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Outback murder mystery ten years on - Andrew 'Wilbur' Williamson

From SA Police News November 11
A decade has passed since someone brutally assaulted Coober Pedy resident Andrew 'Wilbur' Williamson in his Tupper Close dugout and left him to die, but police have never stopped the hunt for his killer.
This week the Major Crime Investigation Branch has issued a renewed appeal for information through Crime Stoppers, with Mr Williamson's older brother, Robert, also asking anyone with information about the callous murder of his sibling to come forward.
A $200,000 reward has been offered by the State Government for information which leads to a conviction in the 2003 case.
Robert described his brother as a "quite a well-known character around Coober Pedy." "Our family has obviously been devastated by this. If anyone came forward with information we would be very appreciative - it would mean everything to us."
Mr Williamson, who would have been unable to defend himself due to a medical condition, was robbed of some distinctive jewellery, cash and some gold nuggets.
The items included:
A 14ct yellow gold ring (pictured), which had a natural nugget – streaked with natural quartz and weighing 67g - set into it. The ring was at least a large size 'Z' and was created to look like a massive natural nugget and has '585' engraved on the inside (referring to the 14ct gold). Two natural gold nugget pendants on a gold fob watch chain worn by Mr Williamson as a necklace (pictured).
One of the nugget pendants had the look of a crossed legged Buddha, was about 3 cm high and 2 cm wide weighing in the vicinity of 20 grams.
Investigators also believe Mr Williamson, 41, was in possession of up to 30 ounces of natural gold nuggets.

"Mr Williamson's family has not stopped grieving for the way in which he died, and Major Crime have not stopped looking for his killer," Detective Brevet Sergeant Bob Sharpe said.
"Someone out there may be struggling with their conscience after a decade of keeping what they know a secret. "No one deserves to die in this manner." No matter how small the piece of information, it may be a vital clue or a piece of the puzzle.

New SA death bill: loopholes you could drive a hearse through

FamilyVoice Australia

“Last week SA Independent MP Bob Such introduced his Ending Life with Dignity (2) Bill 2013 – his ninth euthanasia bill since 2000, and his second try this year,” FamilyVoice SA state officer David d’Lima said today.
“Sadly, even though Dr Such claims that his November bill is tighter than his April version (which he had claimed was as tight as anyone could get), it still has huge loopholes you could drive a hearse through.”
David d’Lima said he is concerned that the new bill is likely to be debated and possibly voted on next week – 14 November – before MPs and other bodies such as the Law Society, AMA, palliative carers and the insurance industry have had time to trawl through its 25 pages and determine its full implications.
“We are alerting MPs to some glaring deficiencies we have noted,” David d’Lima said. “The April bill required two medical practitioners acting independently to personally examine the person seeking euthanasia. The November bill no longer requires the doctors to act independently. They could be part of the same medical practice. The second doctor may feel under subtle pressure to agree with the first doctor’s diagnosis. Dr Nitschke could set up a death clinic with a partner and the two could work together.
“Key loopholes in the April bill remain unchanged. ‘Terminal illness’ could include conditions like asthma, diabetes, obesity and so on. There is no requirement in the November bill for the condition to cause imminent death: a person just diagnosed with MS could qualify for euthanasia, even though natural death may be 30 years away. There is no requirement for the person to have treatment – he or she can simply say any treatment or pain relief is unacceptable and demand a lethal dose of drugs. There is no absolute requirement for a consultation with a psychiatrist to assess possible depression, even though depression is often a trigger for euthanasia requests.”
David d’Lima said the second bill increases penalties for non-compliance – but while loopholes remain, mere penalty increases cannot provide additional safeguards.
“The bill again requires the death certificate to falsely state that death was caused by a medical condition, not suicide or homicide – allowing the rorting of life insurance provisions. Clause 27 includes the withdrawal of treatment (eg life support) as a means of providing euthanasia, even though such withdrawal can be part of good clinical practice. Including it in the bill could mean that palliative care doctors would have to satisfy the bill’s many onerous provisions, merely to allow a patient to die naturally.
“There are a number of drafting errors as well. This bill was prepared in haste, and it shows. We are urging SA MPs to reject it at the second reading,” David d’Lima said.

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