James Scott Church arrested for murder of missing woman Leisl Smith

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Detectives from Tuggerah Lakes Police District lead James Scott Church to Inverell Police Station on Thursday.A 48-year-old man accused of the murder of a missing NSW Central Coast womansix years ago has been formally refused bail in court.
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James Scott Church was arrested on the Gwydir Highway, west of Inverell, on Thursday and has been charged with the murder ofLeisl Smith.

He was arrested at 5.10pm by detectives from the Tuggerah Lakes Police District following an ongoing investigation into Ms Smith’s disappearance and suspected murder in 2012.

The 23-year-old woman went missing on August 19, 2012, and hasn’t been seen since.

On Friday morning, Mr Churchdid not appear in Inverell Local Courtwhen his case came before magistrate Michael Dakin.

Mr Church made no application for bail and it was formally refused by Mr Dakin, whoordered him to remain in custody.

The case was adjourned to WyongLocal Court on December 19.

Investigators had treated Ms Smith’sdisappearance as a homicide from the outset, police said.

Ms Smith was last seen on security footage at Tuggerah Train Station at about 1pm on the day she vanished.

The footage showed her getting out of her Honda Accord, locking the car and walking away from the station without boarding a train.

Concerned family members alerted police when she failed to return home and she could not be located or contacted.

Fairfax Media revealed in February 2013 that two days after Ms Smith was last seen alive, her father Storm Smith had received a mysterious text message from her mobile phone.

It read:”F— you. I can’t do this and I’m not going to keep your secret any more.” Mr Smith had no idea what she could have been talking about, and her phone had already been switched off when he called her back.

Leisl Smith went missing on August 19, 2012

Extensive searches were conducted for MsSmith,butpolice have been unable to locate her.

Strike Force Wehl – made up ofdetectives from Tuggerah Lakes Police District – was subsequently formed to investigate her disappearance.

Ms Smith’s car, a Honda Accord, was found abandoned at the Tuggerah Railway Station car park on September 26, 2012.

Strike Force detectives spoke to Mr Church, aged 42 years at the time, before searching two properties in Wallarah and Brookfield onApril 4, 2013, seizing a number of items.

Further properties were searched bordering the Golden Highway at Merriwa, approximately 60km west of Scone, in the Upper Hunter.

The investigation has been ongoing since this time, culminating in Mr Church’s arrest on Thursday.

READ MORE: Man arrested for the disappearance of Leisl Smith to appear in Inverell Court

Mother’s pleaOn August 19 this year, Ms Smith’s mother made a desperate plea for information on the “Find Leisl Smith”Facebook page:

On Friday morning, another message was released on the same page by her family.

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Murdered foster girl’s mum sues Qld govt

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Thorburn is serving life for murdering Tiahleigh amid fears she was pregnant to his biological son.The mother of murdered Queensland schoolgirl Tiahleigh Palmer is suing the state government for damages, saying the 12-year-old should never have been placed with the foster carer who killed her.
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Cindy Lee Palmer, now known as Cindy Uluave, is seeking compensation from the government or foster agency Key Assets after her daughter was murdered in 2015 by her foster father Rick Thorburn, The Courier-Mail reports.

The amount of compensation being sought has not been disclosed.

Thorburn is serving a life sentence for murdering Tiahleigh amid fears she was pregnant to his biological son, Trent Thorburn, who had been having sex with her.

Tiahleigh’s murder spawned two major reviews and resulted in stronger criminal checks for people seeking to become foster carers or wanting Blue Cards to authorise them to work with children.

Every member of the Thorburn family was convicted of being part of the crime – Rick Thorburn for the murder itself, Trent for incest, and wife Julene and his other son Joshua for being part of an elaborate cover-up.

Labor Minister Kate Jones told reporters she can’t imagine the grief Ms Uluave has suffered since her daughter’s body was found on the banks of the Pimpama River on the Gold Coast.

“She’s entitled to take legal action and that is her choice,” she told reporters on Friday.

Opposition frontbencher Ros Bates said the government must be held to account for what happened to an innocent child.

“Tiahleigh Palmer was a little girl who was never missing, she was right where child safety put her – with her murderer,” she told reporters on Friday.

“That little girl ran away 10 times in 10 months and no-one took any notice of her.”

She said serious problems were still plaguing child safety officers in the state, with one group in Toowoomba walking off the job on Friday due to dangerously high caseloads.

“We know that child safety continues to be in crisis,” Ms Bates said.

