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“THERE is something weird with this guy if he thinks this is OK. You have a sick mind, that’s what I would say.”
This was the message from a traumatised sexual assault victim to her alleged attacker at a press conference on Friday 26 August.
The woman was working in a Narre Warren South shopping centre on Narre Warren Cranbourne Road when the incident took place, about 10.30am on Tuesday 19 July.
“I was working in my pop-up store. It was still early in the morning, we’d just opened the store. It was still very quiet,” she said.
“In front of my pop-up store there’s an ATM. After he took some cash he approached me.
“He seemed to be very familiar with the brand that I was working in. I thought that he was a regular or something.
“That’s why I approached him and talked to him.
“I was a salesperson so my job was to sell a product.”
But he didn’t seem to understand what she was talking about.
“He just repeatedly said ‘you’re beautiful, you’re beautiful’,” she said.
Police want to speak with this man over the alleged assault:
“Whatever I was telling him about my product he diverted to the other direction so his main focus was me.
“I’ve assumed he speaks English as a second language. He has a heavy accent as well.
“We were talking and just before he left he sexually assaulted me.
“He pretended that it didn’t occur. He didn’t even make eye contact with me as he left.
“After the event I was in shock.
“I just stood there blankly for 10 minutes trying to digest what happened.”
She approached a co-worker who helped her to tell her boss, who contacted the police.
The victim said she was now scared to interact with strangers.
“I don’t think that I will be able to go back to this kind of job again,” she said.
“It has left me traumatised.”
The victim said her alleged attacker “has a solid build and I remember that he has a really strong grip”.
She said he went to a nearby supermarket following the assault before returning, but she was with her co-worker and he left.
Detective Senior Constable Rachael Kennedy from Dandenong Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team (SOCIT) said she had a small amount of CCTV vision of the suspect.
“He’s described to be in his sixties, he has an olive complexion and he has dark to greying hair with a solid build,” she said.
“I believe he had been seen on previous days at the shopping complex but I haven’t had any further information to suggest that he had been seen again.”
Call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au with any information.
HOW many dimmies can you scoff down in five minutes?
That’s the challenge on offer at Sally’s Big Ass Burgers on Saturday 24 September.
The challenge is a first for burger-flipping Sally – known to many for her big behind and big personality which has served to shake things up in Upper Beaconsfield.
Five minutes may not seem like a long time – but Sally’s dim sim eating competition won’t be easy.
With a wicked laugh, Sally revealed the challenge dim sims would be fried – unlike all other comps which serve ’em up steamed.
“We are upping the ante. They are going to be chewier, harder to swallow and scratch your throat on the way down,” she laughed.
Condiments may be the last thing ‘scoffers’ reach for during the rapid five-minute challenge, but Sally assured tomato and soy sauce would be on hand to lubricate entrants’ throats.
For a cost of $15 per person, you get unlimited dim sims to complete the challenge. Best of all, winners takes all PLUS a bit of a tongue-in-cheek trophy.
Sally predicted about 30 people would take part in their first ever dim sim scoff-off, making the take home winnings $450.
The competition will complete a day of music and market activity at Sally’s Big Ass Burgers.
Loyal to the Beat, at beatbox duo best known for their appearance on Australia’s Got Talent, will be performing throughout the day, accompanying several different market stalls selling locally goods including jam, candles and plants.
The hotly anticipated dim sim scoff-off will take place at 3pm.
Since Sally set up shop in Upper Beaconsfield four years ago, she has cooked up some 25,000 burgers – including just under 1000 of her starring ‘Big Ass’ burger.
It’s one of many favourites which include the the Bogan, Ring Stinger, Fat Boy and the CFA burger in tribute to the neighbouring fire-fighters.
If the competition goes well, Sally will host it again next year.
“I love having fun. And if anyone can do stupid and fun, it’s me,” Sally laughed.
Sally – and her controversial business name – have long divided residents in Upper Beaconsfield, some of whom lobbied Cardinia Shire Council to have the sign removed.
But she says she’s here to stay – and possibly, multiply.
Sally is looking toward expanding her burger joint, ideally in the St Kilda area.
The ‘big ass’ reference trails back to her younger years when she, sister of four siblings, was nicknamed fat ass, lard ass and big ass.
“I get a lot of people asking me to turn around to look at it. They say, ‘It’s not that big!’”
If you’re interested in taking part in the dim sim eating challenge, register by calling (03) 5944 3423 or get in touch on their website www.sallysbigassburgers.com.au.
GABRIELLE Lovett from Hillcrest Christian School has been selected as captain of the state equestrian team and will lead the team at the upcoming National Equestrian Interschool Championships.
