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‘Vindictive’ father tried to gas young daughter to death after fighting with wife

An Adelaide father who tried to gas himself and his young daughter has been jailed for more than 14 years for the attempted murder of the girl.

Shaun Mate and his three-year-old daughter were found unconscious in July 2020 in what a judge described as a vindictive act of domestic violence.

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In the days leading up to the crime, he had bought two gas tanks, putting his plan into place after an argument with his then-wife.

Sentencing Mate in the Supreme Court on Friday, Justice Geraldine Davison said the impact of the 45-year-old’s offending was significant and widespread.

“Sadly, in many marriage breakdowns, when feelings are running high and the parties are feeling aggrieved and vindictive, the notion of depriving their partner of one of the greatest joys of their life can seem to be a way of wreaking revenge,” she said .

“There is a significant element of vindictiveness, planning and preparation in your offending.”

Shaun Mate was sentenced to more than 14 years behind bars over the attempted murder of his daughter. Credit: 7NEWS

On the night of the offending, Mate had made a photo montage of the couple, which he played on the television and said to his wife, “this is what you’re going to miss out on”.

Davison said he later became angry and his ex-wife began to feel unsafe and called the police.

Police arrived and the couple agreed he would stay in a room downstairs.

The judge said the girl’s mother woke up during the night to find her daughter missing from her bed and when she tried to open the door to her husband’s room he told her to “go away, we’re having a little sleep now”.

At that point, the mother heard both her daughter groan and the sound of gas and called police again.

While Mate had barricaded himself in, officers eventually gained entry where they found the girl unconscious and suffering from hypoxia.

Mate barricaded himself in the bathroom and tried to gas himself and his daughter to death. Credit: 7NEWS

Davison said while the offending was both planned and premeditated she accepted a psychologist’s finding that he was suffering from a major depressive disorder at the time.

However, she said regarded his crime as at the higher end of the scale.

“The victim was a vulnerable three-year-old child. Your planning indicates that it was premeditated offending,” the judge said.

“It was the most significant abuse of trust placed on a parent.

“Your intention was to take your child’s life as an act of vindictiveness against your wife thus depriving her of that child.

“Your plan failed by the good fortune of your wife waking and acting as swiftly as she did, along with the first responders.”

The judge accepted a psychologist’s finding that he was suffering from a major depressive disorder at the time, but said it was the ‘most significant abuse of trust’. Credit: 7NEWS

Mate’s daughter, now almost five years old, is said to have no memory of the event.

Her mother told 7NEWS that recovering from the ordeal has been “very tough”, but her little girl was “doing as best we can”.

“No one wins out of this, this is not a great scenario for anyone,” she said outside court.

Mate showed no emotion in sentencing, while his father put his head in his hands and cried.

Davison jailed the man for 14 years and three months, reduced from 15 years because of his guilty plea.

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Banksia Hill boys self harming after transfer to unit at adult Casuarina Prison

Children transferred to an isolated unit at a maximum-security adult prison in Perth have made multiple suicide and self-harm attempts within weeks of the move.

A group of 17 boys, aged as young as 14 and mostly Indigenous, were shifted last month from Banksia Hill detention center to a new unit at nearby Casuarina prison.

Between their arrival on July 20 and August 8, there were three attempted suicides and 13 minor self-harm attempts at the facility known as Unit 18.

The figures were provided by Western Australia’s government in parliament on Thursday in response to a question from Greens upper house MP Brad Pettitt.

Beds in the youth detention facility at Casuarina Prison (file image)
Camera IconThere have been three attempted suicides and 13 self-harm attempts at the facility in recent months. Credit: AAP

Government MP Matthew Swinbourn, representing the corrective services minister in the Legislative Council, confirmed four children had been involved in a self-harm attempt last week which resulted in one boy being hospitalized.

The boy returned from hospital the same day with no further medical intervention required and was provided with mental health support, he said.

Officials have said they were left with no choice but to transfer the boys to Unit 18 because they had been destroying property, escaping from their cells, assaulting staff and harming themselves.

They have promised the detainees will be kept away from adult prisoners in safe and secure units while repair works are completed at Banksia Hill.

The number of self-harm and attempted suicide incidents at Banksia Hill has spiked over the past three years.

Megan Krakouer, from the National Suicide Prevention and Trauma Recovery Project, said there was an “ongoing crisis” in youth detention.

“The self-harms will continue this year, next year and the year after unless we radically reform the system,” she said on Friday.