Ms Uluave had previously said she put her daughter into state care because she was living in a violent domestic relationship at the time, and believed it was the safest option for her child.

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Mercury spacecraft ready for long journey

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The British-built BepiColombo is set for a seven-year journey to planet Mercury.A British-built spacecraft is set to begin an epic five-billion-mile journey to planet Mercury.
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BepiColombo is due to be launched from the European space port at Kourou, French Guiana, at 0245 UK time (1245 AEDT) on Saturday.

The European Space Agency (ESA) spacecraft will take seven years to reach the planet closest to the sun.

In 2025 it will place two probes, one European and the other Japanese, in orbit around Mercury, the least explored world in the solar system.

Scientists hope the PS1.4 billion mission will unravel some of Mercury’s mysteries, such as the reason for its oversized iron core, its spectacular volcanic vents, and tantalising hints of water ice in shadowy parts of the scorching hot planet.

The answers they get will shed new light on the origins and evolution of the solar system.

A key feature of BepiColombo is that it is the first interplanetary mission to employ advanced electric ion propulsion technology.

Four Star Trek-style “impulse engines”, two firing at a time, will emit beams of electrically-charged, or ‘ionised’ xenon gas.

They will be used not to accelerate the craft but to act as a brake against the sun’s enormous gravity.

A complex series of fly-bys past the Earth, Venus, and Mercury will also help to reduce BepiColombo’s velocity by 7km per second.

At top speed after launch, the spacecraft will be moving at 60km per second.

One of the biggest challenges for mission planners was ensuring the spacecraft could withstand searing temperatures of more than 350C so close to the sun.

Protective measures include a heat shield, novel ceramic and titanium insulation, ammonia-filled “heat pipes”, and in the case of the Japanese orbiter, “roast-on-a-spit” spinning.

A suite of 11 instruments on the MPO will map the surface of Mercury and probe its chemical composition for up to two years.

Meanwhile, the Japanese space agency Jaxa’s Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter will focus on the planet’s unusual magnetic field.

Only two spacecraft have previously visited Mercury. Nasa’s Mariner 10 flew past the planet three times in 1974-75 and the American space agency’s Messenger probe orbited Mercury from 2011 to 2015.

BepiColombo was named after the late Giuseppe “Bepi” Colombo, an Italian scientist and engineer who played a leading role in the 1974 Mariner 10 mission.

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World’s best set for beach sprint classic

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World champion Jake Lynch will contest the Curl Curl 1000, the world’s richest beach sprint.Jake Lynch was a nipper the last time Sydney hosted the world’s richest beach sprint. It’s back and he’s now the best in the world.
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Lynch opens his campaign for a fourth world title on Saturday in the return of one of surf lifesaving’s classic events.

After a 16-year break, the Curl Curl 1000 has attracted a quality field for its comeback.

Lynch will be joined by four-time n champion and 2014 world title holder Jackson Symonds and NSW champion Michael Hanna in the 120-yard dash for the $1000 prize at South Curl Curl surf club’s centenary carnival.

Although it’s the first carnival of the season, the sprinters are deep into their buildup for the world lifesaving titles in Adelaide next month.

“It’ll be a good hit-out for the world titles, you really want the best guys turning up to see where you’re at. Everyone will be in good shape four weeks out from the worlds,” Lynch, 27, said.

The Newport sprinter will also be managing a lingering knee injury as he tackles Curl Curl’s extra distance for the first time, compared to the normal 90-metre beach sprint.

“That extra 30 metres doesn’t sound that far but when it’s on soft sand it can be massive,” he said.

“You’re not too sure if you have to use tactics or go all out like you would for a normal 90-metre race.

“Jackson has got such good finishing speed, it could suit him.”

Symonds, 24, is crossing the country from Perth club Sorrento and is aiming for the 1977 race record of 13.7 seconds set by South Curl Curl’s Ken Picard.

“It’ll be a challenge. Normally I’m half decent at the back end of a race, so hopefully I can hold on. The start is not normally my strong point,” he said.

“I don’t know if that extra distance is going to hurt.”

Lynch’s father Marty coached Clayton Jones to win the last Curl Curl 1000 in 2002, so he’s grown up knowing the history of the race.

“I was always pretty intrigued by it and heard lots of stories about it, so I was really keen when I heard it was back” Lynch said.

“It’d definitely be a pretty cool thing to win because it’s such a unique race. It’s like the Stawell Gift over 120 metres on grass, except it’s on sand.”

