No rego, all problems
On June 12 at approximately 3pm, police were notified by a member of the public, that a vehicle with no registration plates was allegedly being driven erratically on the Princes Highway, travelling towards Stratford from Bairnsdale.
Sale Police intercepted the vehicle a short time later on the Princes Highway, Montgomery. Police say checks revealed the vehicle was unregistered and the 31-year-old female driver had a cancelled drivers licence.
The vehicle was impounded for 30 days at a cost of $1005. The driver will be summoned to appear at court at a later date.
Police thanked the members of the public who called police regarding this vehicle.
Impound in Sale
After several complaints from the community in regards to an erratic driver parking in a non-standing area of the School Zones in Sale, police took action.
On Tuesday June 6, Sale Police patrolled the school zones in an attempt to locate the vehicle in question.
At approximately 3.15pm, a dark coloured vehicle that matched the description was seen in the area and was intercepted by police.
Checks revealed that the driver was currently suspended, the vehicle was impounded for 30 days at a cost of $995, the driver will receive a summons to appear at court at a later date for traffic offences.
Three plead guilty to manslaughter
JAKE Brown, Andrew Price and Samantha Guillerme have all pleaded guilty to manslaughter relating to the death of Jarrad Lovison.
Guillerme was jailed for three-and-a half-years in February after pleading guilty to manslaughter over her role in the offending.
Mr Brown and Mr Price’s pre-sentence hearing in the Supreme Court of Victoria last Friday June 9, heard the details of Jarrad Lovison’s 2020 killing.
Jarrad Lovison, 37, disappeared from Newborough on April 16, 2020, prompting a five-week search effort.
The court was told that Ms Guillerme, 26, was enlisted to lure Mr Lovison to a remote location between the towns of Moe and Walhalla, where he was ambushed and taken into remote bushland by gunpoint by the two men.
The court was told he was either administered or forced to take a potentially lethal dose of the drug GHB before the two men left him there.
His remains were located five weeks later in the Moondarra State Park after police uncovered the plot to lure him to the park.
The Supreme Court heard Price and Jarrad Lovison had feuded over Mr Lovison’s partner of nine years, Angela O’Brien.
John Lovison, Jarrad’s father gave a powerful victim impact statement to the court.
“You both planned to do our son harm, you both had J lured by another person to an isolated spot,” he said.
“Sinister evil dogs, that’s your kind.
“You just walked away and went back to your home, your lives, your kids after killing ours.
“We weren’t able to say goodbye to him because of what you gutless dogs did to him.”
Justice Michael Croucher remanded both Mr Brown and Mr Price into custody and will hand down sentences later this month on June 22.
Traralgon theft investigation
POLICE are investigating the circumstances surrounding a theft in Traralgon on June 6.
It is believed the offender attended near 11 Tanjil Street, Traralgon, at about 3.30pm and stole a backpack containing a laptop and other items.
The offender was last seen travelling toward Liddiard Road.
Investigators have released an image of a person who may be able to assist with enquiries.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at crimestoppersvic.com.au
Yinnar abduction update
POLICE interviewed a 45-year-old Moe man in relation to an attempted abduction in Yinnar that occurred on Friday, May 5.
He has been released pending further enquiries.
The investigation remains ongoing.
Family violence resources
WHEN most people talk about family violence, they think of physical assault. But many people may not realise it can also include financial abuse and coercive, controlling behaviour.
As Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month has ended, Assistant Commissioner, Lauren Callaway, explores the complex dynamics of financial abuse as part of a new podcast with Crime Stoppers Victoria. On it, she explains the issue, what police do in response and where people can get help.
Lauren also provides some valuable advice about what people can do if a friend or loved one is being subjected to any form of family violence, including financial abuse or coercive control.
The two-part podcast is available across a range of platforms. Listen here at crimestoppersvic.com.au/what-is-financial-abuse-with-lauren-callaway/
New family violence podcast sheds light on financial abuse
A new podcast exploring the complex dynamics of financial abuse and coercive control in relationships has been released by Crime Stoppers Victoria. An eye-opening two-episode series, titled “What is financial abuse” and “Escaping financial abuse”, features Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Family Violence Command, Lauren Callaway, and Safe Steps chief executive Dr Chelsea Tobin.
The series, made in partnership with BankVic, aims to educate the community on the significant impacts of financial abuse and how to escape this rising form of family violence. Crime Stoppers Victoria Chief Executive Stella Smith said financial abuse was often misunderstood by the community – even by those suffering from it. “Financial abuse can happen to anyone, whether it’s a form of control over your income, child support, pension, or even forcing you to sign important documents such as mortgages or loans,” Ms Smith said. “Financial abuse occurs whenever a person’s financial independence is restricted through manipulative and controlling behaviour.
“Through our new podcast series, Crime Stoppers Victoria is hoping to shed some light on this form of family violence and to help support those who are suffering from it.” Assistant Commissioner Callaway, who features in the first episode of the series, said financial abuse and coercive control often wasn’t recognised as traditional family violence by the public. “In Victoria, we have the broadest definition of what family violence is, and financial abuse and coercive control are included in that definition,” she said.
“We know that family violence occurs in all sorts of settings, and our priority is to keep these victims safe and bring the perpetrators to justice.” Safe Steps CEO Dr Chelsea Tobin, who features in the second episode of the series, said Safe Steps was Australia’s only 24/7 crisis response service which assisted victim-survivors of family violence. Dr Tobin described financial abuse as, “a strategic campaign of abuse held together by fear”.
“That’s what I hear on the phones every day here at Safe Steps, victim-survivors having a debt in their name but not being associated with the asset, having car insurance but no car, and having to beg for necessities such as groceries, petrol money and medical appointments. “Safe Steps is the crisis entry point for the wider family violence service system in Victoria and our phones are open 24 hours a day every single day of the year. We want people to know if you need our help, please call us,” she said. To listen to the podcast, search for Crime Stoppers Victoria on your favourite podcast app, or visit play.acast.com/s/crime-stoppers-vic
Save the app that could save your life
VICTORIA Police are encouraging people to download the ‘Emergency Plus’ app to equip the community with a powerful tool that will help call triple Zero (000) quickly and allow you to accurately communicate your location to emergency call-takers.
The Emergency Plus app is a free app developed by Australia’s emergency services and their government and industry partners.
The app uses GPS functionality built into smartphones to help a Triple Zero (000) caller provide critical location details required to mobilise emergency services.
Foot patrols in Sale CBD
Throughout the month of June, police assigned to Operation Re-Forge have been conducting a range of different patrols within the CBD to target anti-social behaviour and shop thefts.
With successful arrests and vehicle impounds conducted by police already, residents and business are encouraged to engage with police on patrol to report any issues noticed in their community to help with driving down crime.
Have you had your car broken into?
If the incident has already happened, you can report it online through police.vic.gov.au or call 131 444. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Learn more at bit.ly/3ZK9HEu