The Department of Justice have released images of some of the facilities inside Casuarina Prison, being used by teenagers who have been moved there from Banksia Hill
Camera IconSome of the facilities inside Casuarina Prison, being used by teenagers who have been moved there from Banksia Hill. Credit: Supplied/Supplied

Corrective Services Minister Bill Johnston this week said the remaining details at Banksia Hill were now in a “much better” environment.

“It was not functioning to have these young offenders causing violence at Banksia Hill, so that the other kids … were not getting the services they need because the facility was constantly going into lockdown,” he told reporters.

He said the boys at Unit 18 had access to education, cultural, medical and psychological services and secure recreation facilities.

They were being regularly assessed and would be returned to Banksia Hill once it was deemed safe for them to do so, he said.

An independent inspector this year found some boys at Banksia Hill were spending as little as one hour a day outside their cells, in violation of their human rights.

About 600 past and present details have signed up for a planned class action against the state government.

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Buggles Child Care Beeliar fined after three young children walk out open gate and are found on path

Three children under the age of four walked out of a childcare center in Perth’s south and were found playing on a footpath, prompting a fine for the operators of the service.

Service provider ES5 Ltd, trading as Buggles Child Care Beeliar, was ordered to pay $22,000 and $2000 in costs by the State Administrative Tribunal for contravention of education and care service laws.

A Department of Communities investigation found that in August last year the children left the center through an outdoor gate.

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A mother who was leaving after collecting her child noticed the children and ushered them back inside.

The investigation found educators at the center had noticed the gate left open more than once during the day and failed to notify the responsible person.

They also failed to ensure the gate was securely locked while the center failed to notify the Department of Communities Education and Care Regulatory Unit about the incident within the required 24 hours.

“This is the ninth time over the past two years where disciplinary action has been taken against a service where children have left the service unattended, and staff have been unaware of them leaving,” Department of Communities Executive Director Phil Payne said in a statement on Friday.

“Childcare service staff must focus on active supervision of children in their care.

“Checks around outdoor areas should include a physical, not just visual, check of gates to ensure they are securely locked.”

In other unrelated incidents, a Mandurah center was ordered to pay $20,000 in penalties and costs after four young children climbed through a fence and were found on the verge of a four-lane highway, in August 2020.

While in November that year a childcare center at Thornlie left a two-year-old girl unsupervised on a bus for almost two hours.



Port Kennedy driver charged with running over a man in Warnbro incident

A Port Kennedy driver has been accused of running over a man and pinning him under his car after a brawl at a Warnbro service station.

Police allege that the incident unfolded about 8.20pm on Wednesday, when the accused went to the Caltex petrol station on Warnbro Sound Avenue to buy a couple of items.

When he returned to his Mitsubishi Lancer, a man known to him hopped into the front passenger’s seat and a fight broke out between them.

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The 29-year-old man in the passenger’s seat got out of the car and started to walk away.

It is alleged the 33-year-old driver then sped towards him, with the Lancer jumping the kerb and ploughing into the victim, pinning him under the vehicle.

A man has been hospitalized after he was hit by a car at a service station in Warnbro.
Camera IconA man has been hospitalized after he was hit by a car at a service station in Warnbro. Credit: 7NEWS/7NEWS

Several people nearby managed to lift the car off the victim.

He was then given first aid by police officers before being taken to Royal Perth Hospital with third degree burns to his back.

The driver was arrested and charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent to harm and no authority to drive.

He will appear at the Rockingham Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Photos of the aftermath showed the Mitsubishi dumped in the bushes near the service station, with the scene taped off by police.

Police have taped off the scene.
Camera IconPolice have taped off the scene. Credit: 7NEWS/7NEWS



Brett O’Dea case: New trial over Perth ‘vigilante’ bashing of Alimamy Koroma

A Perth man who severely bashed an African migrant in a misguided vigilante attack has had his conviction overturned by the High Court and will face a retrial.

Brett Christopher O’Dea, 46, was found guilty by a jury of committing grievous bodily harm with intent to Alimamy Koroma, a 35-year-old migrant from Sierra Leone, in the driveway of a Manning home in January 2018.

Mr Koroma had been chasing a young woman who had attempted to steal from the bowling club where he worked as a cleaner when he was attacked by O’Dea and another man, Jacob Jefferson Webb.

O’Dea testified he had heard the woman screaming she had been raped and ran out to protect her, responding in a manner he felt was appropriate at the time.