Ms Lovett has been riding horses and training with them for eight years, but really got into competition riding after attending Hillcrest.
Elected jumps captain last year, Ms Lovett has put in a lot of hard work and training to get the position of overall captain this year.
“I am honoured to be captain,” she said.
“I have put in a lot of hard work over the last two years in particular, and it has all paid off.”
Ms Lovett has completed VET Equine Studies units one through four and currently is undertaking a track riding apprenticeship while at school.
She says being selected captain of the Victorian team will be great for her future job prospects as well as for her personal development.
“It’s great for future job opportunities, but also a great way to help other people,” she said.
“I can be a role model for the younger riders and set a good example; it’s a lot of responsibility but I’m up for the challenge.”
Gabrielle Lovett’s mother Debra is Equestrian manager at Hillcrest and says she is very proud of her daughter and what she has chosen to do.
“I have a daughter who, on a Friday and Saturday night, is up cleaning, preparing, and packing for events,” she said.
“Her riding and her dedication has really positive lifestyle benefits.”
Ms Lovett said getting to where she was now would not have been possible without the support of her coach and her family.
“My coach Paul Williams is an amazing coach, and has helped me and other kids gain knowledge, confidence, and skills like no other,” she said.
“Of course my older sister Rachael who has let me ride her horses and use her gear and my dad has been really supportive, too.”
Ms Lovett and her team will travel to Horsley Park in Sydney for the National Equestrian Interschool Championships from Sunday 25 September to Thursday 29 September.
Councillors launch counter attack over plans to close station…
Casey councillors are outraged over a trial closure of Endeavour Hills police station’s front counter on weekend nights.
Once touted as a 24/7 police station, the station will be closed to the public at 5pm rather than 11pm on weekends, but police patrols on those nights will be increased.
Councillor Louise Berkelmans, who heads the council’s community safety committee, said the “desperate” move showed that police resources were stretched thin in Casey.
“They are so desperate to get more police on the streets in Casey. They’ve got to the point they have not got a choice.”
Councillor Rafal Kaplon said: “How much can you continually rejig existing resources?”
He said the council had repeatedly lobbied for the State Government to increase police numbers due to crime rates soaring by 19 per cent in the past year.
According to Crime Statistics Agency figures, crime rose in Endeavour Hills in 2015-’16 by 45 per cent, Doveton by 22 per cent and Hallam by 11 per cent.
Full-time equivalent police positions stationed in Casey are two less than in November 2014 – when the State Government took office.
Police said a review found low numbers of public attendances and phone calls to Endeavour Hills station, particularly on weekends.
Police Minister Lisa Neville said the trial was about getting “more police on the road” to respond to calls and proactively prevent crime.
“The trial will see additional police patrolling on weekends for longer, not less.
“As the Chief Commissioner has clearly stated, he’d rather see police working out in the community instead of filling out paperwork behind a counter.”
Acting Senior Sergeant Carolyn Hill, of Endeavour Hills police, said most people who attended the station required documents to be signed.
“There’s still a counter service available to sign documents on weekdays and weekend days, as well as (on weekend nights) at Dandenong and Narre Warren stations.
“The whole community is getting a better service with that extra police resource on the road.”
Opposition police spokesman Edward O’Donohue said Victorians were “rightly concerned” by the “out of control” spate of carjackings, home invasions, drive-by shootings and gang violence, he said.
“When will Daniel Andrews acknowledge there is a frontline police numbers crisis in Casey and across Victoria before further stations have to close or have their opening hours cut?”
The station’s weekday public opening hours of 7am to 11pm are unchanged.
During times when the station’s counter is closed, phone calls will be diverted to Narre Warren police station’s 24-hour counter service.
For urgent police assistance, the public is advised to call triple zero.
Police say the trial will be evaluated at the end of the year.
A SPECIAL ceremony will take place on Sunday morning to unveil memorial stones in honour of Australian service personnel.
Pakenham RSL plans to erect seven stones beside the Pakenham cenotaph over two stages in recognition of those who have served or fought overseas since World War II.
The first three stones represent the Korea, Malaya and Indonesia (Far East Strategic Reserve), and Vietnam wars, while the remainder expect to be installed by late next year to honour those who served in peace keeping efforts in Somalia, East Timor and Iran, and in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The line of stones will serve as a commemorative walk for service personnel, their families and the general public to pay their respects.
The unveiling ceremony will take place at 11.30am on Sunday 28 August at the Pakenham cenotaph, with guest speaker military historian Marcus Fielding and speeches from Australian war veterans from each of the three conflicts.
Lunch and refreshments will be served following the ceremony at the Pakenham RSL Hall, corner James Street and Snodgrass Street, Pakenham.