Man stabbed in carjacking
Police yesterday arrested a man over the alleged stabbing of a chauffeur in front of shocked passengers at Sydney Airport in a carjacking gone wrong. Detectives said it appeared that the culprit, in his 20s, stole a rental car, but was forced to abandon it after he crashed into a mini-bus outside the arrival area at the domestic terminal on Monday evening. Barefoot, he ran from the wreckage to where the chauffeur was sitting in his own vehicle and tried to steal it, police said. “The chauffeur managed to kick the man away, however he was stabbed in the leg in the process,” police said in a statement. The man then sprinted toward a woman waiting nearby to load baggage into her car trunk, threatened to stab her and then fled in her silver Mercedes. Police said a man was arrested after a chase north of Sydney.
Hogan settles tax suit
Crocodile Dundee star Paul Hogan has resolved his seven-year battle with tax authorities over alleged unpaid taxes dating back to his first international hit movie in the 1980s. Hogan and his friend and producer, John Cornell, said through their lawyer, Andrew Robinson, on Monday that the pair had reached a settlement with tax authorities to resolve more than A$150 million (US$156 million) in alleged unpaid taxes and penalties. Tax officials barred the Australian actor from returning to his Los Angeles home for two weeks over the matter in 2010, when he returned to Sydney for his mother’s funeral. Hogan’s lawyers eventually secured a deal that allowed him to leave Australia.
NSW targets Hells Angels
New South Wales (NSW) is set to declare the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club a criminal organization within three weeks after a string of drive-by shootings believed to be linked to gang violence, police sources told the Australian yesterday. The state already bans motorcycle gang members, or “bikies,” from owning or operating tattoo parlors and barred them from wearing their colors at 58 pubs and other venues in Sydney’s red-light area of Kings Cross. Assistant commissioner Mal Lanyon told the newspaper that police were working on a declaration, but would not specify the club involved or when it would happen. If made a criminal organization, police could seek to ban individuals from the Hells Angels from associating and jail them for up to five years if they failed to comply. Wayne Baffsky, a lawyer for the club, said it would challenge any declaration in court.
‘The Cove’ to open park
The dolphin-hunting town of Taiji, made infamous by the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove, plans to open a marine mammal park where visitors can swim with the creatures, a media report said. The town intends to section off part of the cove and turn it into a place where people can swim and kayak alongside small whales and dolphins, Jiji Press news agency reported, calling it “a marine safari park.” The cove is the scene of an annual slaughter when the fishermen of Taiji corral dolphins, select a few dozen for sale to aquariums and marine parks, and kill the rest for meat. Activists continue to visit the town to protest the hunt. Taiji, in Wakayama Prefecture, aims to officially launch the project within five years after negotiating with the local government, which manages the bay, and with pearl farmers operating there, Jiji reported.