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Victoria wraps up comfortable win in WA

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It was as emphatic as it gets for Victoria as they defied on and off field impediments to carry their title-winning domestic one-day form into the Sheffield Shield opener in Perth.
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Although rain and maiden first-class centurion Josh Philippe slowed their march to victory at the WACA, Victoria eventually cruised an an innings and 45 run triumph on Friday.

Philippe carried his stout resistance from 83 overnight to 104 but once he exited with WA in strife at 7-243 the end was nigh.

Only eight run runs were added by the tail before Victoria could properly begin celebrating Will Pucovski’s superb career-best 243 – the backbone of the visitors mammoth first innings of 504.

Victoria were already on the front foot after justifying Peter Handscomb’s decision to bowl first by dismissing WA for 208 on day one.

WA then collapsed in their second dig, plummeting to 5-45 early on Thursday before Philippe and Josh Inglis (69) provided resistance while rain also wiped out a session.

They needed more rain on the final day, but instead Victoria ran through the remainder of the WA order inside an hour.

Chris Tremain took 5-100 to fashion a match analysis of 9-137 while Scott Boland’s 3-72 followed 4-57 in the first innings.

“We’ve obviously come in with a lot of confidence after the semi-final and final in the one-day comp where we played really good cricket,” Handscomb said.

“We’ve taken that feeling and brought it here, and to start the way we have in the Shield season is awesome.

“The feeling in the camp is great and everyone is positive, we’re taking positive options and we’re trying to be as good as we can for as long as we can.

“It’s working so far and hopefully it can continue for the rest of the season.”

WA coach Adam Voges lamented a poor batting effort which saw the top order fail in both innings by folding to 4-42 and 5-45 respectively.

The bowling attack was weakened when Matt Kelly had to be replaced after being concussed while batting on Tuesday while Simon Macklin and David Moody struggled on their home deck.

“We showed a few good signs in that second innings but it certainly doesn’t mask what was a pretty disappointing performance all-round,” said Voges, who succeeded current n coach Justin Langer.

“We’ve been outplayed comprehensively at home with bat and ball, and that’s obviously a pretty tough start.”

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Watchdog considers Palmer nephew charges

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Billionaire Clive Palmer’s fugitive nephew Clive Mensink could face criminal charges, a parliamentary inquiry has heard.
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Mr Mensink is subject to two arrest warrants after he failed to abort his open-ended travels and return to to face questions about the collapse of Mr Palmer’s Queensland Nickel business.

“We are looking at a variety of possible offences. It’s fair to say that all possibilities are on the table at this stage,” ASIC commissioner John Price said on Friday, when asked about possible criminal charges.

Mr Palmer, who is preparing to resurrect his political career at the next federal election, has appointed Mr Mensink the European chief of his Titanic II project.

He said Mr Mensink would live in London to oversee the replica cruise ship project and was excited about the prospect when the pair met recently in Bulgaria.

Mr Palmer has been coy in the past about his nephew’s whereabouts.

At times he said he couldn’t provide a location as they’d been out of touch with each other, despite Palmer companies continuing to pay Mr Mensink about $4000 a week.

In February 2017, Mr Mensink filed an affidavit saying he couldn’t return because of health concerns.

Federal parliament’s corporations and financial services committee on Friday heard ASIC was aware of the media reports about Mr Mensink being in Bulgaria and moving to London.

“You can assume we are in communications with the relevant authorities,” Mr Price said when asked about a possible extradition.

“We’ve certainly thought about various issues around arrest and extradition,” he added.

“Our investigation into matters around Queensland Nickel and Mr Mensink’s failure to attend and produce books are looking at potential offences around those activities.”

He said ASIC’s investigation was well advanced, covering issues around whether false or misleading statements had been made, matters in relation to the use of company money within a broader range of groups of Palmer companies and “various issues” around Mr Mensink.

Quizzed by Labor senator Chris Ketter whether Mr Palmer was under any obligation to ask Mr Mensink to return, Mr Price said: “Certainly, leaving matters of law aside, I would encourage any people who are in contact with Mr Mensink to encourage him to return to this jurisdiction and answer very important questions that have been raised.”

Queensland Nickel collapsed in 2016 owing creditors millions, and costing 800 Townsville refinery workers their jobs.

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Wingard out of comfort zone at Hawthorn

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Hawthorn recruit Chad Wingard says switching to the Hawks is the AFL challenge he desperately needs.Ex-Port Adelaide star Chad Wingard says he feels uncomfortable playing for Hawthorn.
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But that’s a good thing.