He attacked Mr Koroma with a weapon similar to a hockey stick, kicked him in the face and punched him in the head at least 10 times while he was on the ground.

The father-of-one suffered a traumatic brain injury and a fractured skull. He was forced to move into a rehabilitation facility after suffering cognitive impairments that left him unable to work or drive.

O’Dea’s trial in the District Court of Western Australia was told Mr Koroma’s brain injury was more likely to have been caused by O’Dea than Webb. It was also possible it was caused by a combination of their acts, prosecutors said.

A father-of-one suffered a traumatic brain injury and a fractured skull.  He was forced to move into a rehabilitation facility after suffering cognitive impairments that left him unable to work or drive.
Camera IconA father-of-one suffered a traumatic brain injury and a fractured skull. He was forced to move into a rehabilitation facility after suffering cognitive impairments that left him unable to work or drive. Credit: trevor collens/The Sunday Times

O’Dea was found guilty in 2019 and sentenced to a minimum of four years and three months in prison.

The jury was unable to reach a verdict for Webb, who later faced a retrial and was convicted of the alternative charge of unlawfully doing grievous bodily harm.

O’Dea’s conviction was upheld last year by WA’s Court of Appeal.

Brett Christopher O'Dea, pictured, was found guilty by a jury of committing grievous bodily harm with intent to Alimamy Koroma.
Camera IconBrett Christopher O’Dea, pictured, was found guilty by a jury of committing grievous bodily harm with intent to Alimamy Koroma. Credit: unknown/Facebook

But Australia’s highest court on Wednesday ruled O’Dea had suffered a miscarriage of justice because the trial judge had erred in his instructions to the jury.

A majority of High Court judges found the instructions, based upon the “broadest” interpretation of the relevant legislation, left it open to the jury to attribute acts to O’Dea that Webb may have been carried out.

“That direction was an error of law amounting to a miscarriage of justice,” Justices Michelle Gordon, James Edelman and Simon Steward said.

The jury needed to be satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that O’Dea’s acts, in isolation, were sufficient to have caused the brain injury and were not undertaken in self-defence or because of an honest or reasonable mistake, they said.

In dissenting remarks, Chief Justice Susan Kiefel and Justice Stephen Gageler found the jury had been entitled to convict O’Dea.

The court ordered his conviction be set aside and a new trial held.



Bogie update: Accused Queensland gunman Darryl Young at center of license feud a decade ago

A man accused of fatally shooting three members of the same family kept his gun license more than a decade ago despite police applying to revoke it.

Darryl Young, a farmer from Bogie in regional Queensland, appeared in court on Monday charged with the murders of Graham Tighe, his mother Maree Schwarz and her husband Merv.

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He was also charged with the attempted murder of Graham’s brother Ross, who survived the alleged shooting on Thursday morning and raised the alarm.

7NEWS understands that Young has held a gun license for decades. But in 2010, police rejected his renewal application.

Darryl Young. Credit: 7NEWS

He challenged the decision in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, saying he “used weapons on two properties to control feral animals”.

He also answered that he “had not contravened the weapons-related laws at any stage”.

Police argued at the time: “You are presently not a fit and proper person to hold a license.”

QCAT ruled in Young’s favour, saying: “Mr Young is a fit and proper person to hold a weapons license… (I) set aside the refusal to allow him to renew his license.”

Young’s case was heard early on Monday morning, the accused shooter appearing via video link.

His charges were read out before he was remanded in custody until November.

Graham had welcomed his second child with his partner just weeks before he was fatally shot. Credit: 7NEWS
Graham’s brother Ross survived and was able to flee into remote bushland with a gunshot wound to his stomach. Credit: 7NEWS

Ross remains in hospital, recovering in a stable condition.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for him and his family.

“We have created this fund to help them with the aftermath of suddenly having their worlds turned upside down,” it said.

“Please help us lessen some of this burden and unforeseen future costs.”

On Monday morning, almost $11,000 had been raised.

Slain husband and wife Merv and Maree are remembered as a ‘lovely, hardworking’ family. Credit: Supplied

It’s understood that police will allege Young met his neighbors at the boundary line of their properties before the alleged shooting occurred.

Ross managed to flee by car before raising the alarm and being airlifted to Mackay Base Hospital, undergoing multiple emergency surgeries.

Police then swept the surrounding rural cattle properties.

Young and four other people were taken into custody, with all but the accused released without charge.

He will next appear in court on November 1.

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Man with 2 boomerangs smashes window in road rage incident.



Police pursuit in Mundizong ends after man is chased away by a herd of cattle

A man is facing a long list of charges after a bizarre police pursuit in Perth’s south on Sunday night – during which he was chased by a herd of cattle.


The chase began somewhat slowly about 8.45pm when officers from Murdoch Police spotted a vehicle of interest being driven on Coolbellup Avenue.

Police tried to stop the car as it turned into Forrest Road however the driver failed to stop and drove at slow speed east along Forrest Road before turning right onto North Lake Road to head south.

The man appears to struggle in the terrain.
Camera IconThe man appears to struggle in the terrain. Credit: WA Police

The police helicopter above watched the man drive off before he abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot into a property on the eastern side of South Western Highway in Mundizong.

While running through a paddock the man changed direction after being chased by a herd of cattle.

“The man encountered some steep terrain and started to struggle. The Police Air Wing officers directed units on the ground to his location and he was arrested without incident, ”police said in a statement.

The 34-year-old White Gum Valley man has been charged with several offenses unrelated to the chase. He was refused bail and is due to appear in Fremantle Magistrates Court on Monday.

It is expected he will be charged with further offenses in relation to Sunday night’s pursuit.



Stripper Chad Satchell charged after roaming Perth’s King Street in ‘sexy’ SWAT uniform carrying gel blaster

A male exotic dancer who sparked chaos after shoppers spotted him carrying what appeared to be an assault rifle in the Perth CBD has been charged by police.

Police swarmed King Street about 2.40pm on Sunday after Chad Satchell allegedly flashed the tools of his trade on the way to work.

The Nollamara man stunned shoppers when he started roaming the street wearing a bulletproof vest and seemingly armed with a rifle.

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Police pounced on the 31-year-old, later finding that Mr Satchell was in fact a stripper on his way to work.

It is believed Mr Satchell, the director of Fantasy Entertainment Australia, was performing the role of “sexy SWAT officer” for a party he was going to attend.

Chad Satchell has been charged with an offense that carries a potential years jail time or a $36,000 fine.  Picture: Facebook
Camera IconChad Satchell has been charged with an offense that carries a potential years jail time or a $36,000 fine. Credit: NCA NewsWire

Police found that the assault rifle was in fact a gel blaster.

Police have charged Mr Satchell with possession of a prohibited weapon and being armed in a way that may cause fear.

It is alleged he placed the gel blaster gun, similar in design to an AR-15 assault rifle, on the ground next to him and put on a pair of boots and a black military style mesh vest with “SWAT” embossed on the back.

It led to several shoppers to call police, believing the firearm was real.

Police responded to the scene with emergency response units and cordoned off the area.  Picture: Nine News
Camera IconPolice responded to the scene with emergency response units and cordoned off the area. Nine News Credit: Channel 9
Police have charged Chad Satchell.
Camera IconPolice have charged Chad Satchell. Credit: Facebook/Facebook

Gel blasters, which shoot water-filled gel pellets, have been prohibited in WA since July 2021 on the back of a rise of replica guns being smuggled into the State and converted into real weapons.

At the time, Police Minister Paul Papalia said police were unable to tell the difference between gel blasters and real guns out on the street.



Police search for handbag thieves after three women targeted at East Victoria Park shopping center

Police are trying to track down some brazen thieves following a string of handbag burglaries at an East Victoria Park shopping center on Saturday.

Three women were targeted by the thieves throughout the afternoon, who snatched their handbags and purses while their backs were turned.

A woman in her 80s had her handbag stolen while she was unloading her shopping at about 2.00pm.

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She was parked in a disability bay at the northern end of the shopping center on Albany Highway and placed her bag in the boot.

Two women approached the vehicle and stole the handbag.

Almost three hours later, a woman in her 30s realized her purse was missing after putting her shopping in the car at the same center. She initially went home, but returned to check whether it had been left in a trolley.

The purse was taken and the woman’s debit card had been used twice at a nearby bottle shop.



Broome sex attack: Midland man, 52, charged with rape of woman jogger

Police have charged a man over the terrifying rape of a woman as she was out on her morning jog in Broome.

The woman, aged in her 40s, was running on a track alongside Gubinge Road, between Jigal Drive and Sayonara Road, when she was approached by a man walking in the opposite direction on Friday.

Police allege that as the pair crossed paths, the man grabbed the victim and sexually assaulted her.