Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Court Grub, Greyhounds and a Brutal Murder; the Queensland Times Looks Back at What Made News Headlines in April This Year across the Region

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Court Grub, Greyhounds and a Brutal Murder; the Queensland Times Looks Back at What Made News Headlines in April This Year across the Region

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Byline: Adam Davies adam.davies@apn.com.au

Anzac Day

RECORD attendance at Anzac Day services across Ipswich showed the gratitude for those who paid the ultimate price hasn't faded. This year marked the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings. Second World War veteran Phil Gilbert OAM led an emotional dawn service at the Soldiers' Memorial Hall this year where hundreds of locals braved the chilly weather to pay their respects.

"Our men and women of the Army, Navy and RAAF have served all over the world," he said.

"You want to protect your country and freedom is what we truly fought for.

"We are always well supported in Ipswich."

Mayor Paul Pisasale said record numbers at the Anzac Day Parade made him proud to live in a defence city.

"Ipswich is a defence city and we have shown it today," he said at the time.

"The true achievement (of Gallipoli) was Australia's determination and courage that gave birth to our nation as it is today.

"When you see someone in a uniform in Ipswich, do not forget to say, 'thank you for your service'."

Murder charge laid

IT DID not take police long to hunt down those allegedly responsible for the brutal murder of Kieran Pye, 23, during the early hours of April 2.

Mr Pye was found stabbed and barely alive behind a vehicle in a Carole Park industrial estate.

He died at the scene despite the best efforts of emergency services personnel.

Goodna man Tupu Sauaga, 41, Bellbird Park woman Cassandra Lavelle, 36, and Gailes man Paul Benecki, 24, have all been charged with murder.

The trio will face a possible committal hearing next year.

Court dressing down

IPSWICH Magistrate Barry Cosgrove made headlines after he scorned a young offender on his poor wardrobe choice.

Jai Russell Eliott, 23, rocked up to court on April 8 dressed in a singlet, shorts and thongs, earning the ire of the magistrate in the process.

"You need to understand that in our society, you have to pay respect to lots of other people," Mr Cosgrove said.

"When you come to court, you should show appropriate respect.

"If you want to behave like some sort of grub, you will be treated like a grub."

Eliott pleaded guilty to assault or obstruct police and committing a public nuisance.

He was sentenced to four months in jail but released on immediate parole.

Greyhound scandal deepens

A LOCKYER Valley greyhound trainer facing serious charges animal cruelty charges was again arrested and charged, this time over allegations he intimidated a witness.

Churchable man Tom Noble was the first casualty of a state-wide police operation to target animal cruelty in greyhound racing following a television expose into live-baiting.

The live-baiting scandal rocked the nation and since then, numerous people in Queensland have been arrested on a host of charges in relation to the scandal. …

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