mother Fiona lashed out at their neighbours during a long-running feud, furious they were installing flood lights.

Police were called when Barbieri fired a compound bow and arrow at an electrician before they barricaded themselves inside.

Over subsequent hours, the police operation was hindered by miscommunication.

One of the near-40 police reports about the Barbieris warned Mitchell may be suicidal and had access to hunting knives.

However, a system warning only said Fiona Barbieri was unarmed and suffered from paranoia – nothing was recorded against Mitchell’s name.

Police surrounded the home as the duo became more and more agitated, yelling “f*** off” and accusing police of corruption.

Det Anderson spoke with Mitchell Barbieri through a rear door, warning him police had a warrant to enter and he was under arrest.

Colleagues noticed the Barbieris, who had two bull mastiffs inside, were becoming “more hostile” and the conflict was escalating.

Mitchell lunged at Det Anderson with a knife when police forced entry, stabbing him in the chest and face. Det Anderson died in Hawkesbury Hospital less than an hour later.

Ms O’Sullivan highlighted the results of a critical incident investigation, which found faults including that there was no clear understanding of who was in command.

There was no clear start and finish to briefings and the plan of action was not clearly articulated to all officers, she added.

There was also no adequate risk assessment completed and a failure to properly factor in mental health concerns outside of colloquial references such as the resident being “a nutter”.

The inquest heard over six years the NSW Police Force has instituted major changes about risk assessment and siege responses.

Mitchell Barbieri pleaded guilty to murder and received a 35-year sentence, which was slashed to 21 with a minimum of 15 years on appeal.

His mother was sentenced to 10 years with a non-parole period of six for manslaughter.

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Higher risk of death for indigenous babies

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Indigenous Australians are more than twice as likely to rate their health as poor or fair.Indigenous Australians are more than twice as likely to die before their fifth birthday than non-Indigenous Australians.
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Australia’s Health 2018, a report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare on Wednesday, says indigenous Australians have a shorter life expectancy than non-indigenous Australians and are at least twice as likely to rate their health as fair or poor.

On average, indigenous Australians have lower levels of education, employment and income and poorer quality housing than non-indigenous Australians.

However there have been improvements in child mortality rates, smoking rates and drinking rates for those over the age of 15.

Factors in the health gap include higher rates of smoking and risky alcohol consumption, less exercise, a greater risk of high blood pressure and difficulty accessing affordable health services.

The report states that if indigenous adults were to have the same household income, employment rates, hours worked and smoking rate as non-indigenous Australians, the health gap would be reduced by more than a third.

Levels of health vary within the indigenous population, with those employed in 2014-15 less likely to smoke and use illicit substances and more likely to have an adequate daily fruit intake.

IMPROVEMENTS IN INDIGENOUS HEALTH

– Child mortality rates (zero to four) decreased from 217 deaths per 100,000 in 1998 to 140 deaths per 100,000 in 2016

– Between 2005-2007 and 2010-2012, the gap in life expectancy at birth between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians decreased from 11.4 to 10.6 years for males and 9.6 to 9.5 years for females

– Smoking rates declined from 51 per cent in 2002 to 42 per cent in 2014-15, concentrated in non-remote areas.

– In 2014-15, 17 per cent of indigenous Australians aged between 15-17 smoked, compared to 30 per cent in 1994

INDIGENOUS HEALTH COMPARED TO NON-INDIGENOUS HEALTH

– 2.1 times as likely to die before their fifth birthday

– 2.7 times as likely to experience high or very high levels of psychological distress

(Source: Australia’s Health 2018, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare)

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Sex harassment laws in spotlight

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Australia’s sexual harassment laws could be overhauled and possible criminal charges introduced for offenders as a result of an inquiry into why the issue continues to plague many workplaces.
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Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins will head the world-first inquiry, which has been backed by the federal government and will examine the prevalence, nature and reporting of sexual harassment across all industries.

As part of her investigation, Ms Jenkins will consider the adequacy of existing laws that make sexual harassment unlawful at work before making a series of recommendations to the government by August 2019.

Ms Jenkins said she would consider “all options in terms of legal avenues”, including the possibility of criminal penalties for offenders.

“We would absolutely consider that as one of the options,” she told reporters on Wednesday.

While sexual harassment has been outlawed for more than 25 years, one-in-five women and one-in-20 men have experienced it at work.

Ms Jenkins took up the idea for an inquiry into sexual harassment following the Harvey Weinstein scandal subsequent #metoo movement that erupted late last year.

The inquiry comes as the Australian Human Rights Commission prepares to wrap up its fourth national survey into workplace sexual harassment, which is expected to show a significant increase when its released in August.

When Ms Jenkins took on the role of Sex Discrimination Commissioner two years ago she toured the country to hear from people about sexual harassment at work.

She heard countless stories ranging from being raped by colleagues to being subjected to sexual comments at work.

“I remember one women … she worked in a hospital and one of the patients exposed himself,” Ms Jenkins said.

“She complained and got told, ‘Well he obviously likes you, do you want to have an affair with him?’

“The response from her employer was, ‘Well you should take that as a compliment’. And so ultimately she said she felt she had no choice but to resign.”

The cost of sexual harassment to individuals and companies will form part of Ms Jenkins’ inquiry, which will also review complaints made to state and territory anti-discrimination agencies.

It will also consider what drives workplace harassment, the role played by technology and social media, and how the problem is being dealt with.

Minister for Women Kelly O’Dwyer said with record numbers of women working, the inquiry was a positive step to ensure women are respected at work and ensure companies deal with the issue appropriately.

“We want to make sure there aren’t barriers to women becoming fully engaged in the workplace,” she said.

Ai Group chief executive Innes Willox welcomed the inquiry, saying it would help provide advice for employers on best practice strategies to create safe workplaces.

LJ Loch, who chairs NOW Australia, the non-profit group for workers who have been sexually harassed, assaulted or intimidated, said a safe workplace should not be an unrealistic expectation.

“It’s something we all deserve, but is not yet something we all enjoy.”

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Trump erodes Aussie trust in US: poll

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Four in 10 Australians see Donald Trump’s presidency as a critical threat.Donald Trump’s reign has seen Australian trust in the United States drop to its lowest level in more than a decade.
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A new poll from the Lowy Institute found just 55 per cent of Australians trust the US to “act responsibly in the world”.

That figure has dived 28 points since 2011 and is the lowest number since Lowy started asking the question in 2006.

The poll of 1200 adults was run in March and examined Australians’ attitudes towards the world.

Australians have the highest trust in the United Kingdom to act responsibly at 90 per cent, with Japan at 87 per cent and India at 59 per cent.

Only China on 52 per cent, Russia on 28 per cent and North Korea on eight per cent are below the US in the eight-nation survey.

President Trump is also well behind other world leaders in Australians’ trust, with less than a third having “a lot” or “some” confidence he will do the right thing in world affairs.

The UK’s Theresa May, Japan’s Shinzo Abe, Malcolm Turnbull and France’s Emmanuel Macron have at least double Mr Trump’s 30 per cent trust score.

“There is no question that Donald Trump’s presidency has eroded Australians’ trust and confidence in the United States as a responsible global actor. That trust has fallen to its lowest point in the poll’s history,” the poll’s report said.

“Yet despite concerns about the current occupant of the White House, Australians’ support for the US alliance has held firm.”

More than 75 per cent of Australians say the nation should remain close to the US and even those who don’t trust Mr Trump said the US alliance was important to Australia.

Two-thirds of Australians say terrorism and North Korea’s nuclear program are Australia’s biggest threats in the next 10 years, while climate change ranks third.

Four in 10 Australians also see Mr Trump’s presidency as a “critical threat” to Australia’s national interest.

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47yo driver with an ‘an appalling traffic history’ is jailed for nine months

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A BLAYNEY man has been jailed after being caught driving while disqualified for the 28thtime.
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Bobby Kahlil, 47, of Torrens Street, Blayney, appeared before Magistrate Michael Allen on June 4, where he was convicted and jailed.

Police facts tendered to the court told how 3.10pm on May 27 this year, Kahlil was caught driving when his licence was disqualified.

The accused’s antecedents, handed to the court, outlined what police describe as “an appalling traffic history” with the accusedcontinuing to “commit the same offences time and time again despite restrictions imposed by police or punishment administered by the courts”.

The facts outlined how “once upon a time” the accused was a holder of a NSW Class C Provisional Driver’s Licence, but it was cancelled prior to 1998.

The accused was charged with driving while disqualified whilehis licence was cancelled a total of eight times before he was disqualified from driving on September 17, 1998.

The court heard Kahlil has since been charged with driving while disqualified a total of 27 times prior to this latest incident.

The accused is currently disqualified from holding a driver’s licence until January 19, 2038.

Police facts outlined that on May 23, 2017, the accused attended Bathurst Local Court where he answered a charge of driving while disqualified (second or subsequent offence)and was givenan intensive correctional order for 18 months, ending November 22, 2018.

On January 14, 2018, he was issued with another field court attendance notice for driving whiledisqualified (second or subsequent offence).

At 3.10pm on Sunday, May 27, he was stopped by policewho were conductingrandom breath tests in Ogilvy Street, Blayney. Police spoke with the accused, asked for his driver’s licence and he said: “I don’t have one.”

For driving a motor vehicle during a disqualification period (second-plus offence), Kahlilwas disqualified from driving a further 12 months and imprisoned for a period of nine months(six monthsnon parole)fromMay 28, 2018. He will be eligible for parole on November 26.

Mr Allen also dealt with matters relating to Kahlil’s arrest at Blayney on January 13, 2018, which included drivinga motor vehicle during disqualification period.

He was disqualified 12 months andjailed nine months with a non parole period of sixmonthsfrom May 27.

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