Drafted by Port in 2011, Wingard thought he’d be a one-club AFL player but now believes moving to the Hawks on a five-year deal is the best thing for his game and for him as a person.

Wingard admitted he had become “complacent” at the Power, who finished the season in 10th spot, with his large family and friends close by.

“I was very comfortable with where I was at and that can be a very dangerous place to be,” he said on Friday at the Hawks headquarters.

“This is very uncomfortable for me to be in Melbourne playing for another team and that’s the challenge that I need.”

The 25-year-old goalsneak said that he didn’t finish the AFL season intending to leave the Power.

But when Port told him they were open to him exploring other opportunities he knew it was time to move on.

“I needed a change in my career and something to revitalise myself and not get stagnant and comfortable where I was at.

“I needed a new challenge and that’s why I chose the Hawks.

“I’ve seen how successful they’ve been in the last two decades and with Alastair Clarkson all the players who have come here have improved their game and that’s pretty much the reason I came here.

“Being valued and wanted is a huge thing and I felt that from Hawthorn.”

Wingard addressed rumours he was upset by his exit interview with Port coach Ken Hinkley, which prompted his departure.

He said his only disappointment was that he didn’t feel he got enough feedback on the issues through the season.

“Nothing outrageous happened in that meeting, it was pretty honest conversation,” Wingard said

“There was things I was told to work on, including my attitude – to come to training with a better mindset – and I was happy to do that but I didn’t get told that during the year.

“There’s no bad blood at all, I love the club, they gave me my opportunity to play AFL and I’m very grateful for that.”

He said he was open to playing anywhere the Hawks needed him, whether that be in the midfield or forward, replacing retired champion Cyril Rioli.

“I want to win the premiership for the team so whatever Clarko thinks and whatever the club needs.

“I’m just here to help the team.”

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Doma Group’s latest harbourside apartment project Huntington goes on sale

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Latest Newcastle harbourside project Huntington goes on sale HARBOURSIDE OFFERING: An artist’s impression of Doma Group’s Huntington at 35 Honeysuckle Drive. The waterfront development will have 88 apartments and a communal rooftop terrace.
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HARBOURSIDE OFFERING: An artist’s impression of Doma Group’s Huntington at 35 Honeysuckle Drive. It will have 88 apartments and a communal rooftop terrace.

HARBOURSIDE OFFERING: An artist’s impression of Doma Group’s Huntington at 35 Honeysuckle Drive. It will have 88 apartments and a communal rooftop terrace.

TweetFacebookNewcastle Herald reported last monthon a national downturn in the apartment market, saying the n Performance of Construction Index industry reportshowedunit building across had fallen for the sixth month in a row in August and more sharply that month than at any time in the previoussix years.

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“Anyone that is wanting to tell that story about a slowing down of the market in Newcastle, this will be a fairly stark contrast to that storyline,” Mr Crawford said.

“I suspect that it will be really well received. I suspect that the owner-occupiers will be out in force andthat they will be fighting to secure one, for the sole fact that it’s a team that people have trust in that will deliver a really good, world-class product.

“You’ve got a high level of finish, size of apartment and an uninterrupted view. They’re the things that buyerswant and there’s no less buyers in the market at the moment. Buyers have just had more choice.

“There’s more projects but if you’ve got a superior project in the best location with thebest product offering, the best level of finish and it represents value in terms of price then there is no reason why that will not sell well.”

Huntington will comprise two buildings designed by SJB, who were also behind Lume.

Apartments will featureopen plan living, engineered timber flooring, fully integrated kitchensand north-facing terraces.

“It’s a completely different look and feel from Lume,” Mr Crawford said.

“SJB, the same design team for Lume, worked on this one andit’s a really nice contrast to what’s been offered to market already so that’s a nice point of difference.

“The product offering is quite generous in sizing, so we think that it will predominantly be suited to that owner-occupier market that wants absolute north-facing views out over the harbour never to be built out.

“The majority of apartments have a direct, north-facing view, which is hard to obtain in Newcastle.”

Apartments are beingsold off the plan by Colliers.

A development application for the project is under determination at council and expected to be approved by the end of the yearwith construction set to begin mid-2019.

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Lehmann ensures SA hold on for Shield draw

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A captain’s knock by Jake Lehmann has saved SA from a possible defeat to NSW.South have escaped with a draw in their Sheffield Shield opener against NSW at Adelaide Oval, where the hosts flirted with disaster during a final-day collapse of 5-27.
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SA were set a target of 253 shortly before tea on Friday, when Peter Nevill declared at 8-279 after producing a captain’s knock of 72 not out.

