Fremantle couple Robert Cunningham and Catherine Atoms have been awarded $ 1 million in damages by the WA District Court for an arrest made on the Esplanade and tasering by police in November 2008.
They claimed they had been falsely imprisoned and assaulted when they were tasered and handcuffed outside the Esplanade Hotel.
They had alleged the behaviour of the officers constituted battery and assault, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution.
Amazing that it took them eight years to get justice!
I did not need the Trump election to make me realise there are a lot of idiots on our planet, but my mood soured even more this afternoon when I noticed some morons have vandalised the Fremantle Rainbow artwork by spraying graffiti on the second and third containers at the northern end.
No mate you are not clever, you are not an artist, you are a disrespectful fool! I hope the cops will catch you and put you in the slammer because all you are is a stupid little scum criminal our society does not want.
The claim in the West Australian today by Rhett Pace, the owner of the Zapfhall on the Cappuccino Strip, that he saw City security officers for the first time after he posted a video of two women fighting, is ridiculous.
I am in the inner city daily and Fremantle security officers are a high visible presence on the streets of the CBD, even more so since they started wearing high-vis vests recently and their numbers were increased.
On the occasions I needed their support they were there within minutes, so they are doing an excellent job.
It is a shame the world has become a more violent place and that Fremantle is not exempt from it, but the mix of alcohol and drugs unfortunately put more violent loonies on our streets, and Freo City security officers and police do the best they can, but they can’t be everywhere all the time.
It is worrying to read in the West Australian this morning that thugs smashed up Ruocco’s pizzeria at 2 pm on October 1 this year in an attempt to get extortion money.
This is very much Mafia-style crime that has no place in Fremantle and Australia, so I hope the criminals will be arrested soon.
It is unacceptable that families have to hide under tables and fear for their life because of some idiots who believe they have the right to someone else’s hard-earned money.
I have been going to Ruocco’s for over 30 years and it is a real shame this has happened.
A 38-year-old man escaped from the Fremantle Police lock-up yesterday and is still on the run. Danny Brooks was arrested in the morning and charged with car stealing, armed robbery and breaching bail conditions, but he managed to escape from the High Street lock up and carjacked a vehicle at the Fremantle train station.
With him a 29-year-old woman also escaped but she was arrested again soon afterward.
The driver of the vehicle was later released and Brooks crashed the car on Mandurah Road around midnight last night. Police believe Brooks might have been hurt in the crash.
It will be interesting to find out how two people could escape from the Freo lock-up as that is obviously not acceptable.
The Fremantle Notre Dame University is operating a pop-up clinic to give free legal advise this Saturday September 3, operated by alumni and experienced staff of the School of Law.
All issues are covered from family law, to criminal, commercial, mental health and general law. Sessions will be for 45 minutes.
It will run from 9 am till 5 pm. Make an appointment on 9433 0745 to get a free consultation.
The Eminent Speakers Series by the School of Law of the Fremantle Notre Dame University always has interesting speakers and will have a prominent one again on this coming Tuesday August 16.
Joe McGrath SC, the Director of Public Prosecutions in Western Australia since February 2010 will be speaking about Prosecute or not: The Role of the Director of Public Prosecutions from 6-7 pm at the Michael Keating room on the corner of Cliff and High Street. Refreshments afterwards.
McGrath is a graduate of the University of Western Australia, Australian National University and the London School of Economics. He has also assisted on Royal Commissions.
The event is free but RSVP required to: email@example.com
New crime statistic released is the West Australian today show that Fremantle is doing relatively well compared to other suburbs, with the City of Perth CBD being the worst one.
Fremantle was only 7th in the Worst Crime Suburb, 8th in the Worst for Assaults, 8th again in the Worst Car Thefts, and it did not come in the top ten for the Worst Home Burglary Suburb category.
There is no doubt there is always room for improvement when it comes to crime and anti-social behaviour but it is good to see Freo is not near the top of criminal behaviour.
High drama at the Fremantle Markets late this afternoon when a fugitive escaped from police when they wanted to arrest him on outstanding warrants.
The man jumped on the roof of the markets but allegedly fell through the roof, climbed out and resisted arrest.
The fire brigade assisted WA Police to get the man down from the roof where ambulance officers were waiting.
Two TV helicopters and three crews on the ground recorded it all for this evening’s news.