The Redbacks lost Jake Weatherald and Callum Ferguson in a six-over burst before tea.

The home side crashed to 5-41 in 15.3 overs then 6-74 but Jake Lehmann refused to fold, reaching stumps unbeaten on 33 to ensure his team avoided what would have been an ignominious loss.

Lehmann soaked up 126 deliveries, standing up in his first Shield game as skipper, while Joe Mennie successfully survived 51 balls.

The sides shook hands when the Redbacks reached 6-103 from 44.3 overs.

“We drove the game pretty well for most of it, so to go out and lose six quick wickets this afternoon was pretty disappointing,” SA paceman Chadd Sayers said.

“The captain showed it was doable to stay out there and Joe Mennie as well, he showed some resilience.

“Better to walk away with a draw than losing six points.”

Former Test paceman Trent Copeland snared match figures of 9-131, earning man of-the-match honours.

Copeland collected 6-86 in SA’s first dig, including his 300th first-class wicket, then removed openers Weatherald and Conor McInerney to give NSW a genuine sniff of victory on day four.

Copeland later returned to the attack and set the stage for a dramatic finish, trapping Cameron Valente lbw for 24 late in the session.

New-ball partner Sean Abbott was also dominant on Friday, trapping Tom Cooper lbw and finding the edge of Ferguson and Harry Nielsen’s bats.

“We play here next week, so we’ll have to learn from our mistakes and get better,” Sayers said.

Copeland also helped himself to 64 runs in the game, finishing not out in both digs.

NSW were struggling early on Friday morning, having resumed their second innings at 3-84 then slipped to 5-121 when Nevill strode to the crease with the game in the balance.

The former Test keeper slowly but surely swung momentum, sharing key partnerships with debutants Jack Edwards, Jason Sangha and Daniel Sams.

Sayers finished with figures of 5-101 on Friday, which included his 250th first-class scalp.

“To have taken that many wickets is great. To have taken most of them for South is even better,” he said.

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Terrorists using encrypted messages: ASIO

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ASIO says suspected terrorists are using encrypted communications to plan potential attacks.’s spy chief has confirmed suspected terrorists are using encrypted communications to plan potential attacks.
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n Security Intelligence Organisation Director-General Duncan Lewis sounded the warning while arguing the case for proposed new police and intelligence agency powers to access encrypted messages.

Mr Lewis slammed “misreporting” as to why there had been such fear in the community about the proposed laws.

“I can confidently say that there are suspected terrorists in using encrypted communications and due to that encryption it’s impossible to intercept and read their communications,” Mr Lewis told a hearing in Canberra on Friday.

n Federal Police commissioner Andrew Colvin says encryption issues are hampering the investigation of criminal cases.

“Sometimes a simple passcode on a phone is all it takes to thwart police from accessing evidence that might save lives,” Mr Colvin said.

Despite the focus on encryption, shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus wanted to know why the word is only used once in the 172-page legislation amendment bill.

ASIO and AFP say avoiding the word in the bill deliberate.

The laws create a new regime for law enforcement and security agencies to first ask – and then demand – that technology companies assist them in decrypting information.

It would create a new covert computer access warrant regime and toughen search and seizure powers.

‘s peak body for lawyers has concerns the new police and intelligence agency powers could breach privacy and legal rights.

Law Council president-elect Arthur Moses said while there is value in the laws, he has “serious reservations” about the bill.

“The bill as presently drafted would authorise the exercise of intrusive covert powers with the potential to significantly limit an individual’s right to privacy,” Mr Moses told the hearing.

“If a person is required to attend a place to provide information or assistance this may arguably amount to detention of that person, particularly as they may be arrested on suspicion of an offence if they attempt to leave.

“There should also be prescribed maximum periods for giving assistance, requiring an explanation of legal rights and responsibilities, and the availability of interpreters where required.”

Telecommunications giants Telstra, Optus and Cisco were also given a chance to provide evidence.

Optus supports the “intent of the legislation”, while Telstra says it wants to assist the government in adapting laws to modern technology.

But Cisco said there are concerns about the safety and privacy of its customers.

“We are troubled by what appears to be an authority in the bill to prohibit public disclosure about the development of new surveillance capabilities,” Cisco corporate affairs directors Tim Fawcett said.

“Cisco believes any form of surveillance technique implemented in its products needs to be publicly disclosed